Small Business Institute

Are you looking for real-world business experience? The Small Business Institute® (SBI) at Plymouth State University gives MBA students like you a chance to serve local small businesses as members of consulting teams, earning elective course credit in the process. Your SBI team, along with a business faculty advisor, will visit your client company to define the scope of the project, execute the tasks you agree to complete for the client, then prepare and present a professional quality formal report.

Since 1974, students have won dozens of statewide, regional, and national awards in SBI competitions. Recent Small Business Institute® awards include:

  • National First Place (2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 1999)
  • National Second Place (2011, 2010, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000)
  • National Third Place (2008, 2006)
  • National Fourth Place (2004)
  • Regional First Place (six awards between 1999 – 2004)
  • Showcase Award for Best SBI Program (2003)

If you are pursuing the Small Business and Entrepreneurship certificate or in conjunction with your MBA program, this six-credit SBI project is a requirement.

To learn more about the Small Business Institute® at Plymouth State, visit our offices at the Enterprise Center of Plymouth or send an e-mail to SBI Director Michael Tentnowski. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and appointments are preferred.

Become a Client

If you are interested in becoming a client of the Small Business Institute at Plymouth State University, please complete the form below. Your company will be entered into our database for potential projects, and a member of the SBI will contact you to confirm your interest.
Application to become an SBI Client

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