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.

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.

New Opportunities. Challenging Complexity.

Technology has dramatically lowered the barriers to creating, making, and selling your original products to consumers online and through specialty retailers. Even so, such human scale businesses are deceptively complex. Small doesn't mean simple. Every decision you make regarding marketing your products impacts sourcing, fulfillment, and financing. If you aren't careful, administrative overload can suck the fun and profit out of your business. However, if you can learn to manage these interdependencies, your business can be financially and personally rewarding. 95% of all businesses in the U.S. have fewer than 25 employees. Millions of us are solopreneurs. Nevertheless, most business learning resources are aimed at the largest 5%. We can help you get a handle on complexity.

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 lots of resources on the tactics of business. We offer strategic, integrative perspectives on finance, operations, and marketing.

  • Conversations and events featuring true peers and vetted subject matter experts
  • Courses that will help you ask better questions and develop better answers
  • Consulting to help you develop an actionable understanding of the complex interactions among marketing strategies, growth, supply chain, and financing. How much growth can you afford? We can help you identify and evaluate options. We use visual, quantitative business simulations that bring rigor to complement your intuition.