The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico has created a new office focused intentionally on how Anderson partners with interested businesses, organizations and community members to best meet their needs. The Office of Business and Community Engagement, or CCE, will continue the important work of the Academy of Innovation, formerly housed in the Provost’s Office, and the Small Business Institute, while reinventing offerings to support professional development in order to better prepare the workforce of today and tomorrow. In addition, the office will manage business relationships, including internship opportunities, as well as advisory board opportunities.
Areas of interest of the Office of Community and Business Engagement
Executive and professional training offerings will continue through fall 2021 and beyond, including popular courses like Essentials for Managers, SHRM Exam Prep, and Women’s Leadership Development. In addition, new courses and certifications are planned in the areas of digital marketing, data analysis and science, project management, business analysis and various programming options, IT services and of architecture.
The Academy of Innovation is designed to enable students to pursue their interests in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. They build their business while completing their degree program with world-class support from a research university genuinely interested in their success.
The Small Business Institute provides consultancy work to local start-ups, growing businesses, nonprofits and family businesses. Teams of students, guided by faculty members, assist clients in the preparation of strategic business plans, financial analyzes and marketing research studies. These mutually beneficial partnerships provide students with real-world learning opportunities while providing businesses with essential support at an affordable rate.
“The services and resources available at Anderson School provide a winning combination to support student development, advance business goals, and provide our individuals with opportunities to develop or develop as needed to be competitive in the marketplace.” of work today and in the future, ”said Robert G. DelCampo, Ph.D., Senior Executive Director of CCE.
“We can help identify interns for companies, facilitate contract research or market validation, and even develop training programs facilitated by our network of leading experts in a number of areas,” said DelCampo.
The Anderson CCE office recently received a grant of nearly $ 1 million from the National Science Foundation to explore barriers to rural STEM innovation and entrepreneurship. Using research, mentoring, networking, and technical training, this project will address historical inequalities affecting Native American, Hispanic, New Mexico, and other minority students to engage in STEM innovation and entrepreneurship.
In addition, the Innovation Academy is part of the new I-Corps Hub in the Western Region, which recently received additional $ 3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to help advance new technologies and incubate emerging companies capable of transferring discoveries from the laboratory to the market. The Western Region I-Corps Pole, led by the University of Southern California, includes the University of New Mexico, California Institute of Technology, Colorado School of Mines, University of California – Los Angeles, University of California – Riverside, University of Colorado Boulder, and University of Utah. Over the past six years, these universities have trained more than 925 entrepreneurial teams through their participation in the NSF I-Corps program.
“These are the types of relevant projects that we hope to continue to research through the Anderson CCE office,” said Mitzi Montoya, Ph.D., Dean of the Anderson School. “We intend to be partners in progress, building on our strengths and collaborating with other community partners to support regional innovation.”
For more information on how to become a partner, visit the Anderson Business and Community Engagement office.