Calendar of Events

September 2016

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

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

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The Montana Women’s Business Center presents

Livingston Women-Owned Business Tour

featuring The Obsidian Collection & B-Hive Artisan Cooperative

Join us for a walking business tour of two women-owned businesses in Livingston. Each business owner will share her experience with starting, operating and growing her business and there will be time for networking and shopping. Hear the stories of these fantastic owners and how they worked with a partner to bring their business to life.

Wednesday, September 7
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Meet at Obsidian, 108 North 2nd Street, Livingston

Featuring Kristen Gilbraith and Annie Craig, Owners The Obsidian Collection, Business Partners for 20+ years! Tour will then proceed to B-Hive Artisan Cooperative Featuring Karen Arrasmith + Gwen Strachan. Learn the art of running a Co-Op business!

No charge. Register by September 6th.




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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.

Facebook Basics for Business Marketing Workshop
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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

Facebook Basics for Business Marketing: Setup, strategy, and implementation

Thursday, September 8
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Instructor: Chieko Horn, H&H Web

Yellowstone Bank 
1960 N 19th Ave, Bozeman

Registration: $20
Register by Tuesday, September 6th

Thank you for your interest in the course, however the workshop is now full and no new registrations are being accepted.

To learn about social media marketing through a self-paced online course, see our online training options at:


Please bring a laptop, if you do not have one, we will have some available. Please make sure you have electronic access to your logo, photos, product, etc. to help build your Facebook business page during the class!


This class will provide hands-on computer lab experience in learning the basics of Facebook business pages. You will learn how to create a professional looking Facebook page for your business, post photos, videos and links to your page, create events, run ads, tag other businesses, and use the built-in Facebook analytics tools to fine-tune your content. We will also go over basic marketing strategies for your page to help you best reach your target audience.


Chieko Horn is a social media marketing consultant based in Bozeman. She is passionate about helping businesses of all sizes reach customers and tell their story through social media. Over the last 7 years, she has worked with businesses across Montana and beyond on every aspect of social media marketing from hands-on training and workshops to strategy and content creation. 


  • 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 Government Contracts for Small Businesses" Free
  • Thursday, December 1 & Friday, December 2: 8:30 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.

September Leadership Mentoring Series (Rescheduled for November)
2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Looking for the Leadership Mentoring Series event featuring Kim Ormsby, Founder and CEO, The Natural Baby Company?

This event has been rescheduled for November 17th.

View the event details here

Prosperity Party: Inaugural Montana WBC Fundraiser
6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

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Montana Women’s Business Center presents

Prosperity Party

Celebrating Prosperity + Paying it Forward

Inaugural Benefit Event In Support of the Montana Women's Business Center at Prospera

Thursday, September 29
6:00 p.m. Bites, Bubbles & Silent Auction
7:30 Live + Dutch Auctions with Cashman Auctionisters, Missy O'Malley and Katie Fitzsimmons
9:00 Silent Auction Closes
9:30 Check-Out

Rockin' TJ Ranch
651 Lynx Lane, Bozeman

A Party for Everyone! All Are Welcome.



$50 Prospera Member Open Seating
$60 Non-Member Open Seating
$500+ Sponsor Seating for Two People + Marketing Benefits
Tickets include food, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages

View full Sponsor Details here then simply select your preferred sponsor level within the registration form.
If you prefer to be invoiced for your sponsorship, please contact Emilie Saunders at 587-3113 or via email

Special Offer: Join as a new Prospera member and receive two free tickets! Contact Emilie Saunders at 587-3113 or via email for more details


Please register by Tuesday, September 27th

All proceeds from this event go directly toward hiring an additional business counselor. For more information contact Suzi Berget White. 406.587.3113 |




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Grow More: Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Conference
09/07/16 8:00 AM to 09/09/16 5:00 PM

Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture presents

Grow More! 2017 Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Conference

September 7-9, 2016

Big Horn Resort
Billings, Montana

$70 Early Bird, ends August 20
$100 Nonprofit Trade Show Booth
$150 Regular Trade Show Booth 

The annual Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture (WSFA) conference has a long history in Montana. The first conference was held in 2001 in Great Falls and the event has been held annually across the state for the past 13 years.

Every year, a group of about 10 different women from across Montana volunteer for the Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture steering committee that organizes and hosts the annual conference. In past years the USDA has taken the lead in organizing the conference, however in 2015 a group of women agricultural leaders have stepped up to take over the Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture conference.  This group of women, who represent many of the major ag organizations in the state, have plans to make Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture one of the premier women’s agriculture conferences in Montana.

Register and more Information:

Take the Safety Challenge! Montana State Fund Free Safety Workshop
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Montana State Fund presents

Take the Safety Challenge! Montana State Fund Free Safety Workshop

Wednesday, September 7
8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn
5 E Baxter Lane, Bozeman

No cost to attend. Visit to register.

