Mike Donahue to speak at business luncheon

Monday, September 3, 2012


In an economy where small business owners are using every dime just to stay in business, it can be a costly gamble to hire consultants to explore new ways to make a profit.

However, a unique partnership between mid-Willamette Valley businesses, non-profits and Corban University’s School of Business will allow some area businesses to receive these consulting services at no cost.

On September 18 at noon, Corban University will hold a free luncheon for area business owners interested in learning about Corban’s business major capstone project called Corban Consulting Partners, and discovering whether it is a good option for them. Former KOIN news journalist and anchor Mike Donahue will be the featured speaker. 

Since 2010, Corban business majors and faculty have provided thousands of hours of free consulting services. Abbey Carpet Care owner Shawn Abbey used the CCP program to determine whether to expand his carpet cleaning business. Garten Services used the program to explore whether or not to open a document retention service as another way to help disabled adults learn job skills and find employment. In 2011, a group of Corban business majors worked with Wilco to develop a mathematical algorithm that determines the best and worst locations to open new stores.

“This would be an hour well spent for businesses leaders facing a challenge or looking at an opportunity,” said Griff Lindell, dean of Corban’s School of Business. “For owners and executives who don’t have the people or financial resources to do the necessary research and business planning, our business students, with faculty oversight, provide free consulting services ranging from operational issues to investigating market opportunities.”

The luncheon will be held in the Grant Room at Broadway Commons located at 555 Gaines St. NE in Salem. Reservations are required. For more information about Corban Consulting Partners, email Griff Lindell, dean of the Corban School of Business, at glindell@corban.edu. To register for the luncheon, call Kellie Wood at 503-375-7153 or email her at kwood@corban.edu.

Details about the Corban Consulting Partners Luncheon.

  • Mike Donahue, former KOIN TV news anchor

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