VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver’s Carson College of Business celebrated the seventh anniversary of its Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program Wednesday with an event to recognize the businesses, volunteers and students involved in the program.
Created in 2011, the Business Growth MAP student consultancy is a free service to small businesses. Student teams of four or five help with needs businesses identify, including startup, growth, marketing and accounting. Volunteer mentors from the business community meet with student teams weekly during the semester-long project to offer advice and feedback. Faculty members from the Carson College of Business oversee each project.
Two student teams were recognized for outstanding work this year.
OUTSTANDING GROWTH ASSESSMENT PROJECT
Déjà Vu Consignment
- Remington Augustine
- Eduard Bagnyuk
- Xing Xiu Chen
- Heather Huyette
Déjà Vu Consignment is a brand name resale clothing boutique. The team focused on marketplace analysis and inventory optimization. They created custom templates and step-by-step instructions to help the client best implement each solution.
OUTSTANDING MARKETING PROJECT
- Chris Finnie
- Michael Lusk
- Robert Moehnke
- Casey Sawyer
Ethereal Meads is committed to making quality mead through locally sourced ingredients. The team focused on branding, marketing and product recommendations. They suggested market expansion through location and product mix, and created an updated label for the company’s products.
Jane Cote, academic director for the Carson College of Business, also announced that an anonymous donor has come forward with a match challenge to establish an endowment for Business Growth MAP. An endowment ensures the program’s growth and continued prosperity, providing experiential opportunities for WSU Vancouver business students and positively impacting the economic development of the local business community. Business Growth MAP is looking to raise $12,500 by Sept. 1. Anyone who would like to support the program may contact Lisa Abrahamsson at 360-546-9501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Businesses that would like to apply for Business Growth MAP services may call 360-546-9533, email email@example.com or visit business.vancouver.wsu.edu/bgmap. New projects begin in late August.
About WSU Vancouver
As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.
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Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communications, 360-546-9601, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mistie Josephson, Business Growth MAP, 360-546-9533, email@example.com