Wisdom Wednesday

FEB 13th


Joel Silverman
Silverman Law Office, PLLC

“Protect your Business & Yourself from Embezzlement / Fraud”

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Ever wonder if you are being cheated by your employees or people outside of your business? Learn how to protect yourself and your business from embezzlement from inside or out of your business. Today’s environment is changing rapidly, and the thieves are moving faster than we can keep up. Learn some of the new scams that are happening daily and how you can stay on ahead of them.

Joel Silverman was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He moved to Missoula in 1992, and received his B.A. in Mathematics and B.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana in 1997.  He received his law degree from Lewis and Clark College in 2003 and an LL.M. (master’s degree) in Taxation from the University of Washington in 2004. Joel’s 15 years in the practice of law have provided him with a vast experience in business and transactional matters. He has seen many instances of fraud and embezzlement and helped many clients put together measures to stop such activities. He loves to share his knowledge with the hopes of stopping the pain and embarrassment of these events from happening to others.

MAR 13th


Mayor Wilmot Collins
City of Helena

“Get to know your Mayor: Wilmot Collins”

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Wilmot Collins was born, raised and partly educated in Liberia, West Africa.  Wilmot, a former refugee, arrived in the United States in 1994 and now resides in Helena with his wife, who’s a registered nurse at VA Montana and also an Army Reservist.  Their daughter is Active Duty Navy, and their son is a senior at the University of Montana, Missoula.

Presently, Wilmot is a Child Protection Specialist with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Montana, Helena College, and a U. S. Navy Reservist.  Prior to working with MT DPHHS, Wilmot worked at VA Montana for many years as an Administrative Officer for Facility Management and also as a Public Affairs Specialist and Minority Veterans Program Coordinator.  Wilmot is very active on several boards: United Way of Lewis and Clark Area, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance.  Wilmot holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management.

Join us to hear from Mayor Collins on his journey from Liberia to becoming Mayor in Helena, Montana.

APR 10th


Walter Deege
Original Digital / Sears Hometown Store

“Journey of Hope: Walter Deege”

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Walter Deege was born in the Netherlands prior to World War II and remembers the war like it happened yesterday.  Walter lived and survived through the times of the German occupation in Holland and we invite you to hear his story.

Walter’s family hid people from the Germans during World War II  in Holland.  His Father, who was active in the underground, helped many Jewish individuals escape from the Nazis and eventually was caught by the SS, transported to a concentration camp and killed three days before the camp was liberated by the Allies.  Even after his father was taken away, his mother, as well as Walter and his brothers, helped hide Jewish people in their attic.

Walter is very active in the business world, owning a property management company, a store called “Original Digital”, and Sears Hometown Store.

MAY 8th


Michelle Edmunds
Westaff

“Human Resources for Montana Businesses: Are you Aware?”

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Small business owners have tremendous responsibility and risk in the area of Human Resources.  Because of the breadth and scope of HR, many business owners have difficulty deciding the best way to prevent “people problems” or to deal with them when they arise. This class will help get you started in the right direction.

We will discuss:

  • Employee performance and conduct issues
  • Employee handbooks
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Wrongful termination
  • Wage and hour issues

Michelle Edmunds is a “feel good” HR guru who specializes in Montana employment law and best practices.   She utilizes this through HR consulting and providing staffing services to small and large businesses statewide.  Michelle is the President and Sr. HR Consultant for Westaff and Personnel Plus Consulting Services.  Michelle believes in win-win solutions and enjoys coaching and learning from her clients and team.  She is passionate about working hard and playing harder while providing strategic HR solutions to small business owners like herself.

Michelle provides services such as employee handbook reviews and rewrites, day to day HR consulting, leadership and communication training, personnel investigations and temporary staffing, permanent staffing and executive recruitments.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from a top-ranked business school, the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.  Michelle is certified as a “Senior Professional in Human Resources” by the Human Resource Certification Institute (SPHR).  She is also a Certified Senior Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP).

JUN 12th


Alana Cunningham
Helena Area Chamber of Commerce

“Online Reputation Management: How to Build the Reputation YOU want!”

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Reputation Management is identified as the practice of attempting to shape public perception of a person or organization by influencing online information about that person or business.  A digital presence has become the front lines of reputation management and in this session, you will learn:

  • The process of positioning, monitoring, and measuring your reputation in both quiet and crisis tines
  • Evaluate approaches to reputation management and use digital and traditional platforms to meet organizational goals
  • Integrate principles in the creation of a reputation management plan
  • How to evaluate the global impact of social media, marketing communications and public relations on effective reputation management

Alana Cunningham is a  Chicago native, joined the Helena Chamber of Commerce in December 2016. She graduated from Carroll College in May 2015 with a B.A. in Social Media Communications and English Writing and is currently pursuing a Masters in Communication Management with a focus in Public Relations and a certificate in Marketing Communications from the University of Denver. On top of working full-time and working on her M.A. she runs two small businesses; Media Marketing Solutions and Alana Rose Photography.  Montana has been my home since she stepped foot on Carroll College’s campus in August 2011, and couldn’t imagine a better place to live!

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