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February 2021

Women on the Rise: When you Say “Sign Here” I Smell Trouble!

February 10 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Women on the Rise: When you Say "Sign Here" I Smell Trouble! The In's and Out's of contracting, negotiating, protecting and selling your product. Register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4868

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Select Great Falls – Select USA Virtual Summit

February 11 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Select Great Falls Montana for your next Agribusiness and/or Manufacturing location! In this interview style, one hour event you will hear from multinational corporations who have selected Great Falls, Montana, for their US location. “The unique position of Great Falls on the interstate form Calgary allows us to efficiently connect internationally.” Lee Klette, Senior Manager, FedEx Ground https://growgreatfallsmontana.org/select-usa/

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Selling Online with E-Commerce Tools

February 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

More shoppers are headed online than ever before! In this workshop, we will discuss a variety of ways you can sell your product online and how to choose the right software and platform for your business. This is an introductory course that will briefly review: Software (SaaS) such as Shopify or Squarespace vs. Website based solutions such as WooCommerce Selling on Social Media – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest Google Merchant Center Security Features for your Website Miranda Gilbert is the owner…

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Marketing Tips & Tricks for Government Contracting

February 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

So you are looking into Government Contracting and you've found a bidding opportunities. Maybe you can put together a winning proposal. But what else can you do to increase the chances of actually winning the bid? In this workshop, you'll learn how federal government contracting officers search for and evaluate small business contractors through the SBA's Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) database. You will also learn how to make your business more visible to agencies. Lead trainer Lillian Sunwall will…

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

February 17 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Executive Committee Page.

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Industry Day with the National Parks Service

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Billings PTAC for a virtual industry day with the National Parks Service and learn more about how to do business with this federal agency! Topics covered include: - Overview of NPS: their purpose and mission - How does NPS purchase goods and services? What purchasing vehicles do they use? - What types of goods and services does NPS typically purchase? - Forecast of opportunities - Where/how to find opportunities over the $25K threshold and under - What vendors…

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Industry Day with the Forest Service

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Billings PTAC for a virtual industry day with the Forest Service and learn more about how to do business with this federal agency! Topics covered include: - Overview of the Forest Service: their purpose and mission - How does the Forest Service purchase goods and services? What purchasing vehicles do they use? - What types of goods and services does Forest Service typically purchase? - Forecast of opportunities - Where/how to find opportunities over the $25K threshold and…

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March 2021

GFDA Board Meeting

March 4 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Board of Directors Page.

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Profit Mastery

March 4 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Great Falls Development Authority, 405 3rd Street NW
Great Falls, MT 59404 United States
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$145

In our hands-on Profit Mastery workshops you'll learn to understand your financials, learn how to manage your business to increase profitability, and strengthen your relationship with your lender. Discover how to actively manage YOUR business and accomplish YOUR goals. Alongside other business owners and managers, you will analyze real-world business problems and uncover how to: Overcome common business problems Understand your financial position Use tools to take active control of your finances Make effective pricing decisions Evaluate and manage cost…

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Webinar: Strategic Communications & Support for Women in Business

March 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Women and men both carry implicit biases that affect daily, human interactions- especially with women. Gain skills to support your coaching of women and learn how to leverage language that connects with them in session or for outreach campaigns. March is Women's History Month, so we'll take this opportunity to distinguish how to best communicate with women. Whether they are your customers, your employees, or fellow female entrepreneurs, women send and receive messages differently so it is important to know…

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Webinar – Potential Tax Law Changes

March 4 @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Planning to sell your business triggers the need for exit planning. And exit planning is estate planning for business owners looking to sell to a third party, or pass it on to the next generation. Attend this FREE webinar presented by Keith Tokerud, Esq. of Scott, Tokerud & McCarty, P.C. to see what upcoming tax changes are on the horizon, and how they might effect your business or estate. Register here - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7816122213055/WN_twBpd4JeQmy2d8LFexW3fw  

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Development Coffee

March 5 @ 7:00 am

Developers, investors and business professionals throughout the Golden Triangle: join us Friday, March 5th at 7 AM as we continue our virtual installment of Investor Development Coffee. Come share and learn from other members with questions, concerns and updates about projects throughout the region. Now more than ever, keeping in touch and discussing how we find opportunities in the trade area is crucial. Join us via Zoom. If you would like to attend the meeting, email TSchreiner@GrowGreatFalls.org or call 406.781.9499…

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The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

March 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don't know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before,…

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Business Resources for Montana National Guard/Reserve Members

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Business Resources for Montana National Guard/Reserve Service Members (Class 1) Are you a Montana National Guard/Reserve Member or military spouse interested in small business ownership? This two hour class introduces you to the resources specifically available to you right here in Montana as you look to start or grow your business. With special guests from the Montana SBA, Veterans Business Outreach Center, and resource partners across Montana you’ll learn how to connect with resources to help your business thrive. Sponsored…

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

March 17 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Executive Committee Page.