If you have questions, call Kirk Smith at 800-332-6102 extension 5361.

Topics include:

Changes in Safety Compliance – OSHA and the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Safety and Health Bureau have instituted a number of compliance changes over the past few years. In this section, we will review these changes and discuss how your organization can best meet the new requirements.

Creating Your Safety Program/CulturePart Two – In part two of our three part series on creating a safety program, we’ll expand upon our June discussion and get down to business to help you develop and implement an effective safety program/culture at your business. We will conclude this three part series at our December 2016 workshop.

Dates and Locations
September 2:  Great Falls – Holiday Inn
September 7:   Bozeman – Holiday Inn
September 8:   Miles City – Sleep Inn & Suites
September 9:   Billings – Big Horn Resort
September 13:  Kalispell – Hampton Inn
September 14:  Missoula – Best Western Grant Creek Inn
September 16:  Butte – La Quinta Inn
September 20:  Helena – Holiday Inn Express

Big Sky Code Academy- 12-week Full Time Intensive Coding Boot Camp in Bozeman
09/12/16 9:00 AM to 12/09/16 5:00 PM

Big Sky Code Academy presents

12-week Full Time Intensive Coding Boot Camp

September 12, 2016, - December 9, 2016
Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $5,000

The boot camp covers everything you need to know to be job ready for a career in web development. The training includes: wireframing, HTML5, CSS3, SaSS, JavaScript, Angular, React, Express, SQL, NoSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, networks, and Git.

By the end of the boot camp, you will be able to build a project using all of the technologies you have learned and we'll also help ensure that you're ready to pitch and interview with potential employers (in Montana or elsewhere). Our curriculum moves quickly and is constantly updated so that you are always learning the most current and marketable skills for the ever changing high tech sector.

We focus on the most cutting-edge languages and technologies such as React.js and Node.js, meanwhile also focusing on languages and frameworks popular with Montana employers, such as PHP and ASP.NET -- all this to help ensure you're job ready.

Big Sky Code Academy combines instructor-led lectures with hands-on learning. You'll be programming before the end of the first week of classes. Over the course of your class, you will learn how to collaborate as part of a technical team while you produce high-quality software and work to develop, maintain, and change an application.

During your class, you will also work one-on-one with a career coach to practice talking about your resume and code portfolio (your examples of completed web development work) with a prospective employer. Whether it's with our network of Montana employers or our exclusive network of global employers, Big Sky Code Academy does more than simply teach you to code. We help you get ready to build the career, future, and life you want for yourself. 

Learn more and apply today: For more information contact:

Bozeman SCORE Workshop: Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Bozeman SCORE presents a Half Day Workshop

Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses

Presented by Chieko Horn, Owner, H&H Web

Wednesday, September 14
08:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Stockman Bank - Oak Street Branch 
1433 North 19th Ave
Bozeman, MT 59718

Registration: $25

Pre-registration is required and attendance will be limited to the first 30 guests to pre-register.

This In-depth, interactive workshop that will cover the use of Social Media as a powerful marketing tool.

Contact (406) 586-5421 or with questions.

2016: Data User's Conference
09/14/16 9:00 AM to 09/15/16 5:00 PM

The Montana Census and Economic Information Center and Montana Department of Commerce present

2016 Data User's Conference: Empowering Your Economy Through Information

September 14 & 15
Helena, MT

Free registration is open to all.

The 2016 Montana Data User’s Conference will provide an in-depth look at Montana’s workforce, economy and prosperity with hands-on workshops and presentations from U.S. Census Bureau and Montana experts.  Full agenda is available on the conference webpage.

Haya El Nasser, Digital Content Strategist, US Census Bureau.
Raw, accurate data is important. How we communicate and package their implications, is critical. Learn how digital platforms like social media can leverage the most out of your data.

Andrew Hait, Program Planning & Data User Outreach Liaison, U.S. Census Bureau
Using newly developed U.S. Census Bureau tools learn how to access a wealth of useful demographic and economic data on businesses across Montana. 

Free Business Workshop on Cyber Security
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Bozeman Job Service Employers' Committee (BJSEC) presents

Free Business Workshop on Cyber Security

Presented by John Cross, Montana Department of Labor & Industry Technology Services

Wednesday, September 14
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Job Service Bozeman
121 North Willson Ave, Bozeman

No cost to attend. Contact Nancy at (406) 582-9234 or Susan at (406) 582-9223 to register.

What you will learn:

The Rise of Ransomware – Malicious actors from the criminal underworld hold your computer files hostage with this virus until you pay up, and it’s spreading exponentially into our homes and businesses. People around the globe are being forced to give in to ransom demands in order to regain normal operations. Learn how to prevent it from happening to you or your business.

