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"Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs" is a podcast all about why Montana leads the nation in entrepreneurship and business startups. Host Arnie Sherman picks the brains of successful Montana entrepreneurs and shares their lessons with you. From cricket farms to romance novels, "Can Do" shares the secrets to business success in Montana. Tune in for lessons Fridays at mtpr.org or wherever you get your podcasts.

"Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs" is a podcast all about why Montana leads the nation in entrepreneurship and business startups. Host Arnie Sherman picks the brains of successful Montana entrepreneurs and shares their lessons with you. From cricket farms to romance novels, "Can Do" shares the secrets to business success in Montana. Tune in for lessons Fridays at mtpr.org or wherever you get your podcasts.
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"Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs" is a podcast all about why Montana leads the nation in entrepreneurship and business startups. Host Arnie Sherman picks the brains of successful Montana entrepreneurs and shares their lessons with you. From cricket farms to romance novels, "Can Do" shares the secrets to business success in Montana. Tune in for lessons Fridays at mtpr.org or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Episodes

Can Do: Go From 'Wantpreneur' To Entrepreneur With Michael Braun

5/18/2018
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On this Episode of Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs Michael Braun, professor of Management and Marketing at the University of Montana, and Arnie discuss the contemporary business climate and what young entrepreneurs need to know when starting a company in a technology fueled industry.

Duration:00:29:14

Can Do: Sweet Peaks, From Hobby To Successful Business

5/4/2018
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On this episode of "Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs:" Sweet Peaks Ice Cream co-founder Marissa Keenan explains how she and her husband Sam transformed an after-work hobby into a successful business.

Duration:00:31:10

Can Do: Giving Montana Artists An Opportunity To Grow

4/20/2018
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Paige Williams, founder and CEO of Audience Awards , launched her business by googling "how to start a tech business" five years ago. With three degrees, one in philosophy and two in the arts, she launched a company specializing in connecting aspiring filmmakers with sponsors, festivals and media outlets. "At the end of the day what we are really doing is we are democratizing entertainment, we are giving everyone a chance to get discovered and we are letting the global audience say: 'This...

Duration:00:25:26

'Can Do:' How Amazon.com Is Changing The Business Playbook

4/6/2018
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In the rapidly changing world of retail sales, Amazon.com and other online marketplaces are drastically reshaping the shopping world. Businesses are struggling to understand and adapt to this fastest growing segment of e-commerce. Today on "Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs" you'll hear from Peter Kearns, head of Client Solutions for 180Commerce . Peter is a former Amazon Marketplace leader who shares his experience working with hundreds of sellers generating $300 million...

Duration:00:29:32

Can Do: The Benefits Of Running A Montana-Based Business

3/23/2018
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"We just showed up every day for two to three hours when no one was asking us and we pushed the ball forward a little bit and I think that’s the difference. It’s not about getting rich, it’s about enjoying doing hard, weird things potentially for years and years." That’s Michael FitzGerald, the co-founder and CEO of Submittable.com , a software management company based out of Missoula, Montana. Since Michael and his colleagues launched the company in 2010, it has provided an organized,...

Duration:00:26:07

Can Do: From Missoula Startup To International Manufacturer

3/9/2018
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"Challenges can be construed as opportunities. Challenges can also be construed as obstacles. The one thing that I learned when we first started this company was that everything was an opportunity, and every opportunity we needed to chase." That’s Larry Kolb, the co-founder and U.S. president of TSI Health Sciences , a manufacturer of functional health care products sold in over 35 countries across the world. Larry shares how he co-founded and grew a multifaceted-international business...

Duration:00:25:50

Can Do: Montana Entrepreneurs Stick Together

2/23/2018
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“One of the really great things about Montana entrepreneurs is, because it is a small community, there is this feeling of, ‘We are all in it together.’ So, I’ve found that in Montana it’s more accepted to say stuff like, ‘I totally screwed that up’ or, ‘God I hope my business makes it.’ Having the ability to talk like that and be so transparent is really powerful,” says Stefanie Sample , a Montana entrepreneur and neuroscience-based leadership coach, and this week's guest on "Can Do."

Duration:00:26:14

Can Do: Missoula Company Uses Nature to Solve Business Problems Worldwide

2/9/2018
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“I think focus is such a fundamental key for any startup because so much opportunity comes along that you’ve got to know where you’re going” says Nicole Haggerman-Miller, the managing director of Biomimicry 3.8. The Missoula based company, which grew out of Janine Benyus' 1997 award winning book, “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature,” creates strategies for business to used based on functions found in nature. On this episode of “Can Do” Nicole talks about the the lessons she has...

