Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes, and every business plays a critical role in keeping Montana’s towns vibrant. The Treasure State consistently ranks in top five in reports from the Kauffman Foundation in rates of business ownership and business sustainability.
In our Q and A series, we’ll introduce you to some of Montana’s brightest and best entrepreneurs from all corners of the state. These businesses are involved in a variety of industries including hospitality, retail, and food.
Join us in our first Q & A as we travel to Great Falls to meet the minds behind the Mighty Mo Brewing Company!
- What is the name of your business?
Mighty Mo Brewing Company
- What are your names and titles?
Seth Swingley, Co-Owner/GM, and Casey Kingsland, Co-Owner/Head Brewer
- Are you native Montanans? If you are, where is your hometown and why do you love it? If not, why did you decide to make Montana home?
We both grew up in Great Falls. We love it because we’re centrally located to so many amazing places Montana has to offer, and it is a great place to raise a family.
- How long has your business been in operation?
We have our 5 Year Anniversary on Dec. 6th 2018!
- What does your business do?
We are a microbrewery & tap room who serves our own handcrafted beer and pizza.
- What has surprised you about owning your own business?
The different people and personalities you come across. 99 percent of them buy into your business and want you to succeed, but there is always that small percentage of people who will never understand what it takes to operate a small business!
- Why should an entrepreneur start a business in Montana?
There are a ton of reasons to start a business in Montana; in fact, I can’t think of one reason not to start one here in the Big Sky state!
- Why did you decide to start your business?
There are also a lot of reason for this question but I think the one we both definitely have in common is, we wanted to give Great Falls something different and to help make a difference our community.
- What are three pieces of advice you would give someone about starting a company in Montana?
- Give back to your community.
- Let your customers feel like they are a part of your business.
- Be consistent with everything you do, if you are a retail business do not decide to decrease your hours too soon. It takes a good amount of time to create people’s habits. For example, during the first year we were open, our Sunday’s were horrible. We often wondered why our doors were open.. It slowly but surely got better, and now it is our most consistent day of the week.
- Anything else you would like to add?
BUILD SOMETHING YOU ARE PROUD OF!
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