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Monday, November 30, 2015

Livingston business owner to speak at Innovate Montana Small Business Roadshow

Park County Community Journal

Author: Madison, Davey

Rachel Anderson, President and Founder of Markouture, a marketing and promotional services company based in Livingston, MT, has been asked by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to present as a Small Business Champion at two of their upcoming Innovate Montana Small Business Roadshows on November 17th in Harlowton and November 18th in White Sulphur Springs.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Small Business Roadshows Scheduled in Harlowton and White Sulphur Springs

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Author: Madison, Davey

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development is partnering with the Wheatland County Chamber of Commerce and White Sulphur Springs Chamber of Commerce to produce Innovate Harlowton: Small Business Roadshow and Innovate White Sulphur Springs: Small Business Roadshow. The roadshow is a casual event where business owners and potential entrepreneurs can network, share ideas and learn innovative ways to start or grow a small business.  All are welcome to attend.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Small Business Road Show Rolls Through Glendive

Ranger Review

Author: Madison, Davey

Bob Thaden of Tongue River Vineyard and Winery in Miles City and Kris Carpenter of Sanctuary Spa and Salon in Billings both offered advice to cope with the struggles and triumphs that accompany starting a small business. 

A totally engaged audience of over 50 people, many of whom were small business owners, generated optimistic energy at the workshop as the presenters provided helpful insights, said Dawson County Economic Development Council executive director Cathy Kirkpatrick

“I think the speakers related very well to small business owners and the folks who attended. I appreciate that they shared about when times were tough. Their honesty was really valuable,” Kirkpatrick said. 

Although they work in different industries, both Thaden and Carpenter offered similar advice. They  said small business owners should plan for failure and follow their passions. It is better to take the risk than live to regret it, they acknowledged.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Small Business Roadshow will be Rolling into a Town Near You

Davey Madison

Author: Madison, Davey

We are hitting the road to bring the Innovate Montana: Small Business Roadshow to a town near you! The Small Business Roadshow is connecting community conversations on business startups, expansions, and revitalizing Downtowns and Main Streets. The program consists of a few brief presentations, lots of networking, and  some “how-I-did-it” stories from some of Montana’s best entrepreneurs.  The next stops are in Eureka on the June 23 and Troy on June 25.  If you want to get in on the act, give us a call!


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Monday, December 1, 2014

John & Snezhi Grahlert

Stonehouse Distillery

Author: Madison, Davey

John and Snezhi Grahlert likely never envisioned themselves as pioneers in the artisan distillery world. As John notes “we’re not even really drinkers” - but they certainly are savvy business people.  As the owners of Montana’s newest craft distillery they’re joining an emerging industry that’s grown by 700% over five years. Like many entrepreneurs, their path to starting the Stonehouse Distillery in the small, rural town of Winston, Montana started with a recognition that they could make an existing product better.  John recalls the moment during the vacation he and Snezhi took in 2010 when it became clear the market needed higher quality, tastier spirits:

“We ordered a couple of supposedly high-end tropical drinks to celebrate our vacation, and were disappointed by the lack of a distinct flavor profile in the liquor - it was all lost to the fruit juices and other mixers.  We knew we could do better.” 

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