Calendar of Events

May 2016

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Give Big Gallatin Valley
05/03/16 (All day)

Prospera Business Network is Excited to Participate in

Give Big Gallatin Valley

Tuesday, May 3

The Bozeman Area Community Foundation's Give Big Gallatin Valley Day is a 24-hour, online and live celebration of giving on May 3rd created to increase philanthropy in Gallatin County. The goal is simple - inspire neighbors to come together, show their pride in their communities, and contribute to support the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations!

Prospera supporters will be able to make charitable donations to our Foundation on May 3rd through this one day event and increase the impact of their donations.

Donation portal and more details available at https://givebiggv.org/

Annual Member Luncheon
05/19/16
11:45 AM to 1:30 PM

Prospera Business Network Proudly Presents

Annual Member Luncheon: The Power of Partnerships

Thursday, May 19
11:45 a.m. Arrivals & Networking

12:05 - 12:20 p.m. Welcome & Prospera Updates
12:20 - 12:40 Plated Lunch Served
12:40-1:10 Superintendent Dan Wenk, with an introduction by Bill Berg

1:10 - 1:30 p.m. Q&A & Networking

Holiday Inn
5 East Baxter Lane, Bozeman

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Highlighting the community impact made possible by Prospera's members:
Paul Reichert, Executive Director, Prospera Business Network

Sharing updates about the Gardiner Gateway Project and introducing Superintendent Dan Wenk:
Bill Berg, President, Greater Gardiner Community Council

Reflecting on the value of partnerships in building community in and around the Park:
Dan Wenk, Superintendent, Yellowstone National Park

Registration: $50 Prospera Members, $75 Non-Members
Includes plated lunch with choice of entree.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 12th

REGISTER HERE

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Superintendent Dan WenkDan Wenk assumed the role of Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park in February, 2011. A graduate of Michigan State University, with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Mr. Wenk joined the National Park Service in 1975 as a Landscape Architect at the Denver Service Center. During his impressive 41-year career in the National Park Service, Mr. Wenk has been honored with the Department of the Interior Meritorious Service Award in 1991, Secretary Executive Leadership Awards in 2008 and 2009, the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2010, the Walter T. Cox Award for sustained achievement in public service in 2012, and the Stephen T. Mather Conservation Award in 2014.

The Office of the Superintendent is located at park headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs. This office has the ultimate responsibility for managing a 2.2-million-acre park with a staff of 800 National Park Service employees and a budget of $33 million, including cooperating with the surrounding communities where visitors from the park spend an estimated $333 million a year.


GOLD SPONSOR

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SILVER SPONSOR

Acadeus logo

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BRONZE SPONSORS

Alphagraphics
Jackson Contractor Group, Inc.
NorthWestern Energy
Yellowstone Park Foundation/Yellowstone Association

ADVERTISING SPONSOR

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Not a Prospera member yet? Now is the time to join! Sign up for membership at any level by May 12th and receive a 10% discount on your first-year dues and two tickets to our Annual Member Luncheon on May 19th. Contact Emilie Saunders at (406) 587-3113 or esaunders@prosperabusinessnetwork.org to sign up today.

Business Tours

Business Tour-Simms Fishing Products
05/05/16
5:00 PM to 6:45 PM

The Simms Business Tour is now full. To be placed on the waiting list, use the registration link to submit your information. If any spots open up you will be notified by noon on May 4th.

Prospera Business Network Presents

BUSINESS TOUR

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Simms Fishing Products
177 Garden Drive, Bozeman, See Map

5:00 - 5:30 p.m, Arrivals & Networking
5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Welcoming Remarks & Tours
6:45 - 8:00 p.m. No-Host Social at Dry HIlls Distillery,106 Village Center Lane, Bozeman, See Map

No charge for this Prospera members-only event. Light refreshments will be provided by tour host.

Tour is limited to 50 attendees and spots will go quickly! Registration required by Monday, May 2
The Simms Business Tour is now full. To be placed on the waiting list, use the registration link to submit your information. If any spots open up you will be notified by noon on May 4th.


ABOUT THIS EVENT
As a member of Prospera Business Network, you are invited to attend an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Simms Fishing Products. The newly-expanded 75,000 square foot facility near Four Corners houses Simms' corporate headquarters, warehouses, and its production plant. 

Simms employs almost 150 people, produces the only waders made in America and is one of two GORE-TEX® certified manufacturers in the world. The Simms brand is one founded on the pillars of innovation, with a trained eye on fisheries conservation and inspired product development over a wide swath of technical apparel offerings.

Prospera has been working with Simms since Spring 2015 on two state Big Sky Trust Fund grants: one to support a facility expansion, and one to help with equipment and software for up to 27 new positions that will be created in the year ahead.

Simms has received numerous awards for product and marketing innovation, including a record-breaking eight "Best of Show" product awards at the 2015 International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) and International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST). Simms was recently awarded the President's "E" Award for Exports, which will be presented in Washington DC on May 15. Simms has been recognized for many accomplishments, in addition to receiving the Governor's EcoStar Award twice (2014 & 2006) and a Montana Governor's Innovative Business Award in 2012 , President and Owner KC Walsh was honored as the Small Business Person of the Year at the 2012 SBA Small Business Week Awards. Simms was also recognized as the Business of the Year at Prospera's 2009 Annual Dinner & Business Excellence Awards for their significant contribution to the economic development of our area. 
 
