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REPCAN 2009 Business Matchmaking Event 10/1/2009 — Montreal, Quebec

REGISTRATION IS LIMITED - DEADLINE IS JULY 31, 2009

Toronto, Ontario: September 29, 2009
Montreal, Quebec: October 1, 2009
Vancouver, British Columbia: October 6, 2009

RepCAN 2009 will provide U.S. small-to-medium sized, export-ready companies (SMEs) in all industry sectors, an efficient, cost-effective opportunity to enter the Canadian market and establish profitable commercial relations with prospective agents, distributors, end-users and joint venture partners. This multi-sector matchmaker/exhibit has three stops - Toronto, Ontario on September 29, Montreal, Quebec on October 1, and Vancouver, British Columbia on October 6. U.S. Companies may participate in one, two, or all three portions of RepCAN 2009 and will have an opportunity to gain practical international business experience in an environment that offers the potential for high returns with minimal risk while working with the U.S. Commercial Service in Canada.

Our U.S. Commercial Service Specialists will schedule a day of one-on-one appointments in each city, based on participant's goals and objectives. We will also host briefings on "Doing Business in Canada" and provide U.S. participants with networking opportunities, assistance with logistics and customs, special hotel rates, and much more.
Don't miss this opportunity to participate in this 3 stop event - RepCan 2009 - your gateway to Canada's largest and most receptive export markets in the world! RepCan is a multi-sector matchmaker event open to all industry sectors. Products/Services must be 51% U.S. content by value to be eligible.
Participation Fees:
Small Company (<500 employees): US$1,500
Large Company (>500 employees): US$3,000
Regional Market Profiles:
RepCAN Toronto 20092
RepCAN Montreal 20093
RepCAN Vancouver 20094
For more information please contact:
Madellon Lopes, Senior Commercial Specialist
Phone: (416) 595-5412 x227
Email: Madellon.Lopes@mail.doc.gov5

FREE WEBINAR ON GREEN BUILD & RENEWABLE ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES IN ITALY 10/1/2009 — Online

U.S. exporters of green build and renewable energy products and services will have the opportunity to learn about the emerging growth market in Italy from leading Italian experts in these fields, and about U.S. Commercial Service events and services to assist exporters in taking advantage of these opportunities. There will be ample time for questions and answers.
Date: October 1, 2009 Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern Time
Learn more/register: http://www.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=29805

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Biodiesel Production Series: Quality Control and Testing 10/2/2009 — Montana State University Northern Havre, MT

(2 days October 2-3)
Participants will be introduced to biodiesel quality and testing, and how it relates to performance. Basic operations and protocols for biodiesel testing using different equipment will be demonstrated. The principles behind each equipment’s operation will also be discussed. Participants will gain hands-on experience analyzing and testing the biodiesel they produced in accordance to ASTM methodologies.
Contact: Jon Soriano, (406) 265-3717, nestor.soriano@msun.edu

Social Media 101 for Business 10/2/2009 — Montana State University-Great Falls - Room R277

Are you interested in learning how to leverage social media to benefit your business? Have you asked yourself what is it and how does it work?
Twitter, Blogs, and LinkedIn are platforms that easily allow businesses to network, reach customers and clients, build their brand, and increase marketing.
Join Jeff Mangan, Mark Mathson and the SBDC for a free workshop on Social Media for Business. This is a great opportunity for Great Falls and surrounding area businesses to learn the basics of social media and leave the workshop with an online social media presence.

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REPCAN 2009 Business Matchmaking Event 10/6/2009 — Vancouver, British Columbia

REGISTRATION IS LIMITED - DEADLINE IS JULY 31, 2009

Toronto, Ontario: September 29, 2009
Montreal, Quebec: October 1, 2009
Vancouver, British Columbia: October 6, 2009

RepCAN 2009 will provide U.S. small-to-medium sized, export-ready companies (SMEs) in all industry sectors, an efficient, cost-effective opportunity to enter the Canadian market and establish profitable commercial relations with prospective agents, distributors, end-users and joint venture partners. This multi-sector matchmaker/exhibit has three stops - Toronto, Ontario on September 29, Montreal, Quebec on October 1, and Vancouver, British Columbia on October 6. U.S. Companies may participate in one, two, or all three portions of RepCAN 2009 and will have an opportunity to gain practical international business experience in an environment that offers the potential for high returns with minimal risk while working with the U.S. Commercial Service in Canada.

Our U.S. Commercial Service Specialists will schedule a day of one-on-one appointments in each city, based on participant's goals and objectives. We will also host briefings on "Doing Business in Canada" and provide U.S. participants with networking opportunities, assistance with logistics and customs, special hotel rates, and much more.
Don't miss this opportunity to participate in this 3 stop event - RepCan 2009 - your gateway to Canada's largest and most receptive export markets in the world! RepCan is a multi-sector matchmaker event open to all industry sectors. Products/Services must be 51% U.S. content by value to be eligible.
Participation Fees:
Small Company (<500 employees): US$1,500
Large Company (>500 employees): US$3,000
Regional Market Profiles:
RepCAN Toronto 20092
RepCAN Montreal 20093
RepCAN Vancouver 20094
For more information please contact:
Madellon Lopes, Senior Commercial Specialist
Phone: (416) 595-5412 x227
Email: Madellon.Lopes@mail.doc.gov5

Spiff: Russia’s Largest Event For Forestry And Wood-Related Industries 10/6/2009 — St.Petersburg, Russia

(October 6-9)
CS St. Petersburg invites companies involved in all aspects of the Forestry and Wood Products Industries to participate in the 11th St. Petersburg International Forestry Forum (SPIFF) and related Exhibitions October 6-9, 2009. For more information, including Gold Key Service, contact Commercial Specialist Misha Minkevitch (misha.minkevitch@mail.doc.gov) and visit the websites of the SPIFF http://www.spiff.ru/index.en.html and International Forestry Exhibitions http://www.restec.ru/exhibitions/featured/lpkexpo/index.en.html.

Supervisor Boot Camp 10/6/2009 — Bozeman, MT

New supervisors, business owners and experienced personnel managers can learn to increase team effectiveness with techniques that develop the skills, talents, and passions of others; discover methods to motivate & coach team members and leverage team productivity in this 2-day Extended University course Oct. 6 & 7, co-sponsored by the MSU Leadership Program and the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center. Fee $174. Meets from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the MMEC Training Room, 2310 University Way, Building 2, Bozeman. Call 406-994-6683 or go to MSU Extended University http://eu.montana.edu/profdev for more information.

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Three Companies pitch to Hellgate Angels 10/6/2009 — Gallagherb Business Building Room 226 University of Montana, Missoula

The Hellgate Angels will convene on Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30pm in Room 226 of the Gallagher Business School at the University of Montana. The group will hear presentations from three Missoula area companies. The Hellgate Angels are an angel organization in formation in affiliation with the Montana Angel Network.

The presenting companies include Sinapis Pharma, Tipu’s Tiger Chai Tea and WhoCanHelp.com.

The meeting is open to Accredited Investors who are interested in participating in building more early stage equity capital for innovation companies in the region. Local organizers include MCDC (Montana Community Development Corporation) and Goodworks Ventures, LLC.

For more information please contact Liz Marchi, liz@frontierangels.com, 406-883-4044.

Free Trade Show Space For Wtc Trade Missions to TAIPEI WTC (US Commercial Service) 10/7/2009 — Asia

In order to encourage more foreign exhibitors to apply to join either TAITRONICS 2009 or Taiwan RFID 2009 shows, we now offer FREE RAW SPACE (every booth is 9 M2) to trade mission organizers.

Annually TAITRA organizes more than 25 international trade shows (Show Calendar for 2009). Ranging from industries as diverse as automotive and sporting goods to IT, food, and electronics, these shows include Computex Taipei, Taipei Cycle, Taipei AMPA—all being some of the world's leading trade shows.

TAITRONICS and Taiwan RFID trade shows this year co-locate on October 8 to 11, 2009 at TWTC NANGANG Exhibition Center. In addition, Taiwan International Photovoltaic Forum & Exhibition will run October 7 and 9, 2009, at TWTC Exhibition Hall and Taipei International Convention Center.

Joining in Taitraonics and Taiwan RFID will be a great chance for your members to promote their products, let us know if you are interested in being the event.

Contact:
Joan Tsou
Taiwan Trade Center New York, Inc.
1 Penn Plaza Ste. 3410
New York, NY 10119
Tel: 1-212-9041677 ext.15
Fax: 1-212-9041678
www.TaipeiTradeShows.com.tw/
www.TaiwanTrade.com.tw
www.TAITRA.org.tw
skype: joantsou
joan@taitra.org.tw

WEBINAR: CASHING IN WITH U.S. FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS 10/7/2009 — Online

Date/Registration: October 7, 2009; 2:00-3:00pm EDT
https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=0Q03

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Mobilizing Rural Communities: The Northern Plains Initiative Conference 10/8/2009 — Billings, MT, Holiday Inn Grand

Rural Dynamics Incorporated, RDI, works to achieve a vision for our region. This vision was created in partnership with organizations and individuals across the Northern Plains region and reflects our values.
Individuals and families will have the opportunity to grow their assets providing a resource for themselves, their family, and their community. Contact: Leah Noel, conference@ruraldynamics.org, 406.761.8721 for more information

Seeing to Learn: A day of Plant Tours, Post-tour discussion and dinner speaker 10/8/2009 — Lewiston, MT

October 8 – Lewistown -- COME CELEBRATE American Ingenuity and Industry with Montana Manufacturing Center and Central Montana Manufacturing Association (CMMA) on October 8 -- a special day of manufacturing plant tours; post-tour discussion with a focus on best practices and what you can use back home; a networking reception; and dinner speaker.
Tours include HCR, Inc, Spika Welding & Mfg., Montana Fiberglass & Hi-Heat Industries.

Registration for this event is $75.00 per person.
CMMA member rate $50.00.
Sponsors making this event possible include MMEC, CMMA, Montana Chamber of Commerce, Montana State Fund, NorthWestern Energy, Pacific Steel & Recycling, Lewistown Insurance and support from a USDOL WIRED grant from the Montana Dept. of Commerce and Montana Dept. of Labor.
A block of rooms at a group rate have been reserved at the Yogo Inn through Sept. 12 for anyone needing accommodations. Call 406-535-8721.
I’ve attached the information from the promotional postcard and more is available at http://mtmanufacturingcenter.com/Training/other_events.htm

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Golden Autumn’s Gold Key in Russia (October 9-12)…It’s Agriculture At Its Best 10/9/2009 — Mascow

Use the commercial Service’s Gold Key Service to locate customers during Golden Autumn. The Commercial Service Russia invites you to take part in Golden Autumn, the largest agricultural exhibition held in Russia, CIS and the Baltic States, to be held in Moscow October 9-12, 2009. Golden Autumn is the leading agricultural forum for Russia’s agribusiness sector, and is the premiere event during the Russian Federation's "Russian Agricultural Week" program. Golden Autumn is the place to promote agricultural equipment, agricultural chemistry, seeds, breeding animals, veterinary products and services for the agribusiness sector. A wide range of Russian and foreign food products are also exhibited. http://www.goldenautumn.ru/en/text_items/show/24

World Famous Biotech Pioneer and Montana Native to Present in Bozeman 10/9/2009 — Rockin’ TJ Ranch in Bozeman, Montana

TechRanch, Montana BioScience Alliance and the Institute for Systems Biology are very pleased to present an afternoon with the World Famous BioTech Pioneer and Montana Native Dr. Leroy Hood on October 9, 2009 at the Rockin’ TJ Ranch in Bozeman, Montana. Dr. Hood will share his thoughts on the future of biomedicine and how Montana can build its life sciences and biotech community. Montana life science entrepreneurs, research scientists and investors will be attending the event to learn more about collaborative opportunities with Dr. Hood’s Institute for Systems Biology and innovative ideas to help Montana carve a niche in the life science economy.

RSVPs are required. Please see attachment for more information. Thank you.

Prairie Lee
TechRanch
406.556.0272
www.techranch.org
www.bootstrapmontana.com

Techranch Networking Event October 13 (Bozeman) 10/13/2009 — TechRanch, Pub 317

Greetings from TechRanch, Please join us for our after-hours networking series on Tuesday, October 13th from 5:00-7:00pm, at Pub 317. You will meet TechRanch board members, client companies, and staff. This fun, relaxed event is open to all and is a great way to meet and mingle with business and community leaders. Please RSVP by October 9th, 2009 to plee@techranch.org. For more information on this event please visit: http://www.techranch.org/events

Small Business Development Center's Business Expo: Invest in Success 10/14/2009 — Holiday Inn, Great Falls MT

The 1st Annual Small Business Development Center Invest in Success Conference is designed with the sole intention of assisting our existing Montana Small Businesses in growing. Held October 14th in Great Falls, the event has 25 breakout sessions, addresses from Montana Department of Commerce Director Anthony Preite and the U.S. Small Business Administration District Director
Michelle Johnston.

