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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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Rachel Van Brocklin 5 months ago
Gecko Designs is one of the best vendors I've ever hired and worked with in more than 15 years of education and advocacy communications. The work of our nonprofit organization is complex, and they have done exceptional work to help us make what we do clear to a broader external audience. Everyone we've worked with on their team has brought focus, expertise, intelligence, and fun to our work together. I look forward to many more projects with Gecko in the future!
Matt Ludin 5 months ago
Working with Gecko in managing our site (Yellowstone Forever) has been an incredibly positive experience. They have offered and implemented countless solutions and updates to our site. And provide training so that we may also implement site changes internally. They have always provided quality, professional service and in a timely manner. Couldn’t be happier.
Donald Briggs 3 months ago
Because the service we received greatly exceeded our expectations; I wish more stars could be added to this Gecko review. When our firm, Briggs Architecture, relocated to Missoula in 2016, our website and brand did not reflect the desired image. Gecko listened to us, understood our mission, and helped us breakdown what seemed to be an insurmountable problem into manageable pieces and then brought it all together creatively. Gabe, Melissa, Kate and the whole Gecko team continue to update our website and manage our Google presence. They are very professional and fun to work with and I am more than happy to refer Gecko as the best provider with whom we've worked.
Karen Poplawski 5 months ago
Melissa, Gabe and the entire Gecko team are supportive, efficient, and reliable. They are easy to reach and always approach each request with professionalism. Their partnership is highly valuable.
Erin Fitzgerald 11 months ago
We were so happy to find Gecko Designs at Yellowstone Forever when looking for a new company to take over management and design of our nonprofit website! They understood the intricacies of working with nonprofits and jumped right in to help us ensure our site was up to date. They are quick to come to the table to solutions and ideas, and bring the creative mindset we were looking for!