Calendar of Events

May 2017

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Power Up: Create Your Business, Financials, and Marketing Plan - May 2017
05/03/17 5:30 PM to 05/17/17 8:30 PM

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Prospera Business Network, MT Women's Business Center, Small Business Development Center, and MT Manufacturing Extension Center presents

Power Up: Create Your Business, Financial, and Marketing Plan -- REGISTRATION IS FULL AND IS CLOSED FOR THIS CLASS

This course consists of three classes (May 3rd, 10th, 17th). Class meets every Wednesday for three weeks, starting May 3, 2017.

Class is 5:30PM-8:30PM

Class will be held at:
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC)
2310 University Way Building 2
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

Registration: $150 for Prospera Members, $175 non members. This registration amount covers all three class days.
$75 for a second attendee (business partner) 

This course has specifically been designed for individuals who are brand new to business, wanting to start a business, and new business owners or individuals looking to start a second business.

What you will learn:

- Clarity and fresh perspective about starting a new business

- Solid first draft of your Business Plan

- In-depth understanding of your industry and competition

- Documented sales projections and marketing strategy based on industry research & geography

- Projected cash flow for one year

- Shared experience with other local entrepreneurs and subject matter experts

- Valuable resources and processes that support your business planning journey
 

Please bring a laptop with you to this class (if you do not have access to one, please send a message to cpowell@prosperabusinessnetwork.org or call 406-587-3113) If you are unfamiliar with or would like more practice with these programs, we recommend taking the following online classes prior to or during the Power Up class:

a.  Introduction to Microsoft Excel

b.  Introduction to Microsoft Word

 

*Due to high demand for business counseling services, the MWBC requires individuals looking into starting a brand new business or business owners who have been "in business" less than six months, to complete this course prior to scheduling a one-on-one counseling appointment.

Charitable Support from: 

First Security Bank Foundation


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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.

Give Big Gallatin Valley: 24-hour, Online and Live Celebration of Giving
05/04/17 6:00 PM to 05/05/17 6:00 PM

 

Bozeman Area Community Foundation, Prospera Business Network and the Montana Women's Business Center Present

Give Big Gallatin Valley: 24-hour, Online and

Live Celebration of Giving

6:00pm Thursday, May 4th - 6:00pm Friday, May 5th online

+ Give Big Lemonade Stand Event at Hattie Rex, 3:00-6:00pm Friday, May 5th


HattieRex
18 S Willson Ave, Bozeman

ABOUT THIS EVENT:
Give Big donations can be made online anytime between 6pm May 4th and 6pm May 5th at https://www.givebiggv.org/organizations/prospera-business-network-mt-women-s-business-center-program Donate $50+ to Prospera during Give Big (online or at Hattie Rex) and you’ll receive a $10 coupon toward any Prospera/MWBC event. Donate $100+ and you’ll receive a $25 coupon – pay it forward to a friend, or use the coupon for yourself! 
 
Stop by our refreshing lemonade stand in front of Hattie Rex during the Give Big Block Party Friday from 3-6pm to help us squeeze some final Give Big donations! Make a donation and receive a Prospera/MWBC coupon + a coupon to use at HattieRex! And Hattie Rex will be donating 10% of their sales on May 5th to Prospera. Be sure to check out the details of their 2-day sale event
 
ABOUT GIVE BIG:
The Bozeman Area Community Foundation's #GiveBig initiative is a 24-hour, online and live celebration of giving created to connect people who care to causes that matter to build a better community. The goal is simple - inspire our people to come together, show pride in our communities, and contribute to support the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations! The #GiveBig movement is a platform for nonprofits across Gallatin County to connect with current or new supporters in 24-hours. In just two years, #GiveBig has raised $671,647.55 through 6,370 gifts for over 130 local nonprofits in our community!