The keynote address will be delivered by successful Montana Business co‐owner, Jim Markel of Red Oxx Manufacturing, Inc.

Registration
http://mtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com
$75 prior to October 1st
$100 after September 30th

Biodiesel Production Series: Fuel Performance 10/15/2009 — Montana State University Northern, Havre MT

(3 days October 15-17)
This session includes a lecture and discussion on the fundamentals of diesel engines, a discussion on engine design technologies in relation to federal and state regulations, with an emphasis on exhaust emissions, and a discussion on EPA regulated and non-regulated gases, including their environmental and human health impacts. The lecture sessions will be followed by a tour of The MSU-Northern Engine Performance Facilities, and an overview of performance test protocols. With the assistance of MSU-Northern Staff, participants will conduct actual testing of biodiesel, biodiesel blend and diesel fuel using Northern’s Small Engine Test Cell, and exhaust emission monitoring using Northern’s SESAM FT-IR Analyzer. Participants will be introduced to the use of basic statistics as a tool in data analysis and interpretation, as well data presentation.

Employer and Student Networking Event in Missoula 10/16/2009 — Missoula, MT

Employer & Student Networking Event on Friday, October 16th, from 11:30-1:00pm. Thanks to DirecTV it will be hosted at their Call Center again this fall!

Employers continue to comment that our career development programs are their best recruiting tools. This event provides students with a unique opportunity to practice professional etiquette and networking as well as providing business professionals a chance to meet future interns & employees (full & part-time).

If you can attend, please let me know by Friday, October 2nd, via email at: janel.queen@business.umt.edu - The sooner you RSVP that you are attending – the sooner your organization’s name will be in our publicity for students.

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Building Economic Partnerships: A Business & Investment Conference On Iraq In Washington, Dc 10/20/2009 — Hyatt Regency, Washington, DC

On October 20-21, 2009. Join the U.S. Department of Commerce to learn about business and investment opportunities in twelve of Iraq's industry sectors – agriculture, banking/finance, defense, electricity, health, education, housing/construction, industry, oil/gas, telecommunications, tourism and transportation. The U.S.-Iraq Business and Investment Conference intends to encourage U.S. private investment in Iraq by promoting current business opportunities, providing matchmaking opportunities for U.S. and Iraqi firms, providing opportunities for dialogue with Iraqi Ministers and other senior Government of Iraq officials, and holding bilateral meetings with U.S. and Iraqi government officials to address commercial policy. Businesses currently operating in Iraq or wanting entering the market, should seriously consider participating in this event.
Contact: Ariana.Monti@mail.doc.gov
Learn more: http://www.trade.gov/IraqInvest

2009 Taiwan International Green Industry Show RE: Opportunity to have Your Promotional Materials Available...FREE OF CHARGE! 10/21/2009 — Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall

October 21-24

The Montana Department of Commerce’s Asia Pacific Trade Office in Taiwan is inviting Montana businesses to participate in a catalog show at the Taiwan International Green Industry Show in October (document attached). Companies do not have to be physically present, but information (translated by the Taiwan office) will be on display. Trade leads will be sent back to participating businesses at the conclusion of the show.
Please contact Sara Warren at the Montana Department of Commerce to find out how your company can take advantage of this amazing opportunity!
Sara Warren
Export Marketing Officer
406.841.2754
SWarren@mt.gov
www.exportmontana.com, www.commerce.mt.gov

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WEBINAR : UNDERSTANDING EXPORT CONTROLS 10/21/2009 — Online

Date/Registration: October 21, 2009; 2:00-3:00pm EDT

https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=0Q02

Social Media Business Strategies in Small Markets/Economies of Scale 10/21/2009 — Missoula Public Library, Lower Level

Presenter:Jeff Mangan, Montana Business(www.mtbusiness.com)
Cost:FREE and Open to the Public
Location:Missoula Public Library, Lower Level
301 East Main
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: 406.544.3098
Social Media Club Missoula: www.smcmissoula.com

Biodiesel Production Series: Safety and Hazmat Training 10/23/2009 — Montana State University Northern, Havre MT

An introduction to hazardous materials handling for oil and fuels.
•Biodiesel storage & handling
•Methanol storage and handling
•Waste water
•Fire regulations
•Emergencty hazmat response

Contact: Jon Soriano, (406) 265-3717, nestor.soriano@msun.edu

STRATEGIC GRANT WRITING PROPOSAL WORKSHOP -OCT. 26-28 10/26/2009 — University of Montana. Missoula, MT

In today’s challenging environment, learning the secrets to effective grant writing is critical to secure funding. What if you could learn directly from the experts? Think of the time you could save and the mistakes you could avoid. This may be the one simple action you take that will dramatically increase your chances of securing grant funding. http://www.isfdsonline.com/

Strategic Grant Research Through interactive exercises, discussions, applicable research assignments and individual consultations, you will learn how to strategically identify appropriate funding agencies. This course will expose you to database applications, online research tools, as well as traditional publications that contain information about multiple grant opportunities. Tuition for our three-day grant writing workshop is $ 598 per person, with a $50 discount for early sign-
ups (10 business days or more before the workshop). Each participant will receive the following: * ISFD Certificate of Completion accredited by CFRE with 20 Continuation Education Units (CEU) or 20 Contact Hours * Strategic Grant Proposal Writing Workbook and Fundraising & Research CD * Strategic Grant Proposal Personalized Materials * On-Going Consulting Services with ISFD Instructors & Staff Registration: 1) Online – http://www.isfdsonline.com 2) Phone - Call us at 1.877.414.8991 An ISFD consultant will be more than happy to assist you with your registration and answer any questions or concerns. 3) Email - Send an email to info@isfdonline.com with your basic contact information and a seat will be reserved.

CENSUS' FOREIGN TRADE REGULATIONS WEBINAR SERIES (1 OF 5): FILING REQUIREMENTS (USCS) 10/27/2009 — ONLINE

Date/Registration: October 29, 2009; 2:00-3:00 EDT

https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=0Q1G

WHO SPEAKS FOR ISLAM? WHAT A BILLION MUSLIMS REALLY THINK” COMMUNITY DISCUSSION WITH DALIA MOGAHED (World Affairs Council of Montana) 10/27/2009 — University of Montana Theater PARTV- Bldg

The World Affairs Council along with our generous sponsors, will host Dalia Mogahed, executive director and senior analyst for the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. Dalia will be visiting on October 27th for a community discussion titled after her recently published book, "Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think", which is the culmination of a multi-year poll in more than 35 Muslim nations challenging Western beliefs about Muslim culture. She is also the first Muslim woman appointed to the Obama administration as she serves on the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
We hope this event will draw a large crowd and generate strong community interest as this will be a very timely discussion. The program will be held on campus at the Montana Theater - PARTV- Bldg., Oct. 27th, 7:30pm.

SEMINAR OCTOBER 28 (BILLINGS): BRANDING YOUR PRODUCT OR SERVICE (Big Sky EDA) 10/28/2009 — Big Sky EDA, 222 N. 32nd St., Yellowstone Media Room, 1st Floor

Are you struggling to find new ways to diversify and market your business in a down economy?
Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from one of the leading brand experts on how the market leaders from around the globe develop and manage their greatest asset – BRANDS!
Join Michael Blanck, President of Brand Ranch, for a day and a half of discussion on Branding. Michael brings over 25 years of experience in branding and marketing . His organization has helped many business owners understand how they can make their brands and business more successful.
Topics Discussed:
What is Branding?
Tools for Brand Management
Key Factors for Brands
Four Pillars of Successful Brands
Living the Brand
Who Should Attend? Business Owners & Marketing Directors When: October 28th from 8:00-5:00 PMl; Q & A Session on October 29th from 8:00-10:00 AM.
Cost: $100 per person - includes handouts & lunch
Registration Deadline - Monday, October 26th
Contact: Registration: Call Mary Lou at (406) 254-6014

DOE WEBCAST FOR STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS: FEED-IN TARIFFS (EERE) 10/28/2009 — ONLINE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Technical Assistance Project (TAP) for state and local officials is offering a Web seminar on how state and local governments are beginning to use feed-in tariffs as a policy to advance emerging renewable energy technologies. Karlynn Cory, energy analyst at the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will present several examples of such policies from across the United States.
The presentation will take place Wednesday, October 28, from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and is titled "Feed-In Tariffs: Best Practices and Application in the United States."
The Web seminar is free of charge, but you must register in advance to obtain a URL for the presentation and call-in phone number. You can register online, find information about the presenters, and read background materials and reports on the TAP Webcast section of the DOE Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program Web site.

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2009 MONTANA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL MEETING AND BANQUET 10/28/2009 — Hilton Garden Inn

The Montana Chamber of Commerce is pleased to hold its 78th Annual Meeting this fall in Missoula.
The banquet and membership meeting will take place the evening of Wednesday, October 28 with a reception (5:30 p.m.), dinner (6:30 p.m.) and speaker. We hope to be able to announce our keynote speaker very soon!
Members are encouraged to attend this function. The Montana Chamber Board of Directors will meet the afternoon of Wednesday, October 28 and the morning of Thursday, October 29, so there will be no public sessions during that time.
http://www.montanachamber.com/uploads/docs/Chamber%20Membership/09FallReg.pdf Contact: http://www.montanachamber.com/uploads/docs/Chamber%20Membership/09FallReg.pdf

WEBINAR: COUNTRY SANCTIONS PROGRAM (CUBA, IRAN, ETC) (DILWORTH PAXSON LLP) 10/29/2009 — Online

To register, all Dilworth Paxson LLP requires is your name and title, company name, telephone number, e-mail address, and company web site address. Please send your registration information to Katie Moscony at kmoscony@dilworthlaw.com.
Webex meeting invitations (which include dial-in information, passcodes, etc.) will be sent to all registered attendees several days prior to each event
All scheduled programs will begin at 1:00 P.M. and end at 2:30 P.M. , EASTERN TIME.

CENSUS' FOREIGN TRADE REGULATIONS WEBINAR SERIES (2 OF 5): EXPORT COMMODITY CLASSIFICATION (USCS) 10/29/2009 — ONLINE

Date/Registration: October 29, 2009; 2:00-3:00 EDT

https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=0Q1G

U.S. VIRTUAL GREEN TRADE MISSION TO ITALY (NOVEMBER 1–30) 11/1/2009 — ONLINE

This mission will offer U.S. firms a cost-effective way to test the Italian market and identify potential agents and distributors. Targeted sectors include green building, renewable energy, energy efficiency, water conservation, and recycling. Participants can receive market exposure by including their online promotional “brochure” on the mission’s Web site. They will also receive a vetted report on the Italian companies that indicate interest in representing the participants’ products or services. For more information, contact Bill Cline of the USFCS, tel.: (775) 784-5203; e-mail: bill.cline@mail.doc.gov.

CENSUS' FOREIGN TRADE REGULATIONS WEBINAR SERIES (3 OF 5): AES OVERVIEW OF THE SYSTEM (USCS) 11/3/2009 — ONLINE

Date/Registration: November 3, 2009; 2:00-3:00 EST

https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=0Q1E

2009 Small Business Conference "Pushing Past the Status Quo" 11/3/2009 — Holiday Inn Grand Billings, MT

Montana businesses come together to provide a unique conference for small business owners

Montana businesses offer support to small business owners through an exciting new conference hosted by Grizzly Consulting.

BILLINGS, MT- Montana businesses have come together to offer the 2009 Small Business Conference “Pushing Past the Status Quo” in Billings on November 3rd and 4th at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana. This conference is geared toward helping small business owners gain new insights and resources that will push their businesses to new levels of success.

This conference provides limitless networking opportunities as well as a vendor expo that will cover the essential services small businesses need. "The conference is really about the business community coming together and sharing innovative ideas. With the theme of pushing past the status quo, the focus is on each business owner surpassing their own expectations." said Grizzly Consulting Owner Bridgit Hanson. "By attending this conference, small business owners will be armed with valuable information they can implement to protect and grow their business. As a small business owner myself, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to connect with the other entrepreneurs."

This conference brings together top notch speakers and selected vendors to assist business owners in getting through these difficult economic times. There has never been a better time for Montana businesses to pull together.

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Us Commercial Service Executive Trade Mission to Libya and Algeria November 4-8 (Application Deadline August 1) 11/4/2009 — Tripoli, Libya and Algiers, Algeria

Venues: Tripoli, Libya and Algiers, Algeria
Date: Nov. 4–8, 2009
Learn more/register: northafricamission@mail.doc.gov

Libya and Algeria are buying U.S. products and services at historically high rates and are among the world's most promising markets for U.S. suppliers due to their fast-growing, increasingly market-driven economies, oil-based capital reserves and sweeping infrastructure development opportunities. The Department of Commerce’s executive-led trade mission will help U.S. companies make valuable connections in these two markets, where business deals are made on the strength of personal contacts. Participants will benefit from one-on-one business matchmaking appointments with prospective agents, distributors, and end-users; meetings with government officials; updates on major projects; Embassy briefings on doing business in the region; and networking events. For more information, contact our project officer at northafricamission@mail.doc.gov. The deadline is August 1, 2009.

