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HELENA- The Montana Chamber Foundation announced today that it has formed a partnership with the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship (Jabs) at Montana State University.  By creating more opportunities for Montana’s future business leaders, this partnership grows the Prize Purse of The Prospects, an inaugural statewide high school business plan and pitch competition.

Thanks to the support of MSU and Dean Mark Ranalli at Jabs, contestants in this competition will have the opportunity to connect with peers studying and practicing entrepreneurship, and compete for $10,000 in scholarships to continue their studies at Montana State University.

“We are thrilled to support aspiring entrepreneurs in Montana through this program and through our college. This partnership will allow us to continue our mission of inspiring creativity, innovation, and growth, across the state,” said Dean Ranalli. “These bright, young leaders are our future and we welcome them to join us here in Jabs.”

The Prospects is open to all Montana high school students from public, independent, or religious schools, homeschools, or HiSET. The Montana Chamber Foundation also encourages students enrolled in career and technical student organizations or other community youth organizations like 4-H, Scouts, and Boys & Girls Clubs to participate.

“We are honored to partner with my alma mater, MSU, to create more opportunities here at home for Montana’s students,” said Todd O’Hair, Executive Director of the Montana Chamber Foundation.  “This competition is designed to encourage high schoolers to think entrepreneurially and be rewarded for their innovative business ideas.  It’s also a great chance for us, as business leaders, to better understand Generation Z and our future leaders.”

This initiative falls under the Montana Chamber of Commerce’s ten-year strategic plan, Envision 2026, developing programs that promote economic education, economic development and community viability; by creating tangible opportunities to closer connect with Montana’s future workforce and business leaders.

The Prospects Prize Purse is now up to $45,700, including cash, technology, and $15,000 in scholarships.

Submission categories, competition requirements, important dates, and waiver forms can all be found online at the Montana Chamber of Commerce website.


About the Montana Chamber Foundation:
The Montana Chamber Foundation is promoting economic education, economic development, and community viability; by developing tangible programs that connect the business and education communities. For more about the Montana Chamber Foundation, visit

Press Release
January 21, 2020
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Kimberly Casey, Communications & Marketing Manager
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