The Catalyst – E-Newsletter – Jan/Feb Edition

February 2021
The Catalyst
Bozeman Ranks #1 for 4th Consecutive Year!
The 2021 Policom Report recognizes Bozeman again as the #1 strongest economy out of 543 cities under 50,000 (aka micropolitan) in the nation. While it’s exciting to hold the #1 spot, it is precarious given the city is likely to exceed the 50,000 population limit for a micropolitan community. While we are being noticed in this one report, other Montana communities that ranked high in economic strength include Kalispell, Helena and Butte.
Bozeman #1 Ranking
Prospera Opens New Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Prospera has been selected to host a new SBDC for southwest Montana. This award means we will be expanding our business development team to include additional free business counseling and business development services to the communities we serve in Gallatin and Park counties.


Jeff Turczyn has been hired as the new Regional Director for the Small Business Development Center. He will start in his new job on Monday, February 8th. Jeff brings a wealth of hands-on experience having co-founded Lone Mtn. Gymnastics and growing that company locally to nearly 65 employees before selling it to new owners.

Bridger Aerospace Wins

BSTF Job Grant Award

Prospera and Gallatin County have secured a new Job Creation Grant for Bridger Aerospace to hire an additional 50 employees at the Belgrade facility. BA is a specialized emerging company that uses airplanes, drones and other technologies for mission critical operations like fire fighting. They join the list of 10 active business grant clients who have used Prospera to access Big Sky Trust Fund grants for business expansions, feasibility studies, and job creation.


For more information on the BSTF business grants program please contact Alexa at [email protected]

Bozeman Business Recovery Fund
Prospera has business grants and microloans available for small businesses that are located in the city limits of Bozeman. Late last year the City and Prospera worked together to create this new fund aimed at helping business recover – for what we know would be a challenging 2021. Businesses that meet the program criteria can be eligible for grants up to $10,000 to cover lease & utility payments, or they can apply for a $30,000 microloan for working capital.

The next round of funding will open on February 24th, 2021 at 8am.

Please be ready to apply quickly as funding rounds filled within the first hour.

Lease & Utility Grant
Prospera Business Awards Luncheon – April 20, 2021
Mark your calendar for 11am, April 20th for our new Business Awards Luncheon. We are planning for an in-person event at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman. We are taking a new approach this year with our Business Awards with some new categories and a fresh approach to recognizing the people who shape our business community in SW Montana. Each category will recognize three finalist with a winner to be announce at the event.  Business award categories include;


Innovator of the Year: A business or individual known for pushing society forward through their work by creating new, innovative, sustainable, value-added products or services, or an innovative business model.


Entrepreneur of the Year: An individual who has taken the risk of starting their own business, has created jobs, has a future-forward business plan and positively impacts are region.


Leadership Award: An individual leader (from government, non-profit or business) who has made a significant contribution to the economic development of our area.


Business of the Year: An established business (5+years) recognized for its significant contribution to the economic development of our area.


The Pivot Award: An organization who pivoted their business quickly and efficiently during the COVID 19 pandemic to promote growth and employee retention.

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2021 Economic Profile
If you love regional economic data, growth trends in population and median income, Prospera’s 2021 Economic Profile for Gallatin and Park Counties will be available on our website on February 8.


Our philosophy is Business & Community because we are all in this together. We help entrepreneurs, business owners and communities access the technical assistance, business support and key resources they need to be successful.


If you are in business, expanding or have entrepreneurial aspirations contact our business support team at [email protected] or call 406.587.3113.

35 Years of Creating a Pathway to Success for

Businesses and Communities

Prospera Business Network | 2015 Charlotte Street, Suite 1, Bozeman, MT 59718

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