Montana Women's Business Recovery Series, produced by Accelerate Montana and WELL in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funded by the US Economic Development Administration, WELL offers 8 Micro-Courses to support rural, Indigenous, and urban Montana women that are current or aspiring business owners or working professionals. Our goal is to provide real-world solutions for women that can be implemented based on practical, hands-on learning.

These courses are open to all and designed with Montana women in mind.


How It Works:

  • Micro-courses are offered in the WELL WBC Online Community. In addition to course learning, our online community is a place for opportunities to connect with other learners, and a network of peers, mentors, and access to additional resources and trainings. 
  • Each course is designed to be completed on your own time and independently, at whatever pace works for you. You can expect to spend around 16 hours of learning time per course.
  • Lessons include 4-6 modules with a variety of hands on activities, videos, readings, and community discussion topics.
  • WELL supports the idea that every person should have access to make changes in their lives. Micro-Courses have a pay-what-you-can model, including a free option. 
Crisis Communications
Discover how to effectively communicate with employees, media, partners, vendors, customers/clients, and your greater business community during a crisis.
Insights and activities focus on drafting crucial messages, using proper verbiage, and choosing appropriate communication channels.
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Crisis Leadership
Examine how leaders need to adjust their leadership styles to lead organizations through crisis situations.
Discussion includes a build off core leadership principles, and established crisis leadership strategies. This course is designed to empower leaders to make decisions, cut through misinformation and lead their organization through any crisis.
Don't Discount. Create Value.
When sales slump, a business owner will often slash prices or offer discounts to boost sales. While this may provide a temporary boost to business, it does not lend to creating a loyal customer base.
Gain strategies to value add, how to position your business to increase sales and strengthen your loyal client base, you to maintain steady sales through times of business downturn.
Diversifying Your Business
Uncover new business services and products that will allow your business to diversify and create additional income streams. Ensure that you are not dependent on one specific sales strategy for all of the products and services that you offer.
This course discusses how to find new clients, and understand the needs of your customers.
Designing Your Pivot
Now is the time to intentionally design your life. If you’re thinking about pivoting your business or career, this is your launchpad to transformation. Your Metamorphosis –and you’re not alone. According to Forbes Magazine, 62% of women report that after COVID, they intend to make a career or life pivot.
Approach reflection, market research, design, business model development with a simple Canvas, and chart your path to action and new joy post-pandemic.

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The Feminization of The Future of Work
Uncover opportunities for women entrepreneurs by understanding and leveraging the COVID-accelerated future of work and the She-cession.
Mine your personal narrative and your lived experience to build a strategy that is in line with your unique, authentic vision. Use self-knowledge, group knowledge, strategy canvases, and data to define customer segments you can focus on to authentically address challenges and opportunities presented as the global pandemic accelerates us into a feminized future of work.


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Get Comfortable Managing Your Finances
Financial management should not be stressful. Leave the days of extreme financial and emotional stress for you and your business behind.
Manage finances during challenging times and put your business on the right path by diving into where your money is going, and identifying the right tools to make financial management easier.

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Expanding Your Online Presence
Make sure your business meets the moment of the digital age.
Learn strategies for integrating online components for your business, including shifting to remote work, building a plan and determining the best strategy for adding services and product sales to an online format. Discover how your business can function in-person and/or online.


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