Business Class Information

Information on class schedules, cost, and registration is on the Event Calendar page.

On this page you can view class descriptions, instructors and their bios, and the local financial institution and other Montana businesses that make our classes possible through their sponsorship.  BBB Flyer.

Building Bitterroot Business – Business Basics

Introduction to Small Business Planning
Arguably every business needs a business plan, but who has time? This FREE workshop is designed to get you over the hurdle of getting started on the critical ongoing planning that is essential to business success, without fixating on the creation of a formal document. There will also be a short presentation on how to get some helpful market size information from free government websites. Instructor: John Schneeberger, RCEDA

Financial Management Basics
Learn the basics of creating and using profit and loss, cash flow, and balance sheet statements. Also includes how to create financial projections and financial management best practices for small business. Instructor:  Andrea Simmerman, CPA

Modern Day Marketing
This course will explore modern marketing frameworks and methods, leaving participants with real action items they can use to reach their business goals. Instructor:  Kassi Strong, Crepe Cuisine, LLC

Basics of Business Law
This class covers several aspects of law including the legal business structures that small businesses assume, reasons why to select each one and what their advantages and disadvantages are. Negotiations, contracts, intellectual property and legal liabilities are explored. Most importantly, advice is given as to where to get legal information and help. Instructor:  Richard A Weber, PC

Hiring and Employees
Learn the basic rules of sound human resource management from hiring to firing: the hiring process, progressive discipline, and termination. Also covered will be Workers’ Compensation requirements and independent contracting, including obtaining your Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate from the Montana Dept. of Labor and Industry. Instructors:  Patty Kenahan, Former HR Director; Gary Palmer, MT Dept of Labor & Industry

 

Building Bitterroot Business – Financial Management

QuickBooks Basics
Course introduces QuickBooks and essential accounting terminology, and covers the sales process, tracking revenue, managing expenses, bank reconciliation, and setting up and maintaining a company file. Instruction is in QuickBooks 2015 on provided computers (please do not bring your own computer), but content applies to earlier versions. Prerequisite: basic computer knowledge.  Instructor:  Stephanie Mapelli, MBA, Bitterroot College

QuickBooks Basics – Payroll
Learn to properly set up a payroll system in QuickBooks – create paychecks, pay tax liabilities, and generate payroll forms and reports. Find out how to track employee time, create job cost data, and troubleshoot common problems and mistakes. Instruction is in QuickBooks 2015 on provided computers (please do not bring your own computer), but content applies to earlier versions. Prerequisite: working knowledge of QuickBooks and computers. Instructor:  Stephanie Mapelli, MBA, Bitterroot College

QuickBooks Basics – Inventory
Learn to manage inventory with QuickBooks. If your business purchases items that are ready for resale, keeps them in inventory, and then sells them, QuickBooks can track the current number in stock and the value of your inventory. Instruction is in QuickBooks 2015 on provided computers but content applies to earlier versions. Prerequisite: working knowledge of QuickBooks and computers. Instructor:  Stephanie Mapelli, MBA, Bitterroot College

Budgeting with QuickBooks
Learn to manage inventory with QuickBooks. If your business purchases items that are ready for resale, keeps them in inventory, and then sells them, QuickBooks can track the current number in stock and the value of your inventory. Instruction is in QuickBooks 2015 on provided computers but content applies to earlier versions. Prerequisite: working knowledge of QuickBooks and computers. Instructor:  Stephanie Mapelli, MBA, Bitterroot College

QuickBooks Basics – Reports and Graphs
Learn to analyze your financial data. Course covers producing and understanding QuickBooks reports and graphs. Instruction is in QuickBooks 2015 on provided computers (please do not bring your own computer), but content applies to earlier versions. Prerequisite: working knowledge of QuickBooks and computers. Instructor:  Stephanie Mapelli, MBA, Bitterroot College

Excel Basics
Learn to navigate within Excel and enter information and organize data. We will cover the use of charts, graphs, formulas, fonts, borders and other Excel functions. Instructor: Stephanie Mapelli, MBA, Bitterroot College

 

Building Bitterroot Business – Technology

Computer Confidence
Course is designed to give students the skills required for navigating Windows 10. Material is presented in a friendly and supportive format. Students learn basic computer concepts, develop mouse and keyboard skills, and explore & practice using the Internet and email all within the Windows 10 environment. Instructor: Jon Swallow, Bitterroot College

Google My Business
Learn how to optimize your business listing on Google to help your business be noticed. Class covers the importance of business photos. 360 degree imagery, responding to reviews, viewing insights, how to use the free app and more. Instructor: Cody Edwards, Touch Point Design.

Building Bitterroot Business – Food Classes

Understanding the Cottage Food Law
In October of 2015 Montana’s revised cottage food law went into effect after passage of House Bill 478 by the State legislature. The law established guidelines  for the production and sale of “non-potentially hazardous foods” such as baked goods, preserves and honey. Through this course, individuals will gain knowledge of the Montana Cottage Food Law and the process necessary to complete the required application. Instructor Karen Mahar, Hamilton City Attorney

ServSafe Food Manager
Course prepares students for the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafeFood Manager certification, accredited by ANSI and the Conference for Food Protection. Materials Fee: $80 for textbook. Instructor: Katelyn Anderson, MSU Ravalli County Extension Agent.

 

Classes Made Possible by These Sponsors

                                   

Montana Women's Business CenterSBA