Calendar of Events

February 2017


Top 10 Tips for Saving Money on Your Intellectual Property
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

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Prospera Business Network MT Women's Business Center, Montana SBDC and DBE presents: 

Top 10 Tips for Saving Money on Your Intellectual Property: Trademarks and Domain Names Round Table Luncheon

Tuesday, February 28th

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center Conference Room
2310 University Way, Bldg. 2
From Kagy turn south onto 7th Ave.
Park in the first lot and follow signs to Building 2.

Registration: $25 for Prospera Members, $30 non members, registration includes lunch

Register here

 What You Will Learn: 

  • When and how to conduct an informal trademark search
  • When it makes sense to seek legal advice and/or a formal trademark search
  • When you should register your word mark and/or logo
  • Trademark filing timing and strategies
  • How to respond to a trademark cease and desist letter
  • Special considerations pertaining to domain name use and registration
  • When to seek advice concerning your invention and when to file for a patent
  • What kinds of things are protected by copyright and when it makes sense to register them

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

Transportation to the 2017 DBE Summit
02/07/17 3:30 PM to 02/09/17 1:00 AM

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Montana Women's Business Center and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) present

2017 DBE Summit

February, 7th
3:30 PM - 8:30 PM

February 8th (bus ride offered from Bozeman to Helena and back on this day)
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
$30 Prospera Members | Non-Members $60 

February 9th
8:00 AM - 1 PM

Helena Colonial Hotel
Helena, MT  


We will meet at Prospera Business Network at 6AM and be back at Prospera by 7PM  on Feb. 8th only -- transportation to Helena will be provided and all meals are included!


Tuesday February 7th, 2017 -- 3:30 pm – 8:30pm

3:30p-5:30p    Pre-Registration

5:30p-8:30p    Networking Social – No Host Bar w/ Appetizers     

 Wednesday February 8th,  2017      8:30am-7:00pm

 7:30-8:30        Registration & Buffet Breakfast

 8:30-9:00        Welcome Address

9:00-10:30      Featured Presentation

10:30-10:45    Break & Exhibitor Visit, Google: Put Your Business on the Map

*Morning Breakout Session*

10:45-11:45    Pat Sassano – The Cloud & Cyber Security                   

                        Aaron Stulc – Small Business Safety & Worker’s Comp

                        Total BS Media – SEO & Google Analytics

11:45-12:00    Break & Exhibitor Visit, Google: Put Your Business on the Map

                        Exhibitors - Capital room, Google - Gallery room

 12:00-1:00      Lunch – (provided)

                        Kasey Nicholson – Motivational Speaker  

1:00-1:15        Break & Exhibitor Visit, Google: Put Your Business on the Map

            Exhibitors - Capital room, Google - Gallery room

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

1:15-2:15        Julie Jaksha – Marketing to the Consumer

Kari Gras – Top 10 HR Must Knows for Every Small Business

Deb Neidermeyer – Quickbook Tips & Tricks

2:15-2:30        Break & Exhibitor Visit, Google: Put Your Business on the Map

            Exhibitors - Capital room, Google - Gallery room

2:30-3:30        Jen Fredette – No Marketing Budget, No Problem

                        Jenna Jones – Website Essentials Every Business Owner Needs to Know

                        Brittney Souza – Workforce Needs

3:30-4:00        Break & Exhibitor Visit, Google: Put Your Business on the Map

            Exhibitors - Capital room, Google - Gallery room

4:00-6:00        Social Networking – No Host Bar & Appetizers

                        Ginger Taylor & Sarah Elkins – Inspiring Your Small Business                       

Thursday  February 9th,  2017      8:00am-1:00pm

8:00-8:30        Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:00        Opening Remarks

                        Lauren Scofield – Miss Montana – Talks about STEM                 

9:00-10:00      Colleen Rudio – How to Design Your Plan for Success

10:00-10:15    Break & Exhibitor Visit, Google: Put Your Business on the Map

            Exhibitors - Capital room, Google - Gallery room

 *Morning Breakout Session* 

10:15-11:15    Stephanie Hagerman – Doing Business with MDT

Casey Lozar, Heather Sobrepena-George, Angie DeYoung, Brandon Orr & Lindsey Hagmaier – What the DOC can do for your Small Business

Chris Wilhelm & Annmarie Robinson – Finding Solutions for Workforce Training Needs

11:15-11:30    Break & Exhibitor Visit, Google: Put Your Business on the Map

            Exhibitors - Capital room, Google - Gallery room

11:30-12:30    Lunch (Provided)

12:30-1:00      Closing Remarks with Marcus Red Thunder - Emcee, Shannon Hahn – DBE Specialist + Raffle Drawing for Prizes (Must Be Present to Win)

For more information or vendor registration:

Shannon Hahn

Maghan Strachan

Interested in self-paced courses online? VISIT OUR ONLINE TRAINING SITE for details on the over 200 online courses available through the Montana Women's Business Center, including various QuickBooks courses.

