Business Workshops

Do you know what your business needs are? Do you think that it is time to update your best practices, learn new methods, increase visibility in your target market, and be more efficient? SCCDC aims to assist you strengthen and grow through our business resources. Our business education classes cater to small business owner needs. Additional benefits include networking with other industries and learning more about available resources in our region.

Upcoming Training Schedule: September 2017 – May 2018

Time: 9am-3pm
Locations:  Lake County CDC, 407 Main St. SW-Ronan or
MT State Bldg, 2504 Tradewinds Way-Thompson Falls/Paradise Center, 2 Schoolhouse Road – Paradise
Cost: Most workshops are FREE and brown bag lunch, exceptions apply! Register today, 406-676-5901.

Business Start-up and the Essential Ingredients
Ronan – Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Thompson Falls – Friday, October 6, 2017
Are you thinking about starting a business? This workshop will help prospective business owners think through the steps of turning their idea into a profitable business venture.

Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet I &II
Paradise Center – Friday, November 3, 2017
An effective class offered to help you gain comfort and a solid understanding of Microsoft Excel. Learn about formulas, functions, data analysis and presentation of data. Plus building on the Excel I participants will leave with more in depth knowledge from cross-use of sheets to sorting/list rules and filtering. We present the most useful concepts in one powerful session. Join us to increase your capabilities and double your working speed!

Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet III & IV 
Ronan – Thursday, November 2, 2017

Concept to Consumer-Bringing Your Food Product To Market
Ronan – January 30, 2018
Thompson Falls – February 1, 2018
This workshop provides an overview of the opportunities and challenges of starting a food business. The workshop covers an array of topics ranging from label development, packaging, nutritional analysis to core information on food safety and state and federal regulations regarding food products.

QuickBooks I
Ronan – March 7, 2018
Thompson Falls – March 9, 2018
Putting Financial Management to Work for Your Business: a Practical Introduction to QuickBooks.
This course will teach you how to: Manage money coming in and money going out (sales, invoicing, paying bills, and tracking expenses), Reconcile accounts, Use reports to understand your business, including profitability and sales trends.

Customer Service Training – The Guest
Trout Creek, Lakeside Resort – Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 5:30-8pm
Paradise, Quinns Hot Springs & Resort – Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 5:30-8pm
We all know how to take care of a guest in our home. Welcoming a guest to our business and community is no different. It’s that simple and that important. No matter how large or complex an organization may be, great service usually comes down to one employee, serving one guest, one day at a time – that’s you! This program will help you evaluate and create consistent customer service standards in your business, assess customer service behaviors and enhance the visitor experience. From owner to employee, this training is valuable!
Cost: $20/dinner included; Register today, 406-827-6935.

Marketing and Sales On a Small Budget
Ronan – April 4, 2018
Thompson Falls – April 6, 2018
This course will expose students to introductory marketing concepts, approaches, analysis, execution, and provide an understanding of the requirements of a marketing plan. Students will learn marketing applications for an actual business setting and gain practical application of sales and marketing techniques.

QuickBooks II
Ronan – April 18, 2018
Thompson Falls – April 20, 2018
This session builds on QB I – Learn more about your company file, chart of accounts, customers, jobs and vendors selling products/services paying for expenses and receiving payments, and managing reports.
We work with small businesses to understand their needs. If you are interested in skills that our current workshop cycle does not provide, please contact us and we can work to develop curriculum that addresses your request.

Websites & Social Media for Business
Ronan – May 2, 2018
Thompson Falls – May 4, 2018
Is your business represented on the web? Internet presence for small businesses is a visible foundation for their company information available 24/7. A website is a critical piece of marketing strategy, builds the value of your business and lends to a professional appearance.

QuickBooks – Payroll 
Ronan – May 16, 2018
Thompson Falls – May 18, 2018
This course will investigate the payroll function within QuickBooks.

Register today, 406-676-5901. Please note: Workshop dates are subject to change.