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Can Do: Essential Business Lessons

  • Hosted by Arnie Sherman

Can Do, MTPR's podcast on business and entrepreneurship hosted by Arnie Sherman is in its fourth season, and we’re expanding. This season will feature the same informative interviews and the lessons Montana business owners and entrepreneurs have to share. But times are changing. There’s a major election in November and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change how business is done.

The main focus this season is on the here & now. How does a business survive in today’s volatile economy? How can you transition your business or start a new one? What can you do to make sure your finances are in order? We’ll be asking these questions to business experts in Montana and around the country.

Listen to Can Do at www.mtpr.org or wherever you get your podcasts. New episodes are published every other Monday.

Can Do: Demystifying Cryptocurrency

Oct 4, 2019
Cryptocurrency
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What do tokens, smart contracts, mining, time stamping and blockchain technology all have in common? They are all essential parts of the complicated cryptocurrency industry, a new enterprise that is rapidly transforming global financial markets and the transaction landscape.

Cryptocurrency is a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange. It uses encrypted data to secure financial transactions, make them transparent to users, and verify the transfer of assets.

Courtney and John McKee are the founders of Headframe Spirits in Butte, MT.
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Early in the 20th century, the bustling mining town of Butte, Montana was one of the largest cities in the West. Hardrock miners lowered themselves 5,000 feet underground to tap out the abundant copper ore, working in mines with names like Orphan Girl, Neversweat, and Destroying Angel. In the hundred years since Butte’s heyday, most of the mines have closed, but new opportunities have been unearthed.

Using the same determination, innovation, and passion that underscored Butte’s early success, John and Courtney McKee founded Headframe Spirits distillery in 2010. Each spirit is named after a storied mine claim, weaving Butte’s mining history into unique products.

Can Do: How MyVillage Is Working To Remake Childcare

Sep 6, 2019
In 2017, two mothers from Montana launched MyVillage, a platform that connects parents with trained, licensed daycare providers.
Screen capture from myvillage.com, Sept. 6, 2019.

According to the Center for American Progress, 51% of Americans live in a daycare desert; a place with almost no openings for infants or toddlers in nearby licensed preschools. Those lucky enough to find openings often spend more on childcare than they can afford, and many educators can’t earn enough as preschool teachers to make ends meet.

Can Do: Lessons Learned In Season Two

May 3, 2019
Arnie Sherman is the host of 'Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs'.
Arnie Sherman

This week’s episode of  Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs is a little bit different. It’s the last show of Season Two, so it seems fitting to reflect on the past 21 shows, and to touch on the experiences shared and lessons learned.

You'll hear the “method to the madness” behind the interviews, and what piece of the puzzle each guest added as we shared lessons from experts who are succeeding as entrepreneurs.

As an angel funder, LaPointe provides not just capital but mentoring and networking opportunities to tech-based startups in Montana and nearby states.
Gil Stober

Today on Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs, angel funder Pat LaPointe drills into the details of accelerating the growth of early-stage tech companies in Montana, and why it matters.

Erica von Kleist.
Cat Gebauer

"Creating employment for musicians is one of my passions," says Erica von Kleist. In 2013, this New York City jazz player, arranger, composer, bandleader and teacher made a life-changing move to Whitefish, Montana. With a bang, Erica began creating opportunities for fellow musicians and music teachers, demonstrating first-hand how an artist can think like an entrepreneur.

On this week’s Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs, von Kleist lays out her vision for a "biodome" of employment for musicians, and makes the case for teaching young artists how to synchronize their creative and entrepreneurial grooves to build lasting careers. Learn more now from Erica von Kleist.

Can Do: Design By – And For – Women

Mar 22, 2019

The very day Mallory Ottariano graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in architecture and design, she bought a $100 sewing machine on eBay and started running an Etsy shop in the corner of her parents’ basement.

Seven years later, Ottariano’s design skills have fashioned Kind Apparel, a Missoula, Montana-based high-tech women’s adventure clothing line. Her colorful Lycra and fleece garments – made in the U.S. mostly out of recycled plastic bottles – have created thousands of loyal customers among indoors and outdoors women alike.

Can Do: The Hacker's Life

Mar 8, 2019
Sherri Davidoff, CEO of LGM Security.
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The CEO of Missoula, Montana’s LMG Security spends her work days finding ways to break into companies, then writing reports about what she finds. Meet author, lecturer and “security badass,” Sherri Davidoff.

Influenced by the tradition of white-hat hacking at her alma mater, MIT, Davidoff is known as ‘Alien’ in the cyber-sleuthing world. After outing herself last year as Alien, she became the subject of a new book called Breaking and Entering, which profiles her adventures in the world of data breaches and digital forensics.

Can Do: Seizing An Adventurous Life

Feb 22, 2019

Brian Morgan has a superpower: he’s figured out how to turn his wanderlust into a thriving business. In 1999 he created Adventure Life, a Missoula, Montana-based travel business offering clients personalized tours around the globe.

Morgan defines adventure travel as “Going somewhere that’s going to put you out of your comfort zone a little bit, and something that’s really going to introduce you to cultures and environments that you’re not familiar — that’s the core part of adventure.”

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

Feb 8, 2019
Will Price, founder of Next Frontier Capital in Bozeman, Montana.
Next Frontier Capital

Will Price’s motivation for founding Bozeman, Montana-based Next Frontier Capital in 2015 is deep-seated: he’s a member of an extended Montana family, and like many, work early in his career sent him far away from the state. 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.

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