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THE ANDERSON SCHOOL OFFERS FREE CONSULTING SERVICES FOR SMALL NEW MEXICO TECHOLOGY-BASED BUSINESSES

January 12, 2012

(Albuquerque, NM) The U.S. is placing a new emphasis on small technology-based businesses as a way to economic recovery and prosperity. To help in this effort the Anderson School of Management is offering free consulting services to small New Mexico technology businesses in their quest for larger markets and better financial returns.

Students and their faculty advisors in the Management of Technology (MOT) Program at the Anderson School are now accepting applications from small New Mexico tech companies interested in having students analyze markets, competitors, value propositions, the disruptive technology commercialization path and financial forecasts.

The consultations are free to small New Mexico tech companies who have less than 500 employees and a NM gross receipts tax ID number. The MOT Program can offer the services for free because of funding from Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories through the New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program. The funding pays for student time as well as faculty mentorship.

More than 200 small NM tech companies have received free help from NMSBA over the past 15 years. Dr. Sul Kassicieh, UNM Distinguished Professor and Andersonís endowed chair in economic development, says the process is beneficial to both the student and the business owner.

"The grants from Sandia and Los Alamos help small NM companies enhance their business and give our students a great experience working with real companies," says Dr. Kassicieh. "This program helps New Mexico develop skilled talent and our businesses to develop their markets. "

Interested technology-based business owners with less than 500 employees and a NM gross receipts tax ID number are strongly encouraged to apply. The application is available online at https://csed.mgt.unm.edu/support/sba-program-application.asp. For more information contact Dr. Kassicieh via email at sul@unm.edu or by phone at (505) 277-8881.

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The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

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 www.mgt.unm.edu, email info@mgt.unm.edu, or call (505) 277-6471.

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