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 www.bozemanbpw.org
 

 “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 qrco.de/bcAOB1

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: https://www.bozeman.net/government/city-commission 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: https://www.facebook.com/bozemanforcedaw and Bozeman Business and Professional Women web site: https://www.bozemanbpw.org

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

BOZEMAN FOR CEDAW INITIATIVE

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

https://www.facebook.com/bozemanforcedaw/

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.

 Take Your Relationship To The Next Level

Curious about how to deepen your relationship with your romantic partner? Looking to navigate the challenges that love can bring? Gain new understanding and insight into your love life during a free webinar with Susan Bennett Fisher and Martin Fisher, Co-Founders of Body of 9. The Body of 9 offers a comprehensive body-based Identification system to better understand yourself and others.  Like Myer’s Briggs, the Enneagram, or other personality identification systems, Body of 9 enables you to better understand who you are and what your strengths and skills are.  Body of 9 differs in that it is body-based – it is the shape, tone, energy of your body that tells you which of the “types” you are. 
 
February’s free webinar events will be held on February 20 and 23. To learn more and to register, click here: https://bodyof9.com/2021-webinar-series/
 

 Bozeman Business Recovery Fund

Prospera has business grants and microloans available for small businesses that are located in the city limits of Bozeman. Late last year the City and Prospera worked together to create this new fund aimed at helping business recover – for what we know would be a challenging 2021. Businesses that meet the program criteria can be eligible for grants up to $10,000 to cover lease & utility payments, or they can apply for a $30,000 microloan for working capital.


The next round of funding will open on February 24th, 2021 at 8am.


Please be ready to apply quickly as funding rounds filled within the first hour.

https://www.prosperamt.org/bozeman-businesses-recovery-lease-utility-grant

https://www.prosperamt.org/bozeman-business-recovery-micro-loan