 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 us at or (406) 587-3113 to make arrangements.

Fwd. Business Series Training: 10 Things You Need to Know about Human Resources
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Prospera's Montana Women’s Business Center in conjunction with MSU Park County Extension and Livingston Job Service present

Fwd. Business Series Training:
10 Things You Need to Know about Human Resources

Tuesday, February 21
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Park County Extension Center
119 South 3rd St. - Livingston

Registration: $25


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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 the Montana WBC at (406) 587-3113 to make arrangements.

The Montana State University Extension Service is an ADA/EO/AA/Veteran's Preference Employer and Provider of Educational Outreach.

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Grant Writing Boot Camp
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

MSU Extended University presents 

Grant Writing Boot Camp

February 2, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Country Inn & Suites 
Bozeman, Montana

Registration$299 per person

Learn more and register here

In this full-day workshop, participants will learn effective strategies for successful grant writing and leave with new ideas and actual writing samples that can be incorporated in their next grant proposal.

1. The Logic Model

* What is it and why do you need it?

2. Prospect Research

* How do you know who to ask and how much to ask them for?

* How to identify a prospect

* How to qualify a prospect

3. Grant Writing

* How do you present your case and package your proposal?

* Making your case for support: using stories and statistics effectively

* Goals, objectives and outcomes: what's the difference and how do you write them?

* Evaluation plan: measuring the funder's ROI

* Pre-submission: getting your grant proposal ready to send

4. Post-Submission

* Actions to take when you get the grant (and what to do if you don't)

Participants will also receive a voucher valid for a free basic proofreading of a letter of inquiry or grant proposal (valid for 60 days after the workshop).

 FOCUS AREA: Foundation grants.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Nonprofit staff and volunteers.

Beginners and advanced beginners.

           *Grant Writing Ability
             Beginners - You have never written a grant.
             Advanced Beginners - You have written a few grants with marginal or no success.

If participants have already identified a foundation, they should bring the funder's application
guidelines to this training.
Participants may also wish to bring a laptop for writing exercises.

Going Global - Intercultural Skills for Work and Play
02/02/17 6:00 PM to 02/23/17 8:30 PM

Montana State University - Extended University presents:

Going Global - Intercultural Skills for Work and Play

Instructor: Lori Goss Lawson

Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 - 2017 
6:30PM - 8:30PM, MSU Campus

Cost is $119 per person

Sign up now here

In today's globalizing world, the ability to work - and to play - effectively with those from other cultures is essential. Join us for a series of four two-hour experiential workshops designed to increase your intercultural competency. This new offering - created specifically for the Montana community - is based on a series of very popular, research based, intercultural courses offered by MSU.

The course is structured in a blended format, in which students will have optional articles to read, TED talks to view and individual intercultural assessment surveys to take. The interactive gathering will revolve around group exercises, activities and discussions. And we will be sure to take some workshop time to share personal travel experiences, especially stories of cultural misunderstandings and/or of connections.


Manufacturing Smart Growth
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

MSU Montana Manufacturing Extension Center presents:


February 15, 2017 
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

MMEC Conference Room, Bozeman

Connecting and Leveraging Gallatin Valley Manufacturing Companies and Resources

What would it look like if the Gallatin Valley were a regional center of manufacturing excellence?
What’s your role in improving outcomes for your company, our local economy, and the workforce?

The new White House administration has stated that its intentions include tax reform, increasing protectionism and bringing manufacturing jobs back, cutting government spending, and investing in America’s infrastructure.

In the broad manufacturing sector, hot topics include automation and robotics, the industrial internet of things (IIOT), data analytics, supply chain integration, and increasing ERP reliance. Industry Week recently identified the following issues for manufacturers to consider in 2017 and beyond:

  * Will the skills gap continue to plague manufacturing and what can we do about it?
  * Is digitalization a means to improved productivity or the path to new revenue?
  * How do manufacturers translate data from sensors into automated actions and insights?
  * How can manufacturers overcome risks of commoditization and create differentiation?
  * Should B2B industries care about the customer experience too?

