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Global Consulting Program Helps Businesses Expand Their Reach

Jul 27, 2020

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When businesses want to expand their presence around the world or solve a global challenge, Maryland Smith’s MBA or undergraduate students are there, with valuable insights.

That’s what the Maryland Global Export Consulting Program is designed for. And it’s particularly relevant now, with COVID-19 impacting global expansion goals and creating other challenges.

The program, launched in 2016 through a partnership between the Maryland Department of Commerce and the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, looks to provide global consulting to Maryland companies looking to gain expertise in international expansion and global business strategies.

For local businesses, the program offers a chance to tap into insights from the students and faculty of the Smith School's Center for Global Business, as well as staff from Maryland Commerce's Office of International Investment and Trade.

Under the program, student teams provide up to 10 hours per week of consulting on a particular project each semester. The students are advised by Maryland Smith’s top-rated faculty, as well as experts from the Maryland Department of Commerce’s Office of International Investment and Trade.

Consulting projects may be aligned with one traditional functional area or cross-functional areas, including data analytics, fintech, blockchain, and so on.

The program is one of several initiatives from the Center for Global Business that seeks to extend support to Maryland businesses. Others include the virtual internship program and the MAPIT Alliance webinars.

The preferred deadline for fall projects is Aug. 1. For more information, go to the webpage: Maryland Global Export Consulting Program.

About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

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