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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.

"Working with the Coyote Business Consulting Group was a great experience for our business, Harvest Winds LLC. They took the time to listen to what our needs were and what we wanted to see happen with the consultants. The research that they did was exceptional and relevant to our business. I feel that any business at any level of marketing would benefit from this program. Thank you for including Harvest Winds LLC in the program." – Cheryl Bartlett, Harvest Winds, LLC 2020

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.

The next session kicks off on mid-January and concludes mid-April 2022.  Business applications are due December 10, 2021.  

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History of the Program

Coyote Business Consulting Group was launched in 2020 during the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative was designed to help businesses that were often struggling to stay afloat as well as college students who were missing out on crucial opportunities to gain real-world experiences as their internships and summer jobs are getting delayed and cancelled. The initial program paired 52 students with 13 faculty advisors to work on 26 business projects over a two-month engagement. The initial program was incredibly successful and drove the decision to make Coyote Business Consulting Group an ongoing program. Currently in its third round, Coyote Business Consulting has successfully completed projects for 56 small businesses in South Dakota, located in 24 counties, of which 60% are in rural communities.