Calendar of Events

August 2017

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

IWT Grant Workshop - Aug.
08/03/17
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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

Incombent Worker Training Grant Application & Submission Workshop (IWT Grants) - August

Workshop: 9:00AM-12:00PM
Thursday August 3, 2017

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

Registration: $50 for Prospera Members, $80 non members.   

REGISTER HERE

(registration deadline is Thursday, July 20th) -- ALL PREP WORK IS TO BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED TO: swhite@prosperabusinessnetwork.org By Thursday, July 27th. 

Warren Vaughan, instructor, will walk through the steps for applying for the grant funds during the class. At the end of the class, you will have submitted your proposal to https://fundingmt.org.

The Incumbent Worker Training program is a program that provides grant funding to help eligible Montana small businesses purchase training for their existing (incumbent) workers. Its intent is to help preserve existing jobs for Montana residents. Training can be customized to meet specific needs.

Qualifying Businesses

  • In operation in Montana at least one year
  • No more than 50 employees statewide
  • "Incumbent worker" means an employee who has completed at least 6 months of employment with the employer.

Types Of Training That May Qualify

  • Training must be skill-based or result in a certificate or accreditation and improve productivity, efficiency, or wages in the worker’s existing job.
  • Training should be short-term (completed within 1 year) and the business must have a demonstrated need for the training as a way to remain competitive in their industry or the economy.
  • Conferences and training affiliated with conferences will not be funded.
  • Applications should be submitted at least three months before the training is scheduled. Each advocate organization meets to review applications on a different schedule, so please contact them to determine if additional time is needed.

Costs That May Qualify For Reimbursement

  • Grant funding may reimburse all or part of the costs of training eligible employees.

Reimbursable expenses include

  • Tuition, registration, fees, and required materials. Asset purchases are not eligible.
  • Transportation required to attend training such as mileage or airfare.
  • Lodging required to attend training.

Before the class

  • If you are not already registered in the system, please register. Allow up to one week for your registration to be set up.
  • There will be pre-work that will need to be submitted 7 days prior to the class to determine if your training is suitable.

Grant Funding Is Limited

  • Grant funding is allocated to the Department on a State Fiscal Year (July 1st – June 30th), and is available on a first come, first served basis.
  • The grant allows up to $2,000 per year per full-time employee, and up to $1,000 per year per permanent part-time employee.
  • Funding is allocated to the Department of Labor & Industry at the discretion of the Montana Legislature, and is not guaranteed.

Requirements If You Choose To Apply

  • Specific information about the training such as itemized costs, dates, and how the training will benefit both the business and the employees. Businesses must also be able to contribute the matching funds.

 


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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.

Power Up: Create Your Business, Financials, and Marketing Plan - Aug 2017
08/08/17 9:00 AM to 08/22/17 12:00 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 - Aug 2017

This course consists of three classes (Aug. 8th, 15th, 22nd). Class meets every Tuesday for three weeks, starting Aug. 8, 2017.

Class is 9:00AM-12:00PM

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

Registration: $175 for Prospera Members, $200 non members. This registration amount covers all three class days.
$75 for a second attendee (business partner)  

REGISTER HERE

(registration deadline is Friday Aug. 4th)
*We reserve the right to cancel a class if minimum enrollments are not met.  In which case, all course fees will be fully refunded.

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.  Please bring a laptop with you to this class (if you do not have access to one, please send a message to info@prosperabusinessnetwork.org or call 406-587-3113)

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
 

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.