Coyote Business Consulting Group
Coyote Business Consulting Group is a student-centered initiative at the USD Beacom School of Business designed to help businesses stay competitive in the state of South Dakota and throughout the region. The program enables student-teams, with the guidance of faculty advisors, to help businesses solve a critical problem for their organization.
Coyote Business Consulting Group is intended to be mutually beneficial for both the students and the businesses. The consulting service will be offered at no charge to businesses and students will have the opportunity to receive academic credits, financial support, and real-world experience. This program is available to all businesses, but a special emphasis will be placed on small businesses, as they are the backbone of the economy.
Sioux Falls BEST
Beacom’s Business Engagement for Students (BEST)–Sioux Falls program was developed in collaboration with the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation and the City of Sioux Falls. Every fall semester students are selected by Beacom faculty to participate and are broken into teams.
Each team is assigned a business and a specific project based on the needs of that business. The teams work with designated project managers in each business to identify problems, develop methodologies, collect and analyze data, and propose and implement solutions, including identifying potential benefits to the organization.The students designate eight hours toward their project. Each week, students travel to Sioux Falls on Fridays for in-person engagement. During this time, students meet with their project managers and others in the business to discuss their work and progress.
Coyote Alumni Mentoring Program
The Coyote Mentoring Program is designed to enhance the classroom experience by linking students with executives for one-on-one mentoring, offering students the opportunity to learn about the way business is practiced today, under the guidance of top executives. Mentors share career advice and valuable insight into the transition to the post–college world, while students build career networks and develop skills to become better professionals and leaders.