Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to attend a general meeting before I attend any of the smaller meetings?
No, you are welcome to attend any of the meetings in any order, but you are only allowed to attend any two MBN meetings of any kind before committing to a membership.
How much is it to go to the sub-network meeting?
The meeting is free. Lunch is optional and sometimes an additional charge. Check each sub-network page for details about lunch arrangements.
Do I need to RSVP for meetings?
No, not unless otherwise specified by the chair of the sub-network group.
How do I log in to the website?
Every page on the MBN website includes a login panel. This is in a dropdown menu on the upper, righthand side of the page, under the page header and above the menu.
This panel has multiple configurations:
Site visitors and members who have not yet logged in will see the phrase "Member Login.". Clicking this link brings up the login page, allowing members to log into the site and view content reserved for members only.
- Members who have logged in will see a "Welcome <first name>" message. The login link is replaced by two links: one to ‘Logout’ and the other to jump to the member’s personal "Profile" page.
- Members who log in and whose membership is up for renewal will see an additional "Renew" link. This is a shortcut to the renewal page, allowing members to renew their membership with only a couple of mouse clicks.
- Members who have pending transactions will see a "Pending Payments" link. This is a shortcut to the payments screen, allowing members to complete any pending payments.
Enter your user name and password and click the "Login" button. Click "Cancel" to return to the homepage.
How do I get my information in the online directory?
Click "Member Directory" in the menu to update the information shown in your membership directory entry, including a personal bio and photo. You can also choose what level of contact information to display to other members using the visibility drop down list.
How can I get into the print directory?
Information for the print directory, including photos, is pulled from the website, including photos. Click here to get directions for uploading accurate information for the annual print directory.
How can I update my Business Expertise?
This is a member-only benefit. After you have logged in, hover over your name in the upper right-hand corner. Click on "Profile." Your member profile page will come up. Scroll down to the box entitled "Website." Click on "Business Expertise." A list of current business categories will come up. Check off the ones that are specifically related to business services you provide. If you don't find a category that is important to you, please contact the Media Director with your request.
Are guests allowed to bring door prizes at the General Meeting?
Absolutely! When you arrive at the General Meeting, go to the designated table and fill out the information regarding your prize and your business with the Social Director. You are welcome to ask the greeters at the door for assistance, if you are uncertain where the table is located.
How much does MBN membership cost?
The annual membership is $50.
When do I renew my membership?
A year from the date you joined MBN. You will receive an email notice letting you know your membership is about to expire. You may renew your membership online, or by mailing a check made out to Missoula Businesswomen's Network to the Treasurer at P.O. Box 4524, Missoula, Montana, 59806-4524.
Is advertising prorated?
No. MBN advertising is relatively inexpensive and is a set amount per channel. Click here for current rates.
Is there a deadline for the advertisements?
There is no deadline for website advertisement, but the sooner the advertising chair receives your ad, the sooner your ad will be on the website. Website advertisement runs from September through July.
The newsletter ad deadline is the 15th of the month for the following month.Newsletters are printed from September through June.
Directory ads are sold in the fall, and the deadline is announced according to the printing schedule. The directory is issued at the Women's Symposium, generally held each January.
Who should I contact with questions on advertising or specs?
You email the Advertising Chair at MBNads@gmail.com.
What if I don’t know how to make sure my ad is correct?
You can email the advertising chairperson at MBNads@gmail.com, and she can proof it for you. If you are unable to fix the specs or need help creating your ad, check for graphic artists who are MBN members by using the Business Expertise feature on the website. This can be found on the left-hand menu.
What are the benefits of MBN?
There are many benefits in joining MBN. Click here to learn more.
What happens at the General Meeting?
MBN General Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, from September through June. Members and guests have an opportunity to purchase lunch, network, hear announcements, win door prizes, and generally listen to a speaker on a specific topic.
What do I need to bring to a meeting?
MBN events allow members to network and promote their businesses. In order to get the most benefit from attending events, you should bring business cards, flyers, and anything you might have to showcase yourself and your business. It is also helpful to prepare a 30-second introduction about who you are; who is your perfect client, and the referrals you are looking for. Be prepared to share this at your table.
How much is lunch at the General Meeting?
Lunch is optional, but if you are interested in purchasing the meal, it is $12 for lunch. We've been able to keep the rate at this affordable rate due to the generosity of our sponsors, listed on our home page.
How many meetings can I attend as a guest?
Guests are allowed to attend up to two MBN events (General Meetings, Socials, or Sub-Network meetings) before being encouraged to join MBN.
Can I email the MBN membership?
MBN’s email database is for MBN-related emails only. If you wish to email the membership, you would need to create your own contact group.
What is the submission deadline for articles for the member newsletter?
Articles and member success announcements need to be emailed to the Newsletter Editor no later than the 3rd Thursday of the prior month by 5:00 pm. For additional information on requirements articles, contact the Newsletter Editor.
Can I purchase mailing labels?
Yes, members can purchase mailing labels for $15 (versus $25 for non-members). Learn more by clicking here.
Can I put an insert into the newsletter? What is the cost?
Members may include inserts in the monthly MBN newsletter for $25 plus the cost of printing the required number of inserts. Learn more by clicking here.
How can I participate in the MBN Women’s Symposium?
The annual MBN Women’s Symposium is held in January or February of each year in Missoula. Members can become sponsors, vendors, speakers, and/or volunteer to assist the Symposium Committee. You may contact the MBN president for more information on how to become involved at President@DiscoverMBN.com.
Can I use the MBN logo on my business’ marketing materials?
If you are a member in good standing, you may use the MBN Member logo for any and all promotion of your business. You may contact the MBN President for more information at President@DiscoverMBN.com.