Calendar of Events

July 2015


Annual Member Luncheon
07/22/15 11:45 AM to 1:30 PM

Prospera Business Network Proudly Presents

Annual Member Luncheon

Wednesday, July 22

11:45 a.m. Arrival & Networking
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch & Featured Speakers
1:15 - 1:30 p.m. Event Wrap-Up & Networking

Holiday Inn- Gallatin Room
5 East Baxter Lane, Bozeman

$45 for Prospera Members
$65 for Non-Members

RSVP Deadline Friday, July 17

Special offer for Non-Members:
Sign your business up for Prospera membership by July 17th and receive a 10% discount on your membership as well as two free tickets to the Luncheon!

Contact Drew Little at (406) 587-3113 for details.


Sharing remarks on behalf of the Prospera Business Network Founders' Club:
Robyn L. Erlenbush
, Owner, CRB, CRS, GRI, ERA Landmark Real Estate 

Introducing himself to the network and highlighting Prospera's recent accomplishments:
Paul Reichert
, Executive Director, Prospera Business Network 

Presenting their journey in business thus far and their plans and dreams for the future:
Karyn Bonderud & Sari Feenstra
, Co-Owners, Eskay Bridal
2015 U.S. Small Business Administration Montana Women-Owned Small Business Award Winners
Nominated by Amanda Schultz of Prospera's Montana WBC Program



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In recognition of Prospera Business Network's 30th Anniversary, the 2015 Annual Member Luncheon will honor Prospera's Founders' Club members, those member businesses that joined between 1985 and 1990 and who remain Prospera members to this day. Robyn L. Erlenbush will share remarks at the Member Luncheon as a representative of the Founders' Club.

The Founders' Club

Advanced Performance & Rehabilitation Services

Gallatin Laundry Co.


Galusha, Higgins & Galusha

American Land Title Company

Holmes & Turner, PC

Appraisal Services

House of Clean, Inc.

Best Western Plus GranTree Inn

Knife River Belgrade Division

Big Sky Insulations, Inc.

Lehrkind's Coca-Cola

Billion Auto Group

McKenna Realty

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Moore, O'Connell & Refling

Bozeman Deaconess Health Services

NorthWestern Energy

Bozeman Job Service

Opportunity Bank of Montana

Bozeman TV, Furniture & Appliance

Owenhouse Ace Hardware

Cashman Nursery

Pierce Flooring



D&R Coffee Services, Inc.

Security Title Company of Montana

ERA Landmark Real Estate

Simkins-Hallin Lumber

First Interstate Bank

State Farm Insurance - Rust Agency

First Security Bank

Universal Athletic Service

First West Insurance

US Bank, N.A.


Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

Introduction to QuickBooks
07/28/15 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

MSU Extended University and Prospera's Montana Women's Business Center present

Introduction to QuickBooks

Tuesday, July 28
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Gallatin Gateway School
100 Mill Street
Gallatin Gateway

Cost $119 Prospera members receive a discounted rate
(Includes training materials)

Space is limited! Register online at
Questions: Contact MSU Extended University (406) 994-6683


This one-day class will provide hands-on computer lab experience in learning the basics of QuickBooks Premier Accountant Edition 2014. Some of the tools you will learn include:

  • A basic overview of accounting terms and principles
  • Creating a company file, with the option of creating your own company
  • Setting company preferences so that QuickBooks functions properly
  • Creating a customer, invoicing the customer and receiving payment
  • Performing a cash deal
  • Creating a vendor, bill and pay the vendor
  • Working in the banking menu using "write checks and reconciling"
  • Reviewing reports

Have a bill or invoice you would like to add to your own QuickBooks? Instead of using samples, bring it with you!

Already upgraded to 2015 but still have questions? No problem! Deb will be able to educate you on the differences between the two.

Please note: Lunch will not be served during the class; however, there will be a lunch break during the class. Nearby lunch options include Stacey's, Post Office Pizza, Farmhouse Cafe or bring your own.


Deb Niedermeyer has been consulting clients since 1999. She became a QuickBooks ProAdvisor when the program started and has been recognized by Intuit for her training with clients. Deb has worked with all size and type institutions from county agencies to small businesses. 

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.

Prospera Recommends

Social Media for Business Workshop
07/15/15 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Bozeman BEAR presents

Social Media for Business Workshop: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Social Media for Business…
And Were Afraid to Ask!

Wednesday, July 15
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m

Bozeman Public Library
Large Community Room
626 East Main St.


