Passionate about helping people, therapeutic massage was a natural fit for Alishia Zemlicka. She found the physically active community of Bozeman a perfect match for her skills and opened 406 Massage & Spa to “help people recover from injuries and pain because they are out hiking in the mountains and other activities,” said Zemlicka.
Zemlicka heard about the Women’s Business Center (WBC) from several people in the community and began meeting with Suzi Berget-White to write, revise, and implement her business plan. Two years later, Zemlicka opened the doors at 406 Massage & Spa. Aside from business counseling, Zemlicka took several Prospera courses and the advice to attend human resources training because “I wanted to not only be a good employer but hire good employees,” recalled Zemlicka. Today, 406 Massage & Spa employs one full-time and four part-time employees and was voted Best of Bozeman three years in a row. “I learned that word of mouth and networking with other women in the [WBC] was giving me more business than advertising through marketing alone,” said Zemlicka
Zemlicka is a champion for women who are interested in starting their own business, “There is nothing more powerful than a woman with a mindset.” She encourages anyone to use the resources available at the WBC and Prospera, “They know this community better than anyone. They do their research to provide honest feedback,” expressed Zemlicka.