For the seventh year, MBA students in UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics will partner with local organizations to tackle business problems as part of the school’s Capstone Program.

Partner firms selected for the 2012-13 academic year include Amarr Garage Doors; Bank of Oak Ridge; Gilbarco Veeder-Root; Greensboro Children’s Museum; Industries of the Blind of Greensboro; Memios, LLC; Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery; Tanger Outlet Centers; TE Connectivity and Volvo GTT.

“By having our students work with local firms, they are able to move from the classroom and apply their knowledge in real time to our partner firms’ business challenges,” said Richard Browne, a professor of practice in the Bryan School. “The firms — ranging from not-for-profits to entrepreneurial firms to Fortune 200 companies — provide a challenging problem for the students to tackle and gain an actionable list of recommendations at the end of the project.”

Some of the participating businesses are repeat partners. “We have partnered with the Bryan School Capstone Program for a number of years, and have found the students’ recommendations to be actionable and well thought out,” said Jay Das, controller of North American purchasing at Volvo Group in Greensboro. “We have gone on to hire a number of the students who participated in our projects, as they are able to hit the ground running and have already demonstrated they are a good fit with our culture and expectations.”

The Capstone Program, which was founded in 2006, is open to Triad area for-profit and not-for-profit firms that are interested in working with an MBA student team to tackle a business problem. Applications for the 2014 program will be accepted through July 28, 2013.

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