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June 2021

Boots to Business

June 17, 2021 @ 8:30 am - June 18, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 8:00 am

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Webinar – Targeting Alternate Talent Pools

July 1, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 8:00 am

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The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

July 21, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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Downtown TIF Q&A

July 29, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Mighty Mo Brewing Company, 412 Central Ave
Great Falls, MT 59401 United States
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We will be hosting In-Person Q&A sessions on the three new downtown redevelopment Tax Increment Financing (TIF) programs: Environmental Safety, Facade Improvement, and Life-Safety Code Compliance. The first is this Thursday, July 29, from 4:30-5:30 PM at The Mighty Mo Brewing Company at 412 Central Ave. Register here - https://conta.cc/3zBf38w

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August 2021

The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

August 3, 2021 @ 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

August 5, 2021 @ 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 – Financing and Grants

August 5, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Presenter: Brigitta Miranda-Freer, UM/MT World Trade Center This training event will be presented online at:  https://www.msucommunitydevelopment.org/smallbusiness.html Hear experts provide an overview of small business development topics and phone in or type/chat questions or comments. We will follow-up with requests for additional information. All webinars are free and open the public at 11 a.m. and will be recorded and archived. Learn more and register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4821  

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Development Coffee

August 6, 2021 @ 7:00 am
NeighborWorks Great Falls, 509 1st Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59401 United States
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Developers, investors and business professionals throughout the Golden Triangle: join us Friday, August 6th at 7 AM as we we migrate to a hybrid model Investor Development Coffee at NeighborWorks Great Falls, as well as via Zoom. 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. If you would like to attend the…

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Downtown TIF Q&A

August 10, 2021 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Al Banco, 202 2nd Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59401 United States
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We will be hosting In-Person Q&A sessions on the three new downtown redevelopment Tax Increment Financing (TIF) programs: Environmental Safety, Facade Improvement, and Life-Safety Code Compliance. Tuesday, August 10, from 7:30-8:30 AM at Al Banco, 202 2nd Ave S. Register here - https://conta.cc/3zCcfIi

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

August 18, 2021 @ 8:00 am

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

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September 2021

GFDA Board Meeting

September 2, 2021 @ 8:00 am
Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405 United States

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

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Webinar – Business Model Canvas/Value Proposition Design

September 2, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Presenter: Jennifer Stephens, SBDC Hear experts provide an overview of small business development topics and phone in or type/chat questions or comments. We will follow-up with requests for additional information. All webinars are free and open the public at 11 a.m. and will be recorded and archived. The Small Business Development Webinar Series is presented in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Montana Small Business Development Centers, Montana State University Extension, Montana Economic Developers Association, the Montana Department of…

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Development Coffee

September 3, 2021 @ 7:00 am
NeighborWorks Great Falls, 509 1st Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59401 United States
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Developers, investors and business professionals throughout the Golden Triangle: join us Friday, September 3rd at 7 AM as we we migrate to a hybrid model Investor Development Coffee at NeighborWorks Great Falls as well as via Zoom. 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. If you would like to attend the…

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Boots to Business

September 9, 2021 @ 8:30 am - September 10, 2021 @ 4:30 pm
Airmen and Family Readiness Center Great Falls, MT 59403 United States + Google Map

Modules 1-4 9/9/21 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (MDT) Modules 5-8 9/10/21 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/4851

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The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

September 9, 2021 @ 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 Executive Committee Meeting

September 15, 2021 @ 8:00 am

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

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Strategic Planning Public Meeting

September 15, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405 United States

Share your knowledge and ideas to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy. The Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) is developing a new regional economic development strategy. The first step in the process is to gather information about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the Great Falls economy. We invite the community to come share your knowledge and ideas on Wednesday, September 15th from 5:30-7:00PM at Great Falls College MSU, Room B101 (South entrance, door 7).

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Website Bootcamp: Website in a Day – Lewistown

September 28, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 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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October 2021

GFDA Board Meeting

October 7, 2021 @ 8:00 am
Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405 United States

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

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Webinar: Two Action Items to Improve Your Cybersecurity

October 7, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Hear experts provide an overview of small business development topics and phone in or type/chat questions or comments. We will follow-up with requests for additional information. All webinars are free and open the public at 11 a.m. and will be recorded and archived. The Small Business Development Webinar Series is presented in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Montana Small Business Development Centers, Montana State University Extension, Montana Economic Developers Association, the Montana Department of Commerce with additional…

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Strategic Planning Community Meeting

October 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Falls Civic Center, 2 Park Drive S
Great Falls, MT 59401 United States
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Share your knowledge and ideas to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy. The Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) is developing a new regional economic development strategy. The first step in the process is to gather information about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the Great Falls economy. We invite the community to come share your knowledge and ideas on Tuesday, October 12th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the Gibson Room inside the Great Falls Civic Center.

