The three-day conference to help small businesses in Montana broaden their horizons and work with the government and native tribes begins this week.

Put on by the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs and the Montana Department of Transportation, this is an opportunity for all Montana small businesses to learn about everything from business branding to marketing and from cyber security to human resources. The Tribal Relations Training and Small Business Summit begins Feb. 12 and runs through Feb. 14 in Helena at the Best Western - Great Northern Hotel. 

Participants can attend one or all three days. The fee for the tribal relations seminar on Feb. 12 is $75. The fee for the two days of small business seminars is $75.

The Montana Department of Transportation certifies small businesses, women- and minority-owned businesses throughout the state.

The process and certification allows for these businesses to go after federal grants and contracts. It also enables businesses to be considered for bigger opportunities.

“You don’t have to be certified to attend,” said Shannon Hahn, small business specialist with the Montana Department of Transportation. “We’re trying to help small businesses compete no matter the size of the playing field.”

In addition to the seminars, there will be an opportunity for attendees to network and rub elbows. 

On the first day, attendees will receive tribal relations training during which they can experience and learn about Montana's Tribal Nations and become a Partner in Building a Stronger Montana. The training includes topics on How to Conduct Business in Indian Country and keynote speakers on entrepreneurship and government relations.

That evening, Gov. Steve Bullock will help kick off the 2019 Small Business Summit at ExplorationWorks.

The following two days will be full of inspiration and information. At the conclusion, on Feb. 14, department specialist will present a free two-hour training course with a focus on EEO requirements on MDT contracts. The training class typically cost about $150.

For information and registration, click 2019summit.ezregister.com.

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City Editor

Assistant editor at the Helena Independent Record.

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