UNM students help local business owners adapt to the pandemic | KOB 4

UNM students help local business owners adapt to the pandemic

Casey Torres
Created: December 07, 2020 01:24 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Anderson School of Management is helping businesses in New Mexico how to step up their strategy amid a pandemic through the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program.

The program has been around for about 20 years, and what better time to offer help to businesses than now?

The pandemic has forced businesses of all types to rethink how they operate and dream up new ways to succeed.

“Think of it as an opportunity, not as a challenge. Think of it as a way to change your business,” said Dr. Steven Walsh, a professor at UNM.

He said more than 40 student-interns are helping businesses as part of the project.

"It's not like a theoretical project, it's actually really helping a business,” said Devan Romero, a graduate assistant. “We do market research. We can connect them with different businesses that may be able to help them. We provide them with technological solutions that would help them."

It’s a win-win situation for businesses trying to survive in a difficult time in our history and for students just beginning to carve out their careers.

“So you get that experience and even other times I've seen students get a job out of it too. That’s really awesome,” said Romero.

Dr. Walsh will be speaking more about the program during a KOB 4’s Be Inspired workshop Wednesday. It’s free for anyone. To register, click here.

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