Montana Public Radio

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.

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The Scott family continues to run the publicly traded, 120 office, six state, $12 billion First Interstate Bank system out of Billings, Montana as if it was still a small town bank. On this episode of "Can Do," James Scott, Jr., grandson of First Interstate Bank founder Homer Scott and son of chairman James Scott, Sr., talks about the history of the bank, as well as who and what the bank finances and invests in, and how you can succeed in today's competitive landscape.

Nick Checota at the grand opening of the KettleHouse Amphitheater in Bonner, MT,
Josh Burnham

"It's not about glamour. It's not about being seen at the front door. It's not about hanging out with artists in the backroom. It's not about partying with customers. It's about being very transactional and very focused on your business. It's all business first"

That's Nick Checota, the owner and entertainment buyer for Logjam Presents and the manager, promoter and owner of Missoula's The Wilma Theater, Top Hat Lounge and the KettleHouse Amphitheater. Checota shares lessons he's learned building successful businesses in Montana, on this episode of "Can Do."

Danica Winters: archaeologist; award-winning writer; author of many published books and short stories; marketing and social media guru; founder of a digital publishing services company; sought-after speaker; wife; mother of two. If you think Danica sounds like a superwoman or the heroine of a Harlequin romance novel, you're right. Almost.

Winters is a Montanan and writer for Harlequin. She's a partner at Self Publishing Services, a company with 30 contract employees, and she runs her self-publishing empire from Frenchtown, Montana.

In this episode of "Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs," Danica Winters joins host Arnie Sherman to share lessons she learned as she developed her writing career and self-publishing service.

Can Do: How Edible Crickets Fuel This Montana Business

Sep 29, 2017
Cricket Cookie.
Courtesy Cowboy Cricket Farms

"It was during the time of the bug buffet at MSU. I was seeing all these people there having fun trying these insects, they were eating them. So went home and I said, 'James, I want to start a cricket farm,'" says Kathy Rolin. Kathy and her husband James founded Cowboy Cricket Farms.

Kathy and James Rolin join host Arnie Sherman to share lessons learned while building their edible cricket business in Belgrade, Montana, in this episode of "Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs."

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