Eli Bowe, micromegas- Buisness Podcast

AmeriCorps volunteer Eli Bowe is the creator of “Micromegas,” a podcast that aims to educate and inspire potential entrepreneurs through the stories of local business owners.

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The city of Bozeman has launched a new podcast to highlight small businesses and entrepreneurship in the community.

In a collaboration between the city’s economic development department, the Bozeman Public Library and Montana Campus Compact, AmeriCorps volunteer Eli Bowe has helped create the podcast, called “micromegas.”

Bowe said the title comes from a short story about a difference in perspectives by French philosopher Voltaire. The podcast is meant to bring together different perspectives, Bowe said. And the terms “micro” and “mega,” meaning “little” and “big,” are a nod to Bozeman’s changing status as a micropolitan town to a megapolitan city.

Bowe put out his podcast Wednesday, detailing Mo’Bowls’ owners’ transition from a food truck to opening a restaurant. Further podcast subjects include a Bozeman man who created a module system for algae and ways that economic development depends on other city departments, like the school system and parks and recreation.

To fit in with AmeriCorps’ mission of fighting poverty, Bowe said he hopes the podcast inspires others to become entrepreneurs. It’s also in line with the city’s strategic plan for economic development, which calls for community engagement, said economic development director Brit Fontenot.

When Bowe wraps up his AmeriCorps term next July, Fontenot said the city will continue putting out the podcast, though he isn’t sure what it will look like yet.

The podcast is part of a bigger effort by the city to get the economic development department and library collaborating more. Bowe is also creating a library resource center for entrepreneurs and those interested in business. He hopes to get potential business owners access to databases that can help them, and he’s working with Blackstone Launchpad at MSU to help bring resources to the library. He’s also developing classes for entrepreneurship.

“Micromegas” will come out the second Wednesday of each month and can be accessed on most common podcast apps, including Spotify and Apple. It will also air on KGVM 95.9.

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Abby Lynes can be reached at alynes@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2651. Follow her on Twitter @Abby_Lynes.

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