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Business Assistance

Institute for Business and Industry Development (IBID) helps North Dakota businesses, existing startups, improve their competitiveness by providing access to the technical assistance resources at NDSU thereby helping to solve specific technical questions or needs. These services are provided on a confidential basis. IBID working in close cooperation with the NDSU College of Business Administration can assist you with your business questions.

Typical Questions

1. I've got a new business idea. can you help me determine feasibility?
2. The bank says I need a business plan before they will consider financing. can you help me?
3. We are really busy but we just don't seem to be making any money. Can you help us figure out what we are doing wrong?
4. Can you help with a market research study?
5. I want to retire and need to figure out an exit strategy for my business, and suggestions?

NDSU College of Business Administration (CBA)

The CBA has the highest student to faculty ratio at NDSU. IBID has agreed to be the first point of contact and project manager for the CBA. Our assistance will be prompt and one-on-one. All proprietary information will be held confidential. We will do the initial project screening and see the question is handled by the appropriate resource. After we provide the assistance, we will send you a brief evaluation survey to determine your satisfaction and the economic impact of our assistance.

Student Projects-- The Small Business Institute utilizes CBA students under close faculty supervision to provide customized, in-depth, confidential consulting to regional businesses in strategic planning, supply chain management, operations and productions, technology transfer and marketing.

The SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) is about outreach. NDSU SIFE does outreach projects that have influence on students, from the elementary level on up through college and those in general business community. SIFE educates people about free enterprise by teaching them about business plans, retirement opportunities, responsible business practices, and much more. SIFE has served as a liaison between successful professional business leaders and students. SIFE has taught elementary school to college age students about free enterprise through mentoring, workshops and seminars.

Cost initial interviews and services are provided without charge. If the project requires major research or investment, a cost proposal will be prepared. Agreement on cost will be made before extended services are provided.   

e-Business Assistance Services

e-business refers to all the business processes that take place across electronic networks. e-Commerce covers the outward facing processes that touch customers, suppliers and external partners. This includes sales, order taking, marketing delivery and customer service. e-Business includes e-commerce, but it also references the internal processes such as production, customer relationship management, inventory management, product development, finance and human resources. Institute for Business and Industry Development (IBID) working in close cooperation with the NDSU Management Information Systems (MIS) program offered by the College of Business and the Computer Science Department can help you with questions regarding your e-business needs. website: http://www.cs.ndsu.nodak.edu

The Institute for Business and Industry Development (IBID) can provide you with a self-assessment tool to aid you in determining if your company is ready to implement e-business practices. "Connecting Main Street to e-Street: An e-Business Primer"

Typical Questions:
*Is our company ready to incorporate more e-business practices into our business?
*Can you help us find some manufacturing software?
*Would you review our Website and provide us with some ideas for improvement?
*Can you help us find a Website designer?
*Do you have any recommendations on software to help with Website design?
*Do you know of any computer training in my area?
*We want to buy new computers for our business and aren't sure if we need all of those options or if the options are the right ones. We need some unbiased information, can we visit with you about our needs and get some directions on the best way to go?
*We would like to install a small office network. Can you look over our current system and provide us with some recommendations on the best way to put together a functional system for the least cost?

 
Computer Assistance Services:

IBID can help with questions regarding computer systems, networks, communications, hardware and software. IBID helps North Dakota businesses, existing and startups, improve their competitiveness by providing access to the technical assistance resources at NDSU thereby helping to solve specific technical questions or needs. These services are provided on a confidential basis. IBID working in close cooperation with the NDSU Information Technology Services and the NDSU Computer Science Department can help you with your questions and e-business needs.

IBID has partnered with Soft Select Systems, a technology research firm, to assist our clients in the process of selecting the appropriate software package for their business.

Online Computer Lesson

 What We Will Do

IBID assistance will be prompt and one-on-one. All proprietary information will be held confidential. If it is a questions beyond our expertise or scope, we will refer you to other resources. After we provide the assistance, we will send you a brief evaluation survey to determine your satisfaction and the economic impact of our assistance.

Cost

Initial interviews and services are provided without charge. If the project requires major research or investment, a cost proposal will be prepared. Agreement on cost will be made before extended services are provided. If information is located from a source which charges a fee, we will provide you with information on how to purchase the information.

 

 

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