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The CESB currently offers three programs. The Bear B.I.D. and Bear B.I.D. X programs are designed to help participants develop their business plans and end with a competition, with prizes awarded to the best business plans. The CESB also hosts entrepreneurs as part of the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program.

If you have suggestions for another program that the CESB might offer, please them share with us.

Bear B.I.D.

The Bear B.I.D. program is available to students currently enrolled at BSU.

Learn more about the Bear B.I.D. program » (BSU login credentials required.) 

Bear B.I.D. X

The Bear B.I.D. X program is available to women, immigrants and people of color seeking to open businesses in southeastern Massachusetts. The program helps selected participants prepare business plans and then compete for cash awards in a Shark Tank-style competition. The program was first offered in Summer 2021 under the name Bear’s Den Business Plan Competition. The program was funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. Because the Bear B.I.D. X program is dependent on grant funding, it will be offered only when such funding is received. If you are interested in learning more about the Bear B.I.D. X program, please contact the CESB Office at


The Entrepreneur-in-Residence program connects students, faculty and staff with entrepreneurs through panel discussions with entrepreneurs who have connections to BSU.  

The February 23, 2023 Entrepreneur-in-Residence panel featured the following panelists: 

Ashley Twigg, a 2012 graduate of BSU and founder of campfire candle co..

Tony Schultz, a part-time faculty member at BSU and founder of Big T Productions.

Tisha Hood, a member of the CESB Advisory Board, supporter of BSU, and founder and creativepreneur for breadcrumbscreative.

The April 11, 2023 Entrepreneur-in-Residence panel featured the following panelists: 

Alex Crisman, a 2021 graduate of BSU, BSU graduate student and co-founder of The Purpose Locker Foundation

Kelly Duggan, a 2006 graduate of BSU and owner of Physical Therapy U

Noube Rateau, a 2010 graduate of BSU and founder, President and Editor of Noube Productions.