Calendar of Events

June 2016


MPIA Hamamatsu Training: How to Select the Right Detector Technology for Your Application
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Prospera Business Network presents

How to Select the Right Detector Technology for Your Application

Presented by: Hamamatsu Corporation

Wednesday, June 1
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Best Western Plus GranTree Inn
1325 N 7th Avenue, Bozeman

Cost: $25, to support MPIA's work. Non-MPIA members are welcome.
Registration required by Thursday, May 26th.

Seminar host Hamamatsu Corporation will provide lunch and break refreshments.

This Seminar will provide an overview and comparison of key features, strengths and weaknesses of different detector technologies, including:
  • Photodiodes
  • Avalanche photodiodes
  • Multi-Pixel Photon Counters (silicon photomultipliers)
  • Photomultiplier tubes
  • Cameras (EMCCD, CMOS, CCD)
  • Spectrometers

Application specific recommendations will be followed by audience question and answer period. This seminar is recommended for electrical engineers, optical engineers, design engineers, and anyone else who needs to select detectors for their projects. By the end of the seminar, you will:

  • Know the different detector technologies available
  • Understand the basic operation of each technology
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of each technology
  • Have a much better idea of which technology will best suit your application 

About our host:
Hamamatsu Corporation is the North American subsidiary of Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan), a leading manufacturer of devices for the generation and measurement of infrared, visible, and ultraviolet light. These devices include photodiodes, photomultiplier tubes, scientific light sources, infrared detectors, photoconductive detectors, and image sensors. The parent company is dedicated to the advancement of photonics through extensive research. This corporate philosophy results in state-of-the-art products which are used throughout the world in scientific, industrial, and commercial applications.

The Montana Photonics Industry Alliance serves as a hub for Montana's optics and photonics companies, entrepreneurs, laboratories and universities to commercialize, grow and sustain globally leading organizations that create high quality jobs and economic opportunity in Montana. MPIA is a collaboration between the City of Bozeman and Prospera Business Network.

Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting at Eskay Bridal
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Prospera Business Network and the Montana Women’s Business Center present

Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting at Eskay Bridal

Friday, June 3
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

714 Stoneridge Drive, Ste 3A-Bozeman

No charge. Refreshments will be served


Celebrate Prospera & Montana WBC client Eskay Bridal's new location, on the corner of Durston and 19th next to Baxter Creek Veterinary Clinic. Owner Karyn Carpenter was the 2015 U.S. Small Business Administration Montana Women-Owned Small Business Award Winner. Eskay Bridal has been recognized for their excellence on national levels by The Knot for their 2014 Best of Weddings Top Bridal Salon in Montana and by Allure Bridals for their 2013 Bronze Award Recipient for Exceptional Sales Achievement.

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

Women-Owned Business Tour
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 Cello and Jelt Belt

Join us for a walking business tour of two women-owned businesses. Each business owner will share her experience with starting, operating and growing her business and there will be time for networking and shopping.

Wednesday, June 1
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Meet at Cello
2 W Main Street-Bozeman

No charge. Registration required by May 31.



Cello provides elegant, simple, and beautiful contemporary design accessible to everyone. They showcase the inspired work of accomplished local fine artists and craftspeople, fine fiber clothing and the best handcrafted goods together. Nelda Zilis holds a Masters Degree in architecture, as well as an undergraduate degree in business. Prior to studying architecture and design she had built up a background in business and retail.

Jelt launched in February 2014. Jelt’s Owner and Inventor, Jen Perry, started Jelt out of pure necessity. As a professional recreationalist, she hated wearing belts, but knew she needed to keep her expensive jeans from sagging. Jelt quickly morphed into the perfect belt for hiking, biking, golfing, skiing, traveling and for everyday use. Not only is it modern-retro, with a nod to 80’s fashion, but it is also made from 100% recycled yarn, with an inner gel that grips to pants.


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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.

Top 10 HR Categories Every Small Business Owner Must Know!
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

Top 10 HR Categories Every Small Business Owner Must Know!

Wednesday, June 22
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Instructor: Kari Gras, Gras HR Consulting

Registration: $20
Registration required by Thursday, June 16th.


Please Note the Location Change
Bozeman Public Library, Small Community Room
626 East Main St, Bozeman

Attending this workshop you will learn about all 10 of these HR categories and why they’re important if you have employees. As a bonus each participant will receive two practical templates to implement immediately. 

