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Center for Business Outreach

The Center for Business Outreach connects classrooms with the greater business community by linking business owners, civic and nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs and the public sector with students, faculty and alumni from the Department of Business Studies and Economics.

The center provides resources and opportunities for students to tackle real-world situations and uses their talents and skills to address business issues, resulting in recommendations, research and solutions.

By working closely with the department's internship coordinator and club advisers, as well as the director of career development, the center is able to offer the community a seamless flow of services and student participation.

What We Do

Using various platforms, students have the opportunity to enhance their classroom experience through special projects, internships and job shadowing experiences designed to help business owners take the next step, expand their reach and consider the feasibility of ideas.

We utilize the community through roundtables, panel discussions, networking and guest speaking opportunities, as well as entrepreneurial workshops, mentoring, mock interviews and more.

Projects include business plans, social media, marketing strategies, survey design, human resources, cost analysis and more. While projects range in length from a few weeks to an entire semester, all culminate in a presentation or report offering recommendations and resources.

Who We Serve

  • Students: Students collaborate with local business leaders to work on classroom projects, allowing them to gain real-world experience and insight for starting, operating and marketing a business.
  • Business leaders: Business owners who collaborate with Salve Regina students build relationships for internships and potential future employment.
  • Faculty: Through the center, faculty find business projects and resources that correspond to the concepts students are learning in the classroom.
  • Alumni: Salve Regina alumni are welcome to collaborate with students or discover networking opportunities, and may also take advantage of the center’s entrepreneurial materials and resources.


Joanna Samson '15 (Marketing)

Working with the Center for Business Outreach has allowed me to further develop my skills in creating effective marketing tools. The center was also a valuable outlet for me as a business student. Stacey Carter offered helpful guidance in developing a business plan for Providence Paintball, a project taken on by my group in my Strategic Business Planning class. She also invited me to join her in multiple networking events, introducing me to many business professionals in the community. I am grateful for the opportunity to gain business experience and interact with business leaders.

Santa Maria Garofalo '15 (Business administration and marketing)

Karen McGuinness, president of OoRoo America, came to my business policy class with an innovative idea to transform a traditional mattress into a tri-fold design, allowing it to become easily transportable. I fell in love with the project and became passionate about the product as the semester went on. By December 2014, I was an expert on the OoRoo bed and was creating social media platforms to help Karen run her company. At the end of the semester, she offered me an internship.

During my internship, I created a list of connections we could contact to gain market presence. I also kept up with the design of the website and all social media platforms, made phone calls for the company and managed email, mostly as a customer service representative. Overall, I had an amazing experience, and all of my ideas and opinions were welcomed with open arms.

I was undeniably able to apply concepts and teachings from my business and marketing coursework to a real company from the beginning of my senior year. In my first semester working with OoRoo, I was more team-oriented, while the second semester gave me free reign to make decisions on my own. I will continue to work for Karen part-time while completing my MBA at Salve Regina, and will become a full-time employee after earning my degree.