A core component of the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship is its dedication to outreach programs. There is a sincere belief and commitment among the faculty and administration of the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship (JJCBE) that this entrepreneurship program can make a significant contribution to the economic development of the state of Montana and its people. Here are some programs and initiatives that do just that.


If you are interested in participating as a client, please read through this PDF about the consulting courses and internship program.

BMGT 463

Students in The Entrepreneurial Experience are usually undergraduate seniors who have chosen to minor in Entrepreneurship and Small Business with a major concentration in marketing, accounting, finance, or management. Students from other MSU colleges, e.g., Engineering, Agriculture, and Arts and Architecture sometimes enroll in the course. Students possess basic business education, including familiarity with financial reports, marketing and financial concepts and tools, and customary approaches to research and analysis.

BMGT 475

Students in The Management Experience are also usually undergraduate seniors. The course is similar to that of BMGT 463. Teams do a major project such as substantive community service project, research paper, small business experience case, business plan, or strategic analysis. Practical experience with project and/or team management where performance is measured by delivered product. No credit for previous experience. The application is available as a PDF file here.

Student Entrepreneurs in Action (SEA)

Local businesses and organizations can now apply for a college intern from the SEA program to work with them from 10-20 hours weekly, at no cost to the business or organization.

Client businesses, as well as non-profit organizations are welcome to apply for this unique opportunity. For additional information about this program, please contact Linda Ward, Director of Programs at BZe-center@montana.edu or phone 406-994-1995. Client applications are available here.

Entrepreneurship student consults with a client


This event is a day of education, motivation, information exchange, and networking geared towards high school students interested in entrepreneurship and business. This event has evolved into the Montana Summer Startup Academy.

Please click here for the MSU Exponent (student newspaper) story on the 2013 event.
Check out this video featuring the 2012 Entrepreneur Day:



The Family Business Program offers education and information to the backbone of many Montana businesses, those that are owned and managed by families of Montana. The annual awards luncheon, usually held in the fall, honors outstanding family businesses based on contributions to their communities and industry, innovative business strategies and practices as well as other factors.

Family Business Day: Friday, OCTOBER 26, 2018
Keynote Speaker: TBD






April 27, 2017: "Resource Rendezvous"— State & Local business resource organizations
March 30, 2017: "The Power of Data, Design, and Dreams..."—R/GA, Havas, and Kickstarter
April 14, 2016: "Anticipating the Wave of the Future: How R/GA Helped Two Brands Evolve"—R/GA NYC Team
March 10, 2016: "How Design Research Impacts Our World"—Nate Bolt, founder of Ethn.io (Read the Q&A here)
September 11, 2015: "Bootstrapping a Green Drink Business"—Shauna Martin, founder of Daily Greens
March 19, 2015: "Making and Marketing Brands in a Connected World"—R/GA NYC Team
January 29, 2015: "A Conversation from the Top: National Executives from Northwestern Mutual on Ethics & Careers"
September 10, 2014: "Building to Learn: How Design Thinking Can Help Bring Change"—Dr. Jim Patell
March 18, 2014: "Internal Startups: How Nike and R/GA Built the FuelBand"—R/GA NYC Teaml
June 18, 2014: "Anatomy of a License: Tips, Traps and Best Practices"—expert licensing and international lawyers
Oct 24, 2013: "Lessons Learned on Expert Entrepreneurship from the View of Successful Venture Investing"—Dr. Rob Wiltbank
February 20, 2013: "Social Entrepreneurship: My Venture Changes the World. Can Yours?"—Charles Best, DonorsChoose.org