Tester announces Women’s Small Business Workshop in Missoula

February 21 event will highlight women-owned small businesses

(BOZEMAN, Mont.) – Senator Jon Tester today announced that his next Small Business Opportunity Workshop will focus on helping Montana women get a jump-start on opening their own small business and creating jobs.

The February 21 workshop in Missoula will be Tester’s tenth small business workshop.

Tester’s event, at University Center at the University of Montana, will feature a discussion with some of Montana’s leading female small business owners and highlight avenues women can take to get their business up-and-running. 

Tester’s Made in Montana Success Stories session will include Missoula’s-own Aimee McQuilkin of Betty’s Divine and Christine Littig of Bernice’s Bakery recounting how they turned their business ideas into growing companies. 

The workshop’s opening session, Access to Capital, will demonstrate the many available options for funding a new business, ranging from private investors to non-profits to the Small Business Administration.

Tester’s workshop will also feature networking opportunities and information booths for attendees.

Tester’s workshop, which kicks off at 8 a.m., is free and open to the public. Montanans interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP at http://tester.senate.gov/Resources/workshop.cfm.

Tester’s Missoula workshop will be modeled on Tester’s successful women’s small business workshop in Billings last July. And 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.

More than 1,800 Montana companies and individuals have attended Tester’s nine previous small business workshops in Great Falls, Bozeman, Kalispell, Billings, Butte and Missoula.