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Can Do: Two Perspectives On Montana's Economy Going Into 2021

Jan 18, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage our country and vaccine relief is slow in coming, sound advice is as good as gold. Montana businesses experienced an exhausting 2020, and the new year promises to be just as unpredictable. Joining me today are two guests experiencing the economic impact from two very different perspectives.

Tino Sonora is the Associate Director of the Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Dr. Sonora has been studying the economic effects of the pandemic on Montana since its onset nearly a year ago.

Lynn-Wood Fields is a film industry veteran who is currently the Marketing Producer for Montana Studios. Among other things, Montana Studios has been providing production support for the hit TV series Yellowstone, which is being filmed in Montana.

What is the state of the state as we enter 2021? Which industries have weathered the pandemic the best and have a bright future? What lessons can be shared with businesses that continue to struggle, and is there a silver lining?

This and much more on today’s episode of can do.

This is Can Do, a podcast that explores the business lessons essential for success in these volatile times. Can Do shares the insights of industry experts along with the experiences and advice of local businessmen and businesswomen. Whether you’re a business owner, an entrepreneur, or your career is affected by the current economic climate, these lessons will give you the guidance you need to make informed decisions about your future. I’m your host, Arnie Sherman

Support for this episode of Can Do is provided by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, dedicated to investing in people to improve the quality of their lives. Additional support comes from the Greater Montana Foundation, encouraging communication on issues, trends and values of importance to Montanans. And Parsons Behle and Latimer, a regional law firm with national expertise, representing the interests of Montana entrepreneurs and businesses. More information at