Calendar of Events

November 2017

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The 2017 Prospera Awards
11/09/17
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Prospera Business Network presents: 

The 2017 Prospera Awards

Thursday, November 9th
5:30-9:00pm

Grand Ballroom | Best Western Plus GranTree Inn
1325 North Seventh Avenue, Bozeman

$80 Prospera Members | $100 Non-Members
Table of 8: $600 Prospera Members | $750 Non-Members
$60 Special Guest/Student Rate (Designated Guests of Award Finalists)

*Become a 2017 Prospera Awards Sponsor, see sponsor benefits here.

REGISTER HERE

ABOUT THIS EVENT
Through Prospera’s coveted Business Excellence Awards, this inspiring signature event celebrates and honors the businesses and individuals that are providing exceptional contributions to the region's business community. This red carpet event draws over 300 community and business leaders for an inspiring evening of celebration.

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

Women in Business Certification Class
11/01/17
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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Prospera Business Network, Montana Women's Business Center present 

Women in Business Certification Class 11/1

Nov. 1, 2017

9:00 A.M - 3:00 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: $20 for members, $25 for non-members

REGISTER HERE

You'll Learn:

Why you should become a women owned certified business
How you can get the certification
How it will connect you with new clients
Marketing strategies to grow your network

 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. 

IWT Grant Workshop - pending
11/07/17 9:00 AM

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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) 

  

Registration for this course is temporarily on hold. Dates and times may vary. Please stay tuned for updates. Thank you.


ALL PREP WORK IS TO BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED TO: wvaughan76@gmail.com 

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.

November Leadership Mentoring Series
11/14/17
2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Prospera Business Network and the Montana Women’s Business Center presents

2017 November Leadership Mentoring Series

 

Featured Woman Entrepreneur
Ris Higgins

Nov. 14, 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

REGISTER HERE

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. This session will be moderated by Suzi Berget White, Director of the Montana Women's Business Center. Join us as they share their advice and encouragement with our community of women entrepreneurs.  


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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. 

How to Get Government Contracts for the Small Business Owner - Expo
11/16/17
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Prospera Business Network, Montana Women's Business Center present

How to Get Government Contracts for the Small Business Owner - Expo

Thursday, November 16
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Open house throughout the day
9:00 a.m. + 12:00 p.m. Panel Discussions with different government agencies

Registration is free, but must register. Click here

Federal and State Agencies in Attendance:

  • Rural Development
  • United States Forest Service
  • Montana National Guard
  • Commercial Services
  • Indian Health Services
  • Malmstrom Air Force Base
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Small Business Administration
  • MDT – Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) program 

Other services available
No cost business counseling

  • Montana Women's Business Center
  • SBDC
  • The Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) 

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.
Location map available here.

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

The Government needs a wide variety of services and products! At this special event you will learn how to register in the SAM system so your company can start to get government contracts and connect with the decision makers! Bring your business cards and be prepared to feel inspired!


 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

Power Up: Create Your Business, Financial, and Marketing Plan - Nov. 2017
11/06/17 9:00 AM to 11/20/17 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 - Nov. 2017

This course consists of three classes (Nov. 6th, 13th, 20th). Class meets every Monday for three weeks, starting Nov. 6, 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 Wednesday Nov. 1st)
*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.