Job Opening: Montana Women’s Business Center – Program Director

Montana Women’s Business Center – Program Director (full-time)
Prospera Business Network is the leading non-profit organization advancing and supporting community centered economic development in southwest Montana. Our focus is helping people start and grow their
business – in turn strengthening our region’s economy and communities. At Prospera, we provide confidential business counseling, professional trainings, small business loans, business development grants and timely economic research.

Job Description
The Montana Women’s Business Center (MTWBC) is a program of Prospera Business Network and is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Established in 2009, the MTWBC is one of over 140 business centers across the country. We provide the necessary tools and support to help women and others establish, grow and sustain businesses throughout Montana.

The Program Director will be part of the Prospera business development team that will design, plan and implement business technical assistance, and education and training programs–to advance the goals of the
MTWBC. The position will work in tandem with Prospera’s new Small Business Development Center Regional Director and other national Women’s Business Centers to capitalize on existing resources and
partnerships that can help clients be successful.
The Program Director is responsible for creating a powerful program that will attract business and thought leaders who can strengthen our impact locally and other communities in Montana. And who can help us provide effective business counseling, mentoring, technical assistance, and professional trainings that help women-owned and women-led businesses grow in Montana. In 2019, the MTWBC won the national honor of “Women’s Business Center of the Year” and we are looking for a candidate to continue
strengthen the program.

Get more details here

 Presidential Debate Watch Party at Colombo’s Pizza on Wed. Nov. 20th

An announcement from BBPW, Bozeman for CEDAW, Bridgercare, and MT NOW:

Join us on Wednesday, November 20 from 6-9 PM, at Colombo’s Pizza for a non-partisan Presidential Debate Watch Party that will feature 4 respected women journalists who will be Moderating.  We want to celebrate women’s leadership, political participation and gender and other equity fronts that evening in a no-host, fun engagement event open to all.

More info here at the event Facebook page and below in this linked article:
All-Female Panel To Moderate Next Presidential Debate (Asking The Questions Women Want Answered)

 Free Film Screening

An invitation from the Tsering’s Fund:

The Tsering’s Fund is a non profit based in Big Sky that works in Nepal to prevent child trafficking by providing quality English language educations to poor girls in mostly rural subsistence farming areas.

The Tsering’s Fund will be hosting a movie screening in Bozeman on Thursday Sept. 26th at 6 pm in the Gran Tree Inn Ballroom. We will be screening a new documentary, “Namaste Ramila: How an Education Can Save a Life” by local cinematographer Wes Overvold. The film shows in very human terms how the lives of young girls and their families are changed by the chance of an education.

Admission is free.


 Bozeman BPW Biggest Night of the Year & Annual Celebrations Event will be October 17th

In honor of National Business Women’s Week®, Bozeman Business & Professional Women would like to invite you to the 2019 Celebrations Event: Cheer to 100 Years! Celebrating Women in History

National Business Women’s Week® is a significant way to observe and raise awareness about women in businesses and women-owned businesses in Bozeman and across the state of Montana.  Since 1928, NBWW has honored the contributions of working women and employers who support working women and their families.

Please join us on October 17th at 5:30 PM at The Baxter in Downtown Bozeman for this Celebration and Fundraising! Cheer to 100 Years VIP Tickets along with three levels of sponsorship ($100-$1,000) are available now! General Event Tickets will go on sale on September 16th! Get your VIP Tickets and becoming an event sponsor here!

We look forward to having you join us for fundraising, cocktails, appetizers, networking, awards, prizes, and plenty of fun! The evening will also feature door prizes and raffles benefiting local education scholarships and small business grants awarded by Bozeman BPW.

All proceeds from this event go directly to our Scholarship & Grants awards for 2020! Your generosity helps support women in our community go to college, open businesses, expand their businesses, and more! Thank you!

 National Organization for Women shares words in recognition of suffrage

Today, June 4th, is the on hundredth anniversary of the nineteenth Amendment which gave women the right to vote. This was a major step for women to participate as equal human beings in the function of decision making and government. Increasing women’s ability to participate without barriers in the democratic process is still needed, and is an important part of BPW’s mission to support and empower women politically.

The National Organization for Women has released an article recognizing the date and its significance, which BPW would like to share with members (From NOW):

“One hundred years ago, on June 4th, 1919, Congress passed the Nineteenth Amendment and sent it off to the states for ratification. The amendment is brief, simply stating: ‘The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.’

This hundredth year anniversary only marks the anniversary of the amendment’s passage. Women were still deprived of the right to vote as it took another year for the states to actually ratify the Nineteenth Amendment and even longer for it to be enforced. However, this day marks a milestone in the long struggle for women’s suffrage; a struggle that began in Seneca Falls in 1848 and one that is still a struggle for minority groups to this day.

As NOW celebrates this important anniversary, we recognize that not all women gained their right to vote at the same time. Black women faced Jim Crow laws and voter suppression efforts until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 enforced voter’s rights. Native American women were not considered citizens until 1924, and had to fight state by state for the right to vote, with New Mexico being the final state to guarantee their voting rights in 1962.

During this anniversary, NOW recognizes the significance of the right to vote. NOW works tirelessly with our grassroots activists to protect voting rights and to help citizens exercise their right to vote.”

To learn more about how NOW advocates for women, click here.