At Ross, corporate sponsors build rich, individual relationships with Ross based on the goals of both partners. The Ross Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) course is one of the most intense, student-driven learning experience in business education. Teams of students tackle pressing business challenges for sponsor organizations – major corporations, startups, and nonprofits all over the world. And the U-M Business Engagement Center is your front door to all U-M partnership opportunities.
Resources for Local Businesses & Nonprofits
The Ross School of Business and partners around University of Michigan engage organizations in southeast Michigan to advance their strategic priorities and support the local small business and nonprofit community. Below are some featured resources from our partners around campus.
|Free Accounting Fridays||Small businesses in Detroit||Center for Finance, Law, and Policy and Business+Impact partner to provide free consultations to Detroit small business owners and entrepreneurs who receive personalized 1 on 1 accounting and finance guidance.||rolling participation with return appointments welcome||Any small business owner, at any life cycle of the business, can schedule a virtual appointment||http://firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP)||Small businesses in Detroit||DNEP is dedicated to promoting sustainable economic and community development in Detroit by providing technical and strategic consulting services to neighborhood-based entrepreneurs and small businesses. Businesses normally work with a group of students for 3-12 months and DNEP selects about 25 businesses to work with each semester.||Fall recruiting: Winter recruiting:||Course-based professional service consulting project support||http://financelawpolicy.umich.edu/detroit||DNEPdetroit@umich.edu|
|Impact Studio||Small businesses & nonprofit organizations; focusing on local organizations and minority and women-owned businesses||Graduate business course that engages local businesses and nonprofits to design concepts for tackling challenges and increasing resiliency through the pandemic.||July – August for Fall; December – January for Winter||Review outreach materials from Impact Studio and agree to participate in a minimum of one student team interview.||https://businessimpact.umich.edu/impact-studio/ba670-impact-studio-course/||Lisa Kozlo, email@example.com|
|Capstone MAP||Small businesses & nonprofit organizations||Undergraduate business course that tackles pressing business challenges and provides data driven recommendations.||Open September through end of October with Winter term engagements||Proposal||https://firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic||Small businesses & nonprofit organizations||Michigan Law’s Entrepreneurship Clinic provides no-cost legal services to University of Michigan student-led startups as well as those from the local community. The clinic also offers weekly office hours where entrepreneurs can get quick answers to their legal questions.||rolling participation with return appointments welcome||Application||https://entrepreneurship.law.umich.edu/||Barbara Vibbert, email@example.com|
|School of Information Courses & Programs||Small businesses & nonprofit organizations||Interdisciplinary teams of students, mentored by professionals, collaborate on semester-long projects for community clients. Opportunities include libraries and archives, website user experience and design, data analytics, health informatics, community engagement and more.||Fall term projects are sourced June-August, and Winter term projects are sourced June-December||Projects are proposed via this form by a wide variety of industry and community partners.||https://www.si.umich.edu/employers/client-opportunities||School of Information Client Inquiry Form|
|Ginsberg Center Community Partnership Opportunities||Nonprofit Organizations||The Ginsberg Center serves as an access point for social sector partners interested in engaging with the University of Michigan. We seek to cultivate and steward mutually beneficial partnerships between communities and the University of Michigan in order to advance the public good.||Ongoing||Varies based on engagement||https://firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ginsberg Center – Community Technical Assistance Center||Nonprofit Organizations||Community Technical Assistance Collaborative (CTAC) is a community-university partnership convened to serve a universal need identified by community partners around data, evaluation, and storytelling.||Fall term projects are sourced June-August, and Winter term projects are sourced June-December||Varies based on engagement||https://email@example.com|
Business+Impact Key Partners
We have robust and longstanding relationships with organizations and businesses in southeastern lower Michigan and Detroit. If you would like information about having a Board Fellow on your board, view additional information about becoming a Board Fellows partner.
If you would like your organization to partner with B+I directly on broader projects or events, learn how to become a partner.
Board Fellows Community Partnerships
One program through which we have forged those long-term partnerships is the Board Fellows Program. Over the past decade and half, the organizations below have had student board fellows work with their boards to make an impact on the community.