2015 Annual Member Luncheon

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Celebrating Prospera's 30th Anniversary
with four featured speakers

Empowering entrepreneurs is what we do

From moral support to small business loans,

we have your back

Injections of expertise are essential to advancing your organization

Together we can mold your workforce for success

Nobody works harder for your success than we do

Except maybe you

A balanced blend of financing for those craving quality lending

Just one of our specialties


Area Statistics

Montana's manufacturing employment grows faster than national manufacturing employment
According to the latest annual report from Montana State University’s Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, from the second quarter of 2009 to the third quarter of 2014, Montana manufacturing employment grew by 8.6 percent, while national manufacturing employment grew at only 3.6 percent.

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Montana again the top state for entrepreneurs
For the third year in a row, the Kauffman Foundation  named Montana the top state for entrepreneurial activity, with 540 new entrepreneurs for every 100,000 adults in a given month and a start up density of 195.7 per 100,000 residents.

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Gallatin County the sixth-fastest growing area in the United States for 2013-2014
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gallatin County's population increased by 2.8 percent to an estimated 97,308 residents from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014.


Business Pulse

MSU business students to offer free consulting for area businesses and nonprofits
MSU’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship is seeking businesses and non-profit organizations willing to offer students practical business experience in return for research, issue analysis or operational advice during the fall semester. Application deadline is August 7.

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New investment fund focuses on technology entrepreneurs
Next Frontier Capital, a Bozeman-based venture capital firm founded and managed by Will Price, announced in June that the goal of the firm is to help grow new companies in high-tech industries, particularly in software, health care, photonics and optics. The fund closed initially April 30 with $11 milllion. Price plans to boost the fund to $20 million by 2016 and hopes to fund 10 to 12 new companies over the next few years.

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