Students provide MAP for businesses

first_imgMark Mahan knows plenty about business. For more information: WSUV’s next Business MAP class will be held in spring semester, beginning in January. To learn more about the program and how to become a mentor, go to or call 360-546-9533.He is, after all, a business consultant in his day job. Being an owner of Burnt Bridge Cellars in downtown Vancouver is a side project, although one that consumes much of his time and energy. But Mahan signed up to get help last spring from Washington State University Vancouver students through an innovative assistance program called the Business Growth Mentor & Assistance Program, or Business MAP for short. The four WSUV business students, working with a skilled business mentor, gave Mahan and his partners a plan for expanding online sales of Burnt Bridge’s wines and specific suggestions on how to complete essential tasks that had long been given short shrift. Mahan, who’d initially hesitated to commit to up to 40 hours of consultation with the students, is now glad that he did.“The hallmark of the program is that students don’t come up with a grand idea,” said Mahan, 60. “They focus on things that you probably knew but didn’t get to.”Now in its third year, WSUV’s Business MAP program is winning widespread praise for its utility and for the interactions it fosters between students and their professors, business-savvy mentors and businesses looking for a boost. Students earn class credit just before heading into the workforce. Business owners gain tools to help their mostly small companies succeed.last_img

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