BPW Annual 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.


 Montana Women’s Business Center and Prospera Business Network to Host Visiting Entrepreneur as Featured Guest for Leadership Mentoring Series

Lara Hodgson, President & CEO of NOW Corp to share insights from distinguished career in business to local entrepreneurs.


The Montana Women’s Business Center and Prospera Business Network will feature visiting guest, Lara Hodgson, for the Leadership Mentoring Series on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018. Lara Hodgson is CEO of NOW Corp and was recently chosen as a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in the Southwest Region.

Lara Hodgson will share stories and insights from her business accomplishments. Participants will join other local professionals to network with business leaders in Gallatin and Park Counties.

Lara serves as President & CEO of NOW Corp, a company she co-founded to free small businesses from the burden of funding trade credit and to enable small business growth. The concept for NOW Corp’s NOWaccount stems from the challenges Lara faced when growing her manufacturing business, Nourish. Lara is an internationally recognized speaker, leading seminars on creativity, innovation and access to capital. She served as the Ambassador to Lebanon for the 1996 Olympic Games. Lara received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS in Aerospace Engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Lara has also served on several Boards.

This event will be held Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the Baxter. Cost for the event is $25 for Prospera members and $35 for non-members. Admission includes heavy hors d’oeuvres at The Baxter. To register for the event, visit www.ProsperaMT.org.

Prospera Business Network is a member-supported nonprofit economic development organization in southwestern Montana whose purpose is to advance, challenge and inspire our regional business communities. Prospera is dedicated to supporting business expansion, retention and relocation by providing access to business consulting, financing, professional development and economic research.


Jen Brick
Montana Women’s Business Center Training & Events Manager

Prospera Business Network
2015 Charlotte Street, Suite 1 | Bozeman, Montana 59718
Ph: (406) 587-3113    Fax: (406) 587-9565

 Congratulations to “24 over 64” Award Winners!

A special congratulations to BBPW member Janis Strout on being selected as one of the Bozeman Chronicle Prime “24 over 64” Award Winners for 2018!  Our applause and appreciation to all of the nominees and winners.

The 24 over 64 Awards serve to honor men and women from Southwest Montana who are have improved the quality of life for others in their community and who have achieved professional success and/or personal success as a role model.

Awards will be presented on Monday, August 27th, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman.

To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, please visit:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-prime-awards-gala-24-over-64-tickets-45559205811
Or email:  primeawards@dailychronicle.com


Melissa Herron
2018 Bozeman BPW President

 BPW Endorsed CEDAW Campaign Receives Front Page News Coverage

The Bozeman BPW endorsed campaign for CEDAW (the Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women) approached the City of Bozeman this past Monday, May 14th during the City Commission meeting, to request that Bozeman stand up for the human rights of all women and girls in our community.  The gathering made front page news in the Bozeman Chronicle, and the article can be found and read here.
For all those who came to the commission meeting to share their stories support for the Bozeman for CEDAW campaign, and for all those who have followed and supported the campaign from afar, thank you for your commitment to human dignity, rights and justice in our community.
The Bozeman for CEDAW campaign will continue to research and refine proposals and possibilities for the City of Bozeman to consider implementing to ensure that women and girls in our community are reaching their full potential without discrimination and obstruction.  If you would like to become more involved as a campaign volunteer, please email Kelly Simmons (ksimmqu@gmail.com) or Jan Strout (janchangethatworks@yahoo.com).
And…save the date for a CEDAW campaign fundraiser and celebration at MAP Brewing on Monday, July 2nd from 4-8 PM!

 BPW member business Cowboy Cricket Farms wins national recognition

Congratulations from BPW to Cowboy Cricket Farms, who have been named a winner of The 2018 American Small Business Championship by SCORE!  The Championship awarded this title to only 102 entrepreneurs in the United States, in recognition of their dedication to the success of their small businesses.  Championship winners are awarded all-expenses-paid attendance to a national Championship Training & Networking Celebration, along with SCORE mentoring for one year.

Cowboy Cricket Farms owner and BBPW member, Kathleen Rolin, just returned from the training and networking event and said, “It was amazing to be surrounded by so many accomplished entrepreneurs. I left with many new friends, ideas for further growth, and inspiration.”

To read more about the SCORE 2018 champions from around the US, click here:  https://championship.score.org/winners