Duration:00:27:20

Can Do: Missoula Company Wins With Designer Compression Socks

1/5/2018
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"I feel that the community here ... not only Missoula, but the state of Montana, has been overwhelming, and I don't know if we would've been this successful if we had launched anywhere else," says Michelle Huie, founder and CEO of Vim&Vigr , a company based out of Missoula, Montana that makes and sells fashionable compression legwear for men and women. Today on “Can Do," host Arnie Sherman talks with Huie about how she grew her business exponentially in just four short years, and what...

Duration:00:25:16

Can Do: Missoula Ad-Tech Company Thrives Amidst Rapid Change

12/22/2017
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Keep your overhead low, and don't be afraid to make mistakes, LumenAd co-founders Ryan Hansen and Matt Parker say. "Advertising technology with a pulse," is how they describe their company, which assists ad agencies in connecting advertisers with consumers. Founded in 2014, LumenAd already plans to add 62 new jobs over the next two years at its Missoula, MT based headquarters. Hear from Ryan and Matt about the rapid rise of their new digital startup, and their plans for the future, on this...

Duration:00:29:49

Can Do: Building A Brazilian Restaurant Chain In Montana

12/8/2017
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“When you’re starting a business, and when you’re fleshing out the ideas, you can not be afraid to admit to yourself that what you’re doing is not good,” says Tom Snyder, creator and owner of Five On Black, a fast casual, health-oriented Brazilian-style restaurant that has locations in Montana and Colorado. Today on "Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs," host Arnie Sherman talks with Tom, not yet 30 years old, about his business success and his plans for the future.

Duration:00:23:48

Can Do: Breaking Into The Burgeoning Drone Industry From Bozeman

11/24/2017
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“If you act, you’ll either fail and learn, or you’ll succeed. Either one is productive and useful. If you don’t act, nothing happens.” That’s Shane Beams, the owner and chief engineer of Vision Aerial , a Montana company focused on designing and producing a new generation of affordable, commercial unmanned drones. On this episode of Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs, Shane describes the trajectory of his business, and the trends and issues in the burgeoning drone industry.

Duration:00:24:30

Can Do: James Scott Jr. And Banking As A Family Business

11/10/2017
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Under James Scott Jr.'s guidance, the Scott family continues to run the publicly traded, 120 office, six state, $12 billion First Interstate Bank system out of Billings, Montana as if it was still a small town bank. On this episode of "Can Do," Scott talks about the history of the bank, as well as who and what the bank finances and invests in, and how you can succeed in today's competitive landscape.

Duration:00:18:51

Can Do: How Nick Checota Reshaped Missoula's Entertainment Landscape

10/27/2017
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"It's not about glamour. It's not about being seen at the front door. It's not about hanging out with artists in the backroom. It's not about partying with customers. It's about being very transactional and very focused on your business. It's all business first" That's Nick Checota, the owner and entertainment buyer for Logjam Presents and the manager, promoter and owner of Missoula's The Wilma Theater , Top Hat Lounge and the KettleHouse Amphitheater . Checota shares lessons he's learned...

Duration:00:24:10

Can Do: How One Montanan Built A Business From Passion And Romance

10/13/2017
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Danica Winters: Archaeologist; award-winning writer; author of 15 published books and short stories; marketing and social media guru; founder of a digital publishing services company; sought-after speaker; wife; mother of two. If you think Danica sounds like a super-woman or the heroine of a Harlequin romance novel, you're right. Almost. Winters is a Montanan and writer for Harlequin. She's a partner at Self Publishing Services , a company with 30 contract employees, and she runs her self...

Duration:00:24:06

Can Do: How Edible Crickets Fuel This Montana Business

9/29/2017
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"It was during the time of the bug buffet at MSU. I was seeing all these people there having fun trying these insects, they were eating them. So went home and I said, 'James, I want to start a cricket farm,'" says Kathy Rolin. Kathy and her husband James founded Cowboy Cricket Farms . Kathy and James Rolin join host Arnie Sherman to share lessons learned while building their edible cricket business in Belgrade, Montana, in this episode of "Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs."

Duration:00:26:26

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