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I went to Google’s small business event; Grow With Google, and it was awesome

June 15, 2022 Gabriel News

In early May I was invited to attend Google’s national small business event: Grow With Google in Washington, DC.

I was one of roughly 100 small business owners (the only one from Montana) who traveled from around the country to meet, exchange ideas, learn from each other and participate in breakout  sessions presented by Google’s best and brightest.

I met some pretty cool people.

One young couple started making learn-to-crochet kits during the pandemic and less than a year later had a million dollar in sales, quit their jobs and were trying to figure out how to have their kits produced overseas so they could keep up with demand.

A woman from Atlanta taught herself to blog and created Ice Cream Convos, an entertainment and celebrity news website that generated more than enough advertising revenue for her to quit her job, and then for her husband to quit his.

I met a team of people who run a wildly successful olive oil importing and eCommerce business, the owner/founder of a kids furniture company in New York City and a couple who reclaim wood from teardown houses in Detroit and turn it into high end furniture.

My favorite part of this event was meeting other business owners and learning how they built their companies. Hearing their stories was truly inspiring. It also made me realize that while we spend so much time helping our clients tell their stories, we need to make sure we’re also telling our own! 

So we’ve made a few updates to our website to share a bit more of Gecko’s origin story. We’d love to share it with you. Check it out here, and let us know what you think!

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Chandra Brown 7 months ago
The decision to invest in a new, professionally-constructed website was not a casual one for my small company. The Gecko team was supportive and enthusiastic from our first interaction and throughout the duration of the project. They demonstrated the value of working with talented, committed designers to create a functional, beautiful new online home for our work. I am grateful, and recommend Gecko without reservation.
Robyn Windham 9 months ago
Gecko recently launched a new website for my organization (Headwaters Foundation) and they knocked it out of the park! They were receptive to our wants and needs and very responsive throughout the process. We enjoyed working with their team; they really have begun to feel like my 'communications coworkers down the hall.' I am looking forward to working with them on more projects.
David Mountan 3 months ago
A banner was needed on short notice for a graduation reception, and Gabe was able to both come up with a wonderful design and have a high quality banner ready for the reception as promised. Overall, an outstanding experience, and I look forward to working with their team on future projects as well! Dave Mountan