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Welcome to Small Business Institute
Small Business Institute
was formed in 1976 and is the premier organization dedicated to field-based student consulting and outreach to small businesses. Our members are actively involved with small businesses, entrepreneurial firms, and organizations in their communities and regions.
We are especially proud of the field-based student consulting projects that many of our members supervise each year. These individual programs are operated by colleges and universities across the country. These SBI programs bridge the gap between subject competency provided by courses in business and the entry-level training that companies critically need. Teams of qualified university students, under expert faculty supervision, provide consulting to small business owners and managers as part of their education. These programs emphasize practical, realistic, and affordable solutions to problems confronting small businesses.
Our organization offers our members a number of benefits, including, but not limited to the following: annual conference, awards, student project competition, two (2) journals, a newsletter, and much, much more.
Chuck Matthews Honored
The University of Cinicannti recently honored Chuck Matthews for the past 16 years of service to the UC SBI Center.
From left to right: Tim Fogarty (Chair of the Center’s Advisory Board), William J. Keating Jr. (Vice-Chair of the Center’s Advisory Board), Chuck Matthews, Churck's wife Margie, and Thomas Dalziel.
TWU students take top prize
By Karina Ramirez / Staff Writer
Published: 22 April 2013 11:11 PM
A Texas Woman’s University team won first place for a graduate business plan that would hope to provide a more efficient total joint replacement.
The winners were announced at a conference in St. Pete Beach, Fla. last month. All graduated from TWU’s Executive Masters of Business Administration program in December. The competition highlighted the work of graduate and undergraduate students at colleges and universities that are involved with the SBI program. The goal of the competition was to address a specific business problem or present a business opportunity, according to the organization’s website.
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Small Business Institute® STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Small Business Institute®
Student Team Spotlight: Rider University
Rider University has been a member of the Small Business Institute® (SBI) and has been running an active SBI program for almost 20 years. Rider's SBI has helped hundreds of area small businesses/organizations by sending them student teams to work as outside consultants over a semester. This student spotlight focuses on one of these teams.
In August of 2012, Spruce Industries, located in Rahway NJ, engaged Rider University’s SBI to learn how a newly developed janitorial efficiency software program could be marketed.
Dr. Ron Cook, Rider’s SBI director, put together a team of MBA students with diverse backgrounds and worked with them over the semester as they learned how to operate as a team, analyzed the situation, and developed recommendations for the client.
to learn about the team, and, in their own words, a description of their backgrounds and what they gained from being a SBI student consultant:
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