WEBINAR NOVEMBER 4: FINDING INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS AND CONDUCTING DUE DILIGENCE 11/4/2009 — Online

Date/Registration: November 4, 2009; 2:00-3:00pm EST
https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=0Q04

MONTANA TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP WORKSHOP - LICENSING YOUR INNOVATION: DEVELOPING THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO NET THE BEST DEAL 11/5/2009 — Kelly Steward Room of the Montana Tech Sub at 1300 W. Park Street, Butte.

The Montana Department of Commerce http://commerce.mt.gov/, Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP) program is presenting a workshop for technology entrepreneurs on Thursday, November 5 in Butte at Montana Tech. MTIP was created by the Montana Department of Commerce to promote technology commercialization as a viable economic development strategy for the State of Montana.
“By nature, Montanans are blessed with an entrepreneurial spirit and a tenacity that can’t be beat,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “That perseverance creates momentum to get things done, and MTIP informational workshops can provide guidance to lead to success.”
The workshop is entitled “Licensing Your Innovation: Developing the Knowledge and Skills to Net the Best Deal”. The presenter will be MTIP counselor Marti Elder who will provide insight on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to build licensable value and engage in the licensing process.
“The Montana Department of Commerce, Montana Technology Innovation Partnership is proud to help entrepreneurs improve their businesses, which in turn, improves our local economies,” said Anthony Preite, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. “I encourage Montana entrepreneurs to attend this workshop.”
Cost of the day-long workshop is $75, which includes lunch, and runs from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Kelly Steward Room of the Montana Tech Sub at 1300 W. Park Street, Butte.
Register at http://mtip.mt.gov or contact Program Manager Mary McMahon at (406) 841-2749.

CENSUS' FOREIGN TRADE REGULATIONS WEBINAR SERIES (4 OF 5): HOW TO USE AES PC LINK (USCS) 11/5/2009 — ONLINE

Date/Registration: November 5, 2009; 2:00-3:00 EST

https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=0Q1F

CENSUS' FOREIGN TRADE REGULATIONS WEBINAR SERIES (5 OF 5): SSN INTERIM FINAL RULE (USCS) 11/10/2009 — ONLINE

Date/Registration: November 10, 2009; 2:00-3:00 EST

https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=0Q1J

THE THE FIRST JORDAN INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT CONFeRENCE NOVEMBER 11-12 DEAD SEA, JORDAN 11/11/2009 — DEAD SEA, JORDAN

After experiencing impressive growth in recent years, Jordan is now poised to become a strategic location for investment in the region. In the wake of the global financial crisis, investors are looking for opportunities to gain the highest value for investment. Under the Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein The Jordan International Investment Conference 2009 organized by the Jordan Investment Board, Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation, Jordan Chamber of Commerce, Jordan Chamber of Industry, the Jordan Businessmen Association, and supported by Lawrence & Husseini Consult, will bring leading policy makers and opinion-shapers along with local and international businessmen together to serve as a convening place for those interested in taking advantage of investment opportunities Jordan has to offer and to showcase the latest developments in the elements of the investment environment.
The conference will bring together leading policy makers and opinion-shapers along with local and international businessmen, CEOs, leaders & investors across the region and the world to serve as a convening place for those interested in taking advantages of the investment opportunities Jordan has to offer and to showcase the latest developments in the overall investment environment.
Top level Jordanian public and private entities will present various projects for partnership in sectors such as transport, energy, infrastructure, information and communication technology, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, agriculture and agro-industries tourism, engineering, environment, mining and downstream industries, etc. Furthermore, the Conference will include the showcasing of strategic projects, public-private partnerships, new special economic zones, financing of investment, success stories, and business to business meetings will be organized. The Conference will particularly witness the congregation of representatives of business and investment houses from the regional and international arenas.
The Conference also offers sponsorship opportunities and features a trade exhibition.
We know what it takes.
Take advantage and register at http://www.jiic-jo.com/

MONTANA FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL HEALTHCARE 11/12/2009 — Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building at MSU Bozeman, MT

The future of agriculture and rural healthcare in Montana will be the focus of a Nov. 12 conference in Bozeman, hosted by Montana State University Extension and the MSU Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics.
The conference will feature experts on the financial crisis, agricultural policy, the ACRE program, livestock and grain and energy markets, all addressing current issues facing Montana agricultural producers and rural communities. The conference begins at 10:30 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. The conference will be held in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building at MSU.
A special lecture, "Implications of Healthcare Reform for Rural America," from Jon Christianson, will follow the conference at 3:30 p.m. Christianson, 2009 M.L. Wilson lecturer, holds the James Hamilton Chair in Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota.
The conference is designed to provide agricultural business leaders, agricultural bankers, producers and others in agriculture with quality, unbiased information about the issues facing Montana agriculture. The focus of keynote speakers George Haynes and Myles Watts will be the implications of the recent financial crisis for Montana and agriculture in general. Vince Smith will provide an update on agricultural policy. Presenters include Dave Buschena (grains), Gary Brester (livestock), Joel Schumacher (energy) and Christina Stoddard (healthcare). Duane Griffith will discuss a new tool designed to help producers evaluate the ACRE farm program. The conference will conclude with a roundtable discussion of "Healthcare Needs of Agricultural and Rural Communities from 2010 to 2020," moderated by Montana Department of Agriculture Director Ron de Yong.
Registration is $20 and includes lunch. For more information and to register, visit http://www.ampc.montana.edu/fallconference.html
or contact Joel Schumacher at 406) 994-6637 or jschumacher@montana.edu Contact: Joel Schumacher (406) 994-6637 or jschumacher@montana.edu

International Business Seminar Series: Selling and Sourcing in China 11/12/2009 — Kalispell Chamber of Commerce 15 Depot Park Kalispell, MT

China is world’s fastest growing economies. Montana companies have business opportunities across multiple sectors in China; however, despite large economic gains, China remains a challenging market for companies of all sizes. To help Montana firms navigate these challenges, the Montana World Trade Center, the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce and the Montana District Export Council, present this unique opportunity for Montana businesses to learn how to effectively navigate opportunities to export and source from China. To register or additional information please contact the Montana World Trade Center 406.243.6982 or email seminars@mwtc.org

2010 Made In Montana Marketplace Exhibitor And Buyer Registration Now Open (Matr.Net) 11/14/2009

The early-bird discounts on booths expire November 14, 2009. The selection jury will meet the following week to select qualified exhibitors, based on complete applications.
On Friday, March 26, wholesale buyers from across the region connect with the people who produce items that qualify for the Made in Montana label. The Marketplace is strategically timed to connect exhibitors with wholesale buyers looking to purchase for the spring and summer seasons. The trade show is open to the general public Saturday, March 27.
For more information on exhibitor and wholesale buyer registration, or to become a sponsor, call (406) 455-8510 or visit www.greatfallsmt.net/events/madeinmontana

STRATEGIC GRANT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP NOVEMBER 16-18 11/16/2009 — University of Montana, Missoula

The Strategic Grant Development Workshop will be held at University of Montana, Missoula November - 16 - 18, 2009. Learn from the experts how to prepare, write and secure proposals from various funding agencies.
With the 2009 Economic Stimulus Package, comes new opportunities for your institution to receive funding. Doing so requires proper strategy and knowledge which will be demonstrated in this interactive workshop. Space is limited so seating is available on a first-come first-serve basis.
To register go to http://www.isfdsonline.com by phone or for more information please call (877) 414-8991or by emailing info@isfdonline.com with your basic information to reserve seating. Additional discounts are available for groups that would like to participate in this interactive workshop. Would you like us to send you more information? Does it sound Interesting to you?

Webinar: Exporting to South America - Best Prospects in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela 11/16/2009 — Online

WEBINAR SERIES: TRADE WINDS 2010: “THE AMERICAS” (NOVEMBER 16, DECEMBER 16, JANUARY 15, FEBRUARY 8, AND MARCH 15)
Exporting to South America - Best Prospects in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela Monday, November 16, 2009; 11:00AM-12:00PM EST

To register/for more information: http://www.buyusa.gov/westvirginia/twws.html

TAX SAVING TIPS FOR 2009 AND A VIEW FORWARD 11/17/2009 — Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, Bozeman

EVENT AT A GLANCE

Tuesday, November 17
11:45 a.m. Registration and Lunch
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Program

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
2310 University Way, Building 2
(South of MSU campus, between Museum of the Rockies and MSU Stadium)


REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

$15 for Prospera Members
$25 for non-members
(includes catered lunch)

Register by Friday, November 13
Contact Alyssa at apatton@ProsperaBusinessNetwork.org or 587.3113.

No-shows will be billed for missed reservations. Cancellations are required by November 13.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

You accepted long ago that taxes are a necessary evil in both your personal life and business, but are you doing everything you can to take full advantage of the new tax incentives available? Are you aware of all the tax advantages your business may qualify for and are you taking them into account as you plan your future? A summary of the topics covered are:

1. Making most of the tax law in a down market
2. Tax savings strategies
3. What you should know about alternative minimum tax
4. 2009 incentives for Business
5. Energy Credits
6. Energy credits for homeowners
7. Obama Administration outline for proposed tax reform
8. Expiring provisions for 2009/2010

GREEN ENERGY CANADA 2009, OPPORTUNITIES FOR U.S. EXPORTERS! (USCS) 11/17/2009 — Toronto, Canada

This event is especially designed to allow U.S. companies to explore and realize their full market potential in Canada and is being held in conjunction with Canada's premier power-generation event, APPrO 2009 Conference. Canada is the number one market for U.S. exporters in the Electrical Power and Renewable Energy industries. U.S Commercial Service Toronto is providing one-on-one appointments with selected, prescreened, potential partners.
Learn more/register: http://www.buyusa.gov/canada/en/greenenergycanada2009.html
Contact Stefan.Popescu@mail.doc.gov or Justin.Hartnett@mail.doc.gov

THE BUREAU OF INDUSTRY AND SECURITY PRESENTS A “HOW TO” ON EXPORT MANAGEMENT 11/18/2009 — Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University Street, Seattle, WA

Are you interested in learning about smart export compliance business strategies? Looking for effective solutions to address an export compliance problem? Are you willing to invest $485.00? On November 18th and 19th, at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University Street, Seattle, WA, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security and the Washington District Export Council will host speakers from the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Census Bureau, the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the State Department’s Office of Defense Trade Controls. Participants for this seminar should have a working knowledge of U.S. export regulations. This is not a regulatory seminar and does not cover subjects such as how to classify your product or how to determine whether or not your export requires a license. The seminar is for exporters who are ready to utilize their knowledge of export regulations to build an effective compliance program that addresses their export compliance responsibilities. While this is not a seminar for beginners using the Export Administration Regulations, this seminar is targeted for beginners preparing, implementing, and/or reviewing an Export Management and Compliance Program. For more information on the seminar, or additional registration information, please contact Diane Mooney with the Commercial Service at 206.553-5615, ext. 236, or via email at diane.mooney@mail.doc.gov. To register: http://worldtradeclub.net/compliance_registration09.aspx Attendees needing hotel accommodations should contact the hotel directly by emailing Connie Krause at connie.krause@fairmont.com or calling her at 206-287-4044. The special room group rate is $158/night + taxes and is available for three days prior and three days after the meeting dates. Attendees should note the group “Seattle Export” when making their reservations to secure this special discounted rate.
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WEBINAR : UNDERSTANDING DOCUMENTATION 11/18/2009 — Online

Date/Registration: November 18, 2009; 2:00-3:00pm EST
https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=0Q05

FREE WEBINAR NOVEMBER 19: AGENCY & DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENTS (DILWORTH PAXSON LLP) 11/19/2009

To register, all Dilworth Paxson LLP requires is your name and title, company name, telephone number, e-mail address, and company web site address. Please send your registration information to Katie Moscony at kmoscony@dilworthlaw.com.
Webex meeting invitations (which include dial-in information, passcodes, etc.) will be sent to all registered attendees several days prior to each event
All scheduled programs will begin at 1:00 P.M. and end at 2:30 P.M. , EASTERN TIME.