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Give Big to Prospera & MWBC at Hattie Rex
05/05/17
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

  

Bozeman Area Community Foundation, Prospera Business Network and the Montana Women's Business Center Present

Give Big to Prospera & MWBC at Hattie Rex

3:00-6:00pm 
Friday, May 5th


HattieRex
18 S Willson Ave, Bozeman

ABOUT THIS EVENT:
Stop by our refreshing lemonade stand in front of Hattie Rex during the Give Big Block Party Friday from 3-6pm to help us squeeze some final Give Big donations! Make a donation and receive a Prospera/MWBC coupon + a coupon to use at Hattie Rex! And Hattie Rex will be donating 10% of their sales on May 5th to Prospera. Be sure to check out the details of their 2-day sale event

Give Big donations can be made online anytime between 6pm May 4th and 6pm May 5th at https://www.givebiggv.org/organizations/prospera-business-network-mt-women-s-business-center-programDonate $50+ to Prospera during Give Big (online or at Hattie Rex) and you’ll receive a $10 coupon toward any Prospera/MWBC event. Donate $100+ and you’ll receive a $25 coupon – pay it forward to a friend, or use the coupon for yourself! 

ABOUT GIVE BIG:
The Bozeman Area Community Foundation's #GiveBig initiative is a 24-hour, online and live celebration of giving created to connect people who care to causes that matter to build a better community. The goal is simple - inspire our people to come together, show pride in our communities, and contribute to support the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations! The #GiveBig movement is a platform for nonprofits across Gallatin County to connect with current or new supporters in 24-hours. In just two years, #GiveBig has raised $671,647.55 through 6,370 gifts for over 130 local nonprofits in our community!

givebig.org

Business Tours

Members-Only Business Tour at Svalinn
05/25/17
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Prospera Business Network Presents

Members-Only Business Tour at Svalinn

Thursday, May 25th
10:00-11:30am


Svalinn
39 Soaring Eagle Drive, Livingston

Tour is limited to 35 attendees

Register

Unable to register? This event is set up to automatically close at 35 attendees. Email Christina to be added to the waiting list.

ABOUT THIS EVENT
Join us for a members-only business tour at Svalinn. Svalinn breeds, raises and trains personal and family protection dogs and brought it's training operation to Montana in July 2016. The company's 167-acre ranch has views that will not disappoint. 

During this visit to the Svalinn facility, Prospera members will experience:

  • Presentation of Svalinn's K9 training approach & methodology
  • Demonstration of obedience, stability & protection work
  • Ability to meet & interact with dogs in training
  • Q&A about Svalinn's unique business model and general lessons learned
 

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

QuickBooks Basics Installed Version 5/18
05/18/17
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

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Prospera Business Network, Montana Women's Business Center present 

QuickBooks Basics Installed Version 5/18

InstructorDeb Niedermeyer, CPB

Thursday, May 18th
9:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center 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.

Registration: $125 for members, $150 for non-members

If you are bringing your own computer, please be sure the QuickBooks Desktop version is installed. You can do so HERE


Interested in self-paced courses online? 
VISIT OUR ONLINE TRAINING SITE for details on the over 200 online courses available through the Montana Women's Business Center, including various QuickBooks courses.

 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. 

May Leadership Mentoring Series
05/23/17
2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Prospera Business Network and the Montana Women’s Business Center presents

2017 May Leadership Mentoring Series

Registration is closed.

 

Featured Woman Entrepreneur
Melinda Winegardener

May 23, 2017
2:30 p.m. - 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 Prospera Members, $25 non-members...admission includes heavy hors d'oeuvres at The Baxter

ABOUT THE SERIES
The 2017 Leadership Mentoring Series will present and feature sucessful 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.  


SPONSORS

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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. 

Prospera Recommends

SME Lean Bronze Certification in 10 Weeks
03/01/17 8:00 AM to 05/03/17 5:00 PM

MSU Montana Manufacturing Extension Center presents:

SME Lean Bronze Certification in 10 Weeks 

March 1 - May 3, 2017 
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wed

MMEC Conference Room, Bozeman

Cultivate Lean Experts Within Your Organization! 

10- week Lean Bronze training course, utilizing both in-classroom and on-site instruction and exercises, and culminating in an online exam to earn a Lean Bronze certificate.