Featuring Doug Weber, Mammoth Marketing

Email Doug Weber to register


  • What are the current trends and best practices for local businesses?
  • What is social media marketing and can it work for my business?
  • What social media sites would work best for my business?
  • How can you measure social media ROI?
  • What can I do now to “get in the social media game?”
  • Examples and case studies

Questions?  Email Doug Weber or call 406-539-7701

07/16/15 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

F2F Events, Inc. presents


Thursday, July 16
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Montana State University

No charge
To attend TechJunction you must have a corporate email address and confirm your role in your organization’s IT development. Department leaders from finance, purchasing and administration are also welcome.

Online Registration Deadline: July 13th

Staying up to date with the technology that runs your organization and ensures a secure environment for your data and infrastructure are critical to your business. TechJunction helps you meet these needs by providing quality, vendor-neutral educational seminars, drawn from case studies and best practice examples from leaders in the field.

TechJunction-Montana is part of a national series of 26 unique, CPE accredited, educational IT conferences focused on the latest developments in information security, IT infrastructure, business continuity – disaster recovery, physical security, data center technology, and enterprise communications.

Benefits for attending TechJuntion include:

  • 10 CPE Accredited Educational Seminars
    • Earn up to 6.5 CPE Credit Hours
  • Keynote Presentation: Cybersecurity Successes and Challenges in an Enterprise Environment, Lynne Pizzini, CISO, State of Montana
  • Catered Lunch
  • 20+ Exhibitor Booths
  • Hosted Afternoon Reception

Full event details available at

Note: TechJunction is a private conference for invited technology professionals. It is not a job fair and is not open to students or anyone under 21 years of age. No Exceptions. For more information, contact F2F Events, Inc. at 1-800-365-6402, or by email at:

Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Roundtable: A Conversation with America’s Small Business Ombudsman
07/21/15 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

The U.S. Small Business Administration, Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development, Montana Chamber of Commerce,  Montana Manufacturing Extension Center and Great Falls, MT Development Authority present

Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Roundtable: A Conversation with America’s Small Business Ombudsman

Tuesday, July 21
10:00 - 11:30 a.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.

No charge

Online Registration Deadline: July 15th

Concerned about a level regulatory playing field for your small business?
Join other Montana small business owners for this unique opportunity to share your concerns directly with the National Ombudsman for Small Business, Brian Castro.

  • Learn how the Office of the National Ombudsman can help your small businesses save time and money in resolving difficult regulatory compliance and enforcement issues.
  • Join other Montana small business owners to voice your ideas on federal regulatory challenges facing your business.

At the Roundtable you’ll also be able to:

  • Provide real-time input on regulatory enforcement fairness issues impacting your small business.
  • Learn more about resources and assistance through the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the National Ombudsman.
  • Engage federal officials on ways the government can best support small business success.
  • Meet local SBA leaders, resource partners, state officials and John Hart, Regional Advocate for Montana.

This event will also be offered Thursday, July 23, 2015 – 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in Great Falls, MT at the University of Great Falls – Absolon Lounge

The National Ombudsman promotes a level playing field for small businesses by working directly with federal regulators to facilitate practical and timely resolutions of regulatory fairness matters. The Office of the National Ombudsman, part of the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides small businesses a neutral and confidential way to report and help resolve federal regulatory problems, including repetitive inspections, excessive enforcement actions, and disproportionate fines.

To learn more about the National Ombudsman, visit or call 888-REG-FAIR.

SBA’s programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made when requested one week in advance. Contact: Email Crystal Baker at

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce Ladies Night
07/23/15 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and The Linen Pinecone present

Ladies Night

Thursday, July 23
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and The Linen Pinecone will be hosting their First Ladies Night. The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce along with other local businesses are teaming up to create an epic night you won't forget!

Gift bags, giveaways, messages, wine, cupcakes, Henna Tattoos, treats, oils, crafts, and much more.

The Linen Pinecone
Parkhaven Retirement Home
Pizza on Broadway
Gluten Free Prairie
The Garden Café
Dacey Jedlicka and more!

If your business would like to participate please contact the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce at 284-4162 or

We are asking for food items to be collect to be donated to the Headwaters Food Bank. The Headwaters Food Bank serves the Manhattan, Churchill, and Three Forks Area.

RSVP via Facebook if you plan to attend. The night is FREE FOR ALL LADIES (Over the age of 21)! Invite your girlfriends, mothers, daughters, etc..

For more information visit