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Inception

The Small Business School Challenge was conceived to support SMBs in crisis due to COVID-19 and the associated economic fallout. MBA students were simultaneously experiencing a lower quality educational experience and in a position to gain valuable work experience while doing something positive for their community.

Why It Matters

Small businesses create 2/3 (64%) of all new jobs in the USA. Even beyond the COVID-19 crisis, small business success drives our economy. We all need Main Street America to win.

SBSC Impact

Each 48-hr challenge brings together 600 MBAs from 15 top business schools to support 200 SMBs with customized strategic planning and design thinking.

Founders

David Corfield
LifeWork Co-Founder + CEO
Has written a book on effective remote /virtual working

Katrina Cobb
International Business Consultant to SMBs
10+ years experience owning & coaching small businesses

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Media Contact

Katrina at info(at)thesbschallenge.com.

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News

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Small Businesses you can support this season and beyond

November 26, 2020
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When Small Business Saturday approached, we reached out to some of our alumni to showcase small business owners to shop with this season.

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6 strategies for retail businesses from top MBA programs

November 23, 2020
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RingCentral recently sponsored the virtual SBS Challenge, featuring teams from some of the top MBA programs. The retail businesses who participated came to the table with the challenges they’re facing, especially economic difficulties caused by COVID-19. See the takeaways that could help your business, too!

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More than 600 MBA students, business owners, and business mentors nationwide participated in 2nd Small Business School Challenge competition to support small businesses

October 23, 2020
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For Immediate Release–   This past weekend, more than 400 MBA students from prestigious universities all across America joined forces in response to the economic…

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Announcing the Winning Teams in the SBSC-II

October 19, 2020
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Please join us in a virtual confetti toss as we celebrate the top 3 teams from each School Semi-Final and the top 3 teams overall!…

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Stories of Impact: Camp Captivate owner shares positive results and thanks to her MBA team

August 14, 2020
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Ildikó Stennis, CEO of Science Smart Kids Inc (DBA “Camp Captivate”), shares an update on how the Small Business School Challenge transformed her business.

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Top Business Schools and MBAs Respond to Ongoing Need to Support Small Business with the 2nd Small Business School Challenge

August 13, 2020
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48-hour virtual event to help small business owners adapt and succeed is back on Sept 24-26, 2020.

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9 Small Business Owners share the impact of the first SBSC event

August 10, 2020
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We dreamed up the Small Business School Challenge this spring in response to the very real and sudden pain business owners across the US were…

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Small Business Stories of Impact: CoCo Pai

August 1, 2020
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CoCo Pai, owner of CoZi Skincare, shares her experience in the inaugural Small Business School Challenge in May 2020 and the impact working with her team of MBA student consultants had on her growing business.

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Small Business Stories of Impact: David Wagner

July 25, 2020
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David Wagner, Owner of Lightroom Guy and Lightroom Guy Video, shares his experience with the first Small Business School Challenge in May 2020.

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Small Business Stories of Impact: Sri Lekha

July 11, 2020
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Sri Lekha, Founder of the Association for Sustainability Education, shares her experience from the Small Business School Challenge in May 2020 and the impact it had on her business

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Making a ruckus: Wisdom from Seth Godin during the SBSC-I National Final

June 24, 2020
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Keynote speaker Seth Godin shared wisdom to the MBAs and small business participants during the SBSChallenge.

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21 Vanderbilt MBAs Compete in the Inaugural Small Business School Challenge

June 17, 2020
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See the story on Vanderbuilt University News & Events.

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