Calendar of Events

October 2017

October President's Circle: Rialto Tour and Reception
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Prospera Business Network Presents

October President's Circle: Rialto Tour and Reception 

An exclusive, invitation-only event for executives from Prospera's Partner, Executive and Community Leader level members.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Location: 35 W Main St, Bozeman, MT, See Map



4:30-5:15 – Arrivals and networking at Taco del Sol 

5:15-5:20 – Welcome remarks from ThinkTank                           

5:30-5:45 – Rialto Tour and Discussion                                    

5:45-6:00 – Networking and departures

$25 Includes refreshments and light snacks.


Prospera members will have a behind-the-scenes tour of Bozeman's new Rialto Theater with 
the ThinkTank project design team. 
Opening remarks from Prospera and light refreshments accompany this special business tour. Join us for our new end-of-day social hour with a question and answer format from our featured host. 
Food and Drinks by:
 Thank you to our Sponsor:


BPW Annual Celebration- A Portrait of Success
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Prospera Business Network and Bozeman Business and Professional Women present: 

Annual Celebration Event: A Portrait of Success

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

 Guest Speaker: Jen Perry, Founder of Jelt 

Jelt launched in February 2014, out of a quaint office in downtown Bozeman, Montana. Jelt’s President, Owner and Inventor, Jen Perry, started Jelt out of pure necessity. As an athletic, busy working mother and business owner, Jen discovered a need for a functional belt to keep her jeans from sagging and her kids from cringing. With her passion for the outdoors and the company’s headquarters located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Jelt evolved from being a comfortable, flat belt to wear with jeans to the perfect belt for hiking, biking, skiing, golfing, traveling and everyday fashion.

Jen made sure Jelt would stand out from any other belt on the market. Not only is it modern-retro, with a nod to 80’s fashion, but it is also made from 100% recycled water bottles, has a patent-pending buckle design that won’t show a bulge under fitted shirts and an inner gel that grips to pants. The fact that there are no metal parts means it is great for traveling and can be worn through security checkpoints. Bonus!

The best part of the Jelt brand is our commitment to giving back—to American soldiers wounded in combat and to incarcerated women who want to gain valuable job skills prior to release. Our company strives to help people live a productive life.


Appetizers, desserts, drinks and a cash bar will be available. 

Bozeman BPW would like to sincerely thank our sponsor, Dino Drop In for offering FREE childcare specifically for our 2017 Celebration. All children must be pre-registered through the attending guardian's event registration prior to October 10th and collected immediately following the event, at 8:00PM. Dino Drop-In Childcare Center provides quality care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school aged children at 1928 N. 22nd Ave #2. For more information about the facility and its policies, please visit  



  • Includes admission the the celebration event for 8 guests, a complimentary bottle of wine, and business recognition on your reserved table.

Location: The Commons- 1794 E. Baxter Lane Bozeman MT

Appetizers, desserts, drinks and a cash bar will be available.  

More information coming soon. 

Business Tours

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Tour: Bridgercare
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Prospera Business Network Presents

4:30-6:00 pm

Location: Bridgercare

1288 N 14th Ave Suite 201, Bozeman, MT 59715


Prospera Business Network will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at Bridgercare on Thursday, October 26, 2017. 

Opening remarks from Prospera and light refreshments provided by host will accompany this ceremony. This event is free of charge and will be held Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 300 N Willson Ave #2001, Bozeman, MT 59715 with networking beginning at 4:30 p.m. and the program lasting from 4:30-6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Christina Hafen at (406) 587-3113. 

More Event Info coming soon.

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

QuickBooks Basics Installed Version 10/19
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

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Prospera Business Network, Montana Women's Business Center present

QuickBooks Basics Installed Version 10/19

InstructorDeb Niedermeyer, CPB

Thursday, October 19, 2017
9:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC)
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


(registration deadline is Tuesday Oct. 17th)
*We reserve the right to cancel a class if minimum enrollments are not met.  In which case, all course fees will be fully refunded.

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

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.

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. 

Prospera Recommends

Power Up: Create Your Business, Financial, and Marketing Plan - Oct. 2017
10/05/17 5:30 PM to 10/19/17 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 - Oct. 2017

This course consists of three classes (Oct. 5th, 12th, 19th). Class meets every Thursday for three weeks, starting Oct. 5, 2017.

Class is 5:30PM-8:30PM

Class will be held at:
Co-Work Bozeman
27 East Main Street, Suite E
Bozeman, MT 59715

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

Call 406-587-3113 to register

(registration deadline is Tuesday Oct., 3rd)
*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 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.

Boost Your Visibility with Federal Buyers: A Workshop to Improve Your SBA Profile
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Boost Your Visibility with Federal Buyers: A Workshop to Improve Your SBA Profile

Oct. 10, 2017
8:30am - 10:30pm

TechLink, 2310 University Way, Bldg. 2, Ste. 2, Bozeman MT 59715-6504

Please visit the website at mtptac as registration is open!


