Montana State University's Extended University offers several Microsoft Office courses this fall. The non-credit courses are designed to help working professionals improve their skills, and all include hands-on work in Extended University's computer laboratory-equipped classroom.

Two sections of "Introduction to Quickbooks" are offered this semester. One is an afternoon schedule that runs on Oct. 2, 4, 9 and 11; the other is a morning schedule that runs Nov. 6, 8, 13 and 15. The cost for either course is $135, and the instructor is Christina Riffle. The course offers hands-on instruction in the Quickbooks Premier Accountant Edition. The course is jointly sponsored with the Downtown Bozeman Association and the Montana's Women's Business Center.

All courses above offer a 25 percent discount for members of the Downtown Bozeman Association, Prospera Business Network, and Big Sky or Livingston Chambers of Commerce. View all courses and register online at or call (406) 994-6683 during MSU business hours.

And...MSU class covers how to start a business with little or no money

A new professional development course from Montana State University's Extended University helps entrepreneurs learn to launch a business with little or no money. The course teachers a methodology called lean startup, which borrows techniques from lean manufacturing.

The class, "How to Build a Lean Startup," runs on Oct. 16, 18 and 23 (Tuesday / Thursday / Tuesday) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Gaines Hall on the MSU campus.

The instructors, who are all local entrepreneurs--Jake Cook, Robert Irizarry, and Gary Gannon--will share hands-on strategies acquired from their experience growing businesses ranging from publicly traded companies to garage start-ups.

The course costs $125; discounts are available for members of the Prospera Business Network, Big Sky Chamber of Commerce, Livingston Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Bozeman Association. Read the full description or to register online, visit The course is listed under Business.

Registration is limited, and participants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. For more information, contact MSU Extended University at (406) 994-6683 or email