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October 2020

Customer Development Series – The Power of Partnerships

October 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sharing of ideas and resources among like-minded retailers can lead to new found success. This seminar will give you ideas and tools to develop and plan for long-term partnerships that will help grow your business for years to come. The opportunities for these little kinds of partnerships are endless. No matter what community or city you're in, you share customers. Find yourself a business buddy or two and pass those customers around and keep them in your community. Register here…

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Customer Development Series – Set-up the Customer Experience

October 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Customer experience (CX) is the sum of all experiences at various touch points a customer has with a supplier of goods and/or services over the duration of their relationship with that supplier. The sales and customer service experience begins when a customer picks up the phone or walks in the door. Customers scrutinize how they are treated after the sale as much as they evaluate a business while making the decision to buy. They are closely watching how every situation…

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Customer Development Series – Move Customer and Tourist to Advocates

October 27, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

From Mere Satisfaction to Real Advocacy I have an issue with the word “satisfaction”. Since when is being “satisfied” a good thing? It’s a mediocre achievement. You want ecstatically happy customers, evangelists and zealots that tell you everything they love. You want passion – not satisfaction, especially in todays’ retail environment. Gain from customer feedback. As a small business owner you rely on word of mouth marketing — do you want just “satisfied” customers? By being able to move customers…

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Attracting Businesses to the Golden Triangle

October 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ever wonder how are we attracting businesses to the Golden Triangle? Grab your favorite beverage and join us on a zoom chat, 4 PM on October 28. We’ll discuss our business attraction strategies and partnership with DCI. RSVP using the weblink below.

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November 2020

GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

November 18, 2020 @ 8:00 am

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

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[POSTPONED] QuickBooks

November 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405 United States
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$79

Please note: due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Cascade County, we have decided to postpone this class. For those interested, Great Falls College Montana State University's Lifelong Learning program is offering a QuickBooks Online training on November 18th, 2020 in the same room, with the same instructor, for the same price. For availability of that course, please click here: https://www.campusce.net/greatfalls/course/course.aspx?catId=81 For those new to bookkeeping and experienced folks alike! This QuickBooks course is designed to help entrepreneurs and…

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Online Job Fair – Job Service Great Falls

November 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

"ZOOM" into a new career with Job Service Great Falls' Online Job Fair November 18th from 10:00AM-11:00AM MST. https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/7096632285 Meeting ID: 709 663 2285

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December 2020

Attracting and Retaining Talent Series – Chris Czarnik

December 1, 2020 @ 11:00 am - December 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

It’s tough to find and keep talent. Learn what it takes to cut through the noise to find and keep the talent your business needs. Chris Czarnik, one of the nation’s top talent experts and author of the book “Winning the War for Talent”, is bringing his expertise to you December 1st, 8th, and 15th from 11 to noon. Each session will be recorded for on-demand viewing. Register here to join the sessions or to be sent a recording. Thanks to support from the…

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GFDA Board Meeting

December 3, 2020 @ 8:00 am

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

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The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

December 8, 2020 @ 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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Boots to Business

December 17, 2020 @ 8:30 am - December 18, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
Airmen and Family Readiness Center Great Falls, MT 59403 United States + Google Map

Modules 1-4 12/17/20 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT) Modules 5-8 12/18/20 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.

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Webinar: Connect with Customers and Manage Your Business Remotely

December 17, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us online for a free small business training! The Great Falls Public Library is hosting an online workshop for small business owners in Montana. Discover Google tools that can help business owners work and manage their business during this time of uncertainty. Plus, get insights on more online and timely resources for small businesses. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to: Update critical business information online Keep customers informed Conduct virtual meetings Access important files from anywhere The session…

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January 2021

Getting Started with Government Contracting

January 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for a FREE webinar on getting started with government contracting How to get started with government contracting -What is PTAC and what services do we provide? -What the government buys -First phase of pursuing government contracting -Q&A Wednesday, January 6th 12:00-1:00pm via Zoom

