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Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Partners featured at IMS 2017

There’s always a lot to learn about starting and growing a business. That’s why we lined up these amazing partners for the 2017 Innovate Montana Symposium.

First up are Montana's Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

With locations all throughout Montana, SBDC offers incredibly important services areas for start-ups, existing and expanding businesses like financial analysis, business planning, operations and marketing assistance, entrepreneurial development and loan packaging assistance. 

During IMS 2017, SBDC will be hosting breakout sessions that give us the low down on Creating Financial Value, Employee Retention, and High Impact Marketing on a Shoestring Budget. 

And then there's the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) powerhouse 

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center is a statewide manufacturing outreach & assistance center staffed by  professionals with degrees in engineering and extensive experience in manufacturing and business. MMEC can assess your business operations from end-to-end to help you innovate, grow, and profit.

MMEC will be offering hugely valuable breakout sessions and Solutions Lounges centered on succession planning and continuity, protecting your intellectual property, selling and exit strategies, and cyber security. And if that wasn't enough, they're also hosting a Lean Manufacturing Simulation: Lego Airplane Factory workshop on Wednesday morning at the Northern Hotel. 

Next up is global trade experts from the Montana World Trade Center (MWTC) 

MWTC is a program of The University of Montana, strengthening Montana businesses through international trade.

By integrating the phenomenal resources available through the University system, MWTC provides a more personalized level of service than typically received through World Trade Center membership. Compiling and analyzing information obtained through the World Trade Centers Association, and other organizations MWTC trade specialists and project managers can be an invaluable extension of your company’s capabilities.

During IMS 2017, MWTC will be giving insights on international trade opportunities for Montana businesses and using TechEx Live as a case study for what you could do to reach new global markets.

And of course the Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) to discuss strengthening our state and regional economies.

MEDA is the lead association of economic development professionals, business specialists, government employers, and non-profit organizations that promote and foster economic development activities in Montana.

MEDA will be playing a huge role in Workshops and Solutions Lounges that cover nearly every economic development topic in the book - from finding funding for your business, to how collaborations can take you to the next level of growth.

Workforce is always a huge issue for businesses of all sizes, so we also brought in the Montana Department of Labor and Industry & State Workforce Innovation Board

The State Workforce Innovation Board’s mission is to advise the Governor on statewide workforce development strategies that maximize the state's education, training, and employment resources in support of economic development. They’ll be heading up breakout sessions on apprenticeships, worker recruitment, training, compensation & retention, as well as nuts and bolts issues like navigating business regulations. 

For workshops, they’ll be leading us through Developing Industry Sector Workforce Strategy, giving an Outlook on Montana’s Healthcare Workforce, and letting us know what it takes for Millennial Recruitment and Retention. 

And since agriculture is such an important sector in our economy, we’re bringing in the Montana Department of Agriculture.

Department of Ag team members will be giving us a preview of Innovations in Agriculture and the new wave of Ag Tech, while giving us insights on how to successfully market agriculture products and operations. 

A major part of business development is networking, so we’ll have The Montana Ambassadors on-site to tell us how to get it done right.

The Montana Ambassadors is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization of  leaders in business, education, and the professions with a common dedication to furthering the best interests of the state.  They serve as the official ambassadors for telling the rest of the nation and world how amazing Montana is for living and doing business.

Members of the Ambassadors will be on hand to give insights on marketing, capital, and trade.

And rounding out our agenda is Indian Country Economic Development

ICED representatives will be at IMS to share incredibly valuable tips for how to do business in Indian Country, and how to get financing in Indian Country.  These insights are powerful tools for anyone looking to start or expand a business in one of Montana’s seven sovereign tribal reservations. 



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