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Consulting Programs for Businesses

We offer businesses owned by people of color, women, LGBTQ, and veterans consulting programs ranging from one week to seven months. During these programs students and professional mentors work side-by-side with owners on projects that improve the bottom line and stimulate new growth.

Teams of 4-5 undergraduates, assisted by professional consultants from the nation’s leading consulting firms, major regional corporations, and the Seattle Rotary Club, work over 7 months.
Through more than 500 hours of assistance businesses receive accounting and financial management assistance, mentoring from business executives, and access to cutting-edge business management techniques that solve challenges and capture growth opportunities. This program begins each Fall and runs through May.

Gabriela Michan, [email protected], (206) 543-9545

Businesses are matched with one undergraduate student and a professional mentor for this 10-week project that typically focuses on business plan development, financial analysis, or plans for expansion to a new market.

Wil Tutol, [email protected], (206) 616-1216

Over 10-week period businesses are matched with students who assist in completing loan applications to present to nonprofit lenders including Harborstone Credit Union, Craft3 and Business Impact Northwest.

Khatsini Simani, [email protected], (206) 543-3681

Through the Consulting & Business Development Center’s Foster Consulting Program, students are matched with business owners for six-week consulting projects to help with a specific business need. Past projects include: launching a new product line, developing a marketing plan, market research, pricing strategy, and improving operating efficiencies.

The project is launched with a client kick-off meeting during which business owners meet with their student consulting team and advisors to discuss the scope of the project.

Over the next six weeks, student teams collect data, conduct research, and develop solutions and recommendations. During the final week of the consulting project, the students make a presentation to their client that includes their findings and recommendations for the firm. Team members also will create a final paper that summarizes the work completed during the quarter.


Fall Quarter
October 20, 2021 5:30-7:30 pm Project Kick-Off
December 1, 2021 5:30-7:30pm Final Presentation
Winter Quarter
January 19, 2022 5:30-7:30 Project Kick-Off
March 2 , 2022 5:30-7:30 pm Final Presentation
Spring Quarter
April 13, 2022 5:30-7:30 pm Project Kick-Off
May 25, 2022 5:30-7:30 pm Final Presentation

Vy Nguyen, [email protected], (206) 543-3681