Volunteer businesses needed for donation sites for MSU “Executive Closet” summer clothing drive!

BPW is partnering with the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success at MSU to collect professional clothing for, and provide assistance for, the MSU Executive Closet event. Each year in the fall, MSU hosts this wonderful program to provide students with the opportunity to acquire free professional clothing along with tips for how to pair outfits and dress for success – giving students the resources and tools to dress professionally for career fairs, interviews and their first jobs out of college!  Students are able to select and keep a complete professional outfit from a selection of donated clothing.

Some BPW members businesses helped out last year by hosting a bin at their storefront or office as a donation/clothing drop off location. Other individual BPW members helped set up and facilitate the fall clothing giveaway event. Thanks so much to those who participated last year for your help!

We would like to increase our support this year and are calling for volunteers to help in the following areas:

Be a Clothing Donation Host Site

We are looking for host sites who would be willing to act as a drop-off location for donations:

  • A collection bin and signage will be provided to you. 
  • Donations will be collected from your site on a regular basis as determined by you and the collection team from MSU’s Sigma Nu fraternity (but usually every 2 weeks depending on volume)
  • The Clothing Drive will start in mid-June and run until August 23, 2019

Help Prep and Staff the Executive Closet on September 17

If you are not able to be a host site, but would like to assist in other ways, please consider:

  • Help sort donations 1-2 times this summer (dates and times tbd)
  • Help set up the event on Monday, September 16, 2019 4 p.m. – ???
  • Provide clothing assistance to students the day of the event, Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please contact BPW President Melissa Herron at president@bozemanbpw.org if you have questions or would like to sign up to be a clothing donation site and/or help out!

Thank you,

Melissa Herron
2019 BBPW President

&

Erin MCormick
Associate Director
MSU Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success

 Equal Pay Day Activities – April 1st & 2nd

Dear BPW members – don’t forget!

On April 1st at 6pm at City Hall, Bozeman BPW and the City of Bozeman will commemorate Equal Pay Day and discuss solutions to the gender pay gap on a local level!  Please come in solidarity and wear red!

On April 2nd, Businesses around Bozeman will offer a 20%-off discount for women, representing the average pay gap.

Expanding Your Horizons STEM for Girls event accepting applications for presenters and group leaders

Bozeman BPW was a long time sponsor of this annual workshop for middle school girls encouraging them to take math and science to have more career opportunities. Several of our members in the past were presenters and Pat Simmons was a previous Chair of the organization. Here is a link to an article that they are seeking presenters with a due date of January 18.

Use the link below for more information:

https://www.montana.edu/calendar/events/28715

 Didn’t Get to Attend Candidate Forums? Listen to Recordings Here!

Last week, in partnership with the Bozeman Public Library and the League of Women Voters, BPW wrapped up the end of our series of 4 public candidate forums for our local House District races, Gallatin County Commission, a Ballot Issues forum, and the Montana Senate race.

If you were unable to attend the forums but are still curious about the candidates’ stances on important issues for our community and would like to learn more about them before you turn in your ballot (election day is Nov. 6!), you can listen to recordings of the forums here:

Thank you to KGVM community radio for recording these forums, and for your dedication to providing the Gallatin Valley with pertinent local news!

Gallatin County Commission and Montana Senate District 32 & 34 Candidate Forum

Forum on Upcoming Ballot Initiatives

House Candidate Forum for Districts 61, 63, & 65

Candidate Forum – House Districts 64, 67, 68

 

 

 BPW Annual Celebration of National Business Women’s Week

BOZEMAN BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN ANNOUNCE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL BUSINESS WOMEN’S WEEK®

On the evening of October 18th, 2018 at 5:30pm at the Rialto in downtown Bozeman, Bozeman Business and Professional Women will host our annual Celebration event, “Celebrations 2018:  Women Creating Legacies.”  The evening will feature keynote speaker MSU President Dr. Waded Cruzado.

Bozeman BPW Members, friends, family, and the public are invited to attend!  

There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a cash bar, door prizes, opportunities to engage in networking with professional women from around the state, and a raffle to raise funds for the BPW 2019 Montana Shooting Star Business Grants, as well as the BPW 2019 Montana Women’s Educational Scholarship Fund. 

Cost to attend is $25.   Ticket sales for the event will also go to these funds in support of aspiring Montana women professionals and women students.  Tickets can be purchased online at https://bozemanbpw.org/eventlist/celebrations-2018/.

*Acording to the 2018 State of Women Owned Business Report, there are today 12.3 million women owned business firms in the United States, constituting 40% of all of the nation’s firms.  This is a large increase – up 58% – from the 7.8 million women owned businesses owned in 2007 at the beginning of the Great Recession.

As of 2018, women of color account for 47% of all women owned businesses in the United States.  Specifically, African American women owned businesses account for 20% of all women owned businesses, Latina women owned businesses account for 17%, Asian American women owned businesses account for 9%, Native American/Alaska Native women owned businesses account for 1.4%, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander women owned businesses account for .3% of all women owned businesses in the US.

From 2007 to 2018, the number of businesses owned by women of color grew overall by 163%.

National Business Women’s Week® is a great opportunity to recognize and highlight the progress women have made as business owners and entrepreneurs, as well as to share information about successful workplace policies and raise awareness of the resources available for working women that can support women of all demographics in their efforts to start and grow businesses.  

For more information about US women owned businesses, please visit: https://about.americanexpress.com/files/doc_library/file/2018-state-of-women-owned-businesses-report.pdf

For more information on the founding and history of National Business Women’s Week, please visit http://bpwfoundation.org/about/national-business-womens-week-2/.

If you have any questions about the Oct. 18th Bozeman BPW Celebration event, please email president@bozemanbpw.org.

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