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Of the 11 other SBIDA centers in Arkansas, Bradley says the one at UCA is by far the most active.
Bradley and Saunders use the SBIDA program in their upper-level business courses.
Each team is assigned a case, a small business that is seeking help from the SBIDA. A faculty advisor is on hand for consultation.
Currently, Bradley incorporates SBIDA casework into a graduate-level seminar on marketing.
Herff Moore, professors of marketing and management, also incorporate SBIDA cases into some of their coursework.
The benefits of the SBIDA program are twofold, according to Bradley.
According to Bradley, SBIDA does not encounter the problem of businesses questioning the judgment of students.
The SBIDA's reputation for helping businesses is spreading to other nations.
But, despite the SBIDA's reputation among small businesses, the organization does not receive much publicity.
Bradley claims this is because of the high level of confidentiality maintained by the SBIDA. Also, SBIDA does not publicly solicit clients -- they don't need to.
Currently, the government contributes $500 per case to universities with SBIDA centers.
The SBIDA receives $3 million per year in federal funds; the SBDC receives $65 million.
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- SBI Debt Fund Series
- SBI Plus Current NAC
- SBIR Interactive Technical Information System
- SBIR/STTR Interactive Topic Information System