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Website Bootcamp: Get Ready for Holiday Shopping Online

October 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - October 21, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

Is your business ready for the holiday shopping season? Within the next 3 years it is estimated that 20% of ALL retail sales will be done online.   If your business is not selling its products online you’re missing out on a valuable opportunity to grow and reach new customers. If you’d like to learn how to create an ecommerce enabled website, join us for our 3 part training series – the Website Bootcamp. We will teach participants to create a…

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

October 20, 2021 @ 8:00 am

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

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Invest Downtown Great Falls 2021

October 28, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Newberry, 420 Central Ave
Great Falls, Montana
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Join us Thursday, October 28th from 10:00AM-12:00PM at The Newberry for Invest Downtown Great Falls 2021, sponsored by NorthWestern Energy. Hear about successes, opportunities, tools and resources available to business owners and potential developers interested in Downtown Great Falls. Learn more and register here - https://conta.cc/3CMMgQV

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November 2021

GFDA Board Meeting

November 4, 2021 @ 8:00 am
Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405 United States

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

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Webinar: Creating a Basic Branding Package using Canva

November 4, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Learn to create custom, branded graphics for your business quickly utilizing the powerful platform Canva. Presenter:  KJ Kahnle Register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4824

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

November 17, 2021 @ 8:00 am

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

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QuickBooks Online

November 19, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405 United States
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For those new to bookkeeping and experienced folks alike! This one-day course covering the QuickBooks Online platform 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 Online 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…

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December 2021

GFDA Board Meeting

December 2, 2021 @ 8:00 am
Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405 United States

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

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Webinar: Communication that Fosters Cooperation

December 2, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Many blocks can occur in group interaction, competition, misunderstandings, resentment. In most cases, the origin of these blocks resides in a lack of clear communication. By learning how to express your ideas and being clear on purpose, you can create an atmosphere of growth and cooperation. During this course, participants will learn: The internal factors that block communication Opening channels of communication in team environments How to share and invite others into a project or idea Register here - https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/4825

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QuickBooks Desktop

December 7, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 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 one-day course covering the QuickBooks Desktop platform 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 Desktop 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…

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

December 15, 2021 @ 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

December 16, 2021 @ 8:30 am - December 17, 2021 @ 4:30 pm
Airmen and Family Readiness Center Great Falls, MT 59403 United States + Google Map

Modules 1-4 12/16/21 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (MDT) Modules 5-8 12/17/21 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/4852

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March 2022

Creating Responsive Proposals: Part 1 of 4 Part Webinar Series

March 2, 2022 @ 10:30 am - March 3, 2022 @ 11:00 am
Free

We want you to secure Government Contracts! Join the Great Falls Montana PTAC for this unique 4 Part Series where you will learn to identify contract opportunities that are realistic to you. Understand how the government defines what it needs. Begin preparing responsive and effective proposals that will improve your chances at achieving government contracts. THIS WEEK! Preparation begins Wednesday, March 2nd. Get ready to write a proposal. Register Here  

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Boots to Business

March 17, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Malmstrom Airforce Base

Boots to Business Date/Time: Modules 1-4 3/17/22 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT) Modules 5-8 3/18/22 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT) Location: In-person at Malmstrom Air Force Base. Attendees will need to have or request base access. Status: Open - 37 places remaining Registration Deadline: 3/17/22 8:00 AM (MDT) Fee: No Fee Point of Contact: Jason Nitschke (406) 750-0314 Location: Airman and Family Readiness Center Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls MT 59405 Program Format: Multi-session Course Training Topics: Accounting/Budget, Business Financing,…

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April 2022

Webinar: Structuring Effective & Efficient Meetings

April 7, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

Program Format: Online Meeting (Live) Training Topics: Human Resources, Managing a Business Description: Topic: For some, office meetings can be a productive way to achieve a company's objectives. For others, a business' internal meetings make employees feel like their time is not valued and their productivity is diminished by meeting with leadership and teammates. This month, we'll visit this human resource management problem to ensure that your company's staff meetings are effective, efficient, and - ultimately - move the company forward. This…

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Website Bootcamp – Website in a Day – Browning!

April 8, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Blackfeet Community, Beaver Painted Lodge 138.
Free

Date: 4/8/22 Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (MDT) Status: Open - 9 places remaining Registration Deadline: 4/8/22 8:00 AM (MDT) Fee: No Fee Location: Blackfeet Community,  Beaver Painted Lodge 138. Point of Contact: Rich Gannon (406) 836-2078 Training Topics: COVID-19 General Support, eCommerce Description: 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? Join us for an in-depth, one day training course, the Website…

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Business Pitch In

April 28, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cut Bank Brewery, 315 Railroad St
Cut Bank, MT 59403 United States
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Registration Deadline: 4/28/22 6:00 PM (MDT) Fee: No FeePoint of Contact: Rich Gannon (406) 836-2078 Location: 315 East Rail Road Cut Bank Creek Brewery, Cut Bank MT 59427-3021 Training Topics: Business Start-up/Preplanning, Market Research, Marketing/Sales Description: Business Pitch In was developed to help spur innovation and entrepreneurship within the Golden Triangle of Montana by giving a space for dreamers, thinkers, makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs to pitch and connect. It's a few hours on a Thursday night at Cut Bank Creek Brewery designed to give  dreemers, thinkers,…

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May 2022

Great Falls Job Jamboree

May 4, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Paris Gibson Education Center, 2400 Central Ave
Great Falls, Montana 59404
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Looking for  a Job? Don't forget to mark May 4th on your calendar to attend our 2022 Great Falls Job Jamboree. The event will be from 3pm to 6pm with over 100 employers on-site and ready to hire.  

