Calendar of Events

April 2014

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

2014 Montana Women in Business Conference
04/02/14 12:00 PM to 04/03/14 4:00 PM

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Prospera Business Network, Montana Women's Business Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration present

2014 Montana Women in Business Conference

Leveraging Your Strengths to Lead

Featuring Keynote Presenter
LARA O’CONNOR HODGSON, Serial Entrepreneur
Founder, CEO NOWaccount Network

Founder, Mom, CEO, Nourish Inc.

Wednesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 3, 2014
Chico Hot Springs, Convention Center

Registration Deadline: March 28
Registration includes materials, conference meals and networking reception

Early Bird: $179 | Regular $199

Exhibitor booth includes one attendee registration to the conference



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First Interstate Bank

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City of Livingston

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CTA Architects and Engineers
First West Insurance
Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce
Western Home Mortgage Corporation

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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.

Women Entrepreneur Leadership Mentoring Series
04/24/14 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Prospera’s Montana Women’s Business Center presents

Women Entrepreneur Leadership Mentoring Series

Facilitated by
Ris Higgins, Owner of Leadership Outfitters, and dedicated mentor

Featured Woman Entrepreneur
Robin Béquet, Béquet Confections

Thursday, April 24
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Networking
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Facilitated Dialogue

Baxter Hotel
Mezzanine Ballroom

105 W Main Street - Bozeman

Cost: $35
Registration required by Tuesday, April 22


The Montana Women's Business Center invites you to attend our second Women Entrepreneur Leadership Mentoring Series event on April 24 with featured woman entrepreneur Robin Béquet, of Béquet Confections.

The 2014 Leadership Mentor Series will feature FIVE influential women entrepreneurs throughout the year. These inspiring women entrepreneurs will be presented as mentors, as they share their stories of growth, success, challenges and encouragement, to our community of budding women entrepreneurs.

The Leadership Mentoring Series will be facilitated by Ris Higgins, Owner of Leadership Outfitters, 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!

All events of this series will be held from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., at the Baxter Hotel. Our featured women entrepreneurs will be announced at a later date. Please save the date for events 3-5 of this series on June 19, August 14 and October 9.

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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 or (406) 587-3113 to make arrangements.

Prospera Recommends

CenturyLink Managed Office Lunch and Learn Event
04/09/14 12:00 PM

Presented by CenturyLink

Managed Office Lunch and Learn Event

Wednesday, April 9

12:00 p.m.

The Holiday Inn
5 East Baxter Lane, Bozeman

Do you have the in-house expertise to handle all of your IT needs? Chances are, you're wasting precious IT resources simply managing your day-to-day technology services. CenturyLink would like to show you a better way, by inviting you to a special CenturyLink Managed Office Lunch and Learn Event. It's a great way to learn how CenturyLink can help you concentrate on your business, while they improve your IT and communication operations.

Register using the 'Register Now' button above, or RSVP by calling Michelle Jackson at (406) 255-8311

20th Anniversary Student Research Celebration
04/15/14 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Montana State University Undergraduate Scholars Program presents

20th Anniversary Student Research Celebration

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Poster Exhibition & Topical Sessions

MSU SUB Ballrooms
Open to the public

Learn about cutting-edge research at MSU
See more than 250 undergraduate and graduate student research presentations from all disciplines.

Marketing Peer Group

Marketing Peer Group
04/10/14 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Prospera Business Network presents

Marketing Peer Group:

The Next Generation of Search and SEO

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Hosted by Zoot Enterprises
Eric Lindeen, Director of Marketing and
Leigh Enselman, Online Marketing Specialist

Thursday, April 10
5:30-7:00 p.m. Presentation & Networking

Zoot Enterprises
555 Zoot Enterprises Lane
Bozeman, MT 59718
Location map available here

Free for Prospera Members | $10 for Non-Members
payable with cash or check at the door

Registration required by Monday, April 7. Registration now closed.


Prospera's Marketing Peer Group is a signature Prospera event with quarterly scheduled meetings focused on relevant marketing topics and open networking with Bozeman area marketing professionals.


