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Jun 29, 2015

Tester to hold 15th Small Business Opportunity Workshop

Senator: Connect your business with the tools you need to “Hit Your Stride”

(U.S. Senate) - Senator Jon Tester today announced he is hosting his fifteenth Small Business Opportunity Workshop in Missoula on July 17th at the University of Montana.

Alex "Papu" Rincon, founder of Montana's notable "four0six" brand, will key note the workshop. Marketing experts Jake Cook of Montana State University and Tadpull Digital Marketing and Jane Kober of Parker Hannifin will also address small business owners.

Tester's fifteenth Small Business Opportunity Workshop will help Montana small businesses hit their stride by connecting industry leaders with Montana entrepreneurs to expand opportunities, create jobs, and take their business to the next level.

Hitting Your Stride: Turning a Montana Small Business into a Montana Success
Friday, July 17, 2015
8:00 a.m. MST
University of Montana's University Center Theater
Missoula, MT

Tester's Business Advancement Panel will include:
• Paddy Fleming, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center Director
• Carey Hester, Montana U.S. Export Assistance Center International Trade Specialist
• Roger Hopkins, Small Business Administration Deputy District Director
• Kirk Keysor, Economic Development Administration Economic Development Representative
• Brigitta Miranda-Freer, Montana World Trade Center Executive Director
• Meg O'Leary, Montana Department of Commerce Director

Tester's Business Success Panel includes:

Neil Stuber, owner of Hurraw Lip Balm in Whitefish, Montana. Neil and his wife started their business because of an obsession to create the perfect balm. Today they produce an all-natural lip balm made from premium raw, organic, and fair trade ingredients. Neil and his wife market and sell their product across the world at
Contact: 406-730-2571,

Laura Meissenburg, owner of Meissenburg Designs in Bigfork, Montana. Laura and her husband, Loyd, design and hand make large wooden signs for business across the country from their shop in Flathead County. They employ 33 people and their customers include Disney, Harley Davidson, Makers Mark, as well as many National Parks. More can be found at
Contact: 406-837-3005,

Robin Béquet, owner of Béquet Caramels in Bozeman. Robin left a career in technology sales management after 27 years in 2001 to follow her passion. She has received multiple national awards for her homemade caramels, which are now available in over 700 markets across the country. More can be found at
Contact: 406-586-2191,

Tester's Business Shipping Panel will include:
- Mike Gruenke and Matt Jones, BNSF
- Jim Lewis, Montana Rail Link
- Mark Edem, FedEx
- Maryann Comstock, UPS
- David Hawkins, USPS


Tester's workshop is free and open to the public. Montanans interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP HERE.

The agenda for the Small Business Opportunity Workshop is available HERE.

A recap of Tester's past Small Business Opportunity Workshops can be found HERE.


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


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
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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