Podcast for Innovators & Problem Solvers
About The Vault at 201 N Broadway
We are coming to you from a vault, in a historic bank building in the heart of downtown Billings, Montana!
We are here to highlight our regions small businesses, entrepreneurs, and leaders in workforce development – in addition to a handful of other cool and inspiring people. We will be sitting down with Business Owners, Workforce Experts, Resource Partners, Community Leaders, and Innovative Thinkers and helping them share their stories with all of you!
Why Should You Listen?
Are you a business owner, manager, dreamer, or a human being? This podcast is for you! The Vault provides the information and resources for you or your business to get started, expand, grow, or pivot, it tells the story of innovative and inspirational entrepreneurs, workforce leaders and more – with a good amount of humor.”
We hope to inspire you to take the leap to be your own creator, innovator, or provide an idea for a solution to a problem you are working on.
Meet the Creators and Hosts
Kayla Vokral is the SBDC Business Advisor/Training Manager at Big Sky Economic Development where she helps small businesses and entrepreneurs find solutions to their most pressing problems. She knows what businesses need and is quick to jump on any opportunity that will be beneficial to them, whether that’s through trainings she coordinates, one-on-one counseling she gives, or grants and funding opportunities she promotes. With her background in business ownership, management, and advising, Kayla has seen a wide variety of peaks and valleys and how to navigate them. She lives by her “give first” mentality and is always willing to share small business successes and lessons learned to help inspire and educate other entrepreneurs, small business owners, and business leaders.
Marcell Bruski is the Director of Marketing & BillingsWorks at Big Sky Economic Development where she leads strategic direction for the marketing, communication, and branding of BSED. She manages marketing campaigns, organizational events, and programs from conception through completion. On the other hand, Marcell oversees BillingsWorks, BSED’s workforce development program. She works to advance talent attraction & retention resources for local recruiters and employers, and sustain partnerships and alignment with education and industry to build a strong workforce for tomorrow. Marcell always lends a helping hand where she can and leads with determination and confidence to get the job done.
Karli Baker is the Marketing Specialist at Big Sky Economic Development where she provides creative and strategic direction for BSED programs to help them better market their services, trainings, and events. BillingsWorks is one of these programs where she works in developing new ways for employers to best access resources to promote living and working in Billings (#betteroffinbillings). Additionally, Karli leads the Summer Intern Leadership Institute, a summer program that provides Billings-area interns an opportunity to network with each other, undergo various types of professional development, and learn more about what Billings offers for Being, Growing, and Playing here! Karli consistently provides thoughtful direction and insight to her work and always leads with an innovative and positive outlook.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Thank you to the Small Business Development Center for Sponsoring “The Vault”. The Small Business Development Center provides free one-on-one counseling, business plan assistance, market research, financial projection assistance and more to Small Businesses.
Thank you to Big Sky Economic Development for supporting “The Vault”. Big Sky Economic Development provides leadership and resources for business creation, expansion, retention, new business recruitment and community development.
Episode 3: Finding Creative Content with Maddie Reiners, Maddie Nichole Photographer
Kayla, Marcell • 02/01/2023
In this episode, we sit down with young female entrepreneur Maddie - owner of Maddie Nichole Photographer, podcast creator of 20 Something, adventurer, and Rock31 member. The trio discuss what ignited Maddie’s passion to be a photographer, the experiences she went through to get her to where she is today, how she stays creative and where she finds inspiration in her business and in her life. Plus, Maddie shares some tips about how to start your own podcast! The energy between these three is electric that it will leave you wanting more! Make sure to subscribe and share with a friend. You can also follow us on our Instagram: thevault_201.
Episode 2: Meet The Hosts
Kayla, Marcell, Karli • 02/01/2023
What does a Toyota 4Runner, 1965 Red Ford Mustang Convertible, and vintage Mini Cooper have in common? These are the dream vehicles of our hosts. In this episode we meet the creators and hosts of The Vault at 201 N Broadway. They talk about what led them to the roles they have today at Big Sky Economic Development AND why they are so excited to finally launch this podcast to share the stories of Billings entrepreneurs, small businesses, and community leaders making big impacts in the community. Make sure to subscribe and share with a friend. You can also follow us on our Instagram: thevault_201.
Episode 1: Introduction
Kayla, Marcell, Karli • 01/13/2023
Welcome to our first episode of The Vault at 201 N Broadway- a podcast for innovators & problem solvers. In this episode the hosts will be introducing you to The Vault, who we are and why we are here! Make sure to subscribe and share with a friend. You can also follow us on our Instagram: thevault_201.
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