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Longtime Bronco Supporters Give $500,000 Gift to Business Building

WilliamsCOBEGift-255x88Larry and Marianne Williams, longtime supporters of Bronco athletic programs, have committed $500,000 toward the new business building at Boise State University.

“The tremendous generosity of the Williams family and their involvement with Boise State over the years is deeply appreciated,” said Howard Smith, vice president for University Advancement. “This gift to academics will benefit our students, faculty and community for years to come.” (more…)

Elevator Pitch Competition and Business Plan Competition Results

Congratulations to the winners of the Elevator Pitch Competition and Business Plan Competition held today! The competitions, organized by the Center for Entrepreneurship as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, were open to all Boise State University students. Awards were $250 for First Place, $100 for Second, and $50 for Third in the Undergraduate and Graduate divisions of both competitions.

Events Highlight Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 16-22

Boise State will participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 16-22 with a series of free sessions for students and the business community.

Global Entrepreneurship Week connects young people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, non-profit leaders, government officials and more will participate in a range of activities. (more…)

Global Entrepreneurship Week

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COBE Professors Lead Training Sessions in Vietnam

Kirk Smith, Nancy Napier (seated from left)

Kirk Smith, Nancy Napier (seated from left)

Two Boise State business professors recently offered a “train the trainer” course to Vietnamese consultants and educators in Hanoi and Nha Trang (in south Vietnam) on how to provide training to small- and medium-sized firms. (more…)

Samia Islam, a professor of economics at Boise State, to speak about "Our Great Recession"

Samia Islam

Samia Islam

November’s Fettuccine Forum will feature two local economists and their take on “Our Great Recession.”

David Eberle, Boise city councilman and economist, will host the discussion with Samia Islam, a professor of economics at Boise State, on Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Rose Room at 718 W. Idaho Street in downtown Boise. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the presentation at 5:30 p.m. Free appetizers will be served and fettuccine will be available for $6, catered by Life’s Kitchen. (more…)