WSU Vancouver’s Business Growth MAP sheds light on business

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 11:25am -- Anonymous

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver’s College of Business celebrated its third year of the Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program with awards and presentations earlier this month. Four students who consulted with Twice the Light, Inc. won the 2013 Business Growth MAP Team Award for Best Project.

Business Growth MAP provides pro-bono analysis consulting services to help businesses in Southwest Washington and the Portland metropolitan area grow and create jobs in our community. The program pairs business students, faculty, mentors and recent business graduate advisors with businesses that are looking to grow. The program consulted with 46 businesses during the 2012/2013 academic year. 

Award winners Ian Long, business administration; Justin Golder, management information systems; Kirk Koskiniemi, management and operations; and Whitney Isaacson, business administration, consulted with Twice the Light, Inc., a Vancouver company that manufactures, sells and installs custom lighting. The student team delivered a master budgeting tool and performed analysis that allowed Twice the Light to reduce expenses and improve inventory turnover by more than 50 percent.

“We could not be more pleased with the quality of our students, their master budgeting tool, and industry analysis that brought to light opportunities for improvement. We were very impressed,” said Lisa Littleton, president of Twice the Light.

Businesses that would like to be considered for Business Growth MAP may apply online at

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Mistie Josephson, College of Business, 360-546-9533,

Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communications, 360-546-9601,

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