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GFDA Board Meeting

January 7 @ 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: Steering Your Business Through Change

January 7 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Missoula-based business advisor Christine Littig will walk entrepreneurs through change management. Christine Littig is a two-time successful business owner from Missoula, Montana:  RedBird Restaurant and Bernice’s Bakery.  What defines her success?  Her business ventures were taken to the finish line:  exit by sale.  But what did it take to get there?  And what does she have to offer those currently working to find resiliency during COVID-19? Steering Your Business Through Change is a concise reflection of 4 moments of crisis…

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Women Owned Small Business Program Certification Webinar

January 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Want learn more about the Women Owned Small Business program? Getting certified can be a great marketing tool for your business. The SBA’s WOSB program is designed to help provide a level playing field for women business owners. This small business program limits competition for certain contracts in the federal marketplace. This free webinar, will cover the changes to the SBA’s WOSB program, eligibility requirements, certification steps and help you learn if this certification is right for your business. There…

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Montana COVID Stabilization Grant Reporting Q&A

January 14 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

We’ve been fielding a lot of questions lately from businesses regarding the Montana COVID Stabilization Grant Reporting that is Due January 30. If you have specific questions or want further help. Nathan Reiff will be hosting a quick Q & A session on Thursday, January 14th from 12-12:30 PM MST. Register here - https://conta.cc/397Nb00

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Navigating the Workplace during COVID-19

January 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce for a Zoom presentation from Trisha Gardner, Health Officer with the City-County Health Department, on best practices you need to think about. Invite your HR person to join as well!

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The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

January 20 @ 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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How to respond to a federal RFQ or RFP

January 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join the Montana PTAC for a live training on how to respond to a federal Request for Quote and Request for Proposal. Topics include: – Where to find federal opportunities – Where to find the bid documents – How to make a “go no-go” decision – Federal standard forms: What are the differences? What information goes where? – How do I know what information to submit with my offer? – Uniform Contract Format – Where do I submit my offer,…

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Ignite 2021

January 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

2021 is going to be a fantastic year for the Great Falls region! We’ve got entrepreneurs lined up who are eager to unveil their upcoming projects at Ignite 2021, presented by PayneWest Insurance on Friday, January 22nd at 10:00 AM MST. Have a business startup or expansion, or a real estate development you would like to unveil? Contact Nathan Reiff at NReiff@GrowGreatFalls.org or call (406) 403-4937.

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Website Bootcamp: New Year, New Website

January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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 this course our business advisor Rich Gannon will…

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February 2021

Destination Creation

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Have your sales been affected by COVD19? If you could would you increase your revenue, sales, traffic, and profitability?  The Destination Creation Course helps businesses do just that. You will define your unique positioning statement about products and services you do better than anyone else. You will pinpoint your most profitable customers and reach more people like them. The proven 14-point business success strategy developed by internationally-known business consultant Jon Schallert teaches techniques to increase your ability to attract customers who are…

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Women on the Rise: I Work For A Real Nut, But At least I Am…

February 3 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Women on the Rise: I Work For A Real Nut, But At least I Am Self-Employed The kickoff to our Women on the Rise Workshop series will focus on idea sharing, goal formation on starting a business. It will include a bonus session with Women who know-Retail.  They will discuss how they started and how they have prospered. Register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4867

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GFDA Board Meeting

February 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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Webinar: Using Social Media (TikTok) to Engage Your Clientele

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

When you hear about TikTok, do you think of Ke$ha’s 2009 smash hit song? There are all sorts of social media platforms available, and if you’re not on them, you’re missing out on client interactions. This session will not teach you the inner workings of all the social media platforms out there, but it will help you develop an engaging and entertaining social media presence. We will focus on TikTok, but the concepts we discuss can be applied to any…

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The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

February 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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Development Coffee

February 5 @ 7:00 am

Developers, investors and business professionals throughout the Golden Triangle: join us Friday, February 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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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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