Wisdom Wednesday

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

“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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