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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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Can Do: Adventure-Seeking CEO Helps People Aquire Alternative Loans

11/2/2018
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“Captain Dave” is a licensed river guide and environmental scientist who’s sailed across the Atlantic and picked bananas on a kibbutz in Israel. But his alter ego, Dave Glaser , is the president and CEO of MoFi , a Missoula-headquartered non-bank lender that has provided more than $500 million to entrepreneurs and organizations across the Northern Rockies region.

Duration:00:27:04

Can Do: Venture Capitalist And Microsoft Veteran John Connors Shares Secrets To Tech Success

10/19/2018
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“You can take on new assignments in areas you don’t really know, and if you recruit the right people, set the right goals and everybody works very, very hard, you can accomplish amazing things.” That’s John Connors, a managing partner at Ignition Partners, a leading enterprise software investment company with more than $1.5 billion under management. Listen to this episode of "Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs" to learn about how Connors, who grew up among the ranches and oil...

Duration:00:39:02

Can Do: KOA, The Future Of Camping

10/5/2018
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On this week’s episode of Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs , host Arnie Sherman talks with Kampgrounds of America President Toby O’Rourke , the first woman president in the company’s 56-year history.

Duration:00:36:46

Can Do: Storytelling Your Way to Success

9/21/2018
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On this week’s episode of "Can Do," Jennifer Sheets, a writer and English professor at the University of Montana, talks about her success in winning the 2018 John Ruffato Business Startup Challenge, along with $22,000 in start-up funding. Sheets entered the competition with no business background or training. But her idea to create StorySquares won over the contest judges. It's a web-based writing platform for individuals, schools, and businesses that would let users complete a writing...

Duration:00:27:37

Can Do: Turning A Touring Theater Into A Worldwide Enterprise

9/7/2018
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“You may live in a city and have access to all kinds of arts. But I tell you what, for a lot of the country, they have to go to the city to have that access, or they go without, and I want to bridge that gap.” That’s Michael McGill, executive director of the Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT) . Today on "Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs," Michael and host Arnie Sherman discuss how MCT grew into one of the largest theatrical touring companies in the world over the past 38 years.

Duration:00:27:52

Can Do: Why Montana Is An Incubator For Fast-Growing Tech Companies

8/24/2018
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Today on "Can Do," Christina Henderson , executive director of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance, explains what entices so many new companies to start up or relocate to Montana, and how the Alliance plans on continuing to help start-ups and established businesses alike.

Duration:00:30:20

Can Do: VidCon CEO Jim Louderback Explains The Creator Economy

8/10/2018
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“Everybody is a creator. The power of the internet allows people to be a creator and to find an audience. For the ones who put the time in and the effort and are talented — they can build a life.” That’s Jim Louderback , talking about how the internet has reshaped the creative online economy. Louderback is the CEO of VidCon , an online video conference company founded and headquartered in Missoula, Montana.

Duration:00:35:39

Can Do: How Blockchain And Cybercurrency Affect Your Business

7/27/2018
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Dr. Vadim Levitin describes himself as a, “technology geek and business leader.” Levitin co-founded the E-Commerce Institute, and for nearly two decades worked around the world helping countries and companies improve their technology, education and business infrastructures He’s done the same with the United Nations as a Chief Technical Advisor. Dr. Levitin joins us for this episode of “Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Entrepreneurs,” to wade into the mysterious waters of cyber currency and...

Duration:00:34:45

Can Do: Building The Kind Of Business You Want To Work At

7/13/2018
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Warm Springs Productions was founded in 2008. Ten years later, they employ more than 130 people who produce 34 shows appearing on The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, HGTV, and more. President and co-founder of the company Chris Richardson joins us to explain how he helped build the kind of company that he wanted to work at. Tune in now to learn about the positive side of making mistakes while starting up a company; how integral a curious staff can be to helping a business grow; and...

Duration:00:26:06

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, discusses 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 in 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. In this episode of "Can Do," Larry shares how he co-founded and grew a...

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 Looks To 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 Hagerman 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 based on functions found in nature. On this episode of “Can Do,” Nicole talks about the the lessons she has learned...

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 in 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 she's...

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, Montana-based headquarters. Hear from Ryan and Matt about the rapid rise of their new digital startup and their plans for the future on...

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 cannot 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 thirty years old, about his business success and his plans for the future.

Duration:00:23:48