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Can Do: Giving Montana Artists An Opportunity To Grow

Apr 20, 2018

Paige Williams, founder and CEO of Audience Awards, launched her business by googling "how to start a tech business" five years ago. With three degrees, one in philosophy and two in the arts, she launched a company specializing in connecting aspiring filmmakers with sponsors, festivals and media outlets.

"At the end of the day what we are really doing is we are democratizing entertainment, we are giving everyone a chance to get discovered and we are letting the global audience say: 'This is what we love,'" Williams says.

Startup Businesses Competing For $50,000 Friday

Apr 12, 2018
The John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge happens Friday at the University of Montana
University of Montana Blackstone Launchpad

Local college student entrepreneurs are competing this Friday for $50,000 in prize money, but they need a really savvy business idea first.

How might the trade sanctions President Donald Trump is proposing for China affect Montanans? We put that question to former Montana Senator Max Baucus, who also served as U.S. Ambassador to China in the Obama administration. In October, Baucus joined former Republican Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana to form an advocacy group called Farmers For Free Trade, which represents the National Wheat and Corn Growers Associations, the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation, among others. 

Amazon.com box.
Mike Seyfang (CC-BY-2)

In the rapidly changing world of retail sales, Amazon.com and other online marketplaces are drastically reshaping the shopping world. Businesses are struggling to understand and adapt to this fastest growing segment of e-commerce. 

Today on "Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs" you'll hear from Peter Kearns, head of Client Solutions for 180Commerce. Peter is a former Amazon Marketplace leader who shares his experience working with hundreds of sellers generating $300 million and counting in online sales.

The brewing trade war between China and the U.S. is making Montana farmers and ranchers nervous.

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