Baucus Announces Google Executive Eric Schmidt to Headline 2013 Butte Jobs Summit

At a technology roundtable in Missoula today, Montana’s senior U.S. Senator, Max Baucus, announced one of the world’s most visionary technology leaders, Eric Schmidt of Google, is heading to the 6th Montana Economic Development Summit in Butte this September.

Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, helped build the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. Baucus also announced he’ll be teaming up with Google at the jobs summit to provide Montana businesses with the opportunity to build their own websites or increase their web presence.

“I have no doubt Eric will be impressed with Montana’s huge high tech potential. Google is making the smart decision to invest in Montana’s innovative and hardworking business owners by helping them expand their presence online,” said Baucus. “When a global leader in technology shows this kind of interest in our state, it sends the message far and wide that Montana is serious about bringing high tech jobs to our state. This is a win-win for Montana jobs.”

Google is listed as number 5 on Forbes World’s Most Powerful Brands list. Schmidt currently serves as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, a group of scientists and engineers who advise the President on science, technology and innovation.  He was named by PC World as first on the list of “50 Most Important People on the Web.”

Get Your Business Online Workshop

Google’s “Montana Get Your Business Online” workshop will be featured on September 17th, the second day of the Montana Economic Development Summit in Butte. During the session, Google experts will help small business owners create their own websites courtesy of Intuit.

Businesses also receive a customized domain name, free web hosting for one year, a local business listing on Google Maps, free tools, training and resources. Google experts are on hand to train the business owners on how to reach more customers online.

While 97% of Internet users look online for local products and services, 58 percent of small business do not have a website or online presence.

“The perception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming has prevented many Montana small businesses from taking the first step,” said Scott Levitan, Director of Small Business Engagement at Google. “This program makes it fast, easy and free for businesses to get online.”

  •  Businesses interested in participating in the event can find more information
  • In order to attend, businesses must first register for the summit and then click on the “Montana Get Your Business Online” panel to reserve a spot at the workshop.

University of Montana Business Plan Winners

Baucus also announced today that winners of the University of Montana’s business plan competition will have the opportunity to present their proposals to some of the most influential venture capitalists and business leaders in the region at the summit

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m proud to help set the table so that our best and brightest young business leaders can make the connections they need to succeed and create new jobs,” said Baucus.

The jobs summit will feature all-star keynote speakers including some of the most innovative business leaders of our time along with ambassadors from some of the world’s most dynamic economies. The summit will also feature more than 40 breakout panel sessions tailored to every aspect of business from writing a business plan to getting your business online, learning how to export and the best ways to access capital.

Montana Economic Development Summits have resulted in hundreds of new Montana jobs over the years by bringing new private investment to the state and helping elevate Montana’s top notch goods and services at the global level.

Keynote speakers this year will include Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, former Presidential candidate and international businessman Jon Huntsman, Jr., Alan Mulally of Ford Motor Company, Oracle’s Safra Catz, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney, founder of FedEx Fred Smith, Delta’s Richard Anderson and, Montana’s own, Ryan Lance, CEO of ConocoPhillips.

Contact: Jennifer Donohue (202) 224-2651/Kathy Weber (406) 329-7980