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The Fire Within


Each year Embark Credit Union and the Great Falls Development Authority honor exemplary women in business. Join us on March 29, 2018 from 5:30 - 8 PM to honor the newest inductees in the Fire Within Hall of Fame. Thank you to Embark Credit Union for sponsoring so there is no charge to attend. We do need a head count so please register each person attending. 

Click here to register to attend the event.  


Inspire Award
This award will go to a Woman Business Owner in an established business that has made a significant personal contribution to its success, growth or expansion. We are looking for a business savvy woman who has helped or is helping other business owners or budding entrepreneurs. The winner will have: five plus successful years in business and mentored at least one other entrepreneur.    
INSPIRE Award Hall of Fame
2011: Cari Yturri, Bennett Motors
2012: Sandra Johnson-Thares, O'Haire Motor Inn
2013: Alison Fried, Dragonfly Dry Goods
2014: Penny Rubner, Penny's Gourmet to Go
2015: Linda McPherson, Montana Academy of Salons
2016: Katy Duncan, Happy Tails Lodge
2017: Beth Leathem, Bighorn Outdoor Specialists 
Aspire Award
This award will go to a Woman Business Owner who has recently realized her dream by starting a new venture. Her early success and accomplishments show her creativity, passion and drive. The Aspire winner will have: Less than 5 years in business and a successful start!
ASPIRE Award Hall of Fame
2011: Cindy Ceiluch, Cindy Ceiluch Photorgraphy 
2012: Kari lane Johnson, My Viola Floral Studio
2013: Tracy Perry, The Blue Rose 
2014: Janet Neil, Bert and Ernie's
2015: Amber Fern, Fern Photography
2016: Heidi Reiste, Electric City Coffee
2017: Kattie Meyer, Motifs


Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


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