Family Business Day Awards 2013

20th Annual Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance
Family Business Day Awards Luncheon

Friday, October 11, 2013
Holiday Inn, 5 East Baxter Lane, Bozeman, MT 59715

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Keynote Speaker Presentation, Luncheon, and Awards Ceremony


Steamboat Dry Goods of Wolf Point, Very Small Business Category (fewer than 10 employees)
Buffalo Restoration of Bozeman, Small Business Category (10-30 employees)
Spika Welding and Manufacturing of Lewistown, Medium Business Category (30-50 employees)
Langlas and Associates of Billings and Bozeman, Large Business Category (more than 50 employees)
Tri-County Implement of Sidney and Clausen and Sons of Havre, Old Business Category (at least 50 years)
Drange Apiary of Laurel, New Business Category (operating 10 years or less)
Big Sky Business Journal of Billings, Special Recognition—Business Communications
Laundry Loops, Inc of Bozeman, Special Recognition—Innovation

Teresa McKnight
2013 Guest Speaker—Teresa McKnight, Executive Director of the MSU Innovation Campus

"You Can, I Can, We Can--We're all in this Together"
The presentation will address the changing business environment that is shaping the backbone of the global economy. McKnight will discuss the results of working together in order to develop and expand business opportunities--from family-owned businesses to university-related research parks.

About the Keynote
Teresa W. McKnight currently holds the position as executive director of the Montana State University Innovation Campus. She holds 20 years' experience in university-related research parks and technology commercialization. McKnight has extensive experience in university-related research parks, management, administration, marketing, human resources, incubation, business recruitment and development, entrepreneurship, and tech-based economic development.

Prior to coming to Montana State, she held the position as CEO of the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Growth Partnership and Executive Director of the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Innovation Campus, a 125-acre university-related research park - the first of its kind to be constructed in the state of South Dakota. While there, McKnight successfully raised over $32.6 million and broke ground for Wing I and Wing II of the Innovation Center Building as well as the Seed Technology Lab, an adjacent 126-unit housing complex and a speculative building.

McKnight served as acting director of the Utah State University (USU) Innovation Campus, a 173-acre well-established university-related research park in northern Utah prior to SDSU. Under McKnight's direction, she expanded the USU Innovation Campus from 38-acres to 125-acres, constructed 16 buildings totaling more than 550,000 SF, expanding the campus from 28 to 48 companies and employing more than 2100 employees and 980 USU students.

McKnight serves on the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) Board of Directors as the 2nd Vice-President. She also serves on the City of Bozeman Economic Development Council, the State of Montana Science and Technology Council, and the Advisory Board for TechLink.

She holds degrees from Utah State University.

For more information on the Family Business Program Awards Day seminar and luncheon, please contact us at:

Phone:  (406) 994-6195
Fax:      (406) 994-6206