Calendar of Events

September 2015

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

Downtown Women-Owned Business Tour
09/09/15 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

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Montana Women’s Business Center and Downtown Bozeman Association present

Downtown Women-Owned Business Tour

Featuring PRH Acupuncture and Townshend's Bozeman Teahouse

Join us on September 9 for a walking business tour of two downtown Bozeman women-owned businesses. Each woman business owner will share her experience with starting, operating  and growing her  business with stories of successes, challenges and how recognizing opportunities has flourished the business.

Wednesday, September 9
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

No charge.
Registration required by September 8.


Zoe Strauss
opened People’s Republic of Health (PRH) Acupuncture in November 2013. Zoe found her passion for acupuncture after suffering from exhaustion and stress while studying for her pre-med. She starting seeing an acupuncturist and quickly found her life transformed. After falling in love with the medicine, she finished her pre-med requirements and applied to the Master’s program at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, where she was award her license four years later.  She completed her residency in Shanghai at Yue Yang Hospital and was affiliated with Shanghai University, focusing specifically on neurology, stroke recovery and children with disabilities.  Zoe brought her expertise back to the U.S., where she worked for practices in New York and California and then in 2013 moved to Bozeman to start her own practice. One of the greatest things Zoe brought from her time in China and California is the community acupuncture model, which allows for frequent and affordable treatments, resulting in the best possible outcomes for patients. Today, Zoe has a team of six practitioners who treats patients using acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional counselling, lifestyle counseling, massage and yoga. prhacupuncture.com



Melissa Herron
is co-owner of Townshend’s Bozeman Teahouse. She was born and raised in Livingston, Montana and attended Linfield College in McMinnville, where she graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology. Melissa previously worked at Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn, starting as babysitter and handy-woman and ending her career there as wedding and events manager and Innkeeper. She married her college sweetheart, Scott Herron, who shared her passion for tea and dream of opening a teahouse someday. Melissa is excited to be back in the Mountain West and are happy to be bringing delicious, quality tea varieties to the community of Bozeman. Townshendstea.com

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

Writing a Business Plan Workshop- Morning Session
09/22/15 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Montana Women's Business Center, Montana DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Clover Creative present

Writing a Business Plan Workshop

Tuesday, September 22
Morning Session 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - OR- Evening Session 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Homewood Suites, Bozeman

No charge for this workshop.

Seats are limited! Register today with your location and session time. Contact Shannon Hahn at 406.444.7287 or shahn@mt.gov.

This workshop is being offered at additional locations and dates:

August 18 - Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn, Missoula
August 20 - Red Lion, Kalispell
September 1 - Hilton Garden Inn, Great Falls
September 10 - Best Western Plus Kelly Inn, Billings

The Montana WBC 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 (406) 587-3113.

Writing a Business Plan Workshop- Evening Session
09/22/15 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Montana Women's Business Center, Montana DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Clover Creative present

Writing a Business Plan Workshop

Tuesday, September 22
Morning Session 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - OR- Evening Session 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Homewood Suites, Bozeman

No charge for this workshop.

Seats are limited! Register today with your location and session time. Contact Shannon Hahn at 406.444.7287 or shahn@mt.gov.

This workshop is being offered at additional locations and dates:

August 18 - Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn, Missoula
August 20 - Red Lion, Kalispell
September 1 - Hilton Garden Inn, Great Falls
September 10 - Best Western Plus Kelly Inn, Billings

The Montana WBC 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 (406) 587-3113.

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Trademark Basics: What Every Small Business Should Know Now, Not Later 9/10
09/10/15 9:00 AM

Montana State University's Technology Transfer Office presents

Trademark Basics: What Every Small Business Should Know Now, Not Later

Thursday, September 10
9:00 a.m.

Free and open to the public

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center CFT2 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.

ABOUT THIS EVENT
The seminar should be approximately 1 hour long. Mr. Morris will be available following the seminar for questions. Light refreshments will be provided. For more
information or questions regarding this seminar.

Program Overview:

  • How trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names, and business name registrations all differ.
  • Why it is important for any new business to select a trademark that will be both federally registrable and legally protectable, highlighting factors critical when choosing a mark.
  • The importance of doing a complete search and whether an attorney should be used.
  • What may happen if another trademark owner believes it has stronger rights in a mark and issues a "cease-and-desist" letter.
  • Information on what the USPTO does in the federal registration process and how to avoid "scams" perpetrated by companies that request fees for services not required by the USPTO.
  • What happens after registration.

Please contact the Technology Transfer Office at 406-994-7868.

