Armstrong Partners With Small Business Institute to Help Local Companies Succeed

(September 9, 2015) – Armstrong State University is spearheading a new partnership with the Small Business Institute that allows the university's business economics students to perform free consulting work for local companies while earning class credit.

Working with small-business clients, Armstrong students will help business owners develop strategies and grow their companies through marketing plans, budget statements and branding initiatives. The first small business consulting course will start in spring 2016 and will be open to five area companies.

Dr. Dennis Barber III, an assistant professor of Economics and director of Armstrong's Small Business Institute, believes that Armstrong's diverse student population will be
especially helpful to local business owners.

“This is a great way for companies to recruit fresh talent and hear from different viewpoints,” he said. “It's also a wonderful opportunity for Armstrong students to get hands-on experience and to make a positive impact in the local business community.”

This interaction between economics students and area businesses encourages collaboration, networking and partnership. Students will work in small groups with business owners throughout the semester.

Armstrong has experienced a 60 percent growth in the Department of Economics since the B.S. in Business Economics program began in the fall of 2014. Barber looks forward to the future development of this partnership and to providing additional opportunities for local companies and Armstrong students.

For more information, visit the Small Business Institute's article on the program or read a Savannah Morning News interview with Barber.