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In-depth workshops scheduled to kick off Innovate Montana Symposium 2017

New this year at Innovate Montana Symposium are pre-conference workshops scheduled on Tuesday July 11th and Wednesday July 12th.  Innovate Montana has partnered with the Montana Department of Labor, Montana Economic Developers, Montana Manufacturing Extensions center and others to bring interactive sessions with technical experts to tackle some of the biggest topics facing business owners today.  Dive deep into topics such as talent attraction, funding, exit strategy and more.  Make plans to attend these in-depth and hands on workshops.

Check out the full schedule of Workshops below:

Tuesday, July 11. 1:00-4:00p 

Developing Workforce Through Sector Strategy 

This panel discussion will provide attendees the opportunity to participate in a group conversation about developing regional workforce sector strategies. The workshop will emphasize building community partnerships, nurturing emerging industries, and working with underserved populations. The Park County tourism sector will be the example used to begin the dialogue.

Wednesday, July 12. 9:00-12:00p   

Navigating the Truths and Myths to find funding for your Business

We all have seen them; those advertisements that show millions of dollars are available for you to start your business.  Or the articles announcing that 75 jobs were created through Montana Department of Commerce.  And the question that comes to mind: How do I find these funds? In this workshop, the MEDA team will outline the many different means of start-up capital for business as well as dispel myths around business grants.  Outlining case studies that have utilized several different funding alternatives this workshop will provide information on what is available in Montana for your business and how you can access these programs.  This session will also provide you information on your area/regional economic development organization; which delivers a variety of business development programs.  It will also outline the Technical Assistance providers across the State that are available to you including SBDC, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, Montana Procurement Technical Assistance, and more.

Making the Connection: Adding Value, Sharing Resources, Supporting Your Business Community

This workshop is to showcase how businesses can support others while expanding their own growth potential. Sharing stories from Butte.Elevated. community opportunities for connection, to the Flathead Core redevelopment project and more. The speakers will showcase how Montana businesses can come together in support, growth, share resources, and create success beyond their business potential.

Outlook on Montana Healthcare Workforce

Healthcare is Montana's fastest growing industry sector. This workshop will present information from the statewide college report prepared with the Montana University System. Topics discussed will be the expected job demand for this industry, wage potential for workers, and data matching between employment and graduates.

Growing the Talent Pipeline Through Registered Apprenticeships

This workshop will give attendees information about the Montana Registered Apprenticeship program, how it can help to grow your talend pipeline, and what tools are available to businesses across the state, including the apprenticeship tax credit.

Exit Planning and Value Creation

 This practical, hands-on workshop will enable business owners to evaluate their state of readiness for an exit, and prioritize specific actions to better prepare. Participants will learn how to increase the value of their individual businesses, and will leave with individual action plans to do so. We’ll also help owners prepare to hold themselves accountable for implementing their value-enhancement action plans.

Lean Manufacturing Simulation - Lego Airplane Factory

Alternating hands-on simulation and class time where participants learn the basics of Lean manufacturing that will reduce the cost of virtually any process and can be applied to any process including food manufacturing, engineering, office procedures, and product development.  Learn how organizations throughout the world work to develop more efficient processes that reduce cost, reduce lead time, reduce space requirements, and create a better working environment for all employees.

Choosing your business structure 

One of the key decisions you’ll make when starting a business is its structure. Your choice of structure will depend on the size and type of business, your personal circumstances and how much you plan to grow the business.  Garth Jacobson, the Senior Government Relations Attorney for CT Corporation, will be presenting this workshop and will discuss the ideas and strategies behind deciding between a corporation or an LLC..


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