Two Free Courses Focused on Food & Beverage and Retail

Learn best practices from Cascadia Management Group team members, state and national subject matter experts, and over twenty Montana-based business owners to help you grow your business.

Weekly, online course materials paired with live evening labs give you the opportunity to learn with meaning and flexibility. Sign up today for free!

Courses begin October 11, 2022

Accelerators are funded by the US Economic Development Administration and coordinated by University of Montana's Women's Entrepreneurship & Leadership Lab and Accelerate Montana.


Providing Hands-On Learning of Real World Solutions

The Future of MT Food & Beverage


Reimagining Retail


These free courses will help you look at innovation and capacity opportunities in your business – from an organizational and industry perspective. You will learn from experts in the retail industry, fellow food and beverage providers, and business experts on how to differentiate yourself to improve your customer experience and recruit and retain talent.

Participants will explore their opportunities to better connect with customers, explore the advantages of innovation in processes and people, connect with other like-minded business owners and industry experts, and receive an introduction to capacity building and change management, as well as practical and applied tools and skills to differentiate your business in the changing market.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a high-level understanding of the industry trends in retail or food and beverage
  • Exposure to multiple valuable resources you can implement in your business right away
  • Gain an understanding of how automation, A.I., robotics and other productivity enabling technologies can help advance the industry
  • Conduct a baseline assessment of your capacity across multiple core functional areas
  • Understand the business case for innovation and the role it could have in your organization
  • Learn how to assess your brand to create new opportunities for advance your customer experience and offerings
  • Explore new strategies to better recruit, train and retain the right people for the right roles in your organization
  • Build skills in assessing your current capacity and how to align your financial reports to future identified improvements
  • Use the P5 Capacity Dashboard as a tool for assessing your 6-week initiative sprint plan


  • Please register prior to course kickoff on October 11.
  • Accelerator courses run independently of one another. Please see
  • Cohorts will be limited to 10-16 people (indicate if you'd like more than one person to attend for your business).
  • Any Montana business owner can register and is invited to participate.
  • Registration is limited and not guaranteed for this first-time, live cohort. Materials will be posted online for independent learning in late Autumn 2022.

Virtual Meetings

  • Weekly course materials are online and can be completed on your own time.
  • Weekly evening labs are virtual- people can attend from anywhere. We do request people prioritize the weekly, evening labs.


  • October 11 – December 2 (No Class the week of November 21st  due to Thanksgiving Holiday) 
  • Weekly Evening Labs on Tuesday or Thursday
  • Pre-work October 11-13, virtual kick-off 
  • October 17-21:  The Current State of the Industry and Your Business 
  • October 24-28:  The Customer Experience and Unique Product Offering 
  • October 31-November 4:  Automation and Innovation in the Industry and Your Business 
  • November 7-11:  Advancing Your Workforce Strategy 
  • November 14-18: Planning Your Growth Strategy 
  • November 21-25:  Thanksgiving Holiday – No Evening Labs 
  • November 28-December 2: Building Your Future State

Register Here

Please register prior to the course kickoff on September 27.

Registration is limited and not guaranteed for the free, first, live offering with Cascadia.


Instructors & Cascadia Management Group

Cascadia Management Group combines decades of experience with a business' unique knowledge to provide fresh perspectives and approaches that will uncover root causes and target the best solutions.  Join Cascadia team members,  state and national subject matter experts, and over twenty Montana-based business owners as share best practices to help you grow your business.

Guest Presentations

 Patrick Barkey

Patrick Barkey, Director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of Montana

Dale Dixon

Dale Dixon, Chief Innovation Officer, Better Business Bureau Great West & Pacific

Glenn Bryan

Glenn Bryan, Growth Matrix and Associate Professor of Business Administration, Ohio Wesleyan University


Walter J Kero

Walter J Kero, CPA & Partner, Kero Byington CPAs

Joe Rojas

Joe Rojas, CEO, Start Grow Manage,

sean Burke

Sean Burke, Global Strategy & Innovation Lead, Accenture