  • What doesn't work in SEO anymore (shortcuts to hell)
  • Google's new Hummingbird algorithm and the future of search
  • What works today: quality content, authorship and social are changing the game

Zoot Enterprises has been the pioneer in the financial industry’s credit decisioning and origination arena for 23 years. More than 90% of Zoot's 250 employees hail from the 406. Their B2B marketing has a strong focus on digital marketing and SEO to reach their customers around the world.


TechAlliance: Sensational Hiring Strategies
04/22/14 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Prospera Business Network presents


Sensational Hiring Strategies:
Recruiting, Hiring and Evaluating Fit with Company Culture

Carina Beck, Ed.D Director, MSU Career, Internship & Student Employment Services Office and the Office of Student Success,
Wendy Christie, Consultant, Human Resources Associates
Andrew Hull, Founder & President, Elixiter,

Jennae Liberty, VP Operations, Finance & HR Golden Helix Inc. and

Tuesday, April 22
12:00-1:30 p.m. Panel Q&A & Lunch

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.

$15 for Prospera Members | $25 for Non-Members
Cost includes catered lunch and materials
Registration required by Friday, April 18


  • Powerful methods for evaluating candidates: effectively ensuring alignment with your company culture
  • Insights and best practices regarding overall recruitment efforts: valuable strategies including the use of national recruiting firms

  • How to recruit students from interns to full employment: understanding the culture of college students and their job interests

  • Employment trends with recent MSU graduates, with a focus on the tech sector


Carina Beck, Ed.D currently oversees the Career, Internship & Student Employment Services Office and the Office of Student Success at Montana State University.  In this capacity she is charged with developing student success initiatives to improve overall retention and completion rates for the institution while at the same time bolstering career development, financial literacy, internship participation and employer relations. Beck received her Doctorate in Education from Montana State University and Master's in Organizational Communication from The University of Montana.  She has taught courses in communication, career development and human resources.  In addition, she enjoys researching student persistence and new member socialization tactics.

Wendy Christie, Consultant with Human Resources Associates, has over 20 years of experience in the area of employee relations.  As a human resources consultant she has helped countless companies, both in and out of Montana, develop legally compliant employee handbooks and documentation.  During her time as a consultant she has had great success in consulting on a number of investigations on sexual harassment, embezzlement and workplace bullying.  She is the author of a number of articles on hiring practices, embezzlement, legally compliant employment practices and dress code in today's culture.    Wendy focus is on helping employers stay out of court with employee claims.

Andrew Hull, Founder and President of Elixiter, is a veteran of the Software-as-a-Service space. Elixiter is a marketing agency partner of Marketo, a marketing automation platform. Elixiter began as a bootstrapped organization in late 2011. The company has grown over 70%+ per year and employs ten full-time consultants all based in Bozeman, Montana. Prior to Elixiter, he served in a wide range of functions at RightNow Technologies (Acquired by Oracle) overseeing product messaging, campaigns, web properties, marketing automation, events, and marketing analytics which drove eight years of continual growth from 16 million to 200+ million dollars in revenue reaching a 1+ billion dollar market capitalization. Andrew holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. As a passionate business technologist, Andrew is leading Elixiter to deliver on the promise of high impact marketing automation.

Jennae Liberty is Vice President of Operations, Finance & Human Resources at Golden Helix. A 2000 graduate from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Jennae decided med school wasn't the right path and started working at US Bank, gaining experience in consumer lending and operations management. She moved to Bozeman in 2002 so her husband could study architecture at MSU and at that time she joined Rocky Mountain Bank as an Operations Manager. Jennae started at Golden Helix in 2006, and is accountable for budgeting and accounting, HR strategy, employee development and resourcing, benefits and keeping the proverbial wheels on the bus. At work she appreciates any kind of process and procedure project and enjoys helping employees excel at their jobs. When not working, Jennae enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, gardening, quilting and cheering on the Denver Broncos and Colorado Avalanche.