Prospera Business Network provides access to business consulting, financing, research and professional development to businesses and entrepreneurs in southwest Montana, and is a true advocate for women in business.
For nearly five years, Prospera has championed a Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training roundtable group that has blossomed into one of the organizations most flourishing monthly events. WNET is responsible for creating an enhanced environment where women business owners can network and learn from each other. Most meetings now have forty to fifty participants. Prospera staff organizes the events, selects topics, recruit speakers, and conducts surveys to guide the monthly gatherings. Past topics have included QuickBooks, financial planning and retirement for women, public speaking, business growth strategies, enhancing capacity, emotional intelligence, writing press releases, marketing and wellness. Twelve events were held this past year reaching 300 women.
An e-newsletter entitled Newsworthy was developed featuring various business topics, summaries of past events, and previews of upcoming meeting topics and is sent out the participants. A new WNET blog was also launched in 2008 so that women have an opportunity to comment on WNET events, share business articles, book recommendations and also offers a free advertising channel for peer to peer marketing.
Through their revolving loan fund and Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Prospera has also increased financial and procurement opportunities for women, which has allowed many to start or expand businesses. Prospera advocates for women in local, statewide and national arenas, and most importantly, provides a local point of access to a wide-ranging group of women clients from sole proprietorships working from home, to accomplished women leading national corporations.
Year and will be honored at an awards luncheon in Missoula on June 5, 2009, along with a cast of other outstanding award winners.
Kathleen Tonkovich of First Security Bank in Bozeman nominated Prospera Business Network for this award.
The Big Sky Business Journal
P.O. Box 3262
Billings, MT 59103