Montana Public Radio

Can Do: Meet Five Of Montana's Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs

Dec 26, 2018

Throughout 2018, Montana entrepreneurs shared their business insights on Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs. As the year wraps up, take a listen to these five interviews from outstanding women entrepreneurs describing the nitty-gritty behind their hard-won successes.

Toby O’Rourke is the first female president in the 56-year history of Kampgrounds of America (KOA).  On this "Can Do" episode, O’Rourke explains why she works to create a feeling of community among KOA’s many franchises, and what role technology will play in the future of outdoor-focused businesses.
Learn more from O'Rouke here.

Marissa Keenan is the co-founder and owner of Sweet Peaks Ice Cream.  Keenan and her husband expanded a single storefront into three states, letting local ingredients do the work to distinguish their ice cream from the competition. On this "Can Do" episode, Keenan describes how she knew what questions to ask when creating a startup, and how that sensibility led Sweet Peaks to become profitable in just two years.
Listen to Keenan's secrets for start-up success.

Paige Williams is founder and CEO of Audience Awards, a platform to support short-format filmmakers honing their craft. On this episode of "Can Do," Williams tells of her journey from social worker to award-winning filmmaker to art-meets-commerce matchmaker. Williams explains how to make an income with your art and how she stays connected to the greater business world from Missoula, Montana.
Learn more from Williams.

Nicole Hagerman Miller is the managing director of Biomimicry 3.8, a Missoula-based company that creates strategies for businesses based on functions found in nature. Listen and learn as Miller outlines her strategies as a manager and explains how she balances the needs of her staff with their customers.
Learn more from Nicole Hagerman Miller.

Michelle Huie is the founder of Vim&Vigr, a company that sells fashionable compression legwear for men and women. On this episode of "Can Do," Huie explains how she increased her business exponentially in just four short years, and why she thinks Vim&Vigr couldn’t have succeeded anywhere other than Missoula, Montana.
Find out Huie's secrets for start-up success here.

Listen to more interviews from Montana’s savvy entrepreneurs here.