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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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D'Shane Barnett 2 weeks ago
Gecko was selected through a competitive process to assist Missoula Public Health in our modernization and brand redesign campaign. Their staff have been immensely helpful. They've helped guide our process toward results that are stellar. We presented our updated branding to our board and they loved it--comments were "two thumbs way up", "this is exactly what we needed", and "love it!" We will definitely look forward to working with them in the future.
ITdept MRFD a month ago
Gecko Designs quickly identified and efficiently fixed a problem we were having with our website AND pointed out some other items that needed attention. Very professional and congenial. I highly recommend them.
Avigail Bass 2 years ago
We redesigned a very very old website with Gecko and began the process during coronavirus. Despite those challenges, the team at Gecko was very helpful and flexible. They built us a beautiful website, taking into account all our needs. The project manager Grace, was a pleasure to work with, always available to answer questions, great with communication, and very organized. They went above and beyond to make sure the end product was perfect, even if it meant putting in extra hours, or extending the project longer than anticipated. We really appreciated all they did for us and could not be happier with the results!
Markki Johnston 11 months ago
We worked with Gecko Designs to completely revamp our website for Northern Rockies Orthopaedics. It took us over 2 years to get everything how we wanted it and all ideas for our physicians incorporated. Grace and the team at Gecko were so accommodating and patient with us. Highly recommend using them for all web design needs!
Ryan Barba 7 months ago
We just had a project completed by Gecko Designs. We thought they were professional from the start to the end. We are extremely satisfied with our end product and would highly recommend their services.