HOW TO SECURE FINANCING: PRACTICAL STRATEGIES IN A TIGHT CREDIT MARKET (FREE TO MWTC MEMBERS!) 11/19/2009 — MonTech Building Conference Room 1211 East Broadway, Missoula, MT

TOPIC:
*Overview of Montana in the Global Financial Marketplace
(Arnie Sherman, MWTC)
*Resources and Tools to Help Montana Businesses Secure Funding
(Michelle Johnston, SBA)
*What Businesses Need to Know about Bank Financing in Today’s Economic Climate
(Tom Swenson, Bank of Montana)
*Gap Financing - Financing "nearly bankable" deals in Montana
(Dave Glaser, Montana Community Development Corporation)
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Date/Time: November 19, 2009, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Location MonTech Building Conference Room
1121 East Broadway, Missoula, MT
Cost*: MWTC Members – FREE, $15 for Non-Members
*Missed reservations will be billed.
To Register: Please phone (406.243.6982) or email (mwtc@mwtc.org) MWTC by November 16, 2009

2nd Annual MWTC Networking Reception 11/19/2009 — 125 Bank Street, Missoula MT

Please don’t miss the opportunity to network with business and community leaders from around Montana. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP By November 16, 2009
406.243.6982
mwtc@mwtc.org

WEBINAR DECEMBER 2: PROTECTING YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS 12/2/2009 — Online

Date/Registration: December 2, 2009; 2:00-3:00pm EST
https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=0Q06

Webinar: Doing Business in Brazil - Financial and Legal Considerations 12/16/2009 — Online

WEBINAR SERIES: TRADE WINDS 2010: “THE AMERICAS” (NOVEMBER 16, DECEMBER 16, JANUARY 15, FEBRUARY 8, AND MARCH 15)
Doing Business in Brazil - Financial and Legal Considerations Wednesday, December 16, 2009; 11:00AM-12:00PM EST

To register/for more information: http://www.buyusa.gov/westvirginia/twws.html

Grant Proposal Writing Workshop 7th and 8th 1/7/2010 — Montana Tech of The University of Montana, Butte

GRANT PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP JANUARY 7-8 (BUTTE)
8:30 AM Montana Tech of The University of Montana, Butte
Thursday and Friday January 7th and 8th, 2010
8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. each day
Main Hall room 106
Montana Tech of The University of Montana, Butte
Instructor: Janet Cornish, Community Development Services of Montana
As competition for funding has become more brisk, good proposal writing skills are critical for managers in both the public and private sectors. This two day seminar will provide participants with key strategies to help them put their best foot forward on paper, while "demystifying" the grants process. Topics will include the following:
Assessing Need and Setting Priorities
Identifying Projects and Reviewing Solutions
Identifying Grant Sources and Associated Requirements
Preparing Strong Proposals
Preparing Budgets
Managing Successful Programs
Fee: This seminar is made possible through generous support of the Montana Tech Office of Research, Graduate Studies, and International Programs. Participants pay only $50.00 for the class and materials. Lunch is included both days.
Registration: Please contact the Enrollment Services Office at 496-4256 or 1-800-445-TECH to register.
About the Instructor — Janet has been presenting proposal seminars for nineteen years. She is an independent community development consultant and has been on the adjunct faculty at Montana Tech since 1991.
College Credit Available — This course is available at the graduate, undergraduate or continuing education level through Montana Tech.
Note: Class size is limited to thirty-five students. For more information on the seminar content, contact Janet Cornish at 723-7993 or jcornish@mtech.edu. The workshop is subject to cancellation if enrollment is less than 10. Contact: Janet Cornish at 723-7993 or jcornish@mtech.edu

1). WEBINAR SERIES (JANUARY 10-MARCH 31): EXPORTING MADE EASIER 1/10/2010 — Online

Webinar Series: "Exporting Made Easier," a six-part series of webinars from January 10 to March 31 covering some basic and advanced elements of exporting .... Identify markets, understand documentation, learn methods of payment, classify products, and make the most of international trade shows

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2). CITY CLUB MISSOULA –CAP AND TRADE: IS THIS THE ANSWER TO DECREASING CARBON EMISSIONS? 1/11/2010 — Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee St.

11:30 AM

Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee St.
Whether or not you agree that climate change is caused by increased greenhouse gas emissions, wouldn’t we take the approach that one should ensure the best future for our children and grandchildren? What is the best way to decrease our discharge of carbon into the atmosphere? Many policy experts and economists favor a Cap and Trade system in which release of greenhouse gases, or carbon, into the atmosphere would be capped at an ecologically determined threshold. Once the total emissions are capped, the rights to emit carbon under the cap are bought and sold in a market similar to a commodities exchange. Other experts contend that a direct tax, for all carbon emissions, is a more equitable and rapid system to control greenhouse gas emissions.
Whatever the mechanism, including the cost of dumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, will likely raise the cost of doing business. Who will pay those costs? What environmental impact will there be? How will Montana be affected?
Keegan Eisenstadt, Chief Executive Officer of Clear Sky Climate Solutions http://www.clearskyclimatesolutions.com/, and James Jensen, Executive Director of the Montana Environmental Information Center http://www.meic.org/ , will be the featured speakers.
Please join City Club Missoula for a lively discussion about the basic architecture of a cap and trade market and some of the specifics about the U.S. House and Senate bills currently working their way through congress.
Monday, January 11, 2010 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee St.
Reservations for the January 11th City Club Forum can be made by e-mail to ccm@cityclubmissoula.org or by calling 406-541-2489 by noon Friday, January 8th. Please indicate if you want lunch ($11 for members, $16 for nonmembers) or the no-lunch option of forum only for $5. Please cancel if necessary by the reservation deadline. Payment is required for late cancellations and unclaimed reservations. We encourage you to find a substitute to claim your reservation. For more information about City Club Missoula, visit http://www.cityclubmissoula.org or call 541-CITY (2489).
For more information about City Club Missoula, visit http://www.cityclubmissoula.org or call 541-CITY (2489).
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City Club Missoula is a nonprofit organization with the mission of bringing together people to inform and inspire citizens on issues vital to the Missoula area community through public forums that encourage the discussion of new ideas and free exchange of thoughts. City Club Missoula welcomes everyone in the greater Missoula community to come to the Forums and participate in the discussions.
City Club Missoula is membership supported with fees on a sliding scale to make it possible for everyone to participate from city leaders and business executives, to students and senior citizens. The strength of the organization is in the volunteers who organize the speakers, arrange the meetings and help maintain the organization’s neutrality and openness.
Become a member of City Club Missoula http://cityclubmissoula.org/
City Club Missoula designs public forums on vital issues and encourages the free exchange of thought. We invite all points of view in a non-partisan setting. Your membership supports this important mission.
Membership Benefits:
* Support civic discourse in our community.
* Network with community leaders and involved citizens.
* Advance notice of upcoming events.
* Member discounts on forums.
Please join us as a member of City Club today.
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Future City Club Missoula Forums (Schedule subject to change)
February 8, 2010 - The Importance of Post Secondary Education - Sheila Stearns, Commissioner of Higher Education
March 8, 2010 - Family – School- Community partnerships to support learning.
April 12, 2010 - Social services in Missoula
May 10,2010 - Bikes in Missoula
June 14, 2010 - VISTA Projects in Missoula
Please plan on joining us and contributing to the community dialogue.
Contact: Susan Orr – Vista Americorps CCM Coordinator – 406-541-2489

(FREE): TOP 10 TIPS TO BUILD BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS WITHOUT TRAVELING (INTELLACORE) 1/12/2010 — Online

Top Ten Tips is a series of practical, fact-based webinars using the Path to Success methodology developed at IntellaCore. The webinars are short, hard-hitting, and are always combined with a whitepaper. Each webinar breaks down an important way that a company can increase revenue, reduce costs, and become a sustainable, competitive business.

How many times have you heard "It's not what you know - it's who you know?" Sometimes in business, there is truth in this saying. Join this webinar to learn how to build business relationships without significant travel. Learn how to meet people, build your network, communicate, collaborate, and strengthen relationships.

Note: there are a limited number of spots open for this webinar.

The Top 10 Tips you will learn more about in the webinar are:
1. Conference calling strategies
2. Video conferencing best practices
3. How to conduct successful webinars
4. Building your relationships and network worldwide
5. How to be personal if you are not talking face-to-face
6. Determine the best collaboration strategies to work effectively
7. Follow-up with your contacts regularly
8. Set goals when collaborating
9. Make your meetings focused and powerful
10. Evaluate the business and the relationship continuously

While there are many international experts or technology experts, we are both. IntellaCore has a unique point of view because we are positioned at the critical crossroad where very few are -- that place where the global economy meets the Internet. Based on decades of experience in both International business and Internet-based activity, Path to Success aligns technology to the business plan, internally transforms the operations of the business, and expands their market presence into new domestic, international, and virtual markets.

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MONTANA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS DAYS AT THE CAPITAL JANUARY 14-15, 2010 1/14/2010 — Helena, MT BestWestern Great Northern

8:00 AM

Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel

BUSINESS DAYS AT THE CAPITOL 2010

Thursday & Friday, January 14 & 15
Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel 835 Great Northern Blvd., Helena
For Room Reservations call 800.829.4047

Ask for the “Montana Chamber Business Days” Rate REGISTRATION
To Register: complete the below information and return to the Montana Chamber Office with a check or credit card payment information. Please note: information below will be reproduced for name badges

Full Registration Information: http://www.montanachamber.com/uploads/docs/Business%20Days%202010/2010%20Registration%20Form.pdf

Contact: http://www.montanachamber.com/uploads/docs/Business%20Days%202010/2010%20Registration%20Form.pdf

Webinar: Exporting to Central America - Best Prospects in Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala 1/15/2010 — Online

WEBINAR SERIES: TRADE WINDS 2010: “THE AMERICAS” (NOVEMBER 16, DECEMBER 16, JANUARY 15, FEBRUARY 8, AND MARCH 15)
Exporting to Central America - Best Prospects in Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala Friday, January 15, 2010; 11:00AM-12:00PM EST

To register/for more information: http://www.buyusa.gov/westvirginia/twws.html

U.S. Pavilion at World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2010 1/18/2010 — Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

On January 18-21, 2010, the Commercial Service is hosting a U.S. Pavilion at World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2010. WFES 2010 is expected to be one of the world's most important renewable energy events, where investment opportunities are identified, project funds are secured, and deals with investors are made. In April 2006, Abu Dhabi took a bold and historic decision to embrace renewable and sustainable energy technologies. As the first major hydrocarbon-producing nation to take such a step, it has established its leadership position by launching the MASDAR Initiative, a global cooperative platform for open engagement in the search for solutions to some of mankind's most pressing issues: energy security, climate change and truly sustainable human development. In order to achieve MASDAR’s long term goals, World Future Energy Summit will bring together the world’s leading innovators, educators, scientists, venture capitalists, and experts in the field of future energy. For more information contact commercial Service’s Rula Omeish at rula.omeish@trade.gov. Learn more/register: http://www.export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=29601

2010 INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS’ SHOW, JANUARY 20-21 AND SOLAR POWER GENERATION USA 1/19/2010 — Las Vegas

Builders are gearing up for the 2010 International Builders' Show, coming to Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 19-22. Backers of large-scale solar power will also descend on Las Vegas at about the same time, January 20-21, for Solar Power Generation USA. Solar followers will then head to San Diego, California, on February 2-3 for the 2nd Concentrated Photovoltaic Summit USA.

3). COSMETICS VIRTUAL EXHIBITION JANUARY 19-FEBRUARY 18 1/19/2010 — Online

Venue: Your Computer
Date: January 19 - February 18, 2010
Learn more/register: http://www.buyusa.gov/canada/en/cosmeticsvirtualexhibition2010.html

This unique on-line event offers U.S. cosmetic and skin care products manufacturers a cost-effective program to showcase their products to prospective Canadian agents and distributors. Canada's geographic proximity, open market economy, and familiar business practices make it a great first market to develop exporting know-how for U.S. small and medium-sized firms. The U.S. Commercial Service in Canada will: host the virtual exhibition on their Web site, introduce exhibitors to top Canadian cosmetics and skin care agents/distributors, offer an exclusive webinar providing insight into the market-entry requirements, plus provide a customized report of potential business leads from the virtual exhibition. For additional information, please contact Sue.Bissi@mail.doc.gov.

GLOBAL ECONOMIC SUMMIT ON TRADE & INVESTMENT JANUARY 20-22, 2010 1/20/2010 — World Trade Centre, Mumbai

http://www.cgivancouver.org/0110ge.html
World trade Centre Mumbai (WTC) in association with All India Association of Industries (AIAI) is organizing a Global Economic Summit on Trade & Investment Opportunities at World Trade Centre, Mumbai from January 20-22, 2010.
WTC Mumbai and AIAI are two leading business support organizations in India. They have successfully hosted many international events, conferences and expos with participation from many countries at the highest level in governments as well as business sectors. Innovative Technologies for Manufacturing (ITM Expo 2008 & 2009) , India’s first International Maritime and Logistics Expo (IIMLE 2009) are few recent examples of such endeavours.

Details about the Fair can be obtained from Mr. J.P. Ghate, Director, WTC, Mumbai, Tel: + 91 22 66387272, Fax: + 1 91 22 2218 8385/ 22180823, Email: wtc@wtcmumbai.org. More details about the fair cam ne seem at the website http://www.epch.com.

