MBAs CARE TYPICAL
Become an adjunct member of a small businessí staff.
Complete a substantial project, assist in its
implementation, and then stay onboard as a consultant.
In Harlem, a carpenter who sells small wooden products is
struggling to grow her/his business.
Through simple market research, an MBA Corps Consultant
discovers and helps the carpenter understand that there is a
greater demand for large items, such as bed frames and tables,
driven by gentrification.
The MBA Corps Consultant assists the carpenter in
developing and implementing a business plan to meet this demand.
This plan includes a discussion of the multiple ways this
change in strategy will affect the carpenter.
The carpenterís business grows 200% over two years,
during which time he hires two additional employees.
The carpenter also joins the local merchants association,
which installs improved street lighting and hires an additional
security professional in the neighborhood.
Clearly, this is not rocket science;
thatís the point.
However, helping the carpenter understand how this change
impacts every part of her/his business is key to the
Small business owners are time and resource constrained.
They often do not step back and consider how to grow
their business. They
are shackled to the cash register or day-to-day operations and
donít have the time to analyze and implement changes to their
When small businesses grow, poverty recedes.
Implementing the strategy can result in increased sales.
Local residents can now support a merchant in their
neighborhood ensuring that dollars will not flow out of the area
and will instead be invested in the betterment of the