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Business Resources for Montana National Guard/Reserve Members

March 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Business Resources for Montana National Guard/Reserve Service Members (Class 2) Are you a Montana National Guard/Reserve Member or military spouse interested in small business ownership? This two hour class introduces you to the resources specifically available to you right here in Montana as you look to start or grow your business. With special guests from the Montana SBA, Veterans Business Outreach Center, and resource partners across Montana you'll learn how to connect with resources to help your business thrive. Sponsored…

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Boots to Business

March 18 @ 8:30 am - March 19 @ 4:30 pm
Airmen and Family Readiness Center Great Falls, MT 59403 United States + Google Map

Modules 1-4 3/18/21 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT) Modules 5-8 3/19/21 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT) This is a pre-business workshop for transitioning military service members at Malmstrom Air Force Base as part of the Transition Assistance Program. Active duty military, veterans, and military families are welcome. Please inquire about eligibility prior to registering at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org. Register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4849

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Making Great Falls a Remote Ready City

March 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join the Great Falls Development Authority for a 1-hour workshop where together we will brainstorm how to make Great Falls a remote worker ready community. We will watch several short clips from a recent webinar "Remote Ready Cities" by Fourth Economy and Livability Media and discuss how we can implement these ideas in the Great Falls market. Learn more and register here - https://conta.cc/3rnaDP0

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

March 19 @ 2:00 pm

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Executive Committee Page.

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April 2021

GFDA Board Meeting

April 1 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Board of Directors Page.

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Webinar: Five Things to do Today to Manage Risk in Your Company

April 1 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Topic: As part of renewed disaster preparedness awareness, all businesses must manage risk. And risk doesn't just include basic insurance on your company assets. Especially as companies grow, they take on additional risks through employees, contracts, partners, and especially related to the lingering impacts of COVID-19. This webinar will touch on three types of risk and five risk management strategies for growth-focused companies. Learn more and register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4817

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The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

April 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don't know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before,…

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Montana AgTech Showcase

April 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Whether you are an agricultural producer that is keen to integrate technology-driven solutions, or you are working on an innovative AgTech startup idea that supports the agriculture value chain- we'd like to invite you to join us for the kickoff event of our two part series -Montana AgTech Showcase. This event is aimed at improving Montana’s current Agtech innovation network by connecting producers with tech-enabled agriculture startups. Register here

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Social Media Marketing Workshop

April 13 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Customers have stopped looking for products and services in magazines, newspapers, or billboards – they look online. If you want to reach your ideal customer, come learn how to start a conversation on social media that will lead to a conversion for your business! Social media marketing is an important tool to use for growing your business, come learn why and how to use it! Presented by KRose Marketing Learn more and register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4878

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Website Bootcamp

April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Website Boot Camp, creating an E-commerce enabled website. Does your business need a website?   Are you intimidated or confused by the process?   Would you like to learn how to create and manage your own business  website?  Then join us for an in depth online training course we are calling our Website Bootcamp.  This three session course will teach participants how to create, build and maintain a business website from start to finish including the creation of an online store.  In…

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

April 21 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Executive Committee Page.

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Government Contracting 101

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Did you know that over $110 million in government contracts have been awarded in Montana in Fiscal Year 2021? That doesn't include State and local contracts. Governmental agencies buy everything from nuts (the nutritional kind) to bolts and any type of service you can name. If you want to check into how your business can get a "piece of the pie", join Lillian Sunwall and Shannon Clancy at Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) and the Great Falls area Procurement Technical…

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Restaurant Revitalization Fund: The Basics

April 27 @ 2:00 pm

In the coming weeks, food and drink establishments, caterers, mobile food operators, and other eligible applicants will be able to begin applying for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The RRF will be making $28.6 billion in grants to hard-hit food service businesses to help offset lost revenue since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. While details are not fully available, now is the time for eligible applicants to begin planning for the opening of the application portal. In partnership with…

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Restaurant Revitalization Fund: The Basics

April 29 @ 9:30 am

In the coming weeks, food and drink establishments, caterers, mobile food operators, and other eligible applicants will be able to begin applying for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The RRF will be making $28.6 billion in grants to hard-hit food service businesses to help offset lost revenue since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. While details are not fully available, now is the time for eligible applicants to begin planning for the opening of the application portal. In partnership with…

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May 2021

The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

May 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don't know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before,…

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GFDA Board Meeting

May 6 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Board of Directors Page.

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QuickBooks Desktop

May 6 @ 8:30 am - May 7 @ 12:30 pm
Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405 United States

For those new to bookkeeping and experienced folks alike! This two-day QuickBooks Desktop course is designed to help entrepreneurs and business managers understand how to best manage money. QuickBooks Pro Advisor Wendy Weissman, owner of Wendy J Weissman, CPA PC in Great Falls, will take you through the foundational elements of the QuickBooks program so you're more efficient in entering revenue and expenses, and better able to communicate with your accountant come tax time. She'll also teach you how to…

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Webinar: Generations in the Workforce