Montana State Fund Safety Workshop
09/11/15 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Montana State Fund presents

Montana State Fund Safety Workshop:
Play it Safe: Hiring the Right Person the Right Way

Friday, September 11
8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Free training

Holiday Inn, Bozeman

ABOUT THIS EVENT
These days hiring the right person for the right job isn’t as easy as reviewing a resume and making an offer. It takes knowledge of current laws and processes to ensure you hire the best possible candidate. Join us this September as Mike Worden, Montana State Fund’s Senior Human Resources Generalist and MSF’s Safety Service Specialist Kirk Smith present “Play it Safe: Hiring the Right Person the Right Way”

Topics include:

Hiring Practices: In this session we’ll help you understand the many aspects of the hiring process. We’ll cover the American with Disabilities Act, the Montana Human Rights Act, Montana’s workers’ compensation laws and the Montana Subsequent Injury Fund. In addition, you’ll learn how to conduct post-offer physicals and find out more about Stay at Work/Return to Work (SAW/RTW) programs and how these programs can help you manage the impact of a workplace injury.

Job Hazard Analysis: If you’re trying to hire the right person for the right job, it only makes sense that you have detailed description of the job. A general job description is a good start, but what about the physical details of the job and the hazards involved in the different tasks of the job. A good job analysis can provide vital information to protect your workers from injury, and create a physical job description. Join us as we breakdown the process of a creating a solid job hazard analysis.

Dates and Locations

September 2 – Helena – Holiday Inn Express
September 4 – Great Falls – Holiday Inn
September 9 – Butte – La Quinta Inn
September 11 – Bozeman – Holiday Inn
September 17 – Miles City – Sleep Inn & Suites
September 18 – Billings – Big Horn Resort
September 24 – Kalispell – Hampton Inn
September 25 – Missoula – Best Western Grant Creek Inn

More information available at: http://safemt.com/montana-state-fund-programs/safety-workshops/

If you have questions, call Kirk Smith at 800-332-6102 extension 536.

Montana High Tech Jobs Summit
09/13/15 5:00 PM to 09/14/15 4:00 PM

U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Co-Sponsors present

Montana High Tech Jobs Summit

Sunday, September 13
5:00 -7:00 p.m.

Monday, September 14
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$20 for Professionals + $5 for optional Sunday evening reception
$10 for Students

MSU Jabs Hall & MSU SUB Ballrooms
Montana State University, Bozeman

ABOUT THIS EVENT
Technology is changing Montana's economy and creating new opportunities for good-paying jobs across our state. The first biannual Montana High Tech Jobs Summit serves as a unique opportunity to bring together the nation's tech leaders in the hub of Montana's growing technology sector and discuss ways to create more good-paying Montana tech jobs. The Summit will feature six keynote speakers among other national tech and business leaders.

More information available at: https://montanatechsummit.com

Bozeman SCORE Workshop: Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses
09/16/15 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Bozeman SCORE presents a Bring Your Own Lunch Workshop

Social Media Marketing for  Small Businesses

Presented by Chieko Horn, Owner of H&H Web

Wednesday, September 16
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Bozeman Public Library - Large Community Room

Free workshop.

Learn the benefits of social media as a marketing tool, focusing on using Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln, Pinterest, etc.

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

Belgrade Fall Festival
09/19/15 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Belgrade Chamber of Commerce presents

Belgrade Fall Festival

Saturday, September 19
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

More details coming soon.

For more information visit http://member.belgradechamber.org/Events/details/2015-fall-festival-8555

Business Journal B2B Networking Luncheon-September
09/21/15 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

The Business Journal for Southwest Montana presents

B2B Networking Luncheon

Monday,  September 21
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn, Bozeman

Individual tickets cost $35 until a week before the luncheon and $40 afterward. Tables, package discounts and nonprofit rates available.

ABOUT THIS EVENT
The B2B Networking Luncheons are a luncheon series featuring vibrant speakers, engaging networking, various awards and drawings for prizes in a fun, collegial atmosphere. The September luncheon will feature Dr. Renee Reijo Pera, Vice President of Research and Economic Development, Montana State University.

Seating is limited! Deadline to register is one week prior to event. Questions or waiting list requests, contact lunch@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2699.

Learn more and see the full series calendar here

Montana Correctional Enterprises Presentation and Q&A
09/24/15 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center presents

Montana Correctional Enterprises Presentation and Q&A

Thursday, September 24
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Free and open to the public

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.

ABOUT THIS EVENT
Representatives from the Montana Correctional Enterprises will provide a brief overview of their program and services they can provide to businesses. They have a wide variety of products and services (i.e., furniture, sewing, upholstery, food process, auto mechanics, graphic arts, signs and more) which may be a method for a manufacturing organization to expand its resources with little risk or effort.

For questions or additional information, contact Todd Daniels at 406-994-3812 or tdaniels@coe.montana.edu.