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About the Program:

Established in 1994 as an outreach program through Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship, 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 seminar and awards luncheon, held in the fall, has reached out to hundreds of businesses and provided education and fact based information to thousands of participants.

The Family Business Program is the only program like this statewide and provides recognition to pioneering and successful family businesses through the Montana Family Business of the Year Awards Program. This program allows small businesses to share ideas and concerns common to most small businesses.


The program is directed by Anya Petersen-Frey, Director of the Small Business Development Center at MSU,406-599-0790,and coordinated by Anna Reardon, MSU JJCBE Director of Events. She can be reached at:

Phone:  (406) 994-6195
Fax:      (406) 994-6206
E-mail:  familybusiness@montana.edu