Let Us Help You Develop Strategic Insight

Laura Black and Dave Bayless started Human Scale Business in 2015 in Bozeman, Montana, as a not-just-for-profit Benefit Corporation. There are many resources on the tactics of business. We offer strategic, integrative perspectives on finance, operations, and marketing.

  • Our consulting services help you understand and manage the interactions among your product and service mix, marketing channels, supply chain, cash flow, and financing.
  • Free, on-demand, video workshops clarify complex interactions among strategy, marketing, operations, cash flow, and finance.
  • We use our podcast to host conversations with founders and the people who serve them at the intersection of marketing, operations, and finance.

Effective actions require good models. We use visual, quantitative business simulations that bring rigor to explore and complement your intuition. Let's start a conversation about how we can help you design a better business.

Our Team

We're business geeks who love to help business owners explore, understand, design, and act on their entrepreneurial businesses.

Laura Black

Laura Black, Co-founder

Laura is a “whole-body researcher” who believes that academic insight should lead directly to practical help. With plenty of work experiences in for-profit and non-profit organizations, she currently straddles the academic-practice boundary from the Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship at Montana State University. Her abiding quest centers on helping people collaborate effectively, insightfully, and choicefully. Laura has a special interest in helping business founders tell authentic stories about their businesses and products. She received her BA and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Dave Bayless, Co-founder

Dave is a “business midwife” who loves helping people innovate in and through their businesses. He's also a husband, father, skier, former banker, and recovering private equity investor. Dave has a penchant for enthusiastic drawing during meetings. He can help you evaluate the financial impacts of your marketing and operations strategies as well as determine the right kind of financing for your business. Dave earned his BS from Montana State University and MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.