Calendar of Events

March 2015

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The Nuts and Bolts of Building Collaborative Relationships between Businesses and Nonprofits
03/24/15 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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Prospera Business Network, Bozeman Area Community Foundation and Downtown Bozeman Association present

The Nuts and Bolts of Building Collaborative Relationships between Businesses and Nonprofits

Tuesday, March 24
8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast and Two-Part Workshop

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.

Cost: $20, includes hot breakfast
Registration required by Friday, March 20

SESSION 1 SPEAKERS
Dan Center, Finance Manager, Gallatin Valley Land Trust
Kyla Stafford, CPA, CFE, Office Vice President, Shareholder, Anderson ZurMuehlen

SESSION 2 SPEAKERS/FACILITATORS
Dee Metrick, Community Relations & Development Director, Reach, Inc.
Mary Peterson, Executive Director, Eagle Mount
Anne Ramos, Northern Regional Marketing & Events Manager, Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply
Amy Schuman, Marketing Communications, West Paw Design

ABOUT THIS EVENT
Join us to dig deeper as we continue the conversation begun at the January panel discussion that kicked off this event series. Guest speakers from both the private and nonprofit sectors will facilitate in-depth sessions exploring the details of accounting considerations and relationship building as it relates to effective collaboration between businesses and nonprofits. There will be time for connecting with other attendees during a networking breakfast, and plenty of time for participants to share their questions and insights.

AGENDA

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Session 1: Financial Building Blocks
9:30 - 9:40 a.m. Quick Break
9:45 - 10: 45 a.m. Session 2: Nuts and Bolts of Relationship Building
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Event Wrap Up

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Session 1: Financial Building Blocks

  • Details regarding deductions, restricted/unrestricted contributions and cash versus in-kind gifts
  • Ask an accountant and a nonprofit Finance Manager: bring your questions!

Session 2: Step-by-Step Relationship Building

  • Strategies for identifying potential partners and developing mutually beneficial relationships
  • Key things to avoid, what the other party wishes you would do differently
  • Examples of creative approaches beyond cash donations
  • Open forum for questions and discussion with a panel of experts

Read the notes from the first event in this series.

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

Women Entrepreneur Fwd. Business Series-Event 5
03/04/15 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Prospera Business Network and the Montana Women’s Business Center, in conjunction with MSU Park County Extension and Livingston Job Service Workforce Center, present

Women Entrepreneur Fwd. Business Series

EVENT 5: MARCH 4
Building a Culture with Organizational Development and Human Resources
SPEAKERS: Kathy Wojcik, Bluheron Consulting, Meagan Lannan, Livingston Job Service and Workforce Training, and Jordan Aller, Spur Line

Wednesday, March 4
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Workshop

MSU Park County Extension Office
119 South 3rd Street - Livingston

Registration: $10
(includes a light breakfast and workshop materials)

Registration required by Monday, March 2

ABOUT THIS EVENT

As you prepare to grow your organization or business, building an employee hiring and retention plan is  an important part of the process. Join us March 4 and learn how to create a culture with organizational development and successful human resources  practices. This session will include information on developing and using a policy and procedures manual, employee handbook, hiring and retention planning and the resources available to you along the way. Additionally it will cover the best ways to utilize your current team and maximize on efficiencies. Also featured will be a local woman entrepreneur's success story and her organizational development and human resource practices.

fwd. Series Sponsor:

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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.

The Montana State University Extension Service is an ADA/EO/AA/Veteran's Preference Employer and Provider of Educational Outreach.

Downtown Women-Owned Business Tour
03/05/15 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 Architect's Wife and Taco del Sol

Join us on March 5 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. During this tour, we will have adequate time for networking, shopping and a light lunch.

Thursday, March 5
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

(presentations, networking, shopping time and a light lunch will be provided)

Architect's Wife
23 W Babcock Street-Bozeman

No charge.
Registration required by March 3.

ABOUT OUR FEATURED BUSINESSES

Abby Hetherington has over a decade of high-end, residential-design experience. In 2014, she passed her extensive design expertise and incomparable style into the Architect's Wife showroom in downtown Bozeman. The store goes beyond traditional retail, functioning as a design center to both the public and trade.