Spearphishing – Spam email messages saturate our inboxes, but carefully-crafted phishing emails take it a step further. Spearphishing is the most effective method hackers use to get into our computer systems. Learn how to recognize these social engineering attacks.

Malvertising – The 500 Billion dollar online advertising industry knows your every move on the Internet. Their ads can infect your computer with a virus simply by visiting a major website. Learn how to limit these invasive tactics.

Vulnerabilities in the Internet of Things – Your TV, cell phone, fitness tracker, wireless network, webcam and baby monitor are vulnerable to hackers. Use these simple tricks to keep prying eyes out of your business.

Business Operations and System Hardening – An overview on reducing vulnerabilities on your computers and within your business processes by employing some simple security best practices. You will learn practical applications of how to respond to security threats and to prevent many of them from ever occurring.

About the Presenter:

With over 15 years of IT experience, John Cross found his niche in cybersecurity after serving time in the United States Army. John deployed to Iraq with a Military Police unit to help train Iraqi Security Forces. He specialized in securing classified military equipment, data and communications, and he participated in numerous combat convoys in support of the mission. Since his tour of duty, he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Systems Security and several industry certifications including Security+ and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). John works currently with the State of Montana’s Department of Labor & Industry, where he serves to help the department maintain regulatory compliance, reduce risk to their information systems, and promote awareness of cybersecurity throughout the enterprise.


Overtime Regulation Free Webinar
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Bozeman Job Service Employers' Committee (BJSEC) presents

Overtime Regulation Free Webinar

Hosted by Teresa Wilde, U.S. Department of Labor,  Wage & Hour Unit

Tuesday, September 20
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

No cost to attend.

Register online and receive unique login information that can only be used by you.   ALL attendees must register individually:  

Register now:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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New DOL Overtime Rule Workshop
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Rocky Mountain Bank presents 

New DOL Overtime Rule Workshop

Presented by Jason Ritchie, Holland & Hart Attorney and Scott Sehnert EVP, Senior Commercial Banker, Rocky Mountain Bank

Wednesday, September 21st
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

C’mon Inn
6139 E Valley Center Rd, Bozeman

No cost to attend.

Your employees may no longer be exempt from overtime pay under the new final overtime rule published recently by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) requiring you to pay overtime to some of your employees that are currently paid a salary. The DOL’s final rule raises the salary thresholds for most white collar exemptions, including for highly compensated employees. Because the changes go into effect on December 1, 2016, you need to decide now how to handle current exempt employees who may not meet the requirements under the new rules.

Please join us for a discussion of the most significant change to wage and hour law in the last decade.

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Free Business Workshop on the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Bozeman Job Service Employers' Committee (BJSEC) presents

Free Business Workshop on the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program

Presented by Christy Robbins, Department of Labor & Industry WorkforceServices

Wednesday, September 21
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Job Service Bozeman
121 North Willson Ave, Bozeman

No cost to attend. Contact Susan at (406) 582-9223 or to register.

About the Workshop:

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program reduces an employer’s cost of doing business and requires minimal paperwork.  The success and growth of this program depends on a strong public and private sector partnership to help those most in need find and retain jobs and gain on-the-job skills and experience.  WOTC benefits employers and increases economic growth and productivity.  Use of the program has substantially increased in recent years as Congress has expanded the target groups’ and increased certain credits.    

The majority of employers aren’t aware the program exists and others are reluctant to apply.  When applying for certification the employer needs to submit an IRS Form 8850 and an ETA 9061.  These forms must be completed on or before the job is offered to the potential employee and submitted to the Department of Labor & Industry, WOTC Unit, 1327 Lockey; Helena, MT.  59601, within 28 days of the employee’s start date. 

About the Presenter:

Christy Robbins is a Program Manager for the Department of Labor’s Workforce Services Division.  She’s been employed department for 25 years starting out the first 10 years with the Unemployment Insurance Division and the last 15 as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program Manager.  As the program manager she reviews, investigates and evaluates certification requests to determine employer eligibility along with providing state and national training to interested organizations.

Business Perpetuation and Estate Planning
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

PayneWest Insurance presents 

Business Perpetuation and Estate Planning

Hosted by Michael Bellig, JD, CLU National Account Vice President, John Hancock Insurance

Thursday, September 29
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Homewood Suites by Hilton
1023 Baxter Lane

No cost to attend. Register now:

Answer the big questions such as:

  • What would your organization do in the event of a sudden disability or death?
  • What would happen to the ownership of the business assets?
  • Would ownership be transferred? If so, how would it be transferred and to whom?
  • Where would the money come from to repay any business loans or cover expenses?

The seminar will begin at 11:30 and lunch is provided.