A program, focused on helping family-based businesses, has launched a lecture tour of Montana, with a guest speaker who will bring ideas on how businesses can use social media to grow.
Montana State University-Bozeman's Business Department has sponsored the Family Business Day program since 1994, and they began taking it to communities in 2006. This year they are taking it "On the Road" with a series of presentations in nine communities in the state. It will be held in Billings on May 31.
Mike Gold, a marketing instructor at MSU, and an outstanding speaker, will discuss the use of social media in family- run businesses. The program will also include a review of some of the key ideas learned from the Family Business Day award winning companies, as well as, presentations from local college faculty members and a community forum to discuss local issues and resources available to family run businesses.
The new version of the "On the Road" program is the result of of discussions held in each community on the tour. The program was designed based upon input from local Chambers of Commerce, local State Farm agents, faculty members from the local universities or colleges, and business owners and community members.
The program is made possible with the support of State Farm Insurance, the Montana Chamber of Commerce and Stockman Bank.
The program is free but reservations are encouraged. Reserve your spot by calling Phyllis Johnson at (406) 994-6796.
The meetings will be held as follows:
Lewistown, May 21, 1-3 p.m., Central Education Center
Glasgow, May 22, 2-4 p.m. Cottonwood Inn
Havre, May 24, 10 a.m. 12 p.m., MSU Northern
Great Falls, May 24, 2-5 p.m., 2-5 p.m., MSU Great Falls
Miles City, May 30, 2-5 p.m., Miles Community College
Billings, May 31, 2-5 p.m., MSU Billings
Kalispell, June 6, 9 a.m.-12 pm., Flathead Valley Community College
Missoula, June 6, 6-8 p.m.,
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