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Business Development Center

Southern’s Business Development Center, located in the School of Business, is dedicated to strategically matching Southern's resources with the needs of the local business community. By working together with the numerous resources available on campus, the office serves as a ”one-stop shop” for companies that want to engage with the university.

Laquita Joyner-McGraw, our Business Development Coordinator, works with the School of Business on developing and supporting projects in the business community, including faculty consulting opportunities, internships, and community outreach. She also supports the Business Advisory Council and our AACSB accreditation efforts. Laquita earned an M.B.A. (’03) from Southern.

Employer Resources

The academic experience of our students is greatly enhanced by the expertise of our business partners. At the same time, collaborating with the School of Business to educate our students can be rewarding for members of the business community, as it offers a valuable resource if you have a research need or special project to complete. We are happy to partner with businesses who may be interested in participating in class assignments, from one-hour topical business discussions to semester-long consulting projects. We welcome and encourage your participation in these types of activities, as they are a great way to share your knowledge and help sharpen the skills of our students.

We’re here for business, whether you seek a research partner, wish to enlist the help of student groups in developing business plans, or plan to create an internship program. Our business development office can find the resource to help support your business needs.


We’re eager to partner with you in finding your next employee or consultant from a pool of talented students. The School of Business works closely with Southern’s Office of Career Services to develop internship opportunities for business students that build a foundation of strategic skills to assist with professional success and respond to employers' workforce needs.

Faculty Expertise

Southern’s School of Business offers innovative seminars and presentations that address critical business topics and offer tools to help businesses meet the ever-changing demands of the 21st century workplace. Members of our business faculty are available as consultants in a wide range of fields and can offer dynamic presentations on topics in the categories of leadership, motivation/team building, succession planning, marketing/sales, communication/public relations, business and strategic planning and budgeting.

Consultants are available for employee meetings, development seminars, training sessions, board meetings, and other events. For a list of available topics, speakers and fees, contact our business development coordinator at (203) 392-5635.

Contact Information

Donald Walker, Business Development Coordinator
School of Business, Room 105
Phone: (203) 392-8944
Fax: (203) 392-5674