Calendar of Events

April 2015

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

Women Entrepreneur Leadership Mentoring Series
04/15/15 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Prospera’s Montana Women’s Business Center presents

Women Entrepreneur Leadership Mentoring Series

Featured Woman Entrepreneur
Sarah Calhoun, Red Ants Pants

Wednesday, April 15
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Facilitated Dialogue

Baxter Hotel
Mezzanine Ballroom

105 W Main Street - Bozeman

Registration: $35

Registration required by Monday, April 13

ABOUT THE SERIES
The Montana Women's Business Center invites you and a friend to the second event of the 2015 Women Entrepreneur Leadership Mentoring Series on April 15, with featured woman entrepreneur Sarah Calhoun, Red Ants Pants.

The 2015 Leadership Mentoring Series will present five influential women entrepreneurs throughout the year. These inspiring women entrepreneurs are featured as mentors, sharing their stories of growth, success, challenges and encouragement with our community of budding women entrepreneurs.

The Leadership Mentoring Series is moderated by Ris Higgins, business owner and long-time mentor to women entrepreneurs. She will facilitate a dialogue between the featured entrepreneur and the audience. Join us and be inspired to grow personally and professionally!

SAVE THE DATE
2015 Leadership Mentoring Series

Wednesday, June 17
Brie Thompson, Olivelle

Thursday, August 20
Shannon Grochowski, La Chatelaine

Thursday, October 22
Anna Visscher, tart

2015 SERIES SPONSORS
Big Sky Western Bank Logo

Bozeman Area Community Foundation



The Montana Women’s Business Center is a program of Prospera Business Network and is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Amanda Schultz at info@MontanaWBC.org or (406) 587-3113 to make arrangements.

President's Circle

President's Circle Luncheon with John Rogers, Governor's Office of Economic Development
04/16/15 11:45 AM to 1:30 PM

Prospera Business Network presents

President's Circle Luncheon

Updates from the Governor's Office of Economic Development

An exclusive, invitation-only event for executives from Prospera's Partner, Executive, Community Leader and Economic Partner members.

FEATURED SPEAKER
John Rogers, Chief Development Officer, Governor's Office of Economic Development

Thursday, April 16
11:45 a.m. Arrival and Networking
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon, Presentation and Discussion

Baxter Hotel, Mezzanine Ballroom
105 W Main Street, Bozeman

$45 Includes catered lunch

Kindly RSVP by Monday, April 13

Prospera Recommends

SBIR/STTR Lunch & Learn: National Science Foundation
04/06/15 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

The MSU Office of Research and Economic Development, the MSU TechLink Center and the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership Program present

SBIR/STTR Lunch & Learn:
National Science Foundation

Monday, April 6
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

MSU Engineering and Physical Sciences Building, Room 127

Researchers, Inventors & Entrepreneurs:
Bring your lunch and learn how you can tap into $2.5 billion in non-dilutive seed capital through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

In this free session, you'll learn how you can qualify for hundreds of thousands of dollars in R&D funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that does not have to be matched or repaid. In just one lunch hour, you'll get up to speed on the SBIR/STTR programs, qualification requirements and the application process. We'll touch on ways that academic researchers can participate in these small business programs. You'll also hear about free proposal development and submission assistance that may be available to you. Of course, we'll leave plenty of time to answer your specific questions as well.

NSF is currently soliciting SBIR/STTR proposals in the following topics areas:

1) Educational Technologies and Applications

2) Information Technologies

3) Internet of Things

4) Semiconductors and Photonic Devices and Materials

5) Electronic Hardware, Robotics and Wireless Technologies

6) Advanced Manufacturing and Nanotechnology

7) Advanced Materials and Instrumentation

8) Chemical and Environmental Technologies 

9) Biological Technologies

10) Smart Health and Biomedical Technologies

Please note that NSF accepts SBIR/STTR proposals in any area of technology that shows high commercial potential, not just those listed above..

