Written by Luiz Scheidt, Graduate Assistant, Aztec Consulting, Spring 2017.
The Aztec Consulting program is an unique and challenging experience for business students. The hands-on approach goes beyond typical cases analysis, putting students face-to-face with real entrepreneurs to work on actual projects. Every semester new companies from different segments participate in the program. This time, a name instantly caught the team’s attention: Azteca Beverages. What a pleasant surprise to have a client whose name reminds us of our program and our academic community. Azteca Beverages, represented by its president and owner, Mr.Nadeem Zaman, has been in the business for a few years and joined the program to help increase the awareness of its brand. The project consists of an exciting marketing study, representing a great learning experience and demanding of lot of work from our skilled team.
It’s been a rewarding journey so far, as teammates comment below:
“San Diego State’s Small Business Consulting program is a great way for anyone within the College of Business to test their knowledge against real world problems. We are able to effectively navigate our team through the many challenges presented with a true consulting project. Overall the Small Business Consulting program has been a very welcome challenge to the completion of my degree at SDSU.”
“Working with Aztec Consulting has been a great experience. With the instruction, experience, and guidance of Dr. Francis, this class offers a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience and chances to tackle unique challenges.”
“I have enjoyed my experience in with Aztec Consulting program this semester. Being in the program has taught me many things such as the importance of scheduling and how to conduct business in a more professional manner. With the Aztec Consulting program, you learn the importance of teamwork and how to do research for a company in a real-life situation.”
“I really appreciate the fact that Aztec Consulting allows students to work side-by-side with real small business clients that need help in determining strategies to improve current processes. Overall, Aztec Consulting has been an amazing learning experience that allowed me to gain skills I can use when working in a company.” I have learned how to analyze primary and secondary data to create accurate recommendations like a professional consultant. I would definitely recommend all students at San Diego State University to apply for the Aztec Consulting program.”
“My experience so far has been rewarding, I got to work in a project with students who are pursuing different emphasis in business. In addition, I got to apply different concepts I learn in various classes in the project we are working on. Working for Azteca Beverages in a marketing project allowed me to think outside the box regarding to what the customer was asking for. Aztec consulting has been a great experience and I am sure I will be able to talk about it during a job interview”.