Small Business Institute offering free help to small businesses, nonprofits

St. Mary’s University is offering free assistance to local businesses while also giving business students hands-on learning experiences.

The Small Business Institute within the Greehey School of Business is accepting both small and nonprofit business clients for the spring 2016 semester. The institute offers in-depth consulting services in areas such as accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, information technology, international business and marketing. Senior business students, under the supervision of business faculty, provide consulting services at no cost.

A recent success story is EZNectar LLC, which partnered with Tetra Pak to produce disposable, recyclable hummingbird feeders. They can be found on shelves at many H-E-B, Fred Meyer and Wild Birds Unlimited locations, as well as online.

For more information or to apply for the free service, email Greehey School of Business Marketing Professor and Small Business Institute Director Ed Cole or reach him by phone at 210-431-2039.

St. Mary's University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs, and has a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.

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