Billings abounds with outstanding family owned businesses.

Now is your opportunity to nominate one or more for the Montana State University JJCBE State Farm Insurance Family Business Awards.

The Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship is accepting nominations of any business in the state from anyone who wants to make a nomination.

Family Business Awards acknowledge the contributions of family owned businesses to Montana’s economy and way of life. It is an opportunity to identify family-run businesses you believe emulate the spirit of entrepreneurship and admirable business qualities.

All nominated companies will be asked to complete a formal application in order to provide more details of their business. This includes an appraisal of their successes in serving customers and growing their business, business innovations, community service contributions, and the continuity of their family’s involvement in the business through the years. A panel of judges reviews these applications and recommends the final award recipients.

Nomination deadline is June 1 and winning companies will be notified by August 10, 2017.

The awards banquet, scheduled for Friday, October 6, 2017 at the BestWestern GranTree in Bozeman, is open to all nominees, award winners, and community members and will include an inspiring and educational keynote speaker. Award recipients at this event are deeply honored and justifiably proud that their peers recognize them through these nominations. This banquet day is always a meaningful celebration of family businesses’ successes and contributions!

For more information go to http:// www. montana.edu/ business/ familybusiness/ index.html, where one can also view previous winners and access a fillable nomination PDF, which can then be mailed or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You may also submit nominations by completing and mailing an application to PO Box 173040, Bozeman, MT 59717 or faxing it to the College at 406-994-6206.