New Opportunities. Challenging Complexity.

Technology has dramatically lowered the barriers to creating, making, and selling your original products to consumers online. 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%. Our mission is to develop Business Education for the Rest of Us™. We can help you get a handle on complexity.

Tailored for Manufacturing and E-commerce Businesses

Laura Black and Dave Bayless started Human Scale Business in 2015 in Bozeman, Montana, as a not-just-for-profit Benefit Corporation. We offer integrative perspectives on finance, operations, and marketing.

  • Connections to other owners of human scale businesses and their know-how through our free and members-only networks
  • Conversations with subject matter experts
  • Courses available to members that will help you ask better questions and develop better answers
  • Consulting to help you develop actionable understanding of the complex interactions among marketing strategies, growth, supply chain, and financing. How much growth can you afford? We can help you find answers using visual, quantitative business simulations that bring rigor to complement your intuition.

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 determine what kind of financing is appropriate for your business as well as how to build scalable operations.


Human Scale Business, Inc.
PO Box 11754
Bozeman, Montana 59719
United States