Senior Consulting Project

We are gearing up for the Spring 2018 semester.  Applications are being accepted for the Senior Consulting Project program until close of business on Friday, January 5, 2018.

Is your business looking to create any of the following?  The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bradley University may have the solution.
  • marketing strategy
  • feasibility study
  • strategic growth plan
  • launching a new product or service
  • starting your own business
The SBDC can also provide student teams to custom design and implement databases to manage customer, prospect, and transaction information. Human resource management related projects are also accepted, including creating and performing employee satisfaction surveys, company culture assessments and designing organizational change management systems. In-depth research can be performed to define the best target markets, gather pricing information, and determine customer satisfaction levels.

Since 1972, Bradley University has provided the Senior Consulting Program to small businesses in the central Illinois area.  In this Capstone course, College of Business majors are given an opportunity to apply their accumulated business knowledge to a "real world" business situation.
The student team will develop a plan of action and deliverables that will address your
organizational needs and enhance your performance. The project focuses on the future of your organization, rather than producing analysis of historical data.

What to Expect

During this semester long project, all business students majoring in: Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management and Leadership, Management Information Systems, and Marketing will work on your specific business need or with an individual looking to launch their own business.  Each student team will spend hundreds of hours on your project.  The project includes a complete industry analysis, a survey of customers or market areas, and specific recommendations that address your company's concerns.  Time commitment for the business owner/executive is approximately 1-2 hours each week to interact with their student team members.  At the end of the semester, your student team will provide you with a detailed written report along with an oral presentation. Each student team is supervised by a business professor. Each student signs a confidentiality agreement. The Spring 2018 semester begins January 17th and concludes on May 1st.

Examples of past projects include:
  • Customer satisfaction/needs survey, which have proven useful in determining product/service offerings, pricing, etc; 
  • Feasibility studies to determine whether to expand into new locations or new product/service lines;
  • Analyzing current marketing efforts and providing suggestions to get better results for the promotion dollar;
  • Designing a marketing strategy; 
  • Strategic planning

Start-ups and companies of any size from 2 - 200 employees
and from any industry are welcome to apply. 

  To learn more or to apply, visit our 
Questions, please call the Illinois SBDC at (309) 677-2992.
For full consideration for the Spring semester, applications must be received by 5pm 
Friday, January 5, 2018

The Illinois SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Bradley University.

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