56Strong - Prospera


About the Program

56Strong connects women entrepreneurs and business leaders from all of Montana's 56 counties through a one-on-one mentorship program. This is a six-month program designed to:

  • Bridge the gap between the urban and rural divide
  • Support female entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses
  • Increase female businesses across the state of Montana
  • Help women gain access to capital
  • Support and build resiliency amongst female professionals

Expectations of Participants

  • Attend the MANDATORY Kick-Off and Closings of the Program
  • Meet with your partner (mentee or mentor) for one hour each month for the duration of the program (Jan-June)


  • Applications Open Sept. 13th
  • Interviews begin the last week of November
  • Kick-Off will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 25th from 4-5:30
  • Closing will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, June 28th from 4-5:30
  • Monthly networking and business discussions for the entire group on the last Wednesday of each month (not mandatory but recommended) Topics are TBD based on the needs of the participants
    • February 22nd | 9-10 am
    • March 29th | 11 am- 12 pm
    • April 26th | 4-5 pm
    • May 31st | 8:30-9:30 am


$300 for mentee participation | Free for mentors

*Scholarships may be available to those demonstrating a need. If you need a scholarship you may apply here: https://www.prosperamt.org/sch... There will be no refunds for participants who quit or can't complete the program. Everyone who applies for the program is expected to be committed to it.

Selection Process


Everyone must apply to participate. We are accepting applications until all eligible mentee and mentor spaces are filled.


Interviews will begin the last week of November and go through the end of the year. Interviews will be 30-minutes on Zoom and are imperative to the matching process.


All matched applicants will be notified by the first week of January. Those selected in the program will not know their partner's name or information until the kick-off. Payment for participation will be due by Jan. 10th.

Mentee Application

Mentor Application

For any questions, please email Shayna Blaser at sblaser@prosperamt.org

Sponsored By:

Capital Matrix

											 WEBGRAPHIC 56 STRONG

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