Save the date! 10/25 Community Roundtable on Equity & Inclusion

Save the date for a virtual Community Roundtable on Equity & Inclusion hosted by the City of Bozeman, MSU’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Montana Racial Equity Project, the Bozeman School District, and Bozeman Health. This event follows the Equity Indicators project that you, or some of your members may have participated in (THANK YOU) and that we are continuing to bring to life through local data sharing agreements and the development of a public data dashboard launching later this winter. Mark your calendars, help spread the word throughout your personal and professional networks and join the conversation about how we’ll take action as a community to close the equity gaps that emerged in the data.


What: A virtual Community Roundtable on Equity & Inclusion

–          Learn about the equity indicators measuring housing, health, and economic gaps in our community

–          Hear storytellers give voice to how these gaps impact our neighbors

–          Participate and reflect in facilitated conversations with neighbors, colleagues, learners, teachers, and leaders from across our community

When & Where: Monday, October 25th from 3-6 p.m. on Zoom

Why: This event seeks to give voice to widely known, yet unspoken truths by connecting data with story. It’s going to take all of us to close the gaps, how will you be a part of the process? Join us for this engaging virtual gathering to learn, listen, and make a commitment to creating a more inclusive Bozeman, where all can thrive.  


Additional info can be found at

Registration is required by October 18th:

 Entrepreneurial Overload- How to Fix It!

It’s one thing to recognize these STRESS-inducing issues, and it’s another to get them under control.
But, you can fix it!
Learn about the tools that can free up time to focus on key business needs, improve profitability, and reclaim your personal life.
September 16 | 10:45 am – 01:15 pm
Bozeman Chamber of Commerce
2000 Commerce Way, Bozeman, MT 29715
and live online via Zoom for those who can’t physically attend
»             Overwhelmed and always fatigued?
»             Not enough time to sell or respond to your customers?
»             Responsible for everything, but not doing it well?
»             No time for family, friends, or yourself?
More information and register here!
This event is hosted by SCORE Bozeman and BPW Member Janice Hand

 Meet Your Fellow BPW Members!

This week’s #MeetTheMembersMonday is Melissa Herron with Steep Mountain Tea!
Melissa has been a BPW member for 7 years and currently serves as the Co-Chair of Sponsorship and our Membership Chair! Melissa favorite part of BPW is the meaningful connections with peer professionals along with the encouragement and empowerment of working women and their visions!
Steep Mountain Tea’s mission is to serve fresh, expertly crafted and procured teas and products in a positive, community-oriented environment. They believe in equal pay for equal work and care about the happiness and health of our employees, and about their goals in life.
Their vision is to create connection between people through gathering and sharing a great pot of tea.
They partner with the world’s most meticulous and well traveled tea buyers who have formed on-the-ground relationships with the families who farm and produce our teas. They believe in creating the smallest impact possible on our natural environment. They carry the old favorites you knew and loved at Townshend’s Bozeman Teahouse, along with some exciting new teas and treats.
We are thankful to have members like Melissa as part of our Bozeman BPW Community! If you would like to learn more about joining us, visit our website at

 “Customer Service in Small Business”- A June 10th workshop for YOU!

Did you know? Customer Service has overtaken price & product as THE key business differentiator! 

Does your business provide exceptional customer service? Learn from a panel of Bozeman’s top customer service companies:

  • Eric Bowman, Owenhouse Ace Hardware
  • Mitch Bradley, Heebs Fresh Market
  • Steve Potratz, Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply

Selected by SCORE Bozeman for their companies’ excellence in customer service, our panel, moderated by SCORE’s Jim Drummond, will share their customer service strategies, best business practices, and employee hiring and training methods – followed by Q&A

Come and learn the secrets you can bring into your own business!

Thurs. June 10th ~ Noon to 1:15 pm
At Chamber of Commerce, 2000 Commerce Way

Admittance is free! Register at

Hosted by SCORE Bozeman and presented in partnership with
Bozeman’s Public Library, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Office, and the US Small Business Administration 

 Stand in Solidarity on April 6th with Bozeman’s Women to Commemorate

On April 6th at 6:00 pm, the Bozeman City Commission will commemorate National Equal Pay Day by reporting on the status of its two Resolutions to close the gender pay gap at its weekly meeting. The Bozeman for CEDAW Task Force, a group dedicated to making Bozeman a safer and more just place for the most marginalized women and girls, and Bozeman Business and Professional Women (BBPW), a group of women working to ensure that women in the Gallatin Valley have the tools to succeed, by connecting, educating, and supporting Bozeman’s professional women, together will
be sharing each of their work to help close the intersectional gender pay gap here in Bozeman.

Follow this link: to find the Zoom link for the meeting once it is released. We are commemorating National Equal Pay Day because the City of Bozeman
adopted 2 Equal Pay Resolutions: 1) in 2015, Equal Pay for Equal Work (4601); and 2) in 2019, City of Bozeman Gender Pay Equity establishing requirements for the City’s venders and suppliers (5169), whose implementation must be backed with forward- moving action especially during a Pandemic with economic crises. According to the City of Bozeman’s own Equal Pay Report for 2019, women employees only earned
69.8% of what men earned. Across Montana, the data from Women’s Foundation of Montana’s 2018 Equal Pay Report, demonstrates this economic unfairness and inequity is exacerbated by race and ethnicity, as Black women earn 62% of what white men do, Hispanic women earn 54%, and Native American women earn 67%. It is critical that we address the inherently intersectional and unfair nature of pay inequity within our own community and stand in solidarity with women and those most marginalized by race and ethnicity at the April 6 th City Commission meeting.

By virtually attending this meeting, you will learn and hear firsthand from the City of Bozeman on progress made in the past year, about the causes of and solutions in progress to address pay inequity, and from BBPW and the Bozeman Task Force on the way in which the Covid pandemic has served to highlight the racialized and gendered way our society views the value of “women’s” work and pay equity’s connection to other economic security and justice issues, impacting Bozeman workers and families.

Please come and support women this April 6th: participate in the virtual session by testifying in the Public Comment Agenda section, listen in to other testimony, and invite your friends, family and co-workers to come stand for women’s rights and fairness in the workplace.

For more information, go to our Bozeman Task Force to advance the Status and Safety of all Women and Girls Facebook page at: and Bozeman Business and Professional Women web site:

Also go to City Of Bozeman | Home for more information on the Bozeman City Commission meeting.


Cities for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and Girls (CEDAW)

Why a Bozeman for CEDAW?  There is a continued need to protect and expand the human rights of all women and girls by addressing discrimination in educational, political, economic and cultural areas.  By
adopting an Ordinance or Resolution based on the principles of CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) to effectively monitor and end both subtle and substantial
gender discrimination, the City of Bozeman will continue Montana’s tradition of history-making decisions that support women and girl’s advancement and empowerment.