Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs "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.
Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs

Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs

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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.

Most Recent Episodes

Can Do: Helping Take Start-Ups To The Next Level

Will Price's motivation for founding Bozeman, Montana-based Next Frontier Capital in 2015 is deep-seated: he's one of several members of a Montana family forced to leave the state to establish a career. By giving tech start-ups the capital they need to stay and create jobs for the next generation of Montanans, Price's goal is nothing short of a reversal of the Treasure State's historic brain-drain.

Can Do: The Sweet Life

Robin Béquet's goal: "To make the best caramel anyone's ever had. Period." After 17 years and five recipe upgrades, she just might have achieved her goal. Béquet Confections , manufactured in Bozeman, Montana, has won a clutch of national awards. You can find their chewy, chocolate, chipotle or Celtic sea salt caramels on the shelves of over 1,000 gourmet stores.

Can Do: The Fickle Business Of Sushi

In 2009 Drake Doepke was living in Kauai as a self-described "beach bum" when he decided to move back to Montana and open a sushi restaurant. Nine years later and without any prior business experience, Doepke owns three successful Asian restaurants in Montana. Today on "Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs," host Arnie Sherman and Doepke talk about the "trials by fire" of starting a business from scratch. Doepke launched his business as a summer-only sushi shop in Bigfork. Eventually

Can Do: Opening A Worldwide Audience For Montana Businesses

Many Montana entrepreneurs looking to enter into the global market turn to Brigitta Miranda-Freer , executive director of the Montana World Trade Center . The MWTC is located on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, and offers an array of services to assist businesses in taking their products into the world. Learn how Montana businesses can successfully operate on an international scale. Brigitta Miranda-Freer shares advice from her 20-year career in economic development and

Can Do: Global Quote-To-Cash Management – From Montana

Just seven years ago, the Missoula, Montana business-technology consulting wing of Advanced Technology Group (ATG) consisted of two people in a basement. Today, ATG employs more than 130 people in its quote-to-cash billing solutions center. What is "quote to cash?" It's the process of fine-tuning a customer's interaction with a company from start to finish - or the "full lifecycle of managing a customer, through buying something from your company," explains Claude Sammoury , ATG's vice president

Can Do: Making A Product Good Enough For Your Dog

Spencer Williams , founder of West Paw , was just 23 years old when he began manufacturing pet toys in Bozeman, Montana. The newly-minted entrepreneur reveled in the chance to try out new, untested strategies, which in turn fueled his entrepreneurial drive. "That's what gets me excited about business," Williams says. In the 22 years since, Williams has stuck by another founding motivation for getting into business: positively impacting his community by hiring employees locally and making a

Can Do: Rebranding A Company In the Fintech Market

When Zoot Enterprises hired Eric Hathaway three years ago, it didn't realize that in order to grow, the financial services technology provider would need to refresh its entire brand. But Hathaway thrives on change. "I love to help businesses move to the next level – it drives me," says Hathaway, Zoot's vice president of marketing. Hathaway, who has a global business leadership resume including Credit Suisse, Standard & Poor's, Microsoft and T-Mobile, helped Zoot reposition itself in the

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

"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.

Can Do: Ignition Partners, Helping Entrepreneurs Thrive

"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, the managing partner at Ignition Partner s, a business software venture capital firm focused on helping entrepreneurs thrive. Listen to this episode of "Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs" to learn about how Connors went from growing up in small-town Miles City to

Can Do: KOA, The Future Of Camping

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. Billings, Montana based KOA started in 1962 when the sight of travelers heading west on Highway 10 towards the Seattle World's Fair sparked the imagination of a group of Montana business people. Instead of overnight by the side of the road, they decided to create a campground where

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