Compete Smart 2010
Thursday, October 7th - Friday, October 8th, 2010
Holiday Inn Grand Montana, 5500 Midland Road, Billings, MT, 59101

treasure trove of opportunity awaits you at the 2010 Compete Smart Manufacturing Conference where you will discover priceless peer perspectives and an eye for opportunity from plant tours, high value breakout sessions and compelling speakers. Again, we've included everyone's favorite -- Montana Company Leaders and their take on where to look for opportunity and how they Change the Game.  Come, re-frame your game and re-connect with manufacturing peers and allies.
Capitalize on opportunities for growth & sustainability in breakout tracks covering essentials like differentiating in new/emerging markets, understanding the global marketplace, gaining from energy efficiencies, exploring government contracting, developing a leadership style that supports a creative, committed team, and  more. 

KEYNOTE LUNCHEONJeff Metts, Dowding Industries, Keynote Speaker
Come Celebrate Manufacturing Week with us and let Jeff Metts inspire you to seek Opportunity in unexpected places when he presents "A Time to Be Bold."

Hear how this courageous company leader stepped off the edge for new opportunity, bringing the science, engineering, and entrepreneurial vision together to lift his company above the morass of foreign competition and created new jobs for a dwindling automotive industry.  See why America’s entrepreneurial spirit leads to great treasure. Learn more about his relentless pursuit —a vision for meeting the needs of our country’s energy demands and in doing so reviving U.S. manufacturing strength in America’s heartland.

Metts is an innovative leader recognized for pioneering Michigan’s renewable energy frontier in 2007. His dedication earned him a Business Leadership Award by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association. He is a sought after speaker and member of Michigan Governor’s Green Energy Task Force. His family firm, Dowding Industries, is a Michigan-based manufacturer of progressive die stampings, metal fabrications and welded assemblies. Four years ago, the company began manufacturing parts for the wind turbine industry, and the wager on diversification doesn’t end there…

Make Plans to Attend 
Change the game with insights and actions that are key to your successThink big. Challenge traditional thinking. Start by registering for Compete Smart TODAY! Remember to bring your team and take advantage of several registration fee discounts, Incumbent Worker Training grant opportunities available through Montana Department of Labor or Montana Department of Commerce and a special rebate from SBDC for Veteran-owned companies.