Free Purdue Calumet student consulting services available to small business owners

August 1, 2014

WANTED: small business employers for which Purdue University Calumet business students can provide free consulting this fall.

As part of the university’s experiential learning initiative, groups of three to five senior students enrolled in the Small Business Consulting course will join faculty members and business owner advisors to form consulting teams that serve individual client companies.

Meet throughout fall term

Each consulting team will interact throughout the fall semester with its client to learn, understand and address key issues, problems and challenges the client is facing, as well as provide consulting services.

Climaxing the semester-long experience, each consulting team will present and produce a formal report that offers strategies and recommendations to benefit its client.

The consulting is offered at no charge to the client employer.

Openings available

Openings remain for small business employers to participate this fall, beginning in late August through early December. More information is available by contacting Purdue Calumet Small Business Institute Director and Professor of Entrepreneurship Jamaluddin Husain at jhhusain@purduecal.edu or by phoning him at 773/531-4000.

Qualified clients must be located within reasonable driving distance of Purdue Calumet’s Hammond campus and have operated as an employer of full time employees at a physical location for at least two to three years. Client owners also must commit to working openly and diligently with their consulting team.

Benefits to employers and students

“The quality and usefulness of the final consulting findings and recommendations depend largely on the cooperation, involvement and support of the client business owners,” Prof. Husain said. “For business clients to benefit from our service, it is extremely important that they willingly share information with our consulting teams.”

The experience benefits students by allowing them to apply classroom and textbook knowledge in a real world environment. More than 100 small businesses have utilized this service.

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