Calendar of Events

July 2016

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

July Women-Owned Business Tour
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Montana WBC logo      
Montana Women’s Business Center and Downtown Bozeman Association present

Downtown Women-Owned Business Tour featuring Cosmica & MaYarising 

Join us for a walking business tour of two women-owned businesses. Each business owner will share her experience with starting, operating and growing her business and there will be time for networking and shopping.

Wednesday, July 6
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Meet at Cosmica World Boutique
10 E Main Street-Bozeman

No charge. Registration required by July 5.



Cosmica World Boutique is a clothing store focused on contemporary and Bohemian fashion for all ages. Founded in downtown Bozeman in 2007, Cosmica has since expanded and opened its new doors and online business. Inspired by Peruvian and Hispanic culture, with bright colors and classic clothing, Cosmica has become one of Bozeman's most popular boutiques. Supporting local artists, designers, and those with a true international flair, we carry statement pieces - from Indian Swarovski crystal headbands to Nepalese purses, these items give you, our customers, a distinct sense of style, glamour, and individuality! From Peru to Big Sky, then later to Bozeman, owner Ana Macrae has worked in the retail clothing industry since 2000.

Maya León is the founder of MaYarising, concept Ethical Apparel boutique and the creator of unique personal coaching technique, Style Therapy. With her business, Maya’s aim is to provide unique, quality, ethically-made products, while providing customers a one-of-a-kind welcoming experience where play, self-exploration, and transformation are key.


SBA Logo

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 Prospera Business Network at  (406) 587-3113 to make arrangements.

Liens: Keys to Getting Your Money On Time
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

WBC logo  SBDC Logo   DBE logo

Montana Women's Business Center, Montana Small Business Development Center and Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) present

Liens: Keys to Getting Your Money On Time

Tuesday, July 26
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Instructor: Carl Schweitzer, Northwest Notice Service

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.
Location map available here.

Registration: $20
Registration required by Thursday, July 21st.



  1. Filing Notices of Right to Claim a Lien 
  2. Why a Notice Helps you get Paid 
  3. Getting Paid Faster 
  4. Learn How to Protect Your Small Business 
  5. Avoiding Lawsuits 


  • Wednesday, August 109:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. "Think Big: Small Business Marketing on a Budget" presented by Rachel Anderson, Markouture. $20
  • Thursday, September 89:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. "Facebook Basics for Business Marketing: Setup, strategy, and implementation" presented by Chieko Horn, H&H Web. $20
  • Thursday, October 13: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. "QuickBooks Basics Online Version" presented by Deb Neidermeyer. $100
  • Thursday, November 10: "How to Get Small Business Contracts" Free
  • Thursday, December 1 & Friday, December 28:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. both days "Profit Mastery: Business Finance for Small Businesses" presented by Julie Jaksha, Butte Small Business Development Center. $125

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

MSU Farms Field Day
8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Montana State University’s College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station present

Free Public Field Day 

Thursday, July 7
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Arthur H. Post Agronomy and Horticulture farms, five miles west of Bozeman on U.S. Highway 191


The public is invited to attend to learn about MSU’s on-farm research work that has a statewide and regional impact spanning cropping systems and plant breeding to beekeeping and small-acre vegetable farming.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. at the Post Farm, followed by lunch. The Post Farm will host teaching stations from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., staffed by MSU faculty who will present on topics such as plant breeding, cereal quality, pest control and management, cropping systems, pulse crops, forages, soil health and fertility and precision agriculture. MSU Agricultural Economics Extension Specialist Kate will speak at lunch regarding an agricultural market outlook for Montana. The Post Farm is located five miles west of Bozeman on U.S. Highway 191 and may be reached at (406) 586-6819.

Later in the evening, the MSU Horticulture Farm will host walking research tours from 6 – 8 p.m. on beekeeping, vegetable production, hoop houses and specialty crops, with locally made beverages and snacks. The Horticulture Farm is located one mile west of the MSU campus on West Garfield Lane in Bozeman and may be reached (406) 994-2231.

“The whole day is slated to shine a light on the university’s research and teaching capacity at our modern, efficient farms that serve as an extension of MSU’s larger campus,” said Barry Jacobsen, associate director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station. “We invite not only MSU faculty, staff and students, but local business owners, regional agricultural producers and members of the public who are interested to learn about the diversity of research happening on our campus farms.”

In years past, the Bozeman field day focused on crops and weeds research at the Post Farm, though organizers this year wanted to expand the day and include the Horticulture Farm and an increased focus on small farms research.

“Increasingly, today’s agriculture students are seeking research and hands-on learning opportunities on working farms,” said David Baum Bauer, Horticulture Farm manager. “The Horticulture Farm not only hosts small-farms and horticulture research, but also provides learning and research opportunities for students in a variety of agricultural-related disciplines.”

Both the Post Farm and the Horticulture Farm are part of the College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, whose mission is to conduct agricultural research meeting old and new challenges of Montana producers. The experiment station includes seven research stations strategically located across the state and the Post and Horticulture farms are two of 12 active teaching and research farms affiliated with MSU. Last year, the Post Farm was ranked No. 28 out of 40 of the best college farms in the nation, for its national research profile and student involvement, according to College Ranker.

“There are many assets at MSU, though one of the most distinct is having nationally-recognized working teaching and research farms within miles from campus,” said David, Post Farm manager. “These are functional, working farms with students, staff and faculty who are conducting research on a national scale and making a real difference for Montana agriculture.”

For more information on the MSU Farms Field Day, contact Shana World at or 994-7289.

RSVPs for the day are encouraged. To RSVP, visit or call 994-7289. For more information about the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, visit For more information about the station’s research centers, visit

Innovate Montana Symposium
07/13/16 10:00 AM to 07/14/16 5:00 PM

 Governor Bullock with Main Street Montana Project presents

Innovate Montana Symposium

Wednesday, July 13- Thursday, July 14

$50 for both days (Includes Reception, Breakfast, and Lunch)
$25 for Wednesday Only (Includes Reception)
$25 for Thursday Only (Includes Breakfast and Lunch)
$15 for reception only


On July 13th and 14th, Governor Steve Bullock will host the second Main Street Montana Project “Innovate Montana Symposium” in Billings.  The keynote speaker is Debbie Sterling, Founder and CEO of Goldiblox, a toy company that makes engineering-based Erector-style toy sets, action figures and animated videos for girls ( The “Innovate Montana Symposium” is the second of a series of events driv­en by the Governor’s Main Street Montana Project initiative. The first Sym­posium was held in November 2015 and focused on another top priority of the Project – workforce recruitment and development.

The Fifth Pillar of the Main Street Montana Project is Nurture Emerging In­dustries and Encourage Innovation. The “Innovate Montana Symposium” will highlight Montana’s top-ranked entrepreneurial ecosystem, exceptional business and startup environment and resources available for small business­es to enhance their potential to achieve growth and stability.

Business leaders from across the state will present and exchange ideas for growing and supporting the next generation of small businesses and commu­nity leaders who are innovating in their industries.  The Symposium will also highlight the partnerships between Montana’s University System and the private sector to develop and grow Montana’s workforce, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.

Full Agenda and registration are available at

For more information, contact: John Rogers, Chief Business Development Officer, Governor’s Office of Economic Development at (406) 444-5634  or