3. MISSOULA FASTTRAC GROWTH VENTURE BUSINESS TRAINING, JANUARY 20 (MATR) 1/20/2010 — First Security Bank Loan Center, 2601 Garfield, Missoula, MT

6:00 PM

First Security Bank Loan Center, 2601 Garfield, Missoula, MT

Are You Ready To Take Control of Your Business?

Join MCDC for FastTrac® GrowthVentureTM, a comprehensive business training designed by the Kauffman Foundation that will put you in the driver’s seat for growing your business.

This course is designed for entrepreneurs who have experience running their businesses and want to learn ways to improve performance and plan for strategic growth. During the training, you will learn practical skills to:
•Analyze your business and understand the market
•Streamline operations
•Understand the best ways to access the resources you need to succeed
•Build and maintain competitive advantage
•Plan for strategic and sustainable growth

Course Schedule : The ten-week course will be held Wednesday evenings in Missoula. January 20 – March 24, 2010 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Cost
$400 for 10 week session; includes materials. Scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis.
To register:
Email Patty Cox pattyc@mtcdc.org or Amita Patel amitap@mtcdc.org or call 406-728-9234 to register.

Class size is limited and spaces are offered on a first come, first serve basis. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required for registration.

Contact: Amita Patel or Patty Cox at 728-9234 or amitap@mtcdc.org

2010 MONTANA ECONOMIC OUTLOOK SEMINAR: ECONOMIC RECOVERY – WHAT’S AHEAD FOR MEN AND WOMEN WORKERS 1/22/2010 — Missoula, MT Hilton Garden Inn

At the 35th Annual Economic Outlook Seminar, Wendy Stock, department chair of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, will discuss the recession's impacts, economic recovery and workforce issues.

This half-day seminar and luncheon will highlight the latest economic trends and forecasts for the nation, state, and local-area economies. Bureau economists Partick Barkey and Paul Polzin will present economic outlook forecasts for each seminar city, and industry experts will prodive the economic outlook for Montana's important industries: nonresident travel, housing, health care, agriculture, manufacturing and forest products.

LEVERAGING YOUR WEBSITE FOR INTERNATIONAL SALES: PART ONE OF FOUR PART SERIES (Chafee Center for International Business) 1/26/2010 — Webinar

Part One of a Four Part Series
Promote Export Sales and Hone International Trade Skills
Offered by the Rhode Island Economic Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) in collaboration with the Small Business Development Center (RISBDC) at Johnson & Wales University and the John H. Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University.

It is imperative for a small business to have a website strategy to market their products and services these days, especially when selling to overseas markets.

This seminar will focus on Web 2.0 and Google Tools for Small Businesses, Search Engine Optimization Strategies, and Localization vs. Internationalization of Website Content, International Online Payments Options and Internet Fraud.

Learn the answers to the following important questions:
o Are overseas firms using the Internet to search for products?
o How do search engines rank my website when potential customers do
searches?
o Can I register my website in a foreign country?
o Do I change my contact information or customer service policies for
international visitors?
o Should I translate my website for different target audiences?
o Should I localize or internationalize my website?
o How do I protect myself against online fraud?

Key Speakers:
Joel Reynoso - Director, Northern New Jersey Export Assistance Center, US Department of Commerce
Ted Ives - Vice President of Product Management, The Search Agency

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Time: 8:30- 9:00 a.m. Registration and refreshments
9:00 a.m.-noon Seminar

Location: Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence
401-278-9100

Cost: First 3 sessions $50/session
Fourth session $95
Four series discount of $200

For more information/register or call 401‐598‐2702

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TECHRANCH TREK: FIRST MOVER OR FAST FOLLOWER? 1/26/2010 — Bozeman

Greetings from TechRanch,

Tuesday, January 26th, at noon in the TechRanch conference room, please join us for a discussion on a popular tactic of the First Mover Advantage used in segmentation and positioning during the product development process. Allen Kawasaki from RiverPointe Business Consulting will be the presenter and he will discuss:
• Ecosystems: Influences, Suppliers, Customers, and Operations
• The Product Development Process
• Customer Adoption Model
• And More
Please RSVP by Monday, January 25, 2010 to techranch@techranch.org.

For more information on this event please visit: http://www.techranch.org/events

2010 MONTANA ECONOMIC OUTLOOK SEMINAR: ECONOMIC RECOVERY – WHAT’S AHEAD FOR MEN AND WOMEN WORKERS 1/26/2010 — Helena, MT Best Western Great Northern

Annual Economic Outlook Seminar, Wendy Stock, department chair of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, will discuss the recession's impacts, economic recovery and workforce issues.
This half-day seminar and luncheon will highlight the latest economic trends and forecasts for the nation, state, and local-area economies. Bureau economists Partick Barkey and Paul Polzin will present economic outlook forecasts for each seminar city, and industry experts will prodive the economic outlook for Montana's important industries: nonresident travel, housing, health care, agriculture, manufacturing and forest products.

VIRTUAL ENERGY FORUM, JANUARY 27-28 1/27/2010 — Online

And if your travel budget is limited, there's at least one conference you can attend from home: the Virtual Energy Forum, which will be held online on January 27-28. Another batch of clean energy conferences is coming in May—we'll update you on those as the date draws near!

http://www.virtualenergyforum.com/

WANT TO DO BUSINESS WITH THE GOVERNMENT? (SBA) A PROCUREMENT WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN IN MONTANA 1/28/2010 — Gateway Center Helena, Montana

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the new Women’s Business Center are holding a procurement workshop for women in Helena, January 28, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you are considering starting or expanding your current operations and want to explore the arena of government contracts as part of your marketing plan, then this workshop is for you. Participants will learn about the federal procurement process, how to register in CCR and Dun & Bradstreet, and learn about HUBZone and 8(a) Certification. Contracting officers from various government agencies will be on hand to answer questions and meet with participants.

The workshop will be held at the Gateway Center located at 1710 National Avenue in Helena, MT. The cost to attend the workshop is $15. To register, contact Crystal Baker of the Montana District Office at (406) 441-1089.

For more information about SBA’s 8(a) Program, loan programs, or other services, please contact your local SBA office at (406) 441-1081 or log onto http://www.sba.gov/mt.

IMPORTER SECURITY FILING AND 10+2 (Dilworth Paxson) 1/28/2010 — Webinar

WHEN:
January 28, 2010
Start: 1:00 pm, E.T.
End: 2:30 pm, E.T.
WHERE: Online webinar
Sponsored by
Dilworth Paxson's
International Law
Group
TO REGISTER: Email kmoscony@dilworthlaw.com
Beginning in 2009, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) required an electronic Importer Security Filing (ISF) for every ocean import under its "10+2" Initiative. This program required certain cargo information to be transmitted to the CBP at least 24 hours before goods are loaded onto an ocean vessel for shipment to the U.S. The new rule went into effect on January 26, 2009. With respect to enforcement of the new program, the CBP used a phased-in approach. During the first 12 months, importers were only warned of infractions instead of being fined to give importers time to establish an electronic filing system in-house or through a forwarder or broker. Starting on January 26, 2010, however, the 10+2 Initiative will become official, and importers can face fines up to $5,000 for each violation.
The webinar will cover the new 10+2 program in detail, and will discuss what data elements are required to be submitted, when they are required to be submitted, and who is responsible for their submission. The webinar will also discuss the effect this new rule will have on importer's business activities, and the impact of non-compliance. Lastly, the webinar will discuss how the new rule affects shipments consisting entirely of foreign cargo remaining on board (FROB), intended to be transported in-bond as an immediate exportation (IE), or for transportation and exportation (T&E).
The webinar program is free of charge. Webex meeting invitations (which will include dial-in information, pass codes, etc.) will be sent to all registered attendees several days prior to the event.
Presenters:
Margaret M. Gatti, Chair, International Law Group, Dilworth Paxson LLP
Louis K. Rothberg, Of Counsel, International Law Group, Dilworth Paxson LLP
Mark A. Sullivan, Associate, International Law Group, Dilworth Paxson LLP
George R. Tadross, Associate, International Law Group, Dilworth Paxson LLP

TOP 10 TIPS TO BUILD AN EFFECTIVE GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS PLAN (Intelligent World) 2/2/2010 — Webinar

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2:00 - 2:45 PM ET

Top Ten Tips is a series of practical, fact-based webinars using the Path to Success methodology developed at IntellaCore. The webinars are short, hard-hitting, and are always combined with a whitepaper. Each webinar breaks down an important way that a company can increase revenue, reduce costs, and become a sustainable, competitive business.

Global competitiveness – competing on an international level domestically, regionally, or internationally – is one strategy that many companies do not always consider. Yet, because of the widespread use of technology and the Internet throughout the world, becoming globally competitive is essential in today’s business environment. In this new, flat world, you are no longer competing against businesses in your region; you are competing with businesses around the world. This webinar will help you to develop a plan to become globally competitive to innovate, and to grow.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2009 from 2:00 – 2:45 ET. Click here to register.
Please enter NEWSLETTER in the Invitation Code text box.
Note: there are a limited number of spots open for this webinar.

The Top 10 Tips you will learn more about in the webinar are:
1. Conference calling strategies
2. Video conferencing best practices
3. How to conduct successful webinars
4. Building your relationships and network worldwide
5. How to be personal if you are not talking face-to-face
6. Determine the best collaboration strategies to work effectively
7. Follow-up with your contacts regularly
8. Set goals when collaborating
9. Make your meetings focused and powerful
10. Evaluate the business and the relationship continuously

2010 MONTANA ECONOMIC OUTLOOK SEMINAR: ECONOMIC RECOVERY – WHAT’S AHEAD FOR MEN AND WOMEN WORKERS 2/2/2010 — Billings, Montana MSU Billings- Student Union Ballroom

Annual Economic Outlook Seminar, Wendy Stock, department chair of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, will discuss teh recession's impacts, economic recovery and workforce issues.
This half-day seminar and luncheon will highlight the latest economic trends and forecasts for the nation, state, and local-area economies. Bureau economists Partick Barkey and Paul Polzin will present economic outlook forecasts for each seminar city, and industry experts will provide the economic outlook for Montana's important industries: nonresident travel, housing, health care, agriculture, manufacturing and forest products.

3). RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE & EXPO (RETECH 2010) FEBRUARY 3-5 2/3/2010 — Washington, DC

Momentum is building for two major renewable energy conferences scheduled for February. Coming to Washington, D.C. on February 3-5, the Renewable Energy Technology Conference & Expo (RETECH 2010) will feature more than 300 exhibitors and 250 speakers, including Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Dan Arvizu, director of DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The conference is hosted by the American Council on Renewable Energy.
http://www.retech2010.com/about-retech

2010 MONTANA ECONOMIC OUTLOOK SEMINAR: ECONOMIC RECOVERY – WHAT’S AHEAD FOR MEN AND WOMEN WORKERS 2/3/2010 — Bozeman, MT BestWestern GranTree Inn

Annual Economic Outlook Seminar, Wendy Stock, department chair of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, will discuss the recession's impacts, economic recovery and workforce issues.
This half-day seminar and luncheon will highlight the latest economic trends and forecasts for the nation, state, and local-area economies. Bureau economists Partick Barkey and Paul Polzin will present economic outlook forecasts for each seminar city, and industry experts will provide the economic outlook for Montana's important industries: nonresident travel, housing, health care, agriculture, manufacturing and forest products.

WTCA North American Regional Meeting (NARM) 2/4/2010 — San Diego

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2010 MONTANA ECONOMIC OUTLOOK SEMINAR: ECONOMIC RECOVERY – WHAT’S AHEAD FOR MEN AND WOMEN WORKERS 2/4/2010 — Butte, Montana Holiday Inn Express

Annual Economic Outlook Seminar, Wendy Stock, department chair of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, will discuss the recession's impacts, economic recovery and workforce issues.
This half-day seminar and luncheon will highlight the latest economic trends and forecasts for the nation, state, and local-area economies. Bureau economists Partick Barkey and Paul Polzin will present economic outlook forecasts for each seminar city, and industry experts will provide the economic outlook for Montana's important industries: nonresident travel, housing, health care, agriculture, manufacturing and forest products.

INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISE ASSOCIATION (IFA) 50TH ANNUAL CONVENTION, FEBRUARY 5 – 8 2/5/2010 — SanAntonio, TX

Dear U.S. Franchisor,

The U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service - Global Franchise Team is pleased to once again partner with the International Franchise Association (IFA) to bring you expert advice from U.S. Embassy franchise specialists on China and India. During the IFA 50th Annual Convention, February 5 - 8, 2010 in San Antonio, TX, we are enabling U.S. franchisors to schedule private, one-on-one meetings where you can fully discuss and analyze your international growth strategy, and receive a market evaluation for your brand or concept!

