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MSUB Students Win 1st Place at National Business Plan Competition

Curtis Wallette holding the trophyThe College of Business chapter of the American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) was 1st place at the recent AIBL business plan competition in Phoenix, Arizona. 

The winning plan, entitled Dane of the Sun, LLC, is designed to provide American Indian artist with studio space and materials to help them produce their artwork, and to help them gain regional and international media exposure.  The winning team consisted of Curtis Wallette, Angela Deputee, Trixy Phelan, Zoey McRae and Heather Wilson.  AIBL advisory, Dr. A.J. Otjen, predicted that the competition would be particularly tough this year, because competing schools included  the University of New Mexico, Eastern Washington University, the University of Alaska, the University of Montana,  Fort Lewis Colorado University and others.  Otjen said, "we do well because the students always come prepared with hours and hours of work behind a strong plan based on everything they have learned from all the faculty at the COB". 

Photo above: Curtis Wallette holds the trophy.  


the AIBL team

AIBL team

The AIBL team along with adviser Dr. A.J. Otjen and artist John Beartusk, who inspired this year's business plan for a Native American fine art gallery and website located at the Little Big Horn battle field monument.

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