May 6 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Topic: Never before have we had four generations in the workforce. Why are work habits and communication styles so different between generations and how can we work together more effectively? Tara Mastel from MSU-Extension will share the importance of understanding generational differences in order to be successful going forward. This is a 30-minute webinar from 11-11:30am Mountain Time. Presenter: Tara Mastel, Associate Specialist - Leadership Development, Community Development Program Leader, MSU-Extension This training event will be presented online at:  http://www.msucommunitydevelopment.org/smallbusiness.html Hear…

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Restaurant Revitalization Fund: The Basics

May 6 @ 2:00 pm

In the coming weeks, food and drink establishments, caterers, mobile food operators, and other eligible applicants will be able to begin applying for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The RRF will be making $28.6 billion in grants to hard-hit food service businesses to help offset lost revenue since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. While details are not fully available, now is the time for eligible applicants to begin planning for the opening of the application portal. In partnership with…

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KRose – Email Marketing and Facebook Ads

May 11 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am

In a world where social media can control your message, an email list is vital for your business. Social media is an amazing tool, but algorithms control your action. With an email list, no algorithms are involved – you are in control! They say your business grows as fast as your email list, so come learn how to start, grow, and cultivate your email list while making sales! Say goodbye to wasting money on advertising, and come to this ‘tutorial’…

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Boots to Business – Reboot

May 14 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Boots to Business - Reboot: Entity Selection and Resources for Your Business This is a pre-business workshop is being presented in partnership with the Malmstrom Air Force Base Diversity and Inclusion Council, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Region VIII Veterans Business Outreach Center and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center. Eligible attendees for Boots to Business are active duty service members, military spouses and families, and veterans of all branches of services. Content covered will include best practices…

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Profit Mastery

May 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Session #1 - Module 2 (Module 1 done prior to the workshop) 5/17/21 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT) Session #2 - Modules 3-5 5/24/21 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT) In our hands-on Profit Mastery workshops you'll learn to understand your financials, learn how to manage your business to increase profitability, and strengthen your relationship with your lender. Discover how to actively manage YOUR business and accomplish YOUR goals. Alongside other business owners and managers, you will analyze real-world…

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

May 19 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Executive Committee Page.

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June 2021

The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don't know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before,…

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GFDA Board Meeting

June 3 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Board of Directors Page.

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Webinar: Reduce Payment Friction and Sell on Your Website

June 3 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Topic: If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it's that consumer purchasing behavior has changed. Nearly every business in nearly every industry can use its website to take orders and receive payments. In this webinar, we'll highlight some of the largest e-commerce platforms, discuss the pros and cons of each, how to make your website generate revenue for your company, and why reducing payment friction will make for happier customers and a happier bank account. Register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4819

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Development Coffee

June 4 @ 7:00 am

Developers, investors and business professionals throughout the Golden Triangle: join us Friday, June 4th at 7 AM as we continue our virtual installment of Investor Development Coffee. Come share and learn from other members with questions, concerns and updates about projects throughout the region. Now more than ever, keeping in touch and discussing how we find opportunities in the trade area is crucial. Join us via Zoom. If you would like to attend the meeting, email JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org or call 406.750.4481…

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

June 16 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Executive Committee Page.

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Boots to Business

June 17 @ 8:30 am - June 18 @ 4:30 pm
Airmen and Family Readiness Center Great Falls, MT 59403 United States + Google Map

Modules 1-4 6/17/21 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (MDT) Modules 5-8 6/18/21 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (MDT) This is a pre-business workshop for transitioning military service members at Malmstrom Air Force Base as part of the Transition Assistance Program. Active duty military, veterans, and military families are welcome. Please inquire about eligibility prior to registering at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org. Register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4850

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July 2021

GFDA Board Meeting

July 1 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Board of Directors Page.

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Webinar – Targeting Alternate Talent Pools

July 1 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

This webinar will discuss the hot topic of 2021...talent. As employers struggle to fill vacancies and are receiving fewer than normal applicants for openings, we'll discuss various ways to target, recruit, and attract labor. This won't be your standard 'pay more' or 'write a better job posting' presentation. We'll explore how seeking out underserved or untapped communities can help get your organization to full staffing. Learn more and register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4820  

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Development Coffee

July 2 @ 7:00 am

Developers, investors and business professionals throughout the Golden Triangle: join us Friday, July 2nd at 7 AM as we continue our virtual installment of Investor Development Coffee. Come share and learn from other members with questions, concerns and updates about projects throughout the region. Now more than ever, keeping in touch and discussing how we find opportunities in the trade area is crucial. Join us via Zoom. If you would like to attend the meeting, email JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org or call 406.750.4481…

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

July 21 @ 8:00 am

Links to the agenda and Zoom meeting information can be found on our Executive Committee Page.

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The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

July 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don't know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before,…

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The New Modern SAM.gov

July 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

News flash! SAM.gov merged with beta.SAM.gov on May 24, 2021, giving a new modern look and feel to the platform that is now known only as SAM.gov. Join us while we explore the new modernized platform and cover what has changed, what will remain the same and the impactful advantages this will have when completing a new registration, updating an existing one, searching contract opportunities and much more. Registrants will receive a zoom link after completing their registration. This will…

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