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UNM Anderson School of Management Students Place in National Small Business Institute Project of the Year Competition

December 22, 2020

UNM Anderson School of Management Students Place in National Small Business Institute Project of the Year Competition

Albuquerque, N.M. – Two student teams from the UNM Anderson School of Management, both guided by Dimitri Kapelianis, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, will be honored with Project of the Year awards at the National Small Business Institute's® Annual Conference, Feb. 26, 2021. Although the final rankings won't be announced until the conference, previous UNM teams have consistently received top honors, competing against 75 member schools nationwide.

Since 2014, student teams led by Kapelianis have received national awards seven times, the most of any participating UNM Anderson faculty members. The awards include Graduate Business Plan and Graduate Specialized categories, and the UNM student teams prepared management reports for Small Business Institute clients Dance With Me and Rigole Winery, respectively.

"We're very excited to receive these awards and I'm proud of the excellent work my students did to receive this national recognition," commented Kapelianis.

Since its founding in 1978, the UNM Small Business Institute has assisted more than 750 New Mexico-based clients, including start-ups, family enterprises and nonprofit organizations. Every semester, UNM Anderson faculty guide up to 15 student teams in assisting clients with strategic planning and marketing research studies. For more information about the UNM Small Business Institute, visit

Contact: Anna Dykeman, Marketing Manager,, (505) 263-6126


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The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.