Andy Shirtliff

Business Engagement Specialist at Montana Department of Labor & Industry

Andy's focus is to help Montana's innovators, entrepreneurs, and existing Montana small businesses start, operate, grow and recover their businesses, and create good-paying jobs.

He is a firm believer that our growth comes from within and that there is strength in our diversity of people as well as our industries. Andy takes pride in building and maintaining relationships and has traveled to all 56 counties to work with people of all walks of life to help keep Montana's economy growing and strong.

Andy has extensive experience in the private and public sectors as well as with nonprofit organizations, He has led teams and delivered award-winning and nationally recognized results. He is skilled in economic development, communications, fundraising, leadership, and collaborating.

11:00 - 12.00 PM Panel

Day 2 - Saturday May 20th

Why Marketing & Branding is the Key to Success

It seems so easy and clear when you say it aloud. It’s like, “Oh, yeah, duh. I need to market myself, my brand, and my company in a way that is effective.” So, we try and try, and see a touch of success, but never quite as much as we had hoped for, because the truth is, we’re business professionals, not marketers. Though we are creative, motivated, and dedicated to our brand, we cannot do it all. We hire an employee to do and branding in hopes of gaining traction and reaching more people, helping more people, being more attractive to our target audience just to realize we’ve hired wrong or the marketing talent we have isn’t enough and we need more. Now what?

2.30 - 3.30 PM Speaker

Day 2 - Saturday May 20th

Build an Effective Team

Building a solid team is one of the best ways to ensure success and longevity for your business. However, finding the right people isn’t always easy. Small business hiring can be an especially daunting process, since you’re seeking qualified team members who are also aligned with your business’ vision and growth goals. That's why we asked Andy Shirtliff  to share how you can be sure you’re hiring those who are going to help take your business to new heights.

4.00 - 7:00PM Networking

Day 1 - Friday May 19th


Access a sneak preview of Beast Your Biz! the evening before with this networking event to kick-off the conference. We will have music, complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar while you mingle with speakers, panelists, sponsors and fellow attendees. This is a fabulous way to make personal contacts with entrepreneurs to help guide you on your way to success!