When federal contracting officers search for small businesses in the Dynamic Small Business Search (, is your company showing up in the search results? The answer depends on whether you filled out the SBA Supplemental Pages when you registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), and if you did, how well you completed those optional fields. 

In this workshop, we'll take a look at your company's SBA profile and run through a series of individual and small-group exercises to see how effective it is and identify ways to improve it. 

Please note that this will be a hands-on, interactive workshop. You will not be listening to an hour-long presentation. Bring your laptop or tablet and come prepared to work on your company's SBA profile. There is no cost to attend, but due to the nature of this workshop, class size is limited and registration is required. 


  1. Your company must be registered in SAM.
  2. Your company must be considered a small business concern in at least one of the industries that it operates in.
  3. You must have elected to have your company's SBA profile show up in public Dynamic Small Business Searches.
  4. A laptop or tablet is required. If you don't have one, please contact the event organizer ahead of time. We may be able to find one for you to use.

While not required, it would be helpful if you have administrator access to your company's entity registration in SAM.

Montana Food Show
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Montana Food Show

October 10, 2017
4pm - 7pm

Best Western GranTree, Bozeman

Learn more, and register here

Welcome to the Montana Food Show! Join us for our first annual Food and Beverage Tradeshow that will showcase over 50 local Montana produce, meat, food, and spirit companies from every corner of our great state.

The show will take place on Tuesday October 10, 2017 at the Best Western Grantree Inn in Bozeman Montana. The show will be open to professional buyers only from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and open to the general public from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. More details will be posted soon, so keep checking back for details on what companies and buyers will be attending, and more great information about the show!


MPIA Luncheon with Jerry Kauffman EOS®
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Mark your calendars to join the Montana Photonics Industry Alliance for a luncheon event with EOS® (Entrepreneurial Operating System) implementer, Jerry Kauffman.
About this Event: Attendees will receive a comprehensive review of the EOS model and tools. They will be encouraged to see their business from a different perspective and be provided a basic understanding of how the tools may be directly applied to their company for immediate benefit and impact.  The presentation will include a number of company-specific interaction opportunities, where leaders can begin to apply the concepts and tools to their own companies.  

Host: Montana Manufacturing Extension Center 
Location: 2310 University Way Building 2, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost: $50
Please RSVP by: Friday October 6, 2017


Speaker Bio:

Jerry is passionate about helping entrepreneurial organizations succeed.  In his current role as a Professional EOS® (Entrepreneurial Operating System) Implementer, he works with entrepreneurial leaders and their leadership teams to help them get what they really want.

Jerry is a native of Montana, graduating from MSU in Bozeman in 1986 (BSME with IE Minor).  He began his business career with 14 years with 3M Company in several manufacturing locations in engineering and management roles.  In 2000, Jerry joined Windings, Inc., a small manufacturing company (employee owned), leading the company through significant growth and several key transitions.  He served the employee owners for the last 7+ years of his tenure as company President.

What is EOS®? 

EOS® (Entrepreneurial Operating System) is a complete set of simple concepts and practical tools that has helped thousands of entrepreneurs get what they want from their businesses.  Implementing EOS will help the entrepreneurial leader and the leadership team get better at three things:

  • Vision – getting everyone in your organization 100% on the same page with where you’re going, and how you plan to get there
  • Traction® - instilling focus, discipline, and accountability throughout the company so that everyone executes on that vision – every day
  • Healthy – helping your leaders become a more cohesive, functional, healthy leadership team

Learn more about EOS® here:

EOS® video links:

  • The EOS Entrepreneur

  • EOS – Business Management Model for Entrepreneurial Companies and Leadership Teams (Gino Wickman)

TechLink SBIR/STTR Lunch & Learn Series: NSF, DOE, EPA Funding Opportunites for MSU Researchers
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

TechLink SBIR/STTR Lunch & Learn Series: NSF, DOE, EPA Funding Opportunites for MSU Researchers

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

12 p.m. -1 p.m.

Jabs Hall, 207 - view map

Register for this event

Are you a game changer? 

Bring your lunch and join us to learn about current Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding opportunities from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

In this free session, you'll learn how you, as an MSU researcher, can qualify for hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal funding that does not need to be matched or repaid.  Representatives from MSU TechLink and the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership will introduce you to the SBIR/STTR program, qualification requirements and the application process for NSF, DOE, and EPA solicitations.  

You'll also learn about free proposal development and submission assistance available to you. 

For a calendar of upcoming TechLink Lunch & Learn dates and other agency SBIR/STTR funding opportunities,  please visit

TechLink Center
Ann Peterson
(406) 994-7788