ABOUT THE AFTER-TOUR SOCIAL
The Simms facility tour will be followed by a no-host social just down the street at the Dry Hills Distillery tasting room. Jeff and Erica Droge and their family recently launched Dry Hills Distillery after receiving business counseling and assistance with a USDA Growth Through Agriculture grant through Prospera's Montana Women's Business Center programJoin us for a delicious custom cocktail, which will taste even better knowing that 50 cents of each drink sold will benefit the Montana WBC!

Prospera Business Network's Business Tours are a signature event series showcasing the stories and best practices of Prospera's industry leading members.  This event is open exclusively to Prospera Business Network members. 

Not a Prospera member yet? Now is the time to join! Sign up for membership at any level and receive a 10% discount on your first-year dues and two tickets to our Annual Member Luncheon on May 19th. Contact Emilie Saunders at (406) 587-3113 or esaunders@prosperabusinessnetwork.org to sign up today. 

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

Quickbooks for Beginners: Small Business Workshop
05/23/16 8:30 AM to 05/24/16 4:30 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

QuickBooks for Beginners: Small Business Workshop

Monday, May 23 & Tuesday, May 24
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Deb Niedermeyer, CPB

Registration: $100, includes lunch both days.
Class size is limited to 20. Registration required by Thursday, May 19th.

Registration has now closed

LOCATION CHANGE
Room 305, Reid Hall
Montana State University

Pay Parking available at 7th & Grant

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

This class will provide hands-on computer lab experience in learning the basics of QuickBooks Premier Accountant Edition 2016. Included in the training material will be a basic overview on accounting terms and principles. You will learn how to create a company, enter credit card charges, write checks, create invoices, receive payments, make deposits, reconcile credit card and bank statements, pay bills, work with letters, and modify preferences and templates. Bring a USB flash drive to class to practice backup and restore. You will be able to apply all information you learn to the QuickBooks Pro/Premier Software 2016.

SAVE THE DATE:

  • Wednesday, June 22: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. "Top 10 HR Categories Every Small Business Owner Must Know!" presented by Kari Gras, Gras HR Consulting. $20
  • 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. $20
  • Thursday, October 6: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. "QuickBooks: Payroll Basics for your Small Business" presented by Joe LaPlante, Havre Small Business Development Center. $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 info@MontanaWBC.org or (406) 587-3113 to make arrangements.

May Leadership Mentoring Series
05/24/16
2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Prospera’s Montana Women’s Business Center presents

Leadership Mentoring Series

Tessa Burnett  
Featured Woman Entrepreneur
Tessa Burnett, Owner/Artist, HattieRex

Tuesday, May 24
2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
With a networking social to follow

Event Location:
Baxter Hotel, Mezzanine Ballroom, 
105 W Main Street, Bozeman

Networking Social Location:

Taco del Sol, 35 W Main Street, Bozeman 

Registration: $20, includes heavy hors d'oeuvres at The Baxter

REGISTER HERE

Registration required by Thursday, May 19

ABOUT THE SERIES
The 2016 Leadership Mentoring Series will present five successful women entrepreneurs' stories of success and challenges. No speeches, no PowerPoints, no handouts. Just genuine, raw stories. Sessions are moderated by Ris Higgins, owner of Leadership Outfitters and long-time mentor to women entrepreneurs. Join us as they share their advice and encouragement with our community of women entrepreneurs.  

New in 2016: join your fellow attendees at a networking social following each event at Taco del Sol.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

  • Tessa has been in business online since 2007 and with a retail location since 2012
  • She is a former high school Spanish teacher and a self-taught metalsmith; she started making pet ID tags and ventured into jewelry
  • Tessa started selling on Etsy in 2007, was a featured seller in 2009 and is still on Etsy today in addition to the HattieRex website
  • HattieRex currently has over 75 retailers selling their jewelry and pet tags, some are online-only boutiques
  • HattieRex sales consist of 40% retail, 25% wholesale, 20% online retail and 15% consignment/other

SAVE THE DATE

Tuesday, August 23
Kathy Stark, Owner, Starky's

Tuesday, September 27
Kim Ormsby, Founder and CEO, The Natural Baby Company

Tuesday, October 25
Libby Burr, Owner, Bridger Animal Nutrition

PLATINUM SPONSOR

Big Sky Western Bank Logo

SILVER SPONSOR

Stockman Bank Logo

BRONZE SPONSOR

Taco del Sol



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 info@MontanaWBC.org or (406) 587-3113 to make arrangements.

Prospera Recommends

(Cancelled) Bozeman SCORE Workshop: Business Goals to Website Goals, Understanding Web Analytics
05/11/16
11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Bozeman SCORE presents a Bring Your Own Lunch Workshop

Business Goals to Website Goals, Understanding Web Analytics

Presented by Drew Schug, Owner of Big Storm LLC

Wednesday, May 11
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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Bozeman SCORE Workshop: How to Effectively Increase Leads & Sales Through Digital Marketing
05/25/16
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Bozeman SCORE presents

How to Effectively Increase Leads & Sales Through Digital Marketing

Presented by Travis Wiley, Owner of Objective UI

Wednesday, May 25
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Stockman Bank- North 19th Branch

Registration fee. Contact SCORE for details.

Learn how to deploy a FOCUSED marketing strategy the right way, the first time.

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