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Student Consulting for Your Business

The Aztec Consulting Program of SDSU’s College of Business Administration will utilize superior senior level and MBA business students to provide consulting assistance to local business owners. This is an on-going technical assistance program designed to assist small businesses especially women owned, minority owned, and veteran owned as these are the key target populations for our grant from the San Diego Economic Development Center. SDSU students are pre-screened before being accepted into the program.

SDSU’s Aztec Consulting Program is a highly successful, award winning program, started as the Small Business Institute (under an SBA grant). It has served nearly one thousand small and medium sized businesses in the San Diego region since its inception in the early 1970s. Our student consultants, working as a three to five person team, work with each small business client for an entire academic semester, with each team guided by an MBA student.

SDSU will also provide an advising committee which consists of Dr. John Francis, management, and MBA or MS student advisors. These combined resources supervise the undergraduate students that are consulting for the business. All students in the program must complete a series of prerequisites, must apply competitively to participate, and are selected based on superior academic performance as well as stated commitment to engaging in active community-based service learning.

Consulting teams can provide a wide range of technical assistance, with the following considered areas of expertise:

  • Business Expansion and Revenue Growth
  • Improving Human Resource Processes
  • Conduct a Feasibility Study
  • Develop Advertising and Promotions
  • Search Optimization and Social Media
  • Cost Analysis and Control
  • Develop Foreign Market Entry Strategy
  • Conduct Benchmark and Competitor Analysis
  • Develop Software, Database Management or Web Design
  • Real Estate Leasing or Acquisition
  • Improve Operations or Project Management Efficiencies