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Business Programs

We help businesses compete and grow

The Consulting and Business Development Center was founded on research that showed a strong relationship between the success of small businesses and the employment opportunities available in underserved communities. Student consulting projects with small businesses are at the heart of the center’s mission. Since its inception, more than 1,400 businesses have benefited from the center’s programs. The Board Fellows Program places MBA and other graduate students on the boards of non-profit organizations. Students bring their business expertise and businesses gain new perspectives and ideas on key organizational issues.

We offer services throughout Washington

Another important part of the center’s mission is working in communities across Washington that would not otherwise have ready access to the resources of the region’s leading business school. The center offers consulting services and faculty-led courses in Seattle, Yakima, Everett, Spokane, and the Tri-Cities. The Business Certificate Program, taught in both English and Spanish, advances the management skills of business owners and managers. They study proven business fundamentals, apply them to their companies, and network with successful local business owners. Businesses in more than 20 cities across Washington have participated.

We lead the way

Our Minority Business Executive Program, just one of three of its kind in the US, draws minority-owned, women-owned, and other diverse businesses to the Foster School each summer. These companies, typically suppliers to Fortune 100 firms, have seen their sales grow by tens of millions of dollars because of what they’ve learned.