Outreach Programs & Initiatives

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.


UPCOMING: Monday, NOVEMBER 9, 2015

The 2015 keynote entrepreneur will be Brie Thompson, co-founder of Olivelle.


MOST RECENT: Tuesday, OCTOBER 14, 2014

This event is a day of education, motivation, information exchange, and networking geared towards high school students interested in entrepreneurship and business. The event is sponsored in part by Boeing.

The 2014 keynote entrepreneur was Ryan Rickert, founder of CSGMedia and Clean Slate Group.

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

Public Presentation: Tuesday, FEBRUARY 24, 2015
6:15 p.m. in Reid Hall 108
Guest EIR: Patrick Crowley, founder of Chapul

This program brings in seasoned entrepreneurs to act as mentors for JJCBE students. This program provides one-of-a-kind mentoring and face-to-face interactions with successful entrepreneurs spanning diverse fields of expertise. During the week, entrepreneurs visit a number of classes to chat with students, answer questions and give constructive criticism on projects and presentations. They also hold office hours and will normally hold a free public presentation on an entrepreneurial topic or trend.


UPCOMING: Family Business Day: Friday, OCTOBER 23, 2015
Keynote Speaker: TBD
Family Business Program On the Road

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. The On the Road program was established to bring free presentations of interest to family run businesses across the state.




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 Kike 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