Upcoming brown bag sessions focused on winning SBIR/STTR funding from other federal agencies include:

  • National Science Foundation on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
  • Department of Defense on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

All sessions will be held in EPS 127 from noon to 1 p.m.

These events are made possible through a partnership between the MSU Office of Research and Economic Development, the MSU TechLink Center and the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership.

For more information, contact Phillip Luebke at 406-994-7748 or phillip.luebke@techlinkcenter.org.

Bozeman Job Service Workforce Center 2015 Job Fair Jamboree
04/08/15 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Bozeman Job Service Workforce Center presents

2015 Job Fair Jamboree

Wednesday, April 8

Veterans, Military Personnel and Families
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Doors Open To The General Public
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Gallatin County Fairgrounds, Bozeman

Premium Booth: $80
Standard Booth: $60
Booth registration deadline: March 20

Job Fair Jamboree offers your business the opportunity to meet, interview and hire job seekers. Watch a short video here.

To obtain more information please contact: Lisa at (406) 582-9235 or lcrooks@mt.gov

Sponsored by BJSEC and ESGR

ISO 9001/2015 Applied Internal Quality Auditor Training Workshop
04/14/15 8:00 AM to 04/16/15 4:30 PM

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center presents

ISO 9001/2015 Applied Internal Quality Auditor Training Workshop

Instructor: Todd Daniels, MMEC -- and experienced audit coaches

Tuesday, April 14 - Thursday April 16
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily, includes lunch

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
Conference Rooms 116A & B

2310 University Way, Bldg. 2
From Kagy turn south onto 7th Ave.
Park in the first lot and follow signs to Building 2.
Location map available here.

Cost:$995 per person for three days, includes refreshments, lunches and the DRAFT  ISO 9001/2015 standard (a $73 value).
SPECIAL DISCOUNT for each attendee who's company is a member of the Montana Chamber of Commerce and its subsidiary Montana Manufacturing Council or member of Associated Employers. Verify membership, then select appropriate member option as you register to receive 10% off each registration.

Use the skills from this Internal Quality Auditor Training workshop to drive Continuous Improvement!

The ISO Standard is changing. Be prepared for the 2015 emphasis on risk management and new terminology as part of your quality management system.  Internal Quality Auditors ensure that focus stays on the customer, continuous improvement AND NOW managing risk.

DURING THIS 3-DAY WORKSHOP YOU WILL RECEIVE A COPY OF THE DRAFT ISO 9001/2015 STANDARD PLUS:

  • Learn principles & practices of quality system auditing.
  • Gain solid understanding of the ISO 9001 quality standard and coming changes.
  • Conduct a live audit using workshop tools & tips at ILX Lightwave, a Newport Company, in Bozeman. ILX is a Premier Supplier of Laser Diode Instrumentation and Test Systems. During your afternoon at ILX, you will develop reporting and follow-up skills that advance your growth initiatives.
  • Get your team of internal auditors fully qualified.
  • Receive effective, constructive tips for your audit program.

Who Should Attend
? Quality managers, process engineers, process improvement consultants and those seeking to become qualified Internal Quality Auditors within a company.

To enhance your live audit experience, an experienced audit coach will also be on hand for each audit team.

Learn more

SBIR/STTR Lunch & Learn: National Science Foundation
04/21/15 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

The MSU Office of Research and Economic Development, the MSU TechLink Center and the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership Program present

SBIR/STTR Lunch & Learn:
National Science Foundation

Tuesday, April 21
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

MSU Engineering and Physical Sciences Building, Room 127

Researchers, Inventors & Entrepreneurs:
Bring your lunch and learn how you can tap into $2.5 billion in non-dilutive seed capital through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

In this free session, you'll learn how you can qualify for hundreds of thousands of dollars in R&D funding from the National Science Foundation.

Upcoming brown bag sessions focused on winning SBIR/STTR funding from other federal agencies include:

  • Department of Defense on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

All sessions will be held in EPS 127 from noon to 1 p.m.