Register Now: http://www.buyusa.gov/eme/ifa2010.html

CHINA: There are an estimated 2,600 brands with some 200,000 franchised retail stores in over 80 sectors. Franchising has also experienced significant growth in the last few years due to rising disposable incomes and an increasing number of Chinese entrepreneurs willing to adopt franchising models. Currently, franchising in China only accounts for 3% of total retail sales – compared to 40% in the US and about 10% on average in Europe. Thus, there is still significant growth potential in franchising and an untapped market opportunity in the second tier cities. Principal Commercial Officer Eric Wolff served in both Chengdu and Beijing, China for 6 years. He was also responsible for U.S. commercial affairs throughout southwestern China, including the provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, the municipality of Chongqing, and the Tibet Autonomous Region. Mr. Wolff will be pleased to advise you on export expansion prospects for your franchise. In addition he has managed several related sectors acting as the country-wide industry team leader for the Consumer Goods, Retail, Franchising, Distribution Services and Direct Sales portfolios.

INDIA: The Indian franchise industry has been recording an annual impressive growth approximately 30% per year. According to industry sources, there are over 700 franchise systems already operating in India, approximately 10% of which are international companies. This trend is likely to continue for the next five years and beyond. Commercial Specialist Aliasgar Motiwala at the U.S. Embassy in Mumbai, India will discuss how your brand might take advantage of this opportunity and others in the market. Mr. Motiwala has been with the Commercial Service in Mumbai for 14 years and has been in the Franchising sector for the last 10 years. He has been influential in creating the Mumbai based Franchising Association of India, he was the co-creator also of very innovative marketing and PR opportunities to attract Indian investors to U.S. Franchises and has developed an impressive database of potential Indian franchisees interested in U.S. franchises. Meet with Aliasgar to hear the details of how the Indian Government has just dispensed with royalty limits and other updates !

Don't Miss your opportunity to learn more about these trends, the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service and how to take advantage of them !
• The best opportunities for your franchise in China, India and their surrounding region.
• 2010 revisions to franchise laws & regulations
• How to be successful in these markets and other markets by leveraging the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service.

If you are interested in one-on-one meetings with franchise specialists Eric Wolff (China), Aliasgar Motiwala (India) or CS Global Franchise Team Leader Kristin Houston to discuss how the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service can assist you in other markets, please click on the link below for additional information and to submit your request for an appointment. With adequate notice, our country specialists could take the opportunity to provide you with customized information pertinent to your Franchise. All meetings will be 30 - 45 minutes long. They will be held at the IFA Press Room on site at the Convention. Your confirmation of your appointments along with time and date will be e-mailed to you by Friday, January 29th. Please feel free to include any specific questions you may have in your registration form.

http://www.buyusa.gov/eme/ifa2010.html

For more information contact:

Kristin Houston
CS Global Franchise Team Leader
Ph: 949-660-1688, ext. 314
kristin.houston@mail.doc.gov

4). 2010 NATIONAL BIODIESEL CONFERENCE & EXPO, FEBRUARY 7-10 2/7/2010 — Grapevine, TX

The National Biodiesel Board then hosts the 2010 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Grapevine, Texas, on February 7-10.

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5). NEXT GENERATION BIO-BASED CHEMICALS SUMMIT FEBRUARY 8-10 2/8/2010 — San Diego

5). NEXT GENERATION BIO-BASED CHEMICALS SUMMIT FEBRUARY 8-10 (SAN DIEGO) (TAIMERICA-STRATEGIC BIOMASS SOLUTIONS ALTERNATIVE ENERGY NEWS)

SBS is proud to serve as a supporting organization for the upcoming Next Generation Bio-Based Chemicals Summit, which will be held in San Diego on Feb. 8-10, 2010. This event will bring together all the communities needed for this nascent industry to mature. Leaders from global oil and chemical majors, strategic and venture investors, biotech start-ups, feedstock suppliers/sources, tool vendors, and project developers, pulp and paper mills, utilities and manufacturers with CO2 or organic waste streams will discuss the conditions required for these cross-sectoral relationships to prosper, and how have the relationship-building efforts worked in the past, the road blocks and the successes. The accompanying Technology Sumposium: Innovative Platforms for Biomass-to-Chemicals Conversion will provide an invaluable snapshot of state-of-the-art conversion strategies, methods and challenges. Approaches spanning synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, cellular platforms, fermentation, bio-catalysts, thermochemical conversion, and post-fermentation will be covered. The symposium will bring attendees up to date on the most innovative approaches as they enter the Summit to look at the boad economic, financial, logistic and corporate issues involved in growing a bio-based chemicals industry. This unique 3-day event will allow participants to comprehensively assess the structure, size and growth potential of the new value chain and its parts. It will provide th eideal backdrop for participants to meet strategic partners face-to-face and pave the way for future deals. Contact Sumesh Arora at 601.960.3659 or sarora@mta.ms for additional detail and discounted registration.

Webinar: Doing Business in Brazil – Negotiation and Partner Agreements 2/8/2010 — Online

WEBINAR SERIES: TRADE WINDS 2010: “THE AMERICAS” (NOVEMBER 16, DECEMBER 16, JANUARY 15, FEBRUARY 8, AND MARCH 15)
Doing Business in Brazil – Negotiation and Partner Agreements

To register/for more information: http://www.buyusa.gov/westvirginia/twws.html

EXPORT, IMPORT, AND PRODUCT COMPLIANCE (USCS and Baker & McKenzie LLP) 2/9/2010 — Online

All webinars start at 9:00 a.m. PST/ 12 noon EST.

Each webinar costs $75, with a 25 percent discount for registrations for all four programs.

To register, go to http://www.buyusa.gov/ict/webinarseries.html and pay online, or contact steve.recobs@mail.doc.gov or call: (317) 582-2300.

WHAT MAKES PRODUCTS “GREEN”? FEATURING MWTC’S NICOLE HAGERMAN 2/11/2010 — University of Montana, Missoula

Sponsors: Sustainable Business Council and the Montana World Trade Center
Contact: Genevieve King, 824-7336, or Susan Anderson, 543-5323
Date: February 11, 2010
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Location: Gianchetta Plaza on the second floor of the UM’s Gallagher Business Building
Website for information: www.sbcmontana.org

The SBC will launch its Sustainability Shot series on February 11, 2010 with a discussion entitled What Makes a Product “Green”? with marketing expert Nicole Hagerman, Project Manager at the Montana World Trade Center and Sourcing and Compliance consultant for Overstock.com. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Gianchetta Plaza on the second floor of the UM’s Gallagher Business Building and is co-hosted by the Montana World Trade Center. This presentation will explore how consumers view the green movement and how companies can differentiate their product to target consumers ranging from Learners to Lohas (those practicing lifestyles of health and sustainability). Existing green platforms and eco-labels, in addition to proposed environmental standards by Wal-Mart and other leading organizations, will also be reviewed. The format for the evening will include a 15-20 minute overview by Nicole followed by 40-45 minutes of questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and a no host wine bar will be available. RSVPs to education@sbcmontana.org are requested, but not required.

2010 MONTANA ECONOMIC OUTLOOK SEMINAR: ECONOMIC RECOVERY – WHAT’S AHEAD FOR MEN AND WOMEN WORKERS 2/12/2010 — Kalispell, MT Hilton Garden Inn

Annual Economic Outlook Seminar, Wendy Stock, department chair of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, will discuss the recession's impacts, economic recovery and workforce issues.
This half-day seminar and luncheon will highlight the latest economic trends and forecasts for the nation, state, and local-area economies. Bureau economists Partick Barkey and Paul Polzin will present economic outlook forecasts for each seminar city, and industry experts will provide the economic outlook for Montana's important industries: nonresident travel, housing, health care, agriculture, manufacturing and forest products.

6). 7TH ANNUAL MIDDLE EAST TRADE & EXPORT FINANCE CONFERENCE, FEBRUARY 16-17 2/16/2010 — Dubai

February 16-17, 2010
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Standard Rate per Delegate : $1999.00 USD

Exporta's 7th Annual Middle East Trade & Export Finance Conference has established itself as the leading trade finance event for the Middle East region, addressing the latest developments, applications and solutions in trade finance within the region and providing an unrivalled forum for financiers and business leaders to network, share knowledge and discuss latest trends in supply chain financing, risk management, Islamic trade finance structures, structured commodity and export finance and the role of exports in maintaining growth in uncertain economic times.

Leading topics that will be discussed include:
Economic outlooks for the region
Ensuring trade flows in the current climate
Strategies for maintaining liquidity
Identifying and mitigating against potential risk
Assessing the appetite for structured commodity finance
Underwriting trade and investment to the region
Legal and regulatory developments
Focus on specific countries
Corporate case studies
These issues and many more will be covered during this unrivalled two-day event in Dubai, during which delegates will be able to hear from industry leaders, engage in fruitful debate through various discussion panels, gain crucial insight from a number of highly relevant case studies, and exchange views and network with fellow delegates and speakers alike. These opportunities for engagement will extend beyond the two days of the conference, with an evening reception also provided for all guests.
Who should attend?
Importers/exporters
Trade, export and commodity financiers
Corporates and traders
Export credit agencies
Multilateral institutions
Credit and political risk insurers
Lawyers
Brokers
Advisors and consultants

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Double Your Trade Show Results - Guaranteed 2/17/2010 — MonTech, 1121 E. Broadway, Missoula MT 59801

EVENT DETAILS:
February 17, 2010
11:15 - 1:30
MonTech
1121 E. Broadway, Missoula MT 59801
(Map)

Lunch will be provided
Cost: $25 MWTC Member/Affiliates
$35 for Non-Members/Affiliates





Expanding your business has never been more challenging and confusing. Every day someone invents one more tool that offers to save time and effort at the cost of human interaction. In the age of technology, face- to- face marketing has never been as important. One of the best ways to meet new customers and open new markets is through trade shows. But developing a feasible and profitable plan to get the most of a trade show requires more than time and money – its success depends on you having a real understanding of what opportunities are waiting for you at shows, how to master the tools and techniques for success and how to measure your results.
Join internationally recognized industry expert Barry Siskind as he shares the secrets of show success in a 1.5 hour workshop. If you have tried a trade show and have experienced lackluster results, or are considering attending your first show, this is one even you cannot afford to miss!
Specifically you will learn:
• How to get your exhibit program focused for success
• How to choose the right event
• How to develop a winning display
• How to convert sales people to booth professionals
• How to convert leads to sales after the show is over
To set up a one-on-one appointment please contact the Montana World Trade Center prior to the event by phone: 406.243.6982, fax: 406.243.5259, or email: mwtc@mwtc.org

ABOUT THE SPEAKER- Barry Siskind
Barry Siskind is North America’s foremost trade and consumer show expert and the President of International Training and Management Company. Over the past twenty years he has traveled throughout the world working with thousands of clients in virtually all industry groups both in the private and public sectors helping them improve their results at trade and consumer shows.
Barry is the author of six best-selling business books and has written over 500 original trade articles and industry reports. His work also includes several reports for the Centre for Exhibition Industry Research. Each year, Barry delivers over 100 keynotes, workshops and seminars around the world.


To register or for additional information please contact the Montana World Trade Center
406.243.6982 or email seminars@mwtc.org

Mountain West Trade Mission to Mexico 2/22/2010 — Monterrey and Mexico City, Mexico

Utah, Idaho, Montana, and New Mexico are organizing a trade mission to Mexico February 22-25, 2010. This is an excellent opportunity to meet potential partners or buyers in the second largest market in the world for U.S. exports. Given the magnitude of trade between the United States and Mexico, there are abundant opportunities for U.S. firms in Mexico. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has resulted in approximately $367 billion of annual trade between the two countries, more
than 1 billion dollars of trade per day. What the trade mission has to offer you:
• Meet prescreened business contacts face-to-face, including potential agents, distributors, buyers and joint-venture partners, in one-on-one appointments scheduled for you in advance.
• Connect with industry decision-makers and government officials at a VIP networking reception.
• Engage with U.S. and Mexican business leaders already successfully operating in Mexico.
• Assess the business climate, trade policies and market opportunities to determine if Mexico is right for your business.
The fee for small and medium-sized businesses (500 or less employees) is $1,770 to visit both Mexico City and Monterrey and just $885 if you only visit Mexico City. A special thanks to Zions Bank for defraying the costs of this trade mission. For more information on this trade mission please visit: http://www.buyusa.gov/montana/124.html

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AFRICAN UTILITY WEEK AND POWER INDABA CONFERENCE FEBRUARY 22-25 2/22/2010 — Africa

