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Tourism Small Business Opportunity Workshop

Senator Tester's 13th Small Business Opportunity Workshop wil connect tourism industy leaders with Montana businesses to expand opportunties and create jobs in the Big Sky State.

The workshop will be held on Friday, May 17 in Strand Union Building's Ballroom A at MSU.  The workshop runs from 9 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

We have a talented group that will lead the discussion about enhancing your customers' experience and taking your business to the next level. Attendees at 13th Small Business Opportunity Workshop can expect:

Keynote speeches will be delivered by Montana native Eric Phillips of Delta Air Lines and Roger Dow, the President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association.

The workshop will also include two panel discussions.

Tester's four "Big Sky Advantage" panelists will showcase Montana companies that benefit from tourism in Montana. They are:

  • John Herzer - Blackfoot River Outfitters, a fly fishing guide company based in Missoula
  • Randy Roberson - Yellowstone Vacations, a travel company providing customized itineraries, including transportation and lodging, in and around Yellowstone National Park
  • Kaleigh Brook - When in Rome Pizza, a Bigfork restaurant offering authentic Mediterranean fare
  • Benjamin Bennett - Massive Studios, a Bozeman marketing agency with a number of Montana tourism industry clients

Tester's "Touting the Treasure State through Technology" panelists will teach Montana small business owners about the best ways to use social media and paid advertising to attract customers over the Internet. The panelists are:

  • Google's Rob Torres, Head of Travel - specializes in training travel industry businesses to expand their online presence using the world's largest search engine.
  • Facebook's Brooke Oberwetter, Associate Manager for Public Policy - trains small business owners across the country on using Facebook to communicate with customers.
  • Yelp's Luther Lowe, Director of Public Policy - develops products and procedures for businesses to connect with customers through
  • Bing's Sean O'Connor, Sales Manager - helps small businesses grow with search advertising.

Opening and closing remarks from Montana education and community leaders

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by submitting the below information.



Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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