  1. Setting Expectations with Job Descriptions
  2. Employee Handbooks – Advantages of Policies & Procedures
  3. Unique MT Employment Laws
  4. Recruiting – Screening & Selection
  5. Effective Orientations
  6. Retention – Compensation & Benefits Packages
  7. Resolving Conflict – Proper Communication
  8. Documentation – Discipline or Coaching
  9. Performance – Outstanding and Needs Improvement
  10. Separations – Avoiding lawsuits

Kari Gras has lived in Big Sky since 1999 and has been providing Human Resources Consulting services to the small businesses in this area for approximately 3 years.  She is an expert in HR by earning 2 certifications – 1) PHR, Professional in Human Resources in 2012 & the SHRM-CP, Society for Human Resource Management – Certified Professional in 2015. Kari has 11 years of experience in HR and Payroll that has provided some knowledge she is eager to share and educate.  Currently, Kari provides workshops to Business Owners and managers in Big Sky on a monthly basis and has been teaching in some capacity since 1997.


  • Tuesday, July 26: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. "Liens: Keys to Getting Your Money On Time" presented by Carl Schweitzer. $20
  • Wednesday, August 10: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. "Think Big: Small Business Marketing on a Budget" presented by Rachel Anderson, Markouture. $20
  • Thursday, September 8: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. "Facebook Basics for Business Marketing: Setup, strategy, and implementation" presented by Chieko Horn, H&H Web. $2
  • Thursday, October 6: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. "QuickBooks Installed Version: Payroll Basics for your Small Business" presented by Deb Neidermeyer. $20
  • Friday, October 7: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. "QuickBooks Installed Version: Inventory" presented by Deb Neidermeyer. $20
  • Thursday, November 10: "How to Get Small Business Contracts" 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.

Prospera Recommends

Montana World Trade Center Regulated Export Training
8:00 AM to 12:30 PM

The Montana World Trade Center presents

Regulated Export Training

Friday, June 3
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

$99 Morning Session
$159 Morning Session + a one-on-one meeting with our expert

Does my product need a license for export? What's considered "dual use"? Is my conversation with a prospective foreign buyer considered a "deemed export"? Hear answers to these questions while learning about export control policies, regulations, and compliance programs before you engage in export. And if you're already engaged, make sure your business development and management team understand the basics.

8:00 a.m.: Check in and coffee
- 8:30 a.m.: Export Control 101-ITAR, EAR, and OFAC
- 10:30 a.m.: Introduction to Exceptions/Exemptions (focus on Canada, Europe, and Cuba)
- 11:30 a.m.: Due Diligence and Implementing an Export Control Program
- 12:30 p.m.: Close

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center/TechLink Conference Room
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.

For more information and to register, visit:, call (406)243.6982 or email

Mindful Leadership
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

MSU Park County Extension presents

Mindful Leadership Workshop

Facilitated by Lynette Rodi, MA, LCPC, LAC

Friday, June 17
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

119 S. 3rd St. in Livingston, MT

Registration: $40

The realities of our fast-paced and stressful world often leave us feeling irritable, tired, disconnected, and unfulfilled. We have the sense that we can never quite get our feet underneath us. This workshop will support you in gaining the skills necessary for slowing down, tuning in, and being empowered to be the best self at work and home. 

Register by Friday, June 10 at or (406) 222-4156

Bozeman SCORE Workshop: Basic Guide to Using Facebook for Sales & Marketing
11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Bozeman SCORE presents a Bring Your Own Lunch Workshop

Basic Guide to Using Facebook for Sales & Marketing

Presented by Chris Syme, Owner of CKSyme Media Group

Wednesday, June 22
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Bozeman Public Library - Large Community Room

Free workshop.

Learn how to sell using Facebook ad properties and building customer loyalty through your Facebook page.

Contact (406) 586-5421 or with questions.

The Penny Workshop: Money Matters for Montana Women
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen presents

The Penny Workshop: Money Matters for Montana Women

June 28, 2016 at the Bozeman Library at 6:00 pm

Free to Attendees

Women think, spend, and invest money differently. That’s why Montana’s Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen is bringing women together for free evening workshops to talk about money, investing and planning for their future: no financial experience necessary.

Hear personal stories from people who’ve changed their lives through smart financial decisions. Attendees will learn from each other’s experiences through the following:

• Discussions on the unique strengths of women who invest, and how to avoid fraud
• Networking with women who want to grow their personal wealth
• Investment education without any sales pitches

Contact: or visit