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We wanted to create a place that takes you somewhere.

“We wanted there to be a story behind everything that we do” I came across the build out video we had our good friend Chris Fox film for us while we were working on EVOKE the other day and he gracious dug around for the full files for me. When I take the time to go back and rewatch this sort of thing, it brings back so many memories. I’ll keep this one. Go check out this video from the build out phase of EVOKE. What times.


The one powerful thing I’ve been doing all wrong…

I was sitting down at my desk trying to figure out what I should work on next. Refreshing my five email accounts every 30 seconds waiting for that next message I was sure was going to pop up. The one that was going to change everything. It was during one of those times when I then went to refresh my Instagram feed and a quote from one of the folks I read often (Jesse Itzler) popped up and smacked me in the face…. “People are always waiting for something to happen before they change their lives. But they have it…

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Mini Series: Be Brave Enough To Tell Your Story. Part 3

(Here is the final segment to this series on being brave enough to tell your story. If you missed any of the others, catch part 1 and part 2 before reading!) For days after that, I felt a bit lost. Were we doing the right thing? Was this the place for us? Were we strong enough to be a leader in this environment? Were we really prepared? After a few days, it clicked. Yes. We were all of those things and we could do this. We stood up to the firing squad. We asked for feedback and were willing to…

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Mini Series: Be Brave Enough To Tell Your Story. Part 2

(Thanks for reading! This is part 2 of a quick mini series on one of the most humbling “storytelling” sessions I ever had to do. If you did not catch Part 1, go read that here!) And here we go… Thanks for continuing to follow me through this! While I wasn’t intending to give a huge backstory of the Bozeman Mill District or the Northeast Neighborhood Association, it seemed necessary before getting into the meat of what I really want to talk about: being brave enough to tell your story. If you remember, we left off with this idea that…

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Mini Series: Be Brave Enough To Tell Your Story. Part 1

(Entertain me for a few days with this one. As I began writing, I realized that this was WAY to much for 1 post and it needed quite a bit of back story and history to get the point across! So, mini series time!) When we were living in Bozeman, Montana trying to open EVOKE in the early years, 2005ish, we found ourselves eyeing a part of town that was somewhat a fighting grounds between the long term residence, the City of Bozeman, and new businesses and developers like us. The city was growing rapidly, even then, and the boundaries…


What Is This Whole Entrepreneurship Thing Really About, Anyway?

In 2005, I walked across the stage as the first ever graduate in Entrepreneurship at Belmont University. I was lucky enough to fall into a program that Dr. Jeff Cornwall had designed AND to be a part of it on the ground floor. He had built a program not about case studies and faux business plans but real life. Real business. MY business. Each student was working on their own plans. Everyday. Each class designed to teach us principles needed to best “fail on paper” as we sifted through all the information and research it takes to incubate our dreams.…

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