In addition, The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Lean Enterprise Certification Program (LECP) course will give you and your employees opportunity to:

  • Attain valuable skills recognized across the industry.
  • Share and gain Lean knowledge through mentoring with other company leaders.
  • Help weed out the Deadly Wastes that equate to D-O-W-N-T-I-M-E.
  • Earn a nationally recognized Lean Bronze credential with an SME standards exam.
  • Become "World Class" through high value workforce training.
  • Experience first applications at local manufacturing firms 

WHY 10 WEEKS?

To attain an SME Lean Bronze Certificate each participant must complete 80 hours of education and training. This course includes required readings where specific Core Reference Materials are gleaned for the exam, and practice exams will be given to help prepare you and keep you on course. 

WHAT TO EXPECT: 

MMEC delivers the training and proctors the exam for up to twenty participants (may be from a mix of firms). In addition to classroom instruction, a minimum of 15 practical hours are designed to have participants apply their training to help identify and address improvement opportunities at a host organization, pre-arranged through MMEC. Participation by multiple staff is encouraged to enrich classroom interactions and increase the implementation success back at your home facility.

Participants will be given reading assignments (see books needed below) and homework questions for sessions 2 - 8. Sessions 3 – 9 will have quizzes for previously covered material. Practice exams will be given and reviewed to help prepare participants for the SME final exam. Full participation is expected. The cost of the exam is NOT included in the tuition fee.

View course agenda

COST:

$2500 per person, including 9 full-day training sessions, hands-on practical experience at various sites, practice exams and review.  Refreshments and lunches will also be provided.

REGISTRATION FOR THE ONLINE EXAM IS NOT INCLUDED, AND NO PAPER EXAM WILL BE GIVEN. Class participants will be responsible for their own online exam registration.                    

IF MORE THAN ONE PERSON FROM YOUR COMPANY WILL PARTICIPATE, PLEASE CONTACT MMEC PRIOR TO REGISTRATION.

Be in the Five:Montana Business Owners Exit Planning and Value Acceleration Program
04/07/17 12:00 PM to 05/16/17 4:00 PM

Strategic Value Advisors, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center & Rocky Mountain Bank present:

Be in the Five:Montana Business Owners Exit Planning and Value Acceleration Program

Webinar Series & Half-day Capstone Workshop 
April 7 - May 16, 2017

Online webinars, Capstone Workshop at MMEC Conference Room, 2310 University Way, Bldg. 2, Bozeman

Cost: $995

ABOUT THIS EVENT:

Business owners typically have 80-90% of their wealth tied up in their businesses, and every owner will eventually exit. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a question of when and how. Unfortunately, exits frequently result from death, disability, disaster, divorce and disagreements. Owners who wish to avoid those scenarios, and exit on their own terms and at a time of their choosing, need a comprehensive exit plan for personal, financial and business success.

The odds of unaided success are not favorable, however. Approximately 80% of business owners seeking to sell their businesses as going concerns fail to do so, and it’s not rosy for owners of the 20% which do sell. Twelve months after selling, 3 out of 4 business owners responding to the 2016 Exit Planning Institute’s (EPI) State of Owner Readiness Survey “profoundly regretted” the decision. This means that a meager 5% of business owners are likely to successfully sell their businesses and not be very disappointed. The EPI also reports that business owners’ unrealistic expectations of company value are by far the biggest obstacle to sale or transfer.

Face these facts, and learn what it takes to achieve a successful exit from the business that is the culmination of your life’s work. Join Sean Hutchinson, CEO of Strategic Value Advisors, Alistair Stewart, Senior Business Advisor at the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, and Rocky Mountain Bank for a series of four Webinars and a 1/2 -day Capstone Workshop to arm yourself with actionable insights, a game plan to maximize value, and to “Be In The Five”.

Is GSA Right for Me?
05/10/17
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Is GSA Right for Me?

A Panel Discussion with Montana GSA Schedule-Holders

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
9-10:30am

TechLink/MMEC Conference Room
2310 University Way, Bldg. 2
Bozeman

Event is free. 

If you've ever tried to sell your products or services to the federal government before, you've probably heard about GSA Schedules (also referred to as Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) or Federal Supply Schedules (FSS)), but do you know what they are, or if they are the right contracting vehicle for your company? If you decide to pursue GSA schedules, how do you best prepare and position yourself for success? Are there ways to sell to the federal government without getting on a GSA schedule?

