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Family Business On the Road presents program on managing businesses in challenging times

January 12, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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HELENA - Montana State University College of Business management instructor Craig Ehlert will discuss "Managing in Challenging Times - Things Seven Outstanding Montana Family Businesses Have Done" from 1:30-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel in Helena. The free event is part of the college's State Farm Insurance Family Business Program On the Road, and it is held in conjunction with the Montana Chamber of Commerce Business Days at the Capitol.

Ehlert's program will focus on seven outstanding family businesses in Montana whose distinguished practices have allowed them to be successful in challenging times. Each company's story includes lessons that all companies can employ to be successful, according to Ehlert.

Established in 1994 as an outreach program through MSU's College of Business, the Family Business Program offers education and information to Montana businesses that are owned and managed by families. The program allows businesses to share ideas and concerns that are not only common to most family-owned businesses, but which apply to all businesses. The program also provides recognition to pioneering and successful family businesses through the Montana Family Business of the Year Awards.

The College of Business introduced the Family Business Program On the Road in 2007 in conjunction with the Business Days at the Capitol. Additional support is from Stockman Bank.

For the first time, this year the On the Road series will visit 11 cities across the state. In addition to Helena, events will be held in Lewistown, Billings, Miles City, Glasgow, Havre, Great Falls, Kalispell, Missoula, Butte and Bozeman. More information on these events will be available at a later date.

To RSVP for Ehlert's seminar in Helena, contact Audrey Lee at (406) 994-7026 or

To learn more about the Family Business Program, visit

Contact: Audrey Lee, (406) 994-7026 or