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MBA students to present social entrepreneurship solutions

Mon, 03/03/2014

LAWRENCE — After six months of research and analysis, University of Kansas MBA students will present their business solutions to their Kansas Impact Project clients Thursday, March 6.

The presentations are the culmination of the program, which pairs first-year MBA students with state and local not-for-profit and service organizations in need of business and management consulting. KIP integrates classroom learning with real-world application of management principles, providing service learning opportunities for students as well as much-needed aid to organizations with limited budgets.

This year’s clients include:

Kansas Rural Center, Whiting

The KRC asked the KIP team to help identify the needs of economic development directors to better serve their constituency.

Cottonwood Industries, Lawrence

KIP is helping Cottonwood Industries develop strategies to generate additional revenue by bringing in new business and expanding existing business.

Douglas County CASA, Lawrence

CASA asked the KIP team to develop a recruitment and retention plan to help diversify its volunteer pool.

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Lawrence

The ReStore asked its KIP team to improve sales per square foot through a cost analysis of whether the ReStore should stay in its current location, expand or move to a new location.

The Villages, Topeka

The Villages faces a high rate of staff turnover, so KIP has formulated a solution to help hire and retain quality employees who are committed to and enthusiastic about The Villages' mission and work.

Housing and Credit Counseling, Lawrence

The HCCI charged KIP with developing a plan to ensure that more Kansans know about the organization’s financial education and advising available to citizens.

Students will present their solutions for clients, peers, faculty, university administrators, elected officials and the general public at 4 p.m. at the Adams Alumni Center. The presentations will be live-streamed online.



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