To help answer these questions and more, we have invited representatives from three Montana companies who have had some success selling to the federal government on GSA schedules over the years to share their experiences with you.

Panelists

• Jim Winjum, President, Kenetrek Boots (Bozeman)
• Rod Alne, President/CEO, The Peak (Butte)
• Torger Sikveland, Government and Industry Affairs Manager, The Comfort Companies (Bozeman)

Agenda

9:00 Overview of services available from the Montana PTAC
9:05 Overview of GSA schedules
9:15 Introduction of panel
9:30 Panel discussion, including questions from attendees
10:30 Networking and time for informal one-on-one discussions and questions

To register, go to https://mtptac.ecenterdirect.com/events/41244 or call Phillip at 406-994-7748.


9th Annual Women’s Circle of Excellence Conference
05/11/17
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

9th Annual Women’s Circle of Excellence Conference 

Thursday May, 11th

8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Jabs Hall, Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana

The Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship Women's Circle of Excellence invites you to join us for the 9th Annual WCOE Conference. This event captures the meaning of being a woman in today’s business world and is designed to help you achieve continued success, both professionally and personally. 

The full day conference will take place on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at MSU's Jabs Hall, and will include educational and inspirational sessions to provide you with the specific tools that will help you to grow and push your boundaries. We will also honor an outstanding woman mentor from the community and are bringing back a Pecha Kucha session that you don't want to miss! Join us afterwards for a networking social with silent auction to benefit women student scholarship.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Learn and grow with professionals, discover your potential, connect with alumnae and local businesswomen, and support women students. 

2017 Keynote Speaker 

Frances Cole Jones

Frances Cole Jones is the author of "How to Wow: Proven Strategies for Selling Your (Brilliant) Self in any Situation", "The Wow Factor: The 33 Things You Must (and Must Not) Do to Guarantee Your Edge in Today’s Business World" and "Wow Your Way Into the Job of Your Dreams". She also has an app called “Interview Wow”. Her blog www.francescolejones.com/blog was voted one of the top 100 websites for women by Forbes.com. In 2014, Speaking.com voted her a top 5 speaker in Communication.

Frances has appeared on ABC, Fox, and the Hallmark Channel. She is a body language expert for The Insider, a business etiquette expert for Demand Media’s eHow video series, and a job interview expert for About.com. Frances is also the President of Cole Media Management, a media training company focused on cultivating clients’ inherent strengths to develop more powerful communication skills. Cole Media Management clients have appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose, CNN, C-Span, Top Chef, Project Runway and others.  Get a sneak peek and view her Ted Talk here. 

WCOE PechaKucha

A key component to of the WCOE Conference is women sharing their stories and wisdom with women. Please consider being a 2017 WCOE PechaKucha presenter and share on theme of "I Wish I Had Known".  Learn more about this part of the conference and complete a short application here

 Outstanding Woman Mentor Award 

The Outstanding Woman Mentor Award honors a woman in the business community who has demonstrated strong leadership and has donated time, inspiration, expertise and friendship to others. As a result of her act of mentorship, she has impacted other woman in her community, by encouraging personal and professional growth and helping them to achieve excellence. Do you know a woman mentor deserving of recognition? Please nominate her by completing this form!

For sponsorship and registration information contact Anna at anna.reardon@montana.edu or 406-994-6195.

Montana AG Summit 2017
05/31/17 8:00 AM to 06/01/17 5:00 PM

Montana Ag Summit 2017

May 31 - June 1

Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls, MT

Please visit the website at www.agsummitmontana.com as registration is open NOW!

EVENT OVERVIEW

With agriculture playing such a critical role in the lives of Montanans, we invite you to attend the Montana Ag Summit that will take place at the Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls on May 31 – June 1. 

Montana Ag 2017 is co-sponsored by CHS, First Interstate Bank, MillerCoors, Montana Chamber Foundation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Northwest Farm Credit Services, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, and TransCanada. 

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, United Grain’s President and CEO Augusto Bassanini, and Northwest Farm Credit Services CEO Phil DiPofi, will deliver keynot addresses.