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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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Hundreds team up to support small business owners

April 13, 2021
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More than 450 MBA students, business owners, and business mentors nationwide participated in the third Small Business School Challenge competition to support small businesses

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Announcing the Winning Teams of the SBSC-III

April 12, 2021
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Announcing the winners of the Third Small Business School Challenge!

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Hundreds of MBA students from top business schools nationwide are tackling the challenges facing small businesses

February 15, 2021
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Applications are open for the third Small Business School Challenge nationwide, and volunteers are already lining up.

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How to expand a retail business into online markets

January 7, 2021
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Tips from MBA teams to expand an existing retail business online by leveraging incentives to grow quickly.

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How to successfully launch an online retail business during a pandemic

December 24, 2020
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Tips from MBA teams to launch an online retail business profitable by leveraging insights, partnerships, and creative revenue models.

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How to scale up as an online retail company

December 17, 2020
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Tips from MBA teams to retail small businesses to scale online sales in a crowded market

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How to improve inventory management and brand awareness in boutique retail

December 10, 2020
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Tips from MBA teams to retail small businesses to improve inventory management an brand appeal

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How to maintain a workforce in difficult times

December 3, 2020
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Tips from MBA teams to retail small businesses to maintain a workforce remotely or through difficult times.

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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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How to increase website traffic and overall online presence for retail small businesses

November 26, 2020
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Tips from MBA teams to retail small businesses to increase their online presence and website traffic

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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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