Sessions

Featuring new opportunities to learn and continue economic recovery, the Innovation Hub serves as an interactive tool to ensure that businesses can continue adapting. Sessions focus on inspiring solutions for entrepreneurs and small businesses who are facing the challenges of this pandemic.

COVID-19 has challenged how businesses lead and make difficult decisions in a time of crisis. In this video, Governor Steve Bullock and Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and partner at Greylock Partners, discuss how to approach leadership and guide an organization through uncertainty.

COVID-19 has rapidly changed the business environment and has caused many companies to re-evaluate their growth strategies. In this video, Toby O’Rourke and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney discuss how KOA’s strategy has evolved and continued to thrive through challenging times.

COVID-19 has accelerated many trends one of the most important is certainly remote work. Watch as Cece Renick, Erica Mackey, and Kathleen O’Leary discuss this trend and the challenges and opportunities it presents.

COVID-19 has dealt severe harm to communities large and small. In this video Grant Kier, Cassandra Sunell, and Shandy Hanks-Moran discuss strategies for revitalizing growth and community pride through a global pandemic. This video references additional downloadable materials linked below.

COVID-19 has displaced hundreds of thousands of workers. Although painful, this has opened up the opportunity for entrepreneurship to many. In this video Diane Smith, Rob Irizarry, and Trevor Huffmaster, discuss the fundamentals to consider when starting a business.

Who are you as an entrepreneur? In this video, Diane Smith shares actionable advice on how to map a foundation for the success of your business and your future in entrepreneurship.

For businesses seeking to rapidly scale, outside capital is a requirement. In this video Dawn McGee, Arnie Sherman, and Susan Carstensen discuss the best way to present your company to investors and raise money.

Moving your business online to grow your customer base and provide an additional revenue stream has never been more crucial. In this video, Michelle Huie will share the keys to successfully moving your brick-and-mortar online.

What does the next year look like for your business? In this video, Julie Jaksha shares how to properly plan your finances and business operations for the next 12 months.

Through the stress and turmoil of COVID-19, many individuals and industries have felt the pain points and challenges of reopening their businesses to the public. In this video, Jayne Morrow, Jim Swan, Kali Wicks, Kenneth Martinez, assess of the current challenges and discuss innovative solutions to safely move forward.

For a business the decision on when to pivot and what to pivot to can be the difference between success and failure. Watch as Ben Morris and Paul Gladen discuss the decision to pivot operations at Coaster Cycles and how they made sure it was the right strategic decision for the company.

Is your business at a loss for marketing? Not sure where to invest your budget to drive the best return? Dive into how to increase revenue, create brand trust, and maintain brand loyalty in this Q&A with Shelby Thorlacius, Digital Marketing Manager at Big Sky Resort and Julia Bryant, Brand & Marketing Project Manager at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Can you still raise money for your high growth company during a pandemic – especially in Montana? Join Pat LaPointe, Managing Director of Frontier Angels and Chairman of Early Stage Montana, for a in-depth look at how to seek funding in a challenging market and plan for the impact of COVID.

Meet Chris Walch, COO of Lifescore, an AI-driven adaptive music-scoring tool. Chris is based in Bozeman, Montana where she founded Women of Winter, an event that highlights women in winter sports and shares their stories. Gain insight and perseverance from this fireside chat with Chris Walch and Rob Irizarry, Director of Oracle Service Cloud Center of Excellence.

Meet Jon Wick, Owner and Lead Designer at 5518 Designs in Butte, Montana. Jon has an incredible story that showcases the strength and resilience of an entrepreneur. Jon was a speaker at the 2019 Innovate Montana Symposium, and recently shared an update from the past year, managing a business through COVID and finding new opportunities throughout the pandemic.

Meet Quentin Robinson, Founder and Lead Facilitator of Movements for Movements. At the 2019 Innovate Montana Symposium, Quentin took the stage and shared how the art of movement breaks down barriers and frees expression. Listen to this motivational talk to inspire your next movement.

Product development is an art and a science. In this video, David Yakos, Steve Downer, and Tate Chamberlin discuss product development in the toys and games industry and how they harness their passion for their businesses. Learn how to build a company culture that inspires creativity and freedom of expression.