Suzi Berget-White is the Director of the Montana Women’s Business Center (MWBC) based in Bozeman and hosted by Prospera Business Network.
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Suzi Berget-White is the Director of the Montana Women’s Business Center (MWBC) based in Bozeman and hosted by Prospera Business Network. The MWBC provides a comprehensive array of business services, including group training and individual business counseling, tailored to the needs of start-up and nascent businesses and aspiring women entrepreneurs throughout the state.
Suzi focuses a majority of her time to providing no-cost confidential business counseling to clients focusing on business start-up, business plan review, financial review and analysis, marketing plan assistance, managing a business, cash flow management, financing, human resources and any other questions small business owners might have. The MWBC operates as part of Prospera Business Network and Suzi works together with their team to achieve MWBC program goals.
As a senior development professional with more than fifteen years of fundraising experience, White has overseen all activities including writing and managing grants, soliciting sponsors for annual and capital campaign purposes, organizing events and industry conferences, as well as supervising advisory board and committee members, staff, interns, and vendors. As a small business owner she has successfully launched and brought to market three businesses and effectively expanded (and sold) a construction business.
Prior to joining Prospera, White worked at the Property & Environment Research Center overseeing all development activities and as the Development and Benefit Events Manager at the Museum of the Rockies, where she worked closely with donors and produced three major annual fundraisers for the organization. White is also the co-owner of Ferrous Wheel Design, a sculpture and home décor company, and previously owned Suzi White Consulting, a small business counseling firm that provided assistance with human resources, marketing, and fundraising activities.
How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse
You would like to connect with a network on women doing great things in Montana!
What motivates and inspires you?
My children motivate and inspire me to the best I can be. I want them to be proud of my accomplishments as the Director of the Montana Women’s Business Center in helping female entrepreneurs be the best that they can be, find work/life balance, and charge what they are worth.
Who are your personal ‘Sheroes’/Female Role-Models?
One of my favorite local “Sheroes” is Ris Higgins, owner of Leadership Outfitters in Bozeman, MT. Ris has helped not only myself, but has helped so many women throughout Montana understand the importance of treating ourselves with respect. I love that she inspires me to be brave and try new things.
What technology/literature/art/seminars/ideas do you love, and recommend to others?
My favorite tool of 2017 hands-down was Canva.com. Canva is an online graphic design software that helps me graphically communicate the stories of all of our awesome clients, supporters, and programs that we have going on at the Montana Women’s Business Center. Its so easy for me to make a print ad, a social media post, poster, event invitation, and so on.
How do you reboot?
What I love about Montana is that is so easy to be unreachable and unplug literally because cell reception is so spotty throughout southwest Montana. Hopping on trails and breathing in the fresh air gives me time to reflect, think of new ideas, and move past the things that are keeping me down.
What is your biggest accomplishment, so far?
Here are my top 7!
- Being close to my family
- My children are good people
- Marrying my funny, innovative, and handsome husband
- Starting our sculpture business (ferrous wheel design)
- Negotiating and selling our raingutter business myself
- Flipping our first home and selling it myself
- Since starting at the Montana Women’s Business Center in February 2016, helping 695 clients start or grow their businesses
What is the biggest career risk you’ve ever taken?
Admitting to myself that having a newborn and working 50-60 hours per week just couldn’t be my life anymore. The second I realized this, I started looking at employers differently. Was this an organization that I could have work/family balance? Is this organization flexible? Will they pay me what I am worth?
What is the ‘lasting legacy’ you hope to leave?
Perhaps one day I will leave my current position. If and when I do, I would want to leave a legacy of creating a sustainable organization that is self-supporting and primed for ingenuity and growth.
Words of wisdom you want to share with Montanan women?
Be yourself. Everyone is else taken.