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Dave McEwen has joined the Idaho Small Business Development Center

Dave McEwen, Idaho Small Business Development Center, Dave McEwen has joined the Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program manager, with the mandate to help Idaho small businesses successfully find and secure federal research grants and contracts. Through these grants, local companies can bring millions of dollars of federal investment to the state, encouraging growth of the startup and small business ecosystem in Idaho.

The State and Southwest Idaho offices of Idaho SBDC are housed in the Micron Business and Economics Building, suite 2132.

Read the Update article about Dave McEwen and the  Small Business Innovation Research program here.


The Idaho Small Business Development Center empowers business success through no-cost, confidential consulting and affordable trainings to small businesses throughout Idaho. With local offices in six different regions across the state, the Idaho SBDC’s mission is to enhance the success of Idaho small businesses by providing high-quality consulting and training, and leveraging the resources of Idaho’s colleges and universities. To learn more about the Idaho SBDC and the services that they provide, visit, or call (208) 426-1640.

If you have a small business and would like to learn more about the SBIR program, Idaho small businesses that would like personalized assistance, counseling or training may contact McEwen at (208) 426-3510 or email

Josh Filzen (Accounting), Garrett McBrayer (Finance) and Kyle Shannon (Research Computing)

Based on a current working paper, Josh Filzen, Department of Accountancy; Garrett McBrayer, Department of Finance; and Kyle Shannon,  OIT-Research Computing, were invited to write a piece for the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, titled “Do Investors Understand Quarterly Risk Factor Reports?”

Read “Do Investors Understand Quarterly Risk Factor Reports?” here.

Joshua Filzen, Accountancy COBE Boise State Uiversity

Joshua Filzen

Garrett McBrayer, COBE, Finance

Garrett McBrayer

Kyle Shannon, OIT Boise State

Kyle Shannon

Ruth Jebe and Shelle Poole Received Funding for an Experiential Teaching Framework

Ruth Jebe and Shelle Poole, assistant professor Dept. of Management Boise State

Ruth Jebe and Shelle Poole

Ruth Jebe and Shelle Poole, assistant professors in the Department of Management, are working to create a framework for teaching in a deeply experiential way.

“We know that adults learn by doing and we want to have our classrooms be laboratories for real business immersion, a safe space where students work within a constructed business environment.” Poole explains.

Jebe and Poole have both used immersive use cases in their classrooms that are based on real-world experience and they want take it further —  a whole semester of immersion where from day one, students are coming to work for organization X. Instead of a syllabus, they will receive an employee manual and on-boarding into the new organization. From there, course content would be taught through one experience after another.

“We plan to pilot the framework in a strategy class and a law class,” says Jebe, “but one of our goals for the project is to create a framework that can be used in teaching any functional area, from finance to IT to human resource management.”

The project name they are considering is Business: Total immersion.

Funding is coming from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Provost Office.

“This is something I’m very excited about,” says Susan Shadle, director of CTL. “We know that active, engaged teaching is good for student learning and I look forward to the results of this work.”


Two CareerTrack MBA Teams Will Compete in Hult Prize Regional Final

Eight Boise State Career Track MBA students received notification early last week that they have been selected to participate in the 8th Annual Hult Prize Regional Final in London and Shanghai. These teams were selected from a record breaking pool of 50,000+ applications received from over 100 countries. The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition to solve the world’s toughest challenges. The Hult Prize platform allows entrepreneurs to present business ideas that create social change. The 2017 theme is “RefugeesReawakening Human Potential,” and the challenge is to create a business that will restore basic human rights to the more than 10 million refugees worldwide.

Dream Team Hult Prize Boise State

Dream Team: Steven Gabrielsen, Ethan Lopez, Ashleigh Anderson, Jessica Bottelberghe

Ashleigh Anderson, Jessica Bottelberghe, Steven Gabrielsen and Ethan Lopez make up Dream Team. Their business idea is an online platform called “A Story to Be Told.”

Anderson shared her team’s vision.

“Our mission is to allow refugees to share their stories in order to connect them with the rest of the world. Through our research, we learned that a large majority of refugees have a mobile phone and access to the internet, no matter what stage of the refugee life cycle they are in. This inspired us to give them an opportunity to escape isolation and let their voice be heard.”

The second phase of “A Story to Be Told” will be to publish a book and produce other merchandise and events. They plan to partner with non-profits that are currently working to better refugee camps and give them a proportion of profits so they can continue their work.

Team Project Recover comprises Alexandria Allen, Becky Davis, Cody Huckvale and Austin Legg. Their business idea aims to restore basic human rights of food, water, shelter and security by providing income to refugees.

Hult Prize Team Project Recover Boise State University

Team Project Recover: Becky Davis, Alexandria Allen, Cody Huckvale and Austin Legg

Project Recover builds on the skills and talents refugees have to create products that represent their culture. Project Recover provides the work-space, supplies and materials and buys the product from the maker and sells it via  an online store. Every product sold will come with a picture and description of the person who hand-crafted the product.

“The business model is repeatable and sustainable and can transfer anywhere in the world to help at any refugee crisis. It is important to help refugees express themselves through their native culture and use skills they already possess,” said Legg. “Our model gives people all over the world the opportunity to help.”

Team Cultivate Hult Prize Boise State

Team Cultivate: Luke Yeates, Brandon Sams, Janice Witherspoon and Steve Silva.

In all, three Boise State teams will compete in Hult Prize Regional Finals. Dream Team and Team Project Recover join Team Cultivate that won the @boisestate local Hult Prize competition Nov. 10. Team Cultivate business idea is the P.O.T.T (portable one-time toilet). The P.O.T.T. promotes safety and privacy for individuals using the restroom, removes build-up of sewage that pollutes water, and can even help generate food.

The teams head to Hult Prize regional finals in March 2017. Dream Team is going to London, Team Project Recover to Shanghai and Team Cultivate will compete in Dubai.




Feb. 22: Spring Career Fair

Boise State Career Fair

Meet employers face-to-face, gather information, network and seek possible internship and/or career opportunities.

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
in the SUB, Jordan Ballroom

Dress nicely, bring your resumes and remember your student ID card. See the university’s Career Center for preparation tips.

Visit for more information.

Feb. 22: Coffee & Cookie Consults

Research Computing is bringing Coffee & Cookie Consults road show to the Micron Business and Economics Building.

This is like office hours for Research Computing with no appointment necessary. Faculty, students and research community members may talk one-on-one with our programmer and HPC engineers about how to get started, learn more about our resources, or get help with a nagging compute problem.

2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 22
Jackson Commons, Micron Business and Economics Building

The mission of the Research Computing Support (RCS) Department is to enable a robust and reliable environment for research by providing access to computational services and resources for faculty working on research projects.

Feb. 24: COBE Scholarship Series

Use of Bloomberg Data Source for Academic Research

Garrett McBrayer, assistant professor, Department of Finance

2-3 p.m.

Friday, February 24

MBEB 4003