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Is your small business in a college town? You might be surprised how many resources are available to you. You can start by volunteering your company to be a business school case study. You’ll learn much about your company in the process and get good ideas for the future. You can also obtain management and technical assistance from one of more than 50 Small Business Development Centers. Check the U.S. Small Business Administration Web site at www.sba.gov for locations.
Participate in special programs. Many colleges and universities sponsor venture capital forums, entrepreneurship centers, and family business programs. Work with the business school to offer internships to graduate students. Finally, find the expertise on the business school’s staff. You may find just the right person to hire as a consultant or board member.
Want to improve the way you run your business? Entrepreneurs, academics, and consultants from diverse industries offer practical advice on a variety of topics each business day.
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