Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Building a High-Performing Minority Business

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About the course

Every business has room for improvement. In today’s demanding business environment, every organization must do all it can to stay up-to-date and engage in continuous improvement. Building a High-Performing Minority Business, Tuck’s core minority business program, is the ideal business prescription for minority- and Native American–owned companies. It is an opportunity to evaluate your organization’s health and diagnose its strengths and areas for improvement in one of the world’s top-rated business schools.

Over the course of this five-day program, you’ll develop the skills it takes to help your business thrive. The case study for the week is your own business. You’ll evaluate your overall business strategy in the context of rapidly-changing markets. Diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of your operations. Analyze a balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows. Develop an effective marketing strategy. Improve your ability to communicate your vision and inspire your team. And strengthen your professional network through the relationships you make as a member of the Tuck minority business alumni community.

By participating in Building a High-Performing Minority Business, you increase your chances of long-term success and greater profitability. Read some of the success stories about minority business enterprises or learn more about the program topics that are covered in the Building program.

Advancing Minority Business Capabilities

Building a High-Performing Minority Business is about assessing where your company is now and where you want to take it tomorrow. In short, it’s about advancing minority business capabilities. These are the tools that make it happen:

  • Strategy and Implementation … to optimize your competitive advantage
  • Analysis of Financial Statements … to increase profitability
  • Managing the Customer Asset … to generate repeat business
  • Refining the Management Structure … to enable growth and productivity
  • Assessing Operations … to streamline your processes and improve efficiency

Who should attend

Owners and senior executives of minority-owned companies who have a minimum of 3 to 5 years’ experience running a small business and at least $300,000 in annual sales.

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Phillip Stocken

Bio Phil Stocken specializes in accounting and business analysis. He teaches accounting and financial management, analysis, and reporting in both executive education programs and MBA classes. He is highly skilled at conveying the essential information in financial statements and financial statem...

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Alva Taylor

Current Research Topics New product development Technological change New venture formation Organizational learning Creativity Professional Activities Academic positions Faculty Director, Center for Digital Strategies, Tuck School, 2013–present Tuck School of Business, 2000–present Visiti...

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Punam Anand Keller

Bio Punam Anand Keller is an expert in consumer information processing and choice behavior. Her current research—supported by the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Endowment for Financial Education—focuses on designing and implementing consumer communic...

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Joseph Hall

Teaching Spring 2018 Operations Management (EMBA) Spring 2017 Operations Management (MBA) Fall 2012 Operations Management (MBA)

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Ella Bell Smith

Bio Ella L.J. Bell Smith teaches courses called Leading Organizations, Consulting: Dimensions of Change Agency, and Leadership Out of the Box. Current Research Topics Race, gender, and social class in organizations Organizational change Professional Activities Academic positions Tuck S...

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Leonard Greenhalgh

Bio Leonard Greenhalgh teaches an MBA elective course in Managing Strategic Business Relationships. His research interests include changing workforce demographics, supply chain management, negotiation, top management team effectiveness, and managing strategic alliances. Current Research Topics ...

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Gail Ayala Taylor

Bio Gail Taylor has taught at the Tuck School of Business since 2000. She served as Faculty Director of the Tuck Business Bridge Program from 2011–15. Previously, Professor Taylor taught at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Medill School of Journalism at Northweste...

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Tuck Minority Programs Faculty Director, Leonard Greenhalgh, speaks about the Building program