Tester readies impressive line-up for Women’s Small Business Workshop

Small business leaders, experts to join Senator in Missoula

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester is pulling together an impressive group of presenters for his next jobs workshop that will focus on helping Montana women get a jump-start on opening their own small business and creating jobs.

Tester announced today that University of Montana marketing professor Jakki Mohr will join Karen Mills, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, in addressing the February 21 event.  Mohr will focus on the key elements needed to successfully market a small business.

Tester also announced that Dave Glaser, President of the Montana Community Development Corporation, and Liz Marchi with Frontier Angel Fund, will headline the workshop’s Access to Capital panel.  Panelists will highlight avenues women can take to get their business up-and-running.

Missoula’s Aimee McQuilkin of Betty’s Divine and Christine Littig of Bernice’s Bakery will kick off Tester’s second panel, Made in Montana Success Stories, by recounting how they turned their business ideas into growing companies. 

Tester’s workshop, which begins at 8 a.m. at the University Center at The University of Montana, is free and open to the public.  Montanans interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP at tester.senate.gov/workshop.

Tester’s Missoula workshop will be modeled on Tester’s successful women’s small business workshop in Billings last July.  The Missoula event comes on the heels of Tester’s Butte workshop in October that focused on helping Montana businesses find and secure contracting opportunities.

Nearly 2,000 Montana companies and individuals have attended Tester’s nine previous small business workshops in Great Falls, Bozeman, Kalispell, Billings, Butte and Missoula.