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 Lisa Ledoux, the vice president and COO of a business in Bozeman!
The Serenity Ranch
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?
I am not from Montana. We decided to make Montana home because we love the mountains and outdoor activities.
3. How long has your business been in operation? What does your business do?
We have been in operation since May 2018. The Serenity Ranch is a nonprofit organization that provides equine therapy programs to vulnerable female populations suffering from PTSD and or Trauma. We provide assistance to female veterans, spouses of veterans and female law enforcement officials. It is an organization run by women for women. We use rescued horses that we own.
4. What has surprised you about owning your own business?
The level of responsibility that is required in all aspects of financial, fundraising, and marketing growth and analysis.
5. Why should an entrepreneur start a business in Montana?
Montana has a group of wonderful resourceful communities that are growing fast.
6. Why did you decide to start your business?
Working in the horse community and realizing how beneficial horses were in our emotional growth, we saw and absolute need to help women.
7. What are three pieces of advice you would give someone about starting a company in Montana?
1. Get the appropriate legal advice from the inception of the business.
2. Have a decent business plan in place.
3. Get involved in marketing groups from the start of the business.
8. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Montana is a wonderful and supporting state to start a business in.
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