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January 2021

Basics of Running a Food Subscription or Community Supported Agriculture Programs

January 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Food and grocery sales have moved quickly to crowd the virtual space, and consumers have found comfort in the convenience and simplicity of a subscription from a favored food company. As the number of new farmers markets has plateaued, farmers have continued to explore the expanding direct to consumer markets like community supported agriculture. This program will cover the basics of, and differences between, subscriptions and community supported agriculture programs. Topics covered will include pricing, packaging, building a program, fulfillment…

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Concept to Consumer Workshop

January 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This wide-ranging class will provide you with a firm foundation for starting your food business. Topics covered will include: Target Market development, Cottage Food Law, Wholesale Food Manufacturing, Food Product Development, Processing Options, and Planning Your Food Business. Instructor Jan Tusick has a strong background in agriculture, finance and capitalization, networking, and marketing. She networks with economic development organizations and state agencies to ensure her clients are well-represented. Join us for this free class that will help you take your…

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Business Model Canvas

January 28 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

A one-page, visual, strategic management tool to quickly and easily define and communicate a business idea or concept in a focused but flexible way. Cost: FREE. Space is limited.

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February 2021

Women on the Rise: I Work for a Real Nut, But Atleast I am Self-Employed

February 3 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

The kickoff to our Women on the Rise Workshop series will focus on idea sharing, goal formation on starting a business. It will include a bonus session with Women who know-Retail.  They will discuss how they started and how they have prospered. Cost: FREE! Limited spaces available.

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Women on the Rise: When you Say “Sign Here” I Smell Trouble!

February 10 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

The In’s and Out’s of contracting, negotiating, protecting and selling your product. Cost: FREE! Limited spaces available.

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President’s Day – Office Closed

February 15
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Marketing Tips & Tricks for Government Contracting

February 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

So you are looking into Government Contracting and you’ve found a bid opportunity. Maybe you can put together a winning proposal. But what else can you do to increase the chances of actually winning the bid? In this workshop, you’ll learn how federal government contracting officers search for and evaluate small business contractors through the SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) database. You will also learn how to make your business more visible to agencies. Lead trainer Lillian Sunwall will…

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Women on the Rise: It’s Okay to be Thrifty, But Not With Your Prices!

February 17 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

This session with go through pricing, inventory, value-based decisions, finding the money for your venture, and how to track it as you earn it. This week will also have a bonus Women Who Know- Direct Sales and Real Estate. They will discuss lessons they have learned and things they should have done. Cost: FREE! Limited spaces available.

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Industry Day with the National Parks Service

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Billings PTAC for a virtual industry day with the National Parks Service and learn more about how to do business with this federal agency! Topics covered include: – Overview of NPS: their purpose and mission – How does NPS purchase goods and services? What purchasing vehicles do they use? – What types of goods and services does NPS typically purchase? – Forecast of opportunities – Where/how to find opportunities over the $25K threshold and under – What vendors…

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Industry Day with the Forest Service (VIRTUAL)

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Billings PTAC for a virtual industry day with the Forest Service and learn more about how to do business with this federal agency! Topics covered include: – Overview of the Forest Service: their purpose and mission – How does the Forest Service purchase goods and services? What purchasing vehicles do they use? – What types of goods and services does Forest Service typically purchase? – Forecast of opportunities – Where/how to find opportunities over the $25K threshold and…

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