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The Small Business Webinar Series: Mom-preneurs – You’re Legit!

May 5, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

Program Format: Online Meeting (Live) Training Topics: Managing a Business Description: Topic: As we lead into Mother's Day, we will take this opportunity to celebrate and mothers who operate businesses while also being moms. Whether you're a full-time founder or a home-based maker and side hustler, this webinar will celebrate your challenges and provide guidance on how to take your business to the next level. We will explore the research as to why parents make great entrepreneurs and tell share stories about…

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Accelerate: Your Startup Module 1

May 6, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
https://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/5285, 405 3rd st nw
great falls, MT 59403 United States
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Accelerate: Your Startup This business workshop helps identify areas of focus, make decisions, and take action using the GrowthWheel platform. This four module cohort is for new businesses (0-3 years).The course is $50 per person and held in-person at the GFDA office. Contact Jason Nitschke at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org or at 406-750-0314 or Click here for more information.

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Website Bootcamp – Website in a Day – Great Falls!

May 11, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Great Falls Development Authority, 405 3rd st nw
great falls, MT 59403 United States
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Free

Training Topics: COVID-19 General Support, eCommerce Description: Date: 5/11/22 Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT) Status: Open - 10 places remaining Registration Deadline: 5/10/22 4:00 PM (MDT) Fee: No Fee Point of Contact: Rich Gannon (406) 836-2078 Location: Great Falls Development Authority 405 3rd St NW, Great Falls, MT 5940, Great Falls MT 59404 Training Topics: COVID-19 General Support, eCommerce Description: Does your business need a website?   Are you intimidated or confused by the process?   Would you like to learn how to…

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QuickBooks Desktop – Lewistown

May 19, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
507 W Main St, Lewistown MT
$50

Date: 5/19/22 Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT) Status: Open - 20 places remaining Registration Deadline: 5/19/22 8:00 AM (MDT) Fee: $50.00 Registration Policies Point of Contact: Jason Nitschke (406) 750-0314 Location: 507 W Main St, Lewistown MT 59457-2603 Training Topics: Accounting/Budget, Cash Flow Management Description: For those new to bookkeeping and experienced folks alike! This QuickBooks Desktop course is designed to help entrepreneurs and business managers understand how to best manage their money. And isn't it all about maximizing your profit?…

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QuickBooks Desktop Payroll – Lewistown

May 20, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
507 West Main Street Snowy Mountain Development Corporation, Lewistown MT, 507 West Main Street
Lewistown, Montana
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$35

Date: 5/20/22 Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT) Status: Open - 19 places remaining Registration Deadline: 5/20/22 8:00 AM (MDT) Fee: $35.00 Registration Policies Point of Contact: Jason Nitschke (406) 750-0314 Location: 507 West Main Street Snowy Mountain Development Corporation, Lewistown MT 59457-2603 Training Topics: Accounting/Budget Description: This QuickBooks course will train users of the Desktop platform how the program's Payroll functions work. QuickBooks Pro Advisor Wendy Weissman, owner of Wendy J Weissman, CPA PC in Great Falls, will get into the…

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What’s Going on with SAM? Webinar

May 25, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

What's going on with SAM.gov? Updated Transition Overview Webinar Date: 5/25/22 Time: 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM (MDT) Status: Open - 44 places remaining Registration Deadline: 5/25/22 10:00 AM (MDT) Fee: No Fee Point of Contact: Shannon Clancy (406) 590-1184 Program Format: Online Meeting (Live) Training Topics: Government Contracting Description: Join Great Falls PTAC for an updated transition overview of what is going on with SAM.gov since April 4th. We will explore the validation process and how this affects registrations & renewals, types of documents required to validate entity…

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June 2022

Creating the Path for Business Transition Success

June 2, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

The Small Business Webinar Series: Creating the Path for Business Transition Success Date: 6/2/22 Time: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (MDT) Registration Deadline: 6/2/22 11:00 AM (MDT) Fee: No Fee Point of Contact: Jason Nitschke (406) 750-0314 Program Format: Online Meeting (Live) Training Topics: Managing a Business Description: Topic: For every business that starts, the founder has to begin that journey with a plan to exit. For some businesses, the plan is to simply close up shop and be done with it. For other founders, there is a…

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