Seminar Series

Learn from local experts in Montana West’s Seminar Series for businesses. Whether you are an entrepreneur in the start-up phase, you’re looking to grow your existing operations, or you’re considering selling the business you’ve spent a lifetime building, we have the resources and information you need.

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Join us again this fall as we tackle additional topics relevant to your business. Dates and topics will be announced later.

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Contracting with the National Park Service

Tuesday, February 22, 10 – 11 a.m.
Join your local Kalispell PTAC for a virtual industry session with the National Park Service and learn more about how to do business with this federal agency. Topics covered include:
-Overview of the NPS: Agency purpose and mission
-How does the NPS purchase goods and services?
-What types of goods and services does the NPS typically purchase?
-Forecast of opportunities specifically in the Flathead Valley
-How to find opportunities over the $25k threshold and under
-What vendors need to do in order to conduct business with the NPS

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Developing a Successful IT Strategy

Tuesday, March 29, 1 – 2 p.m.
Presented in partnership with David Mayer, Founder and CEO of Endpoint Utility Corp.
Location: 44 2nd Ave W, Kalispell, MT 59901
If IT, information technology, is not an enabler of your business success, then in today’s world it is a hindrance. Every company is some form of a tech company today. It is so prevalent in our society that there are very few, if any, companies that can operate without the use of technology. While there is a lot to know about technology, it doesn’t have to be a daunting mountain, it can be climbed by understanding and helping your company to execute a few basic principles. In this series we’ll spend time understanding and discussing 4 key pillars to laying out a successful IT strategy: Setting up an IT strategy to get started, IT Security as an enabler, Using data and analytics to understand your company and your customer, social selling and creating a web presence.

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Business Perpetuation Planning

Thursday, April 21, 1 – 2 p.m.
Presented in partnership with Shaun McChesney, a Certified Exit Planner from PayneWest Insurance
Location: 44 2nd Ave W, Kalispell, MT 59901
You’ve spent a lifetime building your business, but do you have a plan for retirement or what would happen if you were no longer in the picture? With proper planning, your business will carry on as intended. Just as it is important to cover your buildings, your vehicles and your employees—it is important to protect the assets you have worked so hard to build. Join us for a seminar with Shaun McChesney, Certified Exit Planning Advisor from PayneWest Insurance and create a plan for how your organization will operate when you retire, or are no longer there to disability or death, and learn which legal and financial agreements you should have in place to manage the risk.

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Cyber Security

Tuesday, May 17, 1 – 2 p.m.
Presented in partnership with Mac Kirk from PayneWest Insurance and Shawn Weisz from Weisz Consulting
Location: 44 2nd Ave W, Kalispell, MT 59901
Cyber security and data privacy are not just issues facing large corporations and government institutions. Even small businesses are vulnerable to a variety of threats from malicious attacks to inadvertent disclosure of information. However, there are some basic steps businesses can take to secure their organization, particularly with customer data and financial information. Please join us for a seminar to learn more about types of cyber events and how they occur, methods to examine potential risks and some simple solutions every business should take