Members News

 AAUW “Start Smart” Salary Negotiation Workshop at the Rialto

An announcement from Märtha Welander and Casey Kennedy, MSU Women In Science & Engineering graduate students:

MSU’s Women In Science and Engineering graduate students invite professionals in the Bozeman community to join them alongside faculty, research staff and graduate students from Montana State University at this year’s 2018 WISE Conference, “Next Steps & Climbing the Ladder” on Saturday, November 3rd. The day will focus on professional and social development including a salary negotiation workshop by AAUW and keynote by 500 Women Scientists co-ounder Jane Zelikova. In addition to this there will be plenty of sustenance and prizes.

When:  Saturday, November 3rd, 10am – 6pm
Where:  The Rialto, 10 W. Main St. Bozeman

For more information and to register to attend, please follow this link:

 MSU Celebrates Indigenous People’s Day

An announcement from Marsha Small, Tististas (Northern Cheyenne), M.A., Native American Studies:

Join us in our Round Dance and Celebration of All Indigenous Peoples. Let us Celebrate Each Other!

Indigenous Peoples Day Round Dance and Celebration

Montana State University

Bozeman, Montana

October 8, 2018

Location:  South of Montana Hall 

Time of Event: 11:45: a.m.-1:00 p.m.  

Activities Agenda:


12:00-12:05 p.m.-Marsha Small-Recognition of IPD team and sponsors. Introduction of Dr. Walter Fleming, Master of Ceremonies

12:10 p.m. -12:20 p.m.-Bozeman Mayor Cyndy Andrus will speak about Bozeman’s recognition of IPD

12:25-12:45- MSU President Dr. Waded Cruzado will speak about MSU’s Celebration of IPD

12:45-1:00-Round Dance 


*On October 10th:

Location: Procrastinator Theatre

Time of Event:  doors opening at 6:00, event starting at 6:30, lasting to 7:30 p.m.

Our Indigenous Day speaker will be Dr. Elisabeth Utsi Gaup, Applied Sciences, from Satmi (Norway).


*We will also have IPD speakers Wilmot Collins, Mayor of Helena, and Loren Bird Rattler, Director of the Agricultural Resource Management Plan of the Piikuni Nation, respectively, at the Museum of the Rockies on October 18 and 25th, 2018, starting at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 7:15 p.m. Light Refreshments will be served.



 BBPW Congratulates Our Members Who Are 2018 Prospera Awards Finalists

BBPW extends our support and congratulations to our BPW members who have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Prospera Awards!

Innovator of the Year Finalist:  Jen Perry – Jelt Belt


Prospera Women’s Business Center Award of Excellence Finalist:  Tessa Whitmer – Hattie Rex

The winners of the 2018 Prospera Awards will be announced at Prospera Business Network’s 33rd Annual Business Excellence Awards Dinner on Nov. 9th at the Best Western Grantree Bozeman.  Congratulations to all of the nominees and finalists!


 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

*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:

For more information on the founding and history of National Business Women’s Week, please visit

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


 MSU Women in Business Club – expanding community connections

MSU Women in Business Club – expanding community connections

The MSU Women in Business club was founded in the spring of 2018.  This new student organization exists for the purpose of creating an environment that encourages and empowers women in the community to succeed through networking and events which serve to highlight the knowledge and experience of influential women leaders.

The Bozeman BPW membership committee has shared our events calendar with the leaders of the MSU Women in Business club, inviting them to consider attending our programs as a way to expand community connections! We are excited about this opportunity to connect with students who will be the next generation of women in the workforce.
For more information about the MSU Women in Business club, please visit their Facebook Page: