Tester announces Business Success Panel for 15th Small Business Opportunity Workshop

Panel consists of entrepreneurs who have taken their Montana business to the next level

(U.S. Senate) – Senator Jon Tester today announced that he will be joined by several Montana entrepreneurs who have turned their Montana business into a Montana success.

Tester’s “Business Success Panel” will provide specific advice for small business owners and entrepreneurs attending his next Small Business Opportunity Workshop in Missoula on July 17.

“Montana small businesses drive local economies, and I am pleased to be joined by folks who took a risk, got creative and grew their businesses,” Tester said. “On July 17 I look forward to connecting more Montana businesses with the resources they need to take their business to the next level.”

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 Hurrawbalm.com.

• 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 oldwoodsigns.com.

• 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 bequetconfections.com.

Tomorrow Tester will announce one more panel participating in his workshop and on Thursday he will unveil a special guest and renowned Montana entrepreneur who will keynote his Small Business Opportunity Workshop.

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