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 among the 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 we meet Valerie Manne in the Mining City!
Valerie Manne Design
1. What is the name of your business?
2. Are you a native of Montana? If you are, where is your hometown and why do you love it? If not, why did you decide to make Montana home?
We were looking for a future home to settle down in that had outdoor recreation and jobs. Butte is turning out to be just that, and we are looking to settle down here.
3. How long has your business been in operation? What does your business do?
I started working for myself once I moved to Butte. So far so good! I do web design, graphic design, and photography.
4. What has surprised you about owning your own business?
Nothing too surprising, to be honest. I feel like I was told how difficult it was throughout college, and have not found it to be that difficult.
5. Why should an entrepreneur start a business in Montana?
Depending on what they do, Montana is a great place to settle in. There are plenty of outdoor activities and so far, everyone we’ve met has given us a warm welcome and been very helpful.
6. Why did you decide to start your business?
I decided to start my own business after realizing how much more productive direct interaction between the client and designer can be. I try to fully get to know each business, custom needs, and direction. I truly care about my client’s success and will openly offer ideas and guidance that could benefit them.
7. What are three pieces of advice you would give someone about starting a company in Montana?
Choose a good CPA, choose a good attorney to set you up for success and file your business correctly, and talk to an SBDC advisor!
8. Is there anything else you would like to add?
I’ve been here for 7 months coming from NY and feel so much more positivity here. Montana seems like a progressive state, and I especially love that there are women-specific business groups (i.e. Prospera in Bozeman).
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