Marley McKenna, owner of Taco del Sol Bozeman, was born and bred in Montana and loves being part of this vibrant community. Her background is in literature and she got her professional start in Bozeman as an adjunct professor at MSU before venturing into entrepreneurship.  She seeks to be a positive force in this growing town, providing employment for college students; delicious Cali-Mex fare for her happy customers; sponsoring bike teams, music venues, and the arts; sitting on boards to help foster growth in the business community; and generally having a fabulous time living in this outstanding town we are lucky enough to call home. Big things are on the horizon for Taco del Sol—stay tuned!

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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.

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Bozeman SCORE Workshop: HR Employee Handbooks: Friend or Foe?
03/11/15 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Bozeman SCORE presents a Bring Your Own Lunch Workshop

HR Employee Handbooks: Friend or Foe?

Presented by SCORE Counselor Pattie Berg (SPHR)

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

Bozeman Public Library - Large Community Room

Free workshop.

This workshop addresses important considerations on developing an employee handbook.

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

Business Journal Monthly B2B Networking Luncheon-March
03/23/15 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

The Business Journal for Southwest Montana presents

Monthly B2B Networking Luncheon

Monday, March 23
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 February luncheon will feature a Montana High Tech Business Alliance panel with Greg Gianforte, board chair; and Christina Henderson, executive director.

Seating is limited! Deadline to register is one week prior to event. Questions or waiting list requests? Contact lunch@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2626.

Learn more and see the full series calendar here.

Bozeman SCORE Workshop: Understanding Web Analytics for your Web Site
03/25/15 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Bozeman SCORE presents a Bring Your Own Lunch Workshop

Understanding Web Analytics for your Web Site

Presented by Drew Schug, Owner of Big Storm LLC

Wednesday, March 25
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Bozeman Public Library - Large Community Room

Free workshop.

Learn to measure and meet your business goals through your online presence.

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

SBIR/STTR Lunch & Learn: Take Your Technology from the Lab to the Marketplace with America's Largest Seed Fund (NIST Edition)
03/25/15 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:
Take Your Technology from the Lab to the Marketplace with America's Largest Seed Fund (NIST Edition)

Wednesday, March 25
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 National Institute of Standards & Technology 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 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.

Upcoming brown bag sessions focused on winning SBIR/STTR funding from other federal agencies include:

  • National Science Foundation on Wednesday, April 8, 2015
  • National Science Foundation on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
  • Department of Defense on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

All sessions will be held in EPS 127 from noon to 1 p.m.

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 phillip.luebke@techlinkcenter.org.

Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts
03/27/15 9:00 AM to 03/28/15 5:00 PM

Montana Department of Commerce presents

Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts

Friday, March 27
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Exclusive for Wholesale Buyers

Saturday, March 28
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Open to the Public

Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
98 West Custer Avenue - Helena

Free Admission

Montana retail store owners are encouraged to register as qualified wholesale buyers for the 2015 Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts. The 2015 show seeks to build on the success of the 2014 show, and has expanded to over 140 exhibitors who are hoping to get their made-in-Montana products on store shelves next season.

Friday, March 27 is reserved for qualified wholesale buyers across the region, while Saturday, March 28 is open to the public, where attendees can see, sample, and purchase products as well as learn where they can be found at stores in their area.

Storeowners who attend the show will also have the opportunity to participate in a seminar by nationally renowned retail consultant Casey Willson, who has 40 years of experience helping small businesses refine and promote their concepts to the public. The seminar will focus on how to help store owners attract and satisfy customers while distinguishing their business and creating a loyal customer base to increase sales and profit.

Qualified storeowners and other wholesale buyers can pre-register online by visiting the website at www.madeinmontanashow.com, e-mailing madeinmontana@mt.gov, or calling (406) 841-2757. 

For more information about the 2015 Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts, contact Angelyn DeYoung at (406) 841-2783 or adeyoung@mt.gov.