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USD Beacom School of Business Launches Engagement with South Dakota Businesses for Second Year

USD The USD Beacom School of Business is launching a second session of the Coyote Business Consulting Group program this spring.

VERMILLION, S.D. – After a successful inaugural program, the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business is excited to launch a second session of the Coyote Business Consulting Group this spring. This service is offered free to all businesses who participate in the program.

The Coyote Business Consulting Group is a student-centered initiative that was launched in 2020 during the first outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to help businesses stay competitive in South Dakota and throughout the region. The program also provides students an opportunity to receive academic credits, financial support and real-world experience.

“The first session of Coyote Business Consulting Group was incredibly successful for both the businesses we helped and our students, so it was very important for us to continue the program,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the USD Beacom School of Business. “We are committed to economic development throughout the state of South Dakota and are excited to continue to support businesses throughout the state.”

Student teams, under the guidance of faculty advisors help businesses solve a critical problem for their organization.

"Working with the Coyote Business Consulting Group was a great experience for our business," said Cheryl Bartlett, founder of 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 would benefit from this program.”

Get Your Business Involved

The Beacom School of Business invites all businesses to apply for the Coyote Business Consulting Group program.

  • Businesses will need to complete a project proposal form outlining the scope of their project by Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.
  • A select number of projects will be chosen, and businesses will be notified of their acceptance into the program by Feb. 19, 2021.
  • Businesses will be paired with student consulting teams and faculty advisors.
  • The project engagement will begin March 1, 2021

To learn more about the program or to submit a project proposal form, visit


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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