Montana’s manufacturers consistently identify three major challenges:

  * Workforce
  * Access to capital
  * Sales and Marketing

Against this backdrop, what would better success look like for manufacturing in SW Montana, and how do we achieve it?

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center invites manufacturing professionals to collaborate with peers and partners from public and private sectors to identify pathways to overcome these and other pressing challenges. Participants will identify assets, resources, and capabilities, discover how to link and leverage them, and layout pathways to superior outcomes. This action-biased day-long Strategic Doing workshop will enable SW Montana’s manufacturing community to choose and realize our collective future. 

Learn more about Strategic Doing.  For more information, contact Alistair Stewart.

Contracting with the National Park Service
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Bozeman PTAC at Montana State University present:

Contracting with the National Park Service

February 15, 2017

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Livingston, Montana

Learn more and register here

Meet the buyers from Yellowstone National Park and learn about upcoming contracting opportunities with the National Park Service.

If you have any questions about these events, or have suggestions for training topics for future events, please contact:

Phillip Luebke
Government Contracting Advisor 
Bozeman PTAC at Montana State University 

The Fundamentals of Successful Investing
02/15/17 6:15 PM to 03/08/17 8:15 PM

Montana State University - Extended University presents:

The Fundamentals of Successful Investing

Instructor: Jason Hundhausen

Wednesdays, February 15 - March 8, 2017 
6:15PM - 8:15PM, MSU Campus

Cost is $79 per person or $129 for two people registering together

Sign up now here

Do you want to start investing or simply better understand the investments you already have in place? Are you worried your lack of knowledge about investing will cause you to make mistakes or miss opportunities? The world of investing can be confusing and complicated, but it doesn't have to be. This course will give the new or inexperienced investor a fundamental knowledge of investments and the process of successfully investing in today's marketplace. Once you master the fundamentals and 

become more familiar with the basic ideas and tools of investing, you will be able to 

invest with more confidence, take advantage of a variety of investment opportunities, and better reduce the risks to your investments. At the completion of this course, you will have a good working understanding of the basic processes for constructing a portfolio based on a set of goals and a financial plan, the various methods used to select specific investments, and how to put your plan into practice.

Topics include: 

* The most common types of investments available today, how each works, their 

advantages, disadvantages, and how each is used in a portfolio 

* Simple methods that successful investors use for comparing and selecting investments before they buy 

* The four biggest threats to your portfolio and what you can do to minimize these 


* A friendly debate on whether or not it is really possible to "beat the market" (and 

how your answer dictates how you should invest) 

* How to create your own financial plan and build a portfolio of investments suited to 

achieve your goals 

MPIA Strategic Doing Training & Implementation Workshop
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Montana Photonics Industry Alliance presents:

MPIA Strategic Doing Training & Implementation Workshop

February 17, 2017 
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Baxter Hotel, Bozeman

The Montana Photonics Industry Alliance serves as a hub for Montana’s optics and photonics companies, entrepreneurs, laboratories, and universities to commercialize, grow and sustain globally leading organizations that create high quality jobs and economic opportunity in Montana.  To accelerate its success the Alliance has chosen to more actively engage the Bozeman community through the process of Strategic DoingTM. Strategic DoingTM teaches people how to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes and make adjustments along the way.  In today’s world, collaboration is essential to meet the complex challenges we face.  Strategic Doing enables leaders to design and guide new networks that generate innovative solutions.  It is a new strategy discipline that is lean, agile and fast - just what organizations, communities and regions need to survive and thrive.    
 - Purdue University, Center for Regional Development

Strategic DoingTM enables practitioners to overcome messy and otherwise intractable problems in settings where no one can tell anyone else what to do. 
  • Cluster Development
  • Local & Regional Economic Development 
  • Workforce Development 
  • Community & Neighborhood Development 
  • Local/Regional Food Systems 
  • Community Health 
  • Innovation Ecosystem Development 
  • Strategic Alliances 
  • National Associations 

The MPIA Strategic DoingTM Training and Implementation Workshop is geared for professionals who want an understanding of the theory and practice of collaboration in open networks and who would like to participate in accelerating the growth of the Montana’s photonics industry.  

Participants will learn how to apply Strategic Doing to any complex situation in which collaboration represents the only practical alternative. 
MPIA Eight-Hour Workshop Date:  February 17, 2017 
Training Program Fees:  $150 per individual participant or Company Group: $250 for two people, $300 for three, $50 per additional      
A limited number of scholarships are available for interested parties that need financial assistance to attend the workshop.  
Please contact Alistair Stewart for additional information. 


