Hugh Scott was desirous to discover a approach to assist. Whereas scrolling LinkedIn this spring, the College of North Georgia (UNG) lecturer of administration seen an article in regards to the School of Charleston college providing professional bono one-time consultations to companies dealing with challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scott talked about the thought to Dr. Mary Gowan, dean of UNG’s Mike Cottrell College of Business (MCCB), and he or she was rapidly on board. After consulting with college members on the School of Charleston, Scott began by forming a partnership between UNG and the Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce referred to as Profs for FoCo. It connects UNG college with companies and nonprofits who wanted their experience.
“The Mike Cottrell School of Enterprise is uniquely positioned to function a useful resource for companies in our area and past,” Gowan stated. “Within the midst of the uncertainty confronted by so many for-profit and nonprofit organizations round us, we consider it’s our duty to share our experience to assist these organizations navigate their approach ahead. Doing so creates a win-win scenario for our area and opens doorways for additional engagement with the school.”
Greater than 20 UNG college members have volunteered within the effort, which Scott is working to develop into partnerships with different north Georgia chambers of commerce.
“Our college had been desirous about how they might assist,” Scott stated.
Mary Norman, a lecturer of selling, linked with a pair of Forsyth nonprofits and was “blown away” by their efforts.
Norman linked with Cumming House Ministries and Forsyth County Household Haven. The primary group, which helps homeless males in rebuilding their lives, was in search of assist within the areas of retail optimization for its thrift retailer and increasing consciousness of its companies and fundraising actions. Norman shared retail greatest practices and linked the nonprofit to Elaine Fitzpatrick, MCCB internship coordinator, who’s working to discover a scholar to assist assist these areas of want.
Amy Barfield, interim govt director of Forsyth County Household Haven, was desirous about help with grant writing and fundraising. Norman and Scott put Barfield in contact with Dr. Sarah Young, assistant professor of political science and assistant director of educational engagement at UNG, who has intensive expertise with nonprofits and grant writing. Younger then paired Barfield with a advertising and marketing class taught by Dr. Caroline Munoz, affiliate professor at UNG.
“They’re all doing an important job. They’re simply asking for a bit assist,” Norman stated. “That is what we wish to give them.”
Dr. Mohan Menon, UNG division head of selling and administration, has helped with a pair of requests. Shawn LaFave, president of North Georgia Promotions, needed digital advertising and marketing and social media help, and Menon linked him with Munoz, Fitzpatrick and Dr. Chris Dant, college member and internship coordinator in UNG’s Department of Visual Arts.
Menon additionally helped the nonprofit BMore Studying Inc. The group seeks to show center and highschool kids profession preparation expertise, and Menon hopes it would result in an internship for a UNG scholar. It additionally gave Menon an opportunity to attach Shawn Athanasios, a lecturer of enterprise communication with private teaching expertise, with Jackie Martin, the group’s creator and founder.
Menon is grateful for the experiences college students are gaining and the methods UNG college are reaching out.
“We’re residents of this neighborhood,” Menon stated. “And we assist one another out.”
James McCoy, president and CEO of the Forsyth County Chamber and a graduate of UNG’s Cottrell MBA program, is appreciative.
“This clearly demonstrates the extent of partnership that exists between Forsyth County’s academic establishments and the personal enterprise sector,” McCoy stated. “We’re excited to raise this partnership to a brand new degree with this program.”
For extra details about the Profs for FoCo program and/or to arrange an appointment, go to www.profsforfoco.org or e mail Laura Stewart, Forsyth County Chamber vice chairman of neighborhood engagement, at [email protected].