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Can Do Season Wrap-Up: Lessons The Pandemic Taught Us

Michelle Huie and host Arnie Sherman reflect on lessons learned by business owners featured in Season Four of "Can Do"
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Michelle Huie and host Arnie Sherman reflect on lessons learned by business owners featured in Season Four of "Can Do"

Can Do's fourth season unfolded in real time as business owners grappled with the impacts of the pandemic on their personal and professional lives. Some looked to innovate while others doubled down on what had made them successful in the first place. Whichever strategy they used, the wild swings and challenges of the past year forced every entrepreneur to reevaluate how they do business.

In this episode, we’ll reflect on insights from Season Four's Can Do guests, reviewing their advice and examining how it might fit a post-pandemic future.  Joining Arnie Sherman is one of the program's favorite contributors, Michelle Huie, founder and CEO of VIM & VIGR and ShopDot, and a guest on our first show of the season (aptly titled “How Businesses Can Adapt to Unpredictable Times"). Michelle helps us evaluate what our guests had to say, and gives her professional opinion on what business owners can learn from this past year.

In this episode, you'll hear from the following guests:  

    Stacy Maloney, Director of Change Management at The GAP, offers her insights on being cautious and trying something small, like a micro-pivot, when faced with the unpredictability of the pandemic.

    Ben Morris, founder of Coaster Cycles, speaks about how he's learned and grown from failure.

    Mariah Gladstone, founder of Indigikitchen, describes how a passion project can grow into a full-time career, even in these uncertain times.

    Ingrid Hill of family-run Cordova Farms in Power, Montana speaks about not being afraid to take risks.

    Chris Walch ofLifeScore, a global company running remotely, shares lessons from working as COO of an all-remote staff.

    Kyle Riggs of Pangea Restaurant in Missoula, Montana, comments on an unexpected silver lining of the pandemic.

    Racene Friede of Glacier Country Tourism highlights takeaways from the pandemic for the tourism industry.

    Mike Braun, professor and entrepreneur, offers advice to family business owners about suffering in silence.

    Tim Pollard, CEO of Oratium in Billings, Montana, shares insights on building relationships via the virtual world.

    Maureen Lonergan, Director of Worldwide Training at Amazon Web Services, provides her perspective on how technology has been a game-changer in global education, and talks about her favorite leadership principle: “Learn to be curious.”

Arnie Sherman's experiences as an entrepreneur, trade negotiator, strategic advisor, college professor and as the host of podcast, radio and television programs give him a singular perspective on life and the business world.
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