Leadership debate on driving investment for power in Africa could encourage positive economic impact
The issues of cost reflective tariffs, financing of power infrastructure and more efficient use of resources are some of the themes that will be addressed during the 2010 African Utility Week and Power Indaba conferences which are taking place in Durban in February next year. From the 22 – 25th February 2010, the power, water and finance leaders of the African utilities sector will be meeting at the International Convention Centre in Durban to discuss the ways to optimise the performance of these crucial sectors.
Honourable Minister Dipuo Peter to share her visions
for Africa's power sector in 2010
Leading the discussions at African Utility Week will be the Minister of Energy, Minister Dipuo Peters, who will be sharing her ministry’s vision for Africa’s power sector going forward from 2010. She will be joined at the opening of the event for a debate on driving investment in the African utility sector by industry leaders and visionaries such as:
• Honourable Barbara Hogan, Minister of Public Enterprises, South Africa
• Honourable Kiraitu Murungi, Minister of Energy, Kenya
• Honourable Elias Mudzuri, Minister of Energy and Power Development, Zimbabwe
• Erica Johnson, Chief Officer, Networks and Customer Services, Eskom, South Africa
• Steven Hayes, President, Corporate Council for Africa, United States, and
• Hanson Sindowe, Chairman, Copperbelt Energy Corporation, Zambia
Can you afford to miss this spectacular line up? Sign up now!
DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAMME BROCHURE

Register today and benefit from the insight and experience
of industry leaders on issues such as:
• Non revenue water management
• Workforce planning, development and retention
• Powering Africa; creating opportunities; developing human capacity: a recipe for African growth and integration
• Assessing utility vulnerability to climate change
• Regulation and the quality of potable water
• Water safety plans

The who’s who of Africa’s power and water industry will be present at African Utility Week 2010 and this is your opportunity to get to hear from thought-leaders including:
• Thembani Bukula, Regulatory Member, National Energy Regulator of South Africa, South Africa
• Steven Adu, Commissioner, Public Utilities Regulatory Commission, Ghana
• Mariette Sward, Principal Scientific Specialist, Department of Water Affairs, Directorate Water Services Technical Regulation, South Africa
• Chris Moseki, Research Manager, Water Research Commission, South Africa
• Vincent Kasangaki, Regulatory member, Electricity Regulatory Authority, Uganda
• Lucien Ruterana, Commercial Director, RECO RWASCO, Rwanda
• Andrew Barfour, Project Coordinator of the Ghana Energy Development and Access Project, Ministry of Energy, Ghana
Click here to register, or request further information from the following contacts:

Phone: +27 21 700 3500 (International)
Fax: +27 21 700 3501 (International)

For sponsorship or exhibition information Andrew Evans / EXT: 3515

For information on the programme Claire Volkwyn / EXT: 3559

For registration information Zonika Koen / EXT: 3525

For travel and accommodation information Dianne Smit / EXT: 3510

MONTANA FINANCIAL EDUCATION COALITION’S 2010 STATEWIDE CONFERENCE FEBRUARY 23 BUILDING A MONEY $AVVY MONTANA 2/23/2010 — Helena

Practical information on financial education resources and an opportunity to apply for grants to fund financial education programs in YOUR Montana communities.

February 23, 2010
Best Western Great Northern Hotel (835 Great Northern Blvd, Helena, MT)
Contact: Diana Holshue
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Helena Branch
406.447.3861
Diana.Holshue@mpls.frb.org
Featuring: Pam Krueger and Jack Gallagher, Money Track as seen on PBS Television.
Registration: http://www.mtmfec.org/conference.html

8). RENEWABLE ENERGY WORLD CONFERENCE 7 EXPO NORTH AMERICA, FEBRUARY 23-25 2/23/2010 — Austin, Texas

And for the seventh year, Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America, formerly called POWER-GEN Renewable Energy & Fuels, will bring together an array of clean energy professionals. This year, the event will pitch its tent in Austin, Texas, on February 23-25. Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and Roger Duncan, general manager of Austin Energy, will be the keynote speakers. The conference is sponsored in part by DOE and is co-located with Photovoltaics World Conference & Expo.

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7). MONTANA AMBASSADORS 2010 ANNUAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE: MONTANA’S RECOVERING ECONOMY: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? FEBRUARY 25-26 2/25/2010 — Great Falls, Montana

The time for our annual conference is fast approaching. Once again the Agenda Committee has laid out a wonderful opportunity to hear great presentations and to learn about exciting possibilities for Montana’s future.

This year’s theme is Montana’s Recovering Economy: Where Do We Go From Here?

Exciting keynote speakers and insightful presenters promise to make this year’s conference one of the best ever!
The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Great Falls on February 25th and 26th so set aside those dates now.

The conference agenda and registration are available now online.

Highlights of the agenda:
• Free! Pre Conference Workshop: Eureka! Profit 101 Growth Training, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
• Montana Ambassador Orientation, Report of Actions and Activities
• Presentation by 2009 Award Winners (see Agenda for winners!)
• Social and Awards Dinner
• Keynote: NatureEner USA Mr. José María Sánchez Seara, CEO, NaturEner USA; Mr. Benito Fernandez, Chairman of the Board, NaturEner, USA NaturEner recently developed the 210 megawatt Glacier Wind Farm in Glacier and Toole Counties and has another under development in the same area.
• Keynote: Mr. Lyle Knight, CEO, First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. First Interstate BancSystem, Inc., is a 6 billion dollar Bank Holding Company; Mr. Knight is a former member of the Federal Advisory Council.
• Montana’s Recovering Economy Panelists: Representing MT Dept. of Commerce, MT Dept. of Transportation, State Fund, Governor’s Office of Economy Development, MT Dept. of Commerce, Promotion Division; MT University System - Two Year Education.
• Great food, great networking!


Gloria O'Rourke
Montana Economic Development Services
118 E. Seventh St.; Suite 2A
Anaconda, MT 59711
Ph: 406.563.5259 MEDA, ACF, MEDS
Ph: 406.563.5353 MT Ambassadors
Fx: 406.563.5476
email: gloria@montanaeds.com

MONTANA COMMUNITIES AND WILDFIRE CONFERENCE, FEB 25-27 2/25/2010 — Fairmont Hot Springs, MT

Date: Thursday 2/25/2010 - Saturday 2/27/2010

Montana Communities and Wildfire Conference
"Wildfire Preparedness: It's Your Responsibility"
February 25-27, 2010
Fairmont Hot Springs, MT

Visit www.firesafemt.org for more information
and to register or call 406.431.8718
email: execdir@firesafemt.org

For more information visit http://www.firesafemt.org
http://www.timberbuysell.com/Community/DisplayEvent.asp?id=431

10TH ANNUAL TRANS-PACIFIC MARITIME CONFERENCE MARCH 1 & 3/1/2010 — Long Beach, CA

Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California

"TPM returns to Long Beach"
On its 10th anniversary, the Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference will return by popular demand to downtown Long Beach.

Early bird rate still available - sign up by February 2nd!

2010 Topics include:
Market Outlook for the Trans-Pacific Trade: when will supply and demand return to balance?
Terminally ill? Is the U.S. marine terminal model outdated and ready for change?
Western Railroads (ands ports) take the offensive to protect their franchise
Exporters: life gets no easier, as fees, demand and equipment continue to exact a toll
How the recession and slower consumer demand is altering shippers' supply chains
Clean truck plans: an idea grows in popularity, and also in controversy
How carriers will approach a still-very uncertain 2010
How the transportation industry can effectively use social networking
Legends of Transportation: a new class of " Legends" will survey the industry

If there is one event you will be attending in 2010, this is the one!

WHEN
Monday, March 1, 2010 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 7:30 AM - 4:45 PM
Pacific Time Zone

WHERE
Long Beach Convention Center
300 Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, California 90802
USA

CONFERENCE INFORMATION:
View Event Fees

View Event Summary

View Event Agenda




Please respond to the invitation to attend TPM, by visiting www.joc.com/TPM

INAUGURAL ARPA-E ENERGY INNOVATION SUMMIT MARCH 1-3 3/1/2010 — Washington, DC

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today that the inaugural "ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit" will take place March 1-3, 2010 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) and organized by the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), with key support from the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and the Kauffman Foundation, will serve as a forum for the nation's energy leaders to share ideas, collaborate, and identify key technology opportunities and challenges.
Summit participants will include members of the scientific and research communities, investors, technology entrepreneurs, corporations with an interest in clean energy technologies, policymakers, and government officials.
"I am especially excited about the first ever ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit," said Secretary Chu. "This conference will bring together the nation's top energy leaders and members of the scientific community to begin building the next Industrial Revolution in clean energy technologies, which will create new jobs and help reduce our carbon footprint," said Secretary Chu.
The summit will spotlight some of ARPA-E's first round of 37 winning research projects and will for the first time showcase many of the more than 250 highly-rated research projects—out of the nearly 3,700 concept papers submitted—from the organization's first $150 million solicitation. Participants will hear from distinguished speakers such as Secretary Chu, ARPA-E Director Dr. Arun Majumdar, and a number of the nation's leading energy innovators. Panel topics will include identifying game-changing technologies, building regional energy innovation clusters, the role of energy in our national security, and successfully developing and commercializing energy technology breakthroughs. In addition, the conference will be preceded by a one-day program of workshops where researchers, entrepreneurs and investors can meet ARPA-E's Program Directors, discuss the goals and directions for ARPA-E's technology program areas, and learn the outcomes of previous workshops on these topics. The pre-conference day also will offer tutorials on topics such as best practices for commercializing breakthrough energy technologies and taking advantage of the SBIR program. For more information and to register for the summit, visit the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Web site.
About ARPA-E
The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), an organization within the U.S. Department of Energy, is the country's first organization dedicated exclusively to supporting high risk, high reward energy research projects. ARPA-E's mission is to support nimble and inventive technological approaches that can deliver transformative new solutions for climate change and energy security while advancing America's technology leadership. To learn more, please visit the ARPA-E Web site.

SELLING COSMETICS IN BRAZIL (USCS) 3/2/2010 — Online

Venue: Your Computer
Date: March 2, 2010
Learn more/register: http://www.buyusa.gov/arizona/sellingcosmetics.html

According to the Brazilian Association of Cosmetics, Toiletry, and Fragrance Industry, the economic crisis has had little effect on the cosmetics sector in Brazil. In 2008 Brazil’s cosmetic industry grew by 27 percent. Join the U.S. Commercial Service’s Selling Cosmetics Webinar Series and learn how to access these buyers. This webinar, geared to U.S. Cosmetic companies, will provide a hands-on review of the regulatory process, costing, and best practices. For more information contact: Pompeya.Lambrecht@mail.doc.gov.

INDIA TRADE & EXPORT FINANCE CONFERENCE 2010 3/3/2010 — Mumbai, India

With world markets now recovering and global export levels set to increase, Exporta reconvenes in Mumbai for the India Trade & Export Finance Conference 2010.

http://exportagroup.com/events/conferences/6th-Annual-India-Trade-&-Export-Finance-Conference_228/programme/

9). SECOND ANNUAL THE AMERICAS BUSINESS FORUM, MARCH 3-4 3/3/2010 — UCLA, Los Angeles, California

Event: Second Annual The Americas Business Forum
Venue: UCLA, Los Angeles, California
Date: March 3- 4, 2010

Learn more/register: http://www.buyusa.gov/pacificsouth/americas.html

TRADE MISSION TO SENEGAL AND SOUTH AFRICA MARCH 7-12 (US COMMERCIAL SERVICE) 3/7/2010 — Dakar, Senegal and Johannesburg, South Africa

Venue: Dakar, Senegal and Johannesburg, South Africa Date: March 7-12, 2010 Learn more/register:http://www.export.gov/africamission2010/ Senegal and South Africa offer a gateway for U.S. companies to enter the African continent. A growing consumer base and national efforts to upgrade infrastructure have created opportunities for U.S. exporters in both countries. This mission will promote U.S. equipment and services in key sectors such as electric power systems, automotive spare parts, construction and mining equipment, and agribusiness, among others. Businesses with clean technologies in those and other sectors are also encouraged to apply. Application deadline: January 15, 2010. For more information, visit the website at or contact Karen Dubin: 202-482-3786 / africamission@mail.doc.gov

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10). 4TH ANNUAL AFRICA TRADE & EXPORT FINANCE CONFERENCE, MARCH 9-10 3/9/2010 — Cape Town, South Africa

March 9-10, 2010
The Table Bay Hotel
Cape Town, South Africa
Standard Rate per Delegate : $999.00 USD

Now in its fourth year, Exporta's Annual Africa Trade & Export Finance Conference in Cape Town is a well-established gathering of only the most senior decision-makers within the Sub-Saharan trade and export sector.

Rich in resources and with a vast number of natural assets, Africa offers much to a global market affected by high commodity prices and increased demand, with large levels of economic activity across many countries. Moreover, the global liquidity shortage and difficulties faced in securing lines of credit from international investors, coupled with the various regulatory and reform challenges provided by the continent, ensures the need for trade, structured commodity and export finance products to facilitate deals.

Topics to be discussed over the course of the two days will include:

-Reviewing the current economic climate and assessing opportunities and risks
-Generating liquidity to support trade activities in challenging times
-Supply chain management: financing commodity trading through collateral control
-Challenges faced in structuring trade deals across Africa
-Prime opportunities for investment: highlighting key sectors such as agribusiness
-Assessing the role China has played in reshaping Africa's risk and investment landscape ---
-Providing legal protection for loans and investment in the region
-Considering the role of multilateral agencies such as DFIs and ECAs in the region
-Country focus: what does the future hold for Zimbabwe?
-Project financing and infrastructure development

All delegates will have the chance to hear detailed insight on the African market from the region's leading experts; enjoy thought-provoking debate through various panel discussions and network amongst their global peers. An evening reception will also be provided, open to all participants.

