Helping Montana Business Women Climb Mountains

January 25, 2024

Introducing: Rocky Mountain WBC!

In 1988, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) created the Women’s Business Center (WBC) Program to help women overcome continued barriers to success in business ownership. In 2024, challenges still exist, but WBCs all over the country are on a mission to help women succeed in starting and growing businesses. Montana is the proud home of two WBC programs, one hosted by Prospera Business Network and one by Accelerate Montana, previously known as WELL WBC.

Here at Accelerate Montana, we've got some exciting news to share—WELL WBC is now officially Rocky Mountain WBC! Why the change, you ask? Well, we've got big dreams, and our rebrand reflects our commitment to supporting women in Montana in an even more impactful way. Keep reading to learn more about this transformation.

A Fresh Perspective for a Bigger Impact

First things first, why Rocky Mountain WBC? We believe this new name better captures the expansive spirit of our mission. Our goal is to elevate your business journey.

For those who might be hearing about us for the first time, we're all about empowering women in Montana to kick-start and grow their businesses. We provide a range of free and low-cost services because we believe everyone should have access to the tools they need to succeed. Our services include one-on-one coaching, learning events and courses, and a digital network of women and resources around the state.

One-on-One Coaching: Your Personal Business Sherpas

Starting a business can feel like climbing a mountain, and that's where our one-on-one coaching comes in. Our experienced advisors are here to be your guides, helping you navigate the twists and turns of entrepreneurship. Whether you're at base camp or halfway up the peak, we tailor our advice to your unique journey.

Learning Events and Activities: Because Growth Never Stops

Learning is a lifelong adventure, and in the business world, it's a necessity. Our learning activities are designed to be engaging, practical, and, dare we say, fun! From workshops and webinars to hands-on training sessions and digital courses, we're here to ensure Montana women are always equipped with the latest skills and knowledge.

Networking Community: Because Your Network is Your Net Worth

No business journey is complete without a solid support system. Our networking community is a place to connect with like-minded individuals, share experiences, and build relationships. Who knows, your next business partner or mentor might be just a click away. You will also find a variety of resources and free courses in our community platform. Let's grow together!

Clear Communication, High-Quality Learning, Resources, and Connections

I want to take a moment to emphasize what Rocky Mountain WBC is all about:

  1. Clear Communication: We are committed to clear, honest communication to help you understand and navigate the business landscape. Whether you follow along on social media, read our newsletters, meet for one-on-one counseling, or participate in another way, our goal is to communicate in a way that best helps you start or grow your business. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay connected.
  2. High-Quality Learning Experiences: Your time is valuable, and so is the information you receive. Our learning experiences are crafted with care, ensuring you get the most out of every session. When you walk away from our digital panels, lunch sessions, in-person networking events, or course cohorts, you will be able to actively apply something learned to your business that very day. View upcoming events here.
  3. Business Resources Galore: Looking for a specific business resource? We’re growing our resource library every day, and our Business Advisors can help connect you with the tool, template, or introduction you might not even know you need. Book a call with a Business Advisor here.
  4. Connections That Matter: We're not just about connecting you with anyone; we're about connecting you with the right people. Our network includes a wide variety of organizations and business owners across the state, providing you with valuable connections that can make a real difference. Join the community here.

Join Us on this Adventure!

With the rebranding complete, we're more excited than ever to be part of the entrepreneurial journeys of women in Montana. Whether you're dreaming of launching your first business, expanding an existing one, or pivoting in a new direction, Rocky Mountain WBC is here to guide and support you every step of the way.

Ready to explore what the Rocky Mountain WBC community has to offer? Dive into our upcoming events, connect with a coach, and start engaging with a network of inspiring women just like you. We can't wait to see your business reach new heights against the backdrop of the stunning Rocky Mountains!

Are you or your organization interested in supporting our mission to encourage and educate Montana women business owners? Visit our partnership page and submit an inquiry for more information, then I’ll send a package with partnership and sponsorship information your way!

Here's to the success of women in Montana!

Kassi Strong, Rocky Mountain WBC Director