By Robin Brower-McBride, Big Sky Chamber of Commerce

Big Sky Chamber of Commerce is kicking off the shoulder season with its inaugural Business Conference and Exposition, scheduled for Oct. 6 at Buck’s T-4 Lodge. This conference is open to the public and is one of the Chamber’s many efforts to help improve the efficiency and profitability of local businesses.

Throughout the day, attendees will have access to several cutting-edge continuing education sessions on pertinent topics such as business transition, technology (website enhancement and optimization), social media strategy, online marketing and analytics, profitable niches and expansion, business financing and grants, human resources, and guerilla marketing.

The conference will also feature a trade show floor exhibiting several business enhancement and development oriented vendors. A social networking gathering for attendees and speakers will follow the day’s sessions.

This collaboration of regional businesses should benefit independent business owners, managers and staff alike. It will offer Big Sky businesses the ability to learn from and network with colleagues from across the region.

The agenda offers an opening keynote with national presenter, Jimmy Neil, a lunch and learn session with Prospera Business Network, in addition to morning and afternoon concurrent sessions featuring panel discussions with prominent business leaders who’ll share secrets and inherent knowledge, offering great options for all business types and interests in a local audience.

Registration information and a full agenda are available at bigskychamber.com/events or 995-3000.