Calendar of Events

April 2016


(Cancelled) Standing Tall: An Ethical-Leadership Workshop for Business People
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

The Standing Tall event has been postponed, pending sponsorship support. We hope to reschedule for a later date in 2016.

View event sponsorship opportunities here (disregard sponsor deadline)
Contact Drew Little at (406) 587-3113 if you are interested in bringing this event to Bozeman

Gallant Chance Ranch and Prospera Business Network proudly present

Standing Tall: An Ethical-Leadership Workshop for Business People

Tuesday, April 5
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Arrivals & Registration
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Interactive Workshop

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Catered Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. VIP Reception (Invitation only, open to event sponsors and Prospera President's Circle Members)

The Commons at Baxter and Love
1794 Baxter Lane, East Bozeman

Early Bird Pricing Through March 17th
Single Ticket, $75
4-Pack Ticket Bundle, $300
8-Pack Ticket Bundle, $600

Regular Pricing Effective March 18th
Single Ticket, $90
4-Pack Ticket Bundle, $360
8-Pack Ticket Bundle, $720

Registration Deadline Friday, March 25th

Event will be open seating. Tables will be reserved for those purchasing an 8-pack ticket bundle.

Kent Noble, Executive Director
Center for Cowboy Ethics & Leadership

Developed by the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership in partnership with University of Wyoming College of Business, the workshop is designed for business people who want to be principled leaders in their companies, industries, and communities.

With its fresh, personalized approach, Standing Tall will guide participants in:

  • Reflecting on what matters most to you,
  • Exploring the core values you want to stand for,
  • Defining the personal code you want to live by. 

Standing Tall is a thought-provoking shared experience anchored in the common-sense principals of the Code of the West, and the belief that true integrity can only come from within. Focusing on your own set of personal principles-the inner compass that will guide you in both your life and your career- is what this workshop is all about. 

Workshop facilitator Kent Noble has a rich background in higher education, college athletics, and broadcasting. Over the past three years, he has been delivering Standing Tall talks across the country. To date, he has conducted nearly 200 sessions for business, government, and community leaders. In total, audiences representing more than 40 states and 20 countries have enjoyed his presentations.

The non-profit Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership was founded in 2006 by Jim Owen, author of the best-selling book Cowboy Ethics. The center is dedicated to the belief that "everyone needs a code... a creed to live by." Through its content and programs, the Center encourages people to examine the personal values and principles that anchor their lives, guide their actions, and nourish their sense of deeper purpose.

Workshop Testimonial:
“This presentation was fantastic! Informative, engaging, with a specific call to action for participants. The presenter was exceptional, making the toping of ethics logical and action oriented. As a participant, you leave knowing you can make a difference in our society with courage and commitment to your code.” Lori Ridgway, Director of Workforce Development, Central Wyoming College


Established as a 501(C)(3) in 2011, Gallant Chance Ranch (GCR) works with teens from Gallatin County Youth Probation and from local the local high schools to help them become a success rather than a grim statistic.  Their program is a four-phase, year-round program and is based off of The Code of the West and Cowboy Ethics. GCR's mission is to inspire teens to D.R.E.A.M., Develop Responsible, Employable & Ambitious Mindsets through the power of horses, hard work and The Code of the West. More information at

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

Fwd. Business Series Event 5: Adding value to your business with Lean leadership and planning
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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

Fwd. Business Series

EVENT 5: Adding value to your business with Lean leadership and planning

Alistair Stewart, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center

Meagan Lannan, Livingston Job Service

Tuesday, April 12
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Networking
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

The Shane Center
415 E. Lewis Street - Livingston

Registration: $20
(includes a light breakfast and workshop materials)

Registration required by Friday, April 8 or 222-4156.

Are you looking for ways to reduce your costs, increase your outputs, and improve employee morale? Join us for this interactive workshop that will cover the basics of Lean leadership and planning. Lean Manufacturing, an overall process made up of many sub-processes that can be explored, implemented, and maintained to weed out wastes that cost time and money, has its roots in the auto industry. 


The value of continuous improvement has now been discovered in all industries- come and find out how these principles can help strengthen and grow your business.

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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 Drew Little 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.

April Women's Leadership Mentoring Series
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Prospera’s Montana Women’s Business Center presents

Women's Leadership Mentoring Series

Featured Woman Entrepreneur
Michelle Hertel, Cofounder, Pocket NC

Tuesday, April 26
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
With a networking social to follow

Event Location:
Baxter Hotel, Mezzanine Ballroom, 
105 W Main Street, Bozeman

Networking Social Location:

Taco del Sol, 35 W Main Street, Bozeman 

Single Ticket: $20, includes heavy hors d'oeuvres at The Baxter
5-Pack Series Registration: $100 for Non-Members, $85 for Prospera Members
Series event passes are not transferable or refundable 


Registration required by Thursday, April 21

The 2016 Leadership Mentoring Series will present five successful women entrepreneurs' stories of success and challenges. No speeches, no PowerPoints, no handouts. Just genuine, raw stories. Sessions are moderated by Ris Higgins, owner of Leadership Outfitters and long-time mentor to women entrepreneurs. Join us as they share their advice and encouragement with our community of women entrepreneurs.  

New in 2016: join your fellow attendees at a networking social following each event at Taco del Sol.


  • Michelle cofounded PocketNC along with her husband, Matt.  She currently covers a large amount of responsibilities from supplier management to payroll and web design.
  • Pocket NC is a startup in Bozeman building 5 axis desktop CNC mills.
  • Desktop CNC mills are similar to 3D printers in the sense that they are often used to prototype small parts.  Using subtractive manufacturing allows for the use of more materials like wood and metals.  The Pocket NC has 5 axes of motion allowing it to make very complex parts with minimal setup time.
  • Michelle graduated from Montana State University in 2010 with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish.
  • Pocket NC launched a successful Kickstarter campaign in the summer of 2015 which raised $355,000.  After completing the orders for the campaign in March of 2016, they are taking preorders for machines to begin being delivered in May and working on developing more product lines.


  • A novel approach to customer service that leverages your customers' passion for your product to create community
  • Unique marketing strategies that have successfully generated momentum and awareness

Tuesday, May 24
Tessa Burnett, Owner/Artist, Hattie Rex

Tuesday, August 23
Kathy Stark, Owner, Starky's

Tuesday, September 27
Kim Ormsby, Founder and CEO, The Natural Baby Company

Tuesday, October 25
Libby Burr, Owner, Bridger Animal Nutrition


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Taco del Sol

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.

Prospera Recommends

Bozeman SCORE Workshop: Practical Aspects of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Laws
11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Bozeman SCORE presents a Bring Your Own Lunch Workshop

Practical Aspects of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Laws

Presented by Richard Conover, Patent Atty & SCORE Counselor

Wednesday, April 20
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Bozeman Public Library - Large Community Room

Free workshop.

A tutorial on Intellectual Property for small businesses.

Contact (406) 586-5421 or with questions