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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. New in Spring 2023, the CESB is also hosting entrepreneurs as part of the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program funded by a BSU Catalyst Grant!

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. Following a panel, the entrepreneurs will be available to mentor students interested in starting their own businesses.  

The next Entrepreneur-in-Residence panel is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. Three entrepreneurs will participate on the panel: 

Alex Crisman 

Alex graduated from BSU with his undergraduate degree in 2021. He is currently completing a masters at BSU. He is a co-founder of The Purpose Locker Foundation

Kelly Duggan 

Kelly is a 2006 graduate of BSU. She owns Physical Therapy U

Noube Rateau 

Noube is a 2010 graduate of BSU. He founded Noube Productions in 2009. He is currently President and Editor for his company. 

The panel will take place in a hybrid format. The panelists will be on campus, but the audience may attend in person (seats limited) or via Zoom. Refreshments will be served for the in-person event.  

Register for the event by completing this form »