Calendar of Events

May 2015


Send-Off Party for Stuart Leidner
05/01/15 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The Prospera Business Network Board of Directors Cordially Invites You

Send-Off Party for Stuart Leidner

Friday, May 1
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
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.

Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, April 29 to Drew Little at or (406) 587-3113

Stuart Leidner, Executive Director, will be relocating to Anchorage, Alaska in May of 2015 to join his wife who has been offered a career opportunity with the National Park Service. Since December 2009, Stuart has been a steadfast leader committed to the success of Prospera and the communities served by our organization. His stewardship over the last six years has helped Prospera evolve substantially in order to meet the changing needs of our region, and we have been fortunate to have Stuart at the helm. The Prospera staff and Board of Directors wish Stuart safe travels to the last frontier, and all the best in the next chapter of his career! Join us to thank Stuart and to wish him farewell.

Light refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to contribute beer, wine, or food to the celebration, please contact Drew Little at

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

2015 W2: Women to Women Conference
05/28/15 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM


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Presented by Prospera Business Network, Montana Women's Business Center, MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and MSU Women's Circle of Excellence

2015 W2: The Women to Women Conference
Staying True to Your Passion in Business and in Life

Karen Stewart Brown, Designer and Entrepreneur

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Best Western Plus GranTree Inn, Bozeman
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Early Bird Registration $79 (until April 24)
Regular Registration $99, Conference Registration Deadline May 22
Exhibitor Booth Registration $250, includes two event passes, Exhibitor Registration Deadline May 14

Learn more on the W2 Conference landing page

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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 Amanda Schultz at (406) 587-3113 to make arrangements.

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Financial Management for the Closely Held Business
05/12/15 8:00 AM to 05/13/15 5:00 PM

First Interstate Bank presents

Financial Management for the Closely Held Business

Tuesday, May 12 & Wednesday, May 13
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn
2023 Commerce Way, Bozeman

$295 (includes course text, workbook, seminar materials, two breakfasts and two lunches)

Register by May 4
Download the registration form here

Why You Should Attend
Businesses face tough challenges and unique opportunities. The financial success or failure of a business lies in its owner's ability to manage through the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities. Now, you can learn to proactively control the finances of your company through business-tested financial management techniques and maximize profits through more informed decision-making. This two-day seminar explains in simple, clear language what financial management is and why it can greatly improve your profitability. We guarantee that you will walk away with tangible tools that you can put to use immediately in your own company.

Seminar Presenter
Mike Milan is Senior Vice President of Business Development at Finagraph. Prior to joining Finagraph, Mike was President of J&M Investments which owned and operated various companies in the hospitality staffing, food and beverage, real estate management, and consulting industries. With more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience in his own business ventures and an array of others, Mike has  developed a formula for crafting ideas into million dollar companies. He has been a critical asset in countless start-up ventures including Pioneer Labor Services, Blazing Star Staffing, Recover, and BSR Ventures. After successfully selling his largest ground-up operation, Mike has consulted for large non-profits, small businesses, mid-size manufacturing companies, and hospitality-based businesses. His personal experience and involvement in the community combined with the technical knowledge of an MBA from Baylor University make for a powerful partnership with any business owner.

All expenses for continuing education (including registration fees, travel and other related expenses) undertaken to maintain and improve professional skills are tax deductible. (Treas. Reg. 1-162-5, Coughlin vs. Commissions, 203F 2d307). This seminar is eligible for 16 hours of continuing education credits.

Additional details available on the registration brochure linked above.

For questions contact: Dana Aughney, (406) 556-4906,

Bozeman SCORE Workshop: Effective Networking: Developing A Compelling "Elevator Pitch"
05/13/15 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Bozeman SCORE presents a Bring Your Own Lunch Workshop

Effective Networking: Developing A Compelling "Elevator Pitch"

Presented by SCORE Counselors Allen Kawasaki & Tom Turslch

Wednesday, May 13
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Bozeman Public Library - Large Community Room

Free workshop.

Learn how to quickly & convincingly introduce your organization and effectively promote your new products and services.

Contact (406) 586-5421 or with questions.

SBIR/STTR Lunch & Learn: How to Win R&D Funding from the Department of Defense
05/13/15 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:
How to Win R&D Funding from the Department of Defense

Wednesday, May 13
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 Department of Defense 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.

The mission of the DoD SBIR/STTR program is to elicit innovative solutions from the small business community that address defense technology gaps confronting the DoD and to include technologies that will also have high commercialization potential in the private sector. For a preview of the solicitation topics included in the upcoming solicitation, go to

Keep your eyes on the MSU Calendar of Events for upcoming sessions on how to win SBIR/STTR funding from other federal agencies.

DIRECTIONS FOR OFF-CAMPUS ATTENDEES: Parking is available in the public pay lot at the SW corner of W. Grant St. and S. 7th Ave. The Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) Building is NE of the intersection. Enter the doors by the Barb Wire (spinning noodle) sculpture. Room 127 is on the right, just past the glassed-in offices.

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

Business Journal Monthly B2B Networking Luncheon-May
05/18/15 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

The Business Journal for Southwest Montana presents

Monthly B2B Networking Luncheon

Monday, May 18
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 May luncheon will feature a Bozeman Outdoor Network panel with: Dan Rice, Bozeman Reel Company; and Josh Fairchild, OBoz Shoes.

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

Bozeman SCORE Workshop: Small Town Marketing
05/27/15 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Bozeman SCORE presents a Bring Your Own Lunch Workshop

Small Town Marketing

Presented by Tom Egelhoff, Host of the radio show, "Open For Business"

Wednesday, May 27
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Bozeman Public Library - Large Community Room

Free workshop.

Learn tips & tools for marketing your business and your products and services in a small market.

Contact (406) 586-5421 or with questions.