  • Design and guide collaboration using Strategic Doing workshops 
  • Apply Strategic Doing to messy challenges in communities and regions
  • Focus organizations on outcomes and pathways 
  • Engage and transform Universities 
  • Move professional and industry organizations forward 
  • Build clusters
The afternoon session will allow participants to apply Strategic DoingTM concepts to accelerating the growth of the Montana Photonics Industry Alliance member companies. 

 Nationally Recognized Workshop Leader Janyce Fadden is Executive-in-Residence for the College of Business at the University of North Alabama where her role includes promoting Strategic Doing, implementing an innovation pipeline strategy and additional projects that economically enhance the three state region served by the university.
 In addition to her work at UNA, Fadden is also President of the consulting firm Jbfadden Enterprises LLC and President of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council where she has created and implemented innovative approaches to strategic planning for economic development. Prior to joining the RAEDC, Fadden served in various capacities as President, Vice President, and General Manager for major multinational corporations including Honeywell, General Signal, Applied Power, Pacific Scientific, and Danaher.  She is experienced in lean management and leadership which resulted in many achievements over her corporate career. 
Fadden earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Management from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, and her Master of Business Administration degree from Northern Illinois University.  The Purdue Center for Regional Development certified her in Strategic Doing, a breakthrough process for doing more together. 

For more information about Strategic DoingTM visit the Purdue University Center for Regional Development’s informative website at 

For more information about the Montana Photonics Industry Alliance visit the MPIA website at 

Register Now by clicking on the registration button at the top or on the right side of the page.  For more information, contact Alistair Stewart at MMEC.
Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Class - Great Falls
02/22/17 8:30 AM to 02/24/17 12:00 PM

MSU Montana Manufacturing Extension Center presents:

Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Class - Great Falls

February 22 - 24, 2017 
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wed.
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Thurs.
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fri.

Great Falls College MSU Room B133 - Great Falls 

COST:         THREE DAY SESSION $850   

a) Non-Specialty Crop $850
b) 5% - 50% Specialty Crop $425
c) Over 50% Specialty Crop $85

Pricing Details:

a) If you use less than 5% in pounds or dollars of Specialty Crops in your operation.
b) If you use between 5% and 50% of Specialty Crops in your operation in either pounds or dollars.
c) If you use more than 50% in either pounds or dollars.

Learn More Here


COURSE OBJECTIVESOne of the most significant new rules is the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule. This rule states that every human food manufacturer must have somebody on staff who has completed a Preventive Controls for Human Food class. This is a three-day class that can only be taught by certified Preventive Controls Lead Trainers. Successful completion of the class certifies the graduate as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI).

WHY ATTEND?: Only a PCQI can prepare the REQUIREDfacility Food Safety Plan and provide ongoing verification of the Plan. PCQI training requires a background in and/or significant knowledge of food safety for the attendees. The class has a maximum enrollment of 15. 

Bozeman Daily Chronicle B2B Networking Luncheon: February
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

The Bozeman Daily Chronical presents:

Monthly B2B Networking Luncheon

Monday, February 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

A six-luncheon series featuring vibrant speakers, engaging networking, various awards and drawings for prizes in a fun, collegial atmosphere. The featured topic of this month will be a "How Will We Grow" panel discussion. The featured topic of this month will be "Real Estate Update with Robyn Erlenbush, ERA Landmark Real Estate".

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

Learn more and see the full series calendar here

ExporTech - Apply by Feb. 10
02/28/17 8:00 AM

MSU Montana Manufacturing Extension Center presents:


Feb. 28, 2017 
Mar. 21, 2017 
Apr. 25, 2017

Session location: MT Dept of Commerce offices Helena, MT


How Does ExporTech™ Work?  

Jointly offered nationwide by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership program and the U.S. Export Assistance Centers of the U.S. Department of Commerce
Group workshops are combined with an individual coach for each company, leading to an export plan in 9 weeks 
Execution driven, with a team of partners who make it easier to go-to-market and implement the plan
Peer group model, limited to leaders from 4-8 companies, that maximizes impact and propels action
Innovative customized workshops that avoid “death by powerpoint” and help companies extract the specific information they need
Amplifies the impact of other export programs, helping companies get the most out of tradeshows, Gold Key services, country visits and trade missions 
Feb. 28, 2017
Mar. 21, 2017
Apr. 25, 2017
Session Locations: MT Dept of Commerce offices Helena, MT

Cost: $3,500 per company (Potential financial assistance available through state programs) Each company may bring up to 3 executives.