NMSU offers free business consulting service

Jan. 15, 1999 by Rachel Kendall NMSU News Center

Businesses and nonprofit organizations in southern New Mexico once again this year can take advantage of New Mexico State University’s Small Business Consulting Program.

Each semester, NMSU offers management consulting services through the College of Business Administration and Economics. Senior and graduate business students, supervised by NMSU faculty, work in teams with clients to solve business problems. In 1999 each team also will include a counselor from the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).

Samuel Gray, an assistant professor of management, directs the NMSU program, which aims to give clients good advice and students good experience. “We don’t charge the clients and we don’t pay the students,” he said.

Counseling services are confidential, he said. Each client receives a professionally written consultant’s report at the end of the semester.

The NMSU Small Business Consulting Program has worked with a wide range of businesses and nonprofit groups in such areas as advertising, business and marketing plans and feasibility analyses, cash flow, site analysis, image surveys, management audits and total quality management. Recent clients include a computer store, hospital, landscaping company and tutoring center.

The program has been recognized as the best in the region by the U.S. Small Business Administration. It has won the best “written case” award several times in competition with other university programs in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

For more information, call Gray at (505) 646-2470.

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