Who should attend:
Financiers
Exporters
Importers
Traders
Local and international banks
Consultants
Market analysts
Policy advisors
Insurers
Lawyers
Export credit agencies
Multilaterals

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Protect Your Business Workshop 3/11/2010 — Butte

Cost: $10 chamber members, $15 non-members (includes lunch)
Brought to you by: bbb.org, Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce
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4. CONFERENCE MARCH 11 (KALISPELL): SUCCESS IN THE NEW WEST!
Moose Drool or Starbucks?
The decision will be a tough one. Given the choice most people tend to have strong opinions
favoring one or the other.
At this year’s second annual Success in the New West, it won’t simply be the choice between
dark beer and strong coffee, but really between the entertaining insights of Bjorn Nabozney, cofounder
of Big Sky Brewery, and the philosophy of Servant Leadership presented by Keith
Brown, former VP of IT for Starbucks and current outdoor Montana TV show host and
producer.
Bjorn and Keith will join a group of nine other local experts as they focus their sights on building
better businesses in the Flathead. Professional Development, Leadership in Business,
Closing the Deal, Managing Change, Turning Conflict to Your Advantage, and all things
Entrepreneurial make up the all-day line-up. Whether you absorb advice on pricing your
products accurately from manufacturing expert, Paddy Fleming; or get an immediate upgrade
to your negotiating skills from Deb Snellen you will leave these stimulating classes with ideas
you can put to work the next day.
Improve your bottom line, get more bang for your marketing buck, or start planning that
new business.
Come determined to shake off the doldrums of a long, long winter because this event promises
to be a bright spot on the calendar. Rounding out the schedule will be business-to-business
booths, lunch with featured artist Nancy Cawdrey, and a happy hour for networking. For a
full line-up of speakers, classes, prices and options check www.SuccessintheNewWest.com.
To reserve tickets or a booth call FVCC at 756-3832.
For general information about the event call Kim, 261-8831 or
Kim@DoBusinessInMontana.com.
March 11th, 2010
Flathead Valley Community College
Tickets & Booths on sale at:
www.SuccessintheNewWest.com
Presented by Flathead Area Young Professionals and Flathead Valley Community College

MONTANA MANUFACTURING EXTENSION CENTER (MMEC) LEAN 3/12/2010 — HELENA

Contact: Deborah S. Nash, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, 406-994-
3812 or dnash@coe.montana.edu
http://www.mtmanufacturingcenter.com/Training/scheduled_training.htm
The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center is offering workshops on lean manufacturing
techniques in three locations in early March to help businesses be better prepared for the economic
recovery.
The events will take place in Hamilton on March 2 at the Bitterroot River Inn; in Missoula on March
3 at the Wingate Inn near the airport and in Helena on March 12 at the Montana Department of
Commerce building. Each event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The workshop costs $195 and includes a live factory simulation to demonstrate the results of using
lean methods. Lunch will be provided. Attendees must register in advance.
Lean manufacturing techniques can reduce waste at companies by cutting down on overproduction
and overstocked inventories, which frees up money for other purposes.
Usually, lean manufacturing can be implemented without spending significant capital, and, during
tough financial times, adopting lean manufacturing techniques can put a company in a better position
as the economy bounces back.
For more information, call the MMEC at 406-994-3812 or visit www.mtmanufacturingcenter.com
and click on the “training” link for details and online registration.
MMEC is an outreach center in the MSU College of Engineering.

Webinar: Exporting to North America/Caribbean - Best Prospects in Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago 3/15/2010 — Online

WEBINAR SERIES: TRADE WINDS 2010: “THE AMERICAS” (NOVEMBER 16, DECEMBER 16, JANUARY 15, FEBRUARY 8, AND MARCH 15)
Exporting to North America/Caribbean - Best Prospects in Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago Monday, March 15, 2010; 11:00AM-12:00PM EST

To register/for more information: http://www.buyusa.gov/westvirginia/twws.html

2010 MONTANA ECONOMIC OUTLOOK SEMINAR: ECONOMIC RECOVERY – WHAT’S AHEAD FOR MEN AND WOMEN WORKERS 3/16/2010 — Lewistown, MT Central Montana Education Center

Annual Economic Outlook Seminar, Wendy Stock, department chair of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, will discuss the recession's impacts, economic recovery and workforce issues.
This half-day seminar and luncheon will highlight the latest economic trends and forecasts for the nation, state, and local-area economies. Bureau economists Partick Barkey and Paul Polzin will present economic outlook forecasts for each seminar city, and industry experts will provide the economic outlook for Montana's important industries: nonresident travel, housing, health care, agriculture, manufacturing and forest products.

2010 MONTANA ECONOMIC OUTLOOK SEMINAR: ECONOMIC RECOVERY – WHAT’S AHEAD FOR MEN AND WOMEN WORKERS 3/17/2010 — Havre, MT MSU Northern Hensler Auditorium

Annual Economic Outlook Seminar, Wendy Stock, department chair of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, will discuss the recession's impacts, economic recovery and workforce issues.
This half-day seminar and luncheon will highlight the latest economic trends and forecasts for the nation, state, and local-area economies. Bureau economists Partick Barkey and Paul Polzin will present economic outlook forecasts for each seminar city, and industry experts will provide the economic outlook for Montana's important industries: nonresident travel, housing, health care, agriculture, manufacturing and forest products

World Trade Center’s Association Latin America Regional Meeting 3/17/2010 — Valencia, Venezuela
22ND ANNUAL INTERMOUNTAIN ROUNDWOOD ASSOCIATION ANNUAL 3/18/2010 — Missoula, MT Hilton Garden Inn

Date: Thursday 3/18/2010 - Friday 3/19/2010
Time: 12:00PM - 5:00Pm
The 22nd Annual IRA Meeting will take place in Missoula, MT at the Hilton Garden Inn on Friday,
March 19th 2010. Registration begins at 8:00AM and the meeting starts promptly at 9:00AM. The
theme for this years meeting is: Business, Beetles & Biomass.
Included in this roundwood conference on the preceding Thursday, March 18th there will be a
recertification clinic for wood treaters beginning at noon and the 6th Annual IRA Social & Dinner at
the Hilton Garden Inn at 6:00PM.
Vendor space available.
Please contact Karen Kovatch, Executive Administrator for more information and to register.
Phone (406) 677-2932 or email info@roundwoodassociation.org
For more information visit http://www.intermountainroundwood.org

9). NOW MORE THAN EVER…A IS THE WAY TO A STRONGER BOTTOM LINE 3/19/2010 — Billings, MT

http://www.printingforless.com/YPO/Smart

Legal Reform Conference 3/22/2010 — Billings Crowne Plaza Hotel

12:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Tentative Agenda:
March 22, 2010
12:00 – 1:00: Registration and Lunch provided
1:00 – 1:15: Welcome and Introduction Webb Brown, Montana Chamber of Commerce
1:15 – 2:15: Products Liability Reforms Mark Behrens, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
2:15 – 3:15: Workers’ Compensation Reforms TBA
3:15 – 3:30: Break
3:30 – 4:30: National Medical Liability Reform Leah Lorber, GlaxoSmithKline
4:30 – 5:30: Panel on Medical Liability Reform in Montana Gene Jarussi, Jarussi & Bishop Bob
Brown, Poore, Roth & Robinson Dr. (TBA)
5:30 – 7:00: Reception
March 23, 2010
7:30 – 8:00: Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00: Tort Reform and Tort Deform Potpourri Amy Kjose, American Legislative Exchange
Council
9:00 – 10:00: Wrongful Discharge: A Uniquely Montana Law Andy Forsythe, Moulton Bellingham
10:00 – 10:15: Break
10:15 – 11:15: Corporate Campaign Contributions and the Citizen United case TBA
11:15 – 12:00: The Pros and Cons of Judicial Elections Karla Gray, Former Chief Justice of the
Montana Supreme Court
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch and Legislative Panel
Registration for Montana Chamber Members: $75
Registration for non-members: $100
Registration for Attorneys getting CLE credits (contact Chamber to learn more): $125
To register, contact Jon at the Montana Chamber office, (406) 442-2405 (406) 442-
2405, ext. 104 or at jon@montanachamber.com
Contact: Jon at the Montana Chamber office, (406) 442-2405 (406) 442-2405, ext. 104
or at jon@montanachamber.com

FREE ENTREPRENEUR-TO-ENTREPRENEUR (E2) SEMINAR 3/23/2010 — Kalispell

Where: FVCC, Arts and Technology Building, Room 139
When: 12:00-1:00.
7 Ways to Jump Start Your Business in 2010.
Evaluate and realign parts of your business to achieve greater success. Join us for a fast-paced,
interactive session filled with tips and tools to use in your review to ensure 2010 will be a good year
for your business. Michele is former VP of Marketing and Sales for Walt Disney Attractions and
Disneyland Resorts and also was COO of Big Mountain Resort for five years.
Michele Reese, Beargrass Marketing
E2 is a free forum for entrepreneurs who want to know other entrepreneurs in the region. E2 is
about being inspired, mentored and educated through the experience of others. E2 is sponsored by
Montana West Economic Development and hosted by Flathead Valley Community College.
Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch and enjoy it during the presentation.
To RSVP contact Kim Morisaki, Kim@DoBusinessInMontana.com or 257-7711.

INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENTS (USCS and Baker & McKenzie LLP) 3/23/2010 — Online

All webinars start at 9:00 a.m. PST/ 12 noon EST.

Each webinar costs $75, with a 25 percent discount for registrations for all four programs.

To register, go to http://www.buyusa.gov/ict/webinarseries.html and pay online, or contact steve.recobs@mail.doc.gov or call: (317) 582-2300.

THE STATE OF MONTANA: A FREE HUMANITIES CONVERSATION AND 3/24/2010 — DoubleTree Hotel Missoula Montana

MONTANA LEGISLATOR
“THE STATE OF MONTANA”
A Free Humanities Conversation and Reception
with
Pat Williams, former U. S. Congressman, and
Lorents Grosfield, former Montana Legislator
Moderated by Brian Kahn, Host of Home Ground Radio Program
7:30 pm, Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Doubletree Hotel, Russell/Lewis/Clark room
100 Madison, Missoula
Sponsored by
Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for Public Humanities Programs 2009 Recipient
RSVP: 1-800-624-6001 or info@humanitiesmontana.org

FREE SAFETYFESTMT WORKSHOP MARCH 30-APRIL 2 3/30/2010 — Helena

The WorkSafeMT Safety Committee is hosting SafetyFestMT 2010. The event will run from
Tuesday, March 30 to Friday, April 2, 2010 at the Red Lion Colonial, Helena, Montana. All sessions
are free!
Who’s Invited: Employers, Employees, anyone interested in improving workplace safety
Cost: FREE, all sessions are no cost.
Registration: Go to http://www.safetyfestmt.com to register and for more information. Limited
space so register early. Safety
Full Information: http://www.worksafemt.com/images/sto ... 23-2010.pdf
Visit the SafetyFestMT pages http://www.worksafemt.com/index.php? ... &Itemid=129
For more information contact George Kochman at 406-444-0982.

Free Workshop: Learning How to Negotiate Contracts 4/1/2010 — Gateway Center, Helena

8:00 AM
Gateway Center
Attention Small Business Owners: Are you interested in learning how to negotiate contracts
Attend this free workshop on Contract Negotiation Techniques
Small businesses are invited to attend a free one-day workshop designed to provide the
essential techniques needed for contract negotiation. “Contract Negotiation Techniques” to
be held in Helena on April 1, 2010, at the Gateway Center located at 1710 National Avenue
from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The training will be Performance-based Solutions, Inc.
A vital skill needed in procurement is the ability to negotiate effectively. Almost every level
of contracting involves negotiations – over small and large issues. This course provides
participants with a solid battery of strategies, tactics and skills that are effective in contract
formation and contract negotiations. This course also recognizes that how a contractor
negotiates depends greatly on their personality and individual style. Exercises in this class will
provide participants with insight into their negotiation styles and personal techniques. The
skills gained from this course can be immediately applied to other contracting situations
where formal and informal negotiations of all dimensions take place.
You are eligible to participate in the training if you are an 8(a) firms in compliance with all
8(a) requirements and eligible for receive 8(a) contracts, a business operating in areas of high
unemployment or low income, or a business owned by a low income individual.
Those wishing to participate in these courses should visit http://www.pbsisbtraining.com to
register and for more information.
For more information on how to receive federal contracting assistance from the SBA, visit
http://www.sba.gov/gcbd.
Contact: http://www.pbsisbtraining.com

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