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Indoor Innovator Interview Series

Here are several video interviews with entrepreneurs and how they're coping or pivoting as the pandemic changes business. Here firsthand what others are doing so you can make changes to your business.

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    Entrepreneur Interviews

    The Blackstone LaunchPad sat down with Margit Baake of the Kalispell Chamber and Mark Losh of the Missoula Chamber to chat about building authentic business relationships during a pandemic.

    Margit Baake  and Mark Losh 

    Kalispell Chamber / Missoula Chamber

    May 11, 2020

    The Blackstone LaunchPad sat down with Ross Keogh and Liz Mellem of Parsons Behle, and Colin Boyle of Boyle Deveny Meyer to help explain the CARES Act & Families First Coronavirus Response Act to our small businesses.

    Ross Keogh, Liz Mellem and Colin Boyle

    Parsons Behle / Boyle Deveny Meyer

    May 11, 2020

    The Blackstone LaunchPad sat down with Aimee McQuilkin, owner of Bettys Divine to hear how she has had to adjust her business in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Aimee McQuilkin 

    Bettys Divine

    Apr 29, 2020

    The Blackstone LaunchPad sat down with Mike Braun, professor of College of Business and Scott Latham, Professor of Law at University of Massachusetts to hear how we might be re-entering the world after the pandemic of COVID-19 is resolved.

    Mike Braun and Scott Latham

    The University of Montana / University of Massachusetts

    Apr 27, 2020

    The Blackstone LaunchPad sat down with Charlie Beaton, the owner of Big Dipper Ice Cream, and Brian Flaig, respectful senior banker from First Security Bank to hear how they have had to adjust their business and maintain the relationship between bank and local business in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Charlie Beaton and Brian Flaig

    Big Dipper Ice Cream / First Security Bank

    Apr 24, 2020

    The Blackstone LaunchPad sat down with Mike Braun, professor of College of Business and Sid Graef, successful entrepreneur to hear how they have had to adjust their business in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Mike Braun and Sid Graef

    The University of Monatna / The 80/20 Show

    Apr 23, 2020

    The Blackstone LaunchPad sat down with Patrick Claytor, owner of Big Sky Fulfillment to hear how he has had to adjust his business in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and what have been rapidly changed in shipping industry. 

    Patrick Claytor 

    Big Sky Fulfillment 

    Apr 23, 2020

    The Blackstone LaunchPad sat down with Molly Bradford, owner of Gatherboard and MissoulaEvents.net to hear how she has had to adjust her business in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Molly Bradford

    Gatherboard / MissoulaEvents.net

    Apr 21, 2020

    The Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana sat down with local dance studio owner, Kali Lindner of Oula Fitness, to see how she has adjusted her business to whether the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Kali Lindner

    Oula Fitness

    Apr 14, 2020

    The Blackstone LaunchPad sat down with Joe Burnich of Big West Marketing to hear how he's weathering the pandemic of COVID-19. Check out his tips on revamping your website now that everyone is shopping online!

    Joe Burnich

    Big West Marketing

    Apr 10, 2020

    The Blackstone LaunchPad at UM sat down with Paisley Taylor, owner and founder of Create Art Bar, to ask her how her business has had to adapt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See how you can still take part in online art classes!

    Paisley Taylor

    Create Art Bar

    Apr 8, 2020

    The Blackstone LaunchPad at UM sat down with Tom Snyder, owner and founder of Five on Black, to ask him how his business has had to adapt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See how you can still get a delicious bowl from Five on Black!

    Tom Snyder

    Five on Black

    Apr 8, 2020

    Expert and Specialist Interviews

    Office Hours: New Unemployment Rules with Missoula Job Service

    As Montana re-opens, the rules for benefit eligibility are changing for both individuals and businesses
    Kellyann Deniger from the Missoula Job Service helps us parse through all relevant updates, including:
    - New eligibility requirements
    - Status of the $600 emergency benefit
    - Impact on self-employed and small businesses
    - Others

    May 18, 2020

    Pivoting during COVID-19: Re-evaluating your Market, with Joe Anderson from Reflex Protect

    A conversation with Joe Anderson of protection technology start-up Reflex Protect about ways to rebuild your customer base and design changes to your business model to thrive in the coming phase of post-COVID economic recovery.

    Joe Anderson 

    Reflex Protect

    May 6, 2020

    Pivoting during COVID-19: Strategy and Planning for Change

    A Zoom conversation with Paddy Fleming of the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center about how your business can optimize its strategy and operations to adapt to the COVID-19 economic landscape.

    Paddy Fleming

    Montana Manufacturing Extension Center

    May 4, 2020

    Pivoting 2 Government Contracting with Patty Cox

    Introduction to Government Contracting: A conversation with Patty Cox of the Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Center about why securing government contracts might be a great opportunity for your business is the wake of COVID-19 and its impacts on our economy.

    Patty Cox

    Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Center

    Apr 30, 2020

    Legal Office Hours 2 Self Employed

    AMRII at UM sat down with Joel Henry from Worden Thane (Missoula, Montana) who fielded questions and offered his legal expertise to self employed individuals, sole proprietors, and independent contractors as they navigate obtaining emergency funds during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Joel Henry

    Worden Thane (Missoula, Montana)

    Apr 16, 2020

    Leveraging Public Funds during Covid-19 Crisis

    Q&A with Montana World Trade Center Director Brigitta Miranda-Freer

    Brigitta Miranda-Freer

    Montana World Trade Center

    Apr 13, 2020