These events are made possible through a partnership between the MSU Office of Research and Economic Development, the MSU TechLink Center and the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership.

For more information, contact Phillip Luebke at 406-994-7748 or phillip.luebke@techlinkcenter.org.

Bozeman SCORE Workshop: Culture + Engagement: Growing Your Business To Greatness
04/22/15 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Bozeman SCORE presents a Bring Your Own Lunch Workshop

Culture + Engagement: Growing Your Business To Greatness

Presented by Kathy Wojcik (SPHR, CPC), Owner of Blueheron Coaching & Consulting

Wednesday, April 22
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Bozeman Public Library - Large Community Room

Free workshop.

Learn how to build a culture of accountability through employee engagement to take your organization to the next level.

Contact (406) 586-5421 or scorebozeman@gmail.com with questions.

ADVANCE Project TRACS Keynote: Dr. Joan Williams
04/23/15 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

MSU ADVANCE Projects TRACS presents

Dr. Joan Williams - "What Works for Women at Work: How to Spot Subtle Bias, and How to Eliminate It."

Thursday, April 23

7:00 - 8:00 p.m., with book signing to follow

Montana State University,
SUB Ballroom C, Bozeman

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Joan Williams has played a central role in reshaping the debates over women’s advancement for the past quarter-century. Described as having “something approaching rock star status” by The New York Times, she is Hastings Foundation Chair and Director of the Center for Work-Life Law at the University of California (Hastings). Her eight books include What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know (2014). Media as diverse as Harvard Business Review, O Magazine, Forbes, Human Resource Executive, Jezebel, and the Yale Law Journal have covered her workShe gave the 2008 Massey Lectures at Harvard, delivered in prior years by (among others) Eudora Welty, Gore Vidal and Toni Morrison.

Joan is the Founding Director of Work-Life Law and led the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s 2007 Guidance on Caregiver Discrimination. Currently Joan’s research is focused on how work-family conflict differs at different class locations; on the “culture wars” as class conflict; on how gender differs by race; and the role of gender pressures on men in creating wok-family conflict and gender inequality. 

Joan will be staying after her keynote to sign copies of her book, "What Works for Women at Work." Learn more about the book here!

Learn more about ADVANCE Project TRACS

Business Journal Monthly B2B Networking Luncheon-April
04/27/15 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

The Business Journal for Southwest Montana presents

Monthly B2B Networking Luncheon

Monday, April 27
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn, Bozeman

$35 reserved, included lunch · $40 at the door · $295 table of 10

Introducing a new luncheon series featuring vibrant speakers, engaging networking, various awards and drawings for prizes in a fun, collegial atmosphere. The April luncheon will feature Kregg Aytes, Dean of the Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship.

Seating is limited! Deadline to register is one week prior to event. Questions or waiting list requests? Contact lunch@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2626.

Learn more and see the full series calendar here.

MMEC Risk Management Workshop
04/28/15 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center presents

MMEC Risk Management Workshop

Instructor: Todd Daniels, MMEC

Tuesday, April 28
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily, includes lunch

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
Conference Rooms 116A & B

2310 University Way, Bldg. 2
From Kagy turn south onto 7th Ave.
Park in the first lot and follow signs to Building 2.
Location map available here.

Cost:$145 per person
Discount for teams of 3 or membership  discount for organizations belonging to the Montana Manufacturing Council, through the MT Chamber of Commerce, or  Associated Employers . Registrants of member organizations receive a 10% discount per registrant when Member category is selected during registration. Cannot be used with other discounts.

Build your understanding of risk management principles and tools. You will learn how to identify, assess, evaluate, treat, and monitor risk; and how to apply proven management principles to a real world situation.

With risk management the coming focus for the ISO 9001 Quality Standard, now is the time to gain insights into a Risk Management System to proactively managing risk with the right tools and team. This workshop consists of a combination of interactive classroom presentations, special worksheets, and discussion. The information in this course is patterned after requirements of ISO 31000 Standard.

Learn more