Calendar of Events

October 2015

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

October Women Entrepreneur Leadership Mentoring Series
10/22/15 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Prospera’s Montana Women’s Business Center presents

Women Entrepreneur Leadership Mentoring Series

Featured Woman Entrepreneur
Anna Visscher, tart

Thursday, October 22
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Facilitated Dialogue

Baxter Hotel
Mezzanine Ballroom

105 W Main Street - Bozeman

Registration: $35

Registration required by Tuesday,  October 20

The Montana Women's Business Center invites you and a friend to the final event of the 2015 Women Entrepreneur Leadership Mentoring Series on October 22, with featured woman entrepreneur Anna Visscher, tart.

The 2015 Leadership Mentoring Series will present five influential women entrepreneurs throughout the year. These inspiring women entrepreneurs are featured as mentors, sharing their stories of growth, success, challenges and encouragement with our community of budding women entrepreneurs.

The Leadership Mentoring Series is moderated by Ris Higgins, business owner and long-time mentor to women entrepreneurs. She will facilitate a dialogue between the featured entrepreneur and the audience. Join us and be inspired to grow personally and professionally!

Big Sky Western Bank Logo

Bozeman Area Community Foundation

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 or (406) 587-3113 to make arrangements.

President's Circle

President's Circle Luncheon
10/06/15 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM

Prospera Business Network presents

President's Circle Luncheon

Envisioning the Future Together
an Executive Roundtable Discussion

An exclusive, invitation-only event for executives from Prospera's Partner, Executive and Community Leader level members.

Paul Reichert, Executive Director, Prospera Business Network

Tuesday, October 6
11:45 a.m. Arrival and Networking
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon and Discussion

Holiday Inn Express
2305 Catron Street, Bozeman

$45 Includes catered lunch

Kindly RSVP by Friday, October 2

Join Paul and hear about the trends and opportunities on the horizon for Prospera and our region, and share your perspective on the emerging needs and opportunities in our business community.

In a round table format, you will help Prospera target its efforts in the years ahead. Your thoughts on the cost of living and affordability, workforce dynamics, and the link between economic and community development will be some of the topics we discuss. 

Our strong network of business leaders can play an active role in supporting regional economic and community vitality. RSVP today to help Prospera Envision the Future Together.


Prospera Recommends

Main Street Montana Project Workforce Symposium
10/11/15 6:00 PM to 10/12/15 4:30 PM

Governor Bullock presents

Main Street Montana Project Workforce Symposium

Sunday, October 11
6:30 -8:30 p.m.

Monday, October 12
7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Free. Space is limited, register early.

Museum of the Rockies & MSU SUB Ballrooms
Montana State University, Bozeman

On August 5, 2015, Governor Steve Bullock announced a series of three symposiums to focus on Workforce Devleopment, Innovation, and Marketing Montana. The first Symposium will be held October 11th and 12th in Bozeman at Montana State University and will focus on Montana's workforce development. The keynote speaker will be Jenette Ramos, Vice President and General Manager, Fabrication at Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space, and security systems.

Full agenda highlights workforce needs, speakers and and Innovative Solutions Panel with Governor Steve Bullock.

For more information contact Julie Walker at or visit

Bozeman SCORE Workshop: Understanding Financial Statements
10/14/15 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Bozeman SCORE presents a Bring Your Own Lunch Workshop

Understanding Financial Statements

(A valuable precursor to the Oct. 21 workshop)

Presented by Anjie Mikesell, Credit Analyst for 1st Interstate Bank

Wednesday, October 14
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Bozeman Public Library - Large Community Room

Free workshop.

Get an overview of the basic financial statements needed to run your business.

Contact (406) 586-5421 or with questions.

Bozeman SCORE Workshop: Financial Analysis & Management
10/21/15 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Bozeman SCORE presents a Bring Your Own Lunch Workshop

Understanding Financial Analysis & Management

(Also attend the Oct. 14 workshop for maximum benefit)

Presented by Kent Levi, Financial Consultant & Former Branch President at Rocky Mountain Bank

Wednesday, October 21
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Bozeman Public Library - Large Community Room

Free workshop.

Learn how to use financial statements to drive bottom line success for small business operations.

Contact (406) 586-5421 or with questions.

2015 MSU Family Business Day Awards
10/23/15 11:00 AM

Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance presents

MSU Family Business Day Awards

Friday, October 23
11:00 a.m.

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Ike Kauffman, a 1996 Family Business Award winner and the past president of Kaufmans Menswear Centre, based in Great Falls, Montana

Cost is $20

Best Western GranTree Plus Inn, Bozeman

Seven businesses will receive Family Business Day awards at the 2015 Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance Family Business Day. Kaufman’s presentation “Riverboats and Relationships” will focus on lessons learned from his family’s 121-year-old multigenerational business. He will also discuss the “Three Circles of Family Business” and key relationship-building principles that have remained in the family since their initial Missouri River voyage.

More information available at:

Business Journal B2B Networking Luncheon-October
10/26/15 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

The Business Journal for Southwest Montana presents

B2B Networking Luncheon

Monday,  October 26
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.

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 October luncheon will feature the Annual ATHENA Women's Leadership Awards with speaker 2014 Recipient Ris Higgins, Leadership Outfitters.

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

Learn more and see the full series calendar here