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Can Do: Storytelling Your Way to Success

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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 prize in start-up funding.

Sheets entered the competition with no business background or training. But, her idea to create StorySquares, a web-based writing platform for individuals, schools, and businesses that would let users complete a writing task from beginning to end using digital storyboarding methods won over judges.

The Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 40 years from Montana to Japan.
Missoula Children's Theater

“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.

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.

“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.

Share of working age populatin who own a business as their main job.
2017 Kauffman Index of Mainstreet Entrepreneurship


Montana leads the country in entrepreneurship, according to a new study by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research

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