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General Information

Established in 1994 as an outreach program through Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship (JJCBE), 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, usually held in the fall, has reached out to hundreds of businesses and provided education and fact based information to thousands of participants. We encourage you to nominate a family business or your own business. Nomination forms can be found by clicking on the below Nominate A Family Business link.

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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. 

For more information, please contact Anna Reardon at:
Phone:  (406) 994-6195
Fax:        (406) 994-6206
E-mail:   familybusiness@montana.edu

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Family Business Program "In the News"

All in the Family (Mountains & Minds Magazine)
MSU program honors family-run businesses

Our Sponsors


State Farm LogoIn March 2005, State Farm Insurance Companies recognized Bozeman resident Robert Jaedicke for his service on their Board of Directors with a gift to the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship. The funds were placed in an endowment for the Family Business Program, providing a way to enhance the annual program and develop outreach programs and seminars. 


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 If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Anna Reardon at familybusiness@montana.edu or 406-994-6195.

Send comments or suggestions to familybusiness@montana.edu