A Business and International Education(BIE) Grant
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University – School of Business and Industry
Global Opportunities On I-10 (GO I-10) Project: A Business and International Education(BIE) Grant
Funded by the United States Department of Education
In July 2005, the School of Business and Industry (SBI) in collaboration with the Office of International Education and Development at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) started implementation of a two-year Global Opportunities on I-10 (GO I-10) project, a Business and International Education (BIE) grant. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, GO I-10’s goal is to: (1) assist SBI in globalizing its undergraduate curriculum and (2) conduct outreach activities to assist local businesses in competing in the global arena.
The State of Florida has identified international business as one of the areas for state supported universities to target for program development. International business is deemed to be an area with high growth now and in the future. Moreover the FAMU strategic plan identifies internationalization as one of the goals for the university. GO I-10 is meeting the goals of the State of Florida and FAMU.
GO I-10 Project Goals and Objectives
GO I-10 is a community-based approach for globalizing the business curriculum at Florida A&M University (FAMU) and for enhancing students’ global business competencies, as well as international awareness of business in the I-10 corridor counties of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla.
- Development of a programmatic infrastructure within the School of Business and Industry to assure that all FAMU undergraduate business students graduate with basic awareness of the global dimensions of business.
- Establishment of programmatic international linkage to provide FAMU undergraduate business students with the opportunity and encouragement to move beyond global awareness to global understanding.
- Institutionalization of opportunities for FAMU graduate business students to develop foreign language and international consultancy skills so they can move beyond global understanding to global competency and fluency.
- Establishment of an outreach network to facilitate global awareness of small- and medium-sized firms in the I-10 corridor counties of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla.
- Encouragement of a local/regional outreach network to offer opportunities for small- and medium-sized firms in the I-10 corridor counties of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla to move beyond global awareness to global business understanding and participation.
To achieve the project objectives, GO I-10 focuses on:
- Infusing global content into core courses in the School of Business and Industry’s undergraduate program.
- Enhancing foreign language and economic course offerings beyond the business core curriculum.
- Providing short-term and semester-long study abroad opportunities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
- Conducting a two-week long international business summer camp for incoming business freshmen and high school seniors interested in international business.
- Establishing a Global Resource Business Center at the FAMU Small Business Development Center.
- Conducting international business training workshops for local/regional businesses.
Short-Term Study Abroad
The content of MAN 3600--Global Business gives undergraduate students an enhanced exposure to international business environments in Latin America. New experiential emphases includes a team approach to studying foreign market entries, guest lectures by IB business practitioners (coordinated by FAMU’s business-community partners), and a week study tour abroad (during Spring Break) to a Latin American country. Business Spanish students also participate in this short-term experience which allows them to interact with executives of major Latin American corporations.
The first part of this initiative builds on SBI’s eight-year relationship with China’s Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT) involving both graduate student and faculty exchanges. This relationship now includes undergraduate semester-long exchanges, providing exposure of FAMU students to this major Asian economy and culture while exposing several Chinese students to the American business environment and culture. An exchange program has also been developed in Kenya for students to study at the United States International University. A new component includes study opportunities in Brazil.
Community Outreach Initiative
Global Resource Center at FAMU-SBDC
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) currently offers business outreach through library and internet materials, workshops, and trained staff available to assist on inquiries from local businesses. Staff are assisted by SBI graduate students assigned to the Center. SBDC’s professional staff and support personnel currently handle 233 clients, translating into 586 counseling hours. However, available Center materials and staff expertise do not currently support responding to inquiries about global market opportunities or introducing regional firms to these opportunities. This will be addressed by establishing a Global Resource Business Center. The Center at the FAMU-SBDC entails: (1) purchase and/or design of IB resource materials; (2) IB training of Center staff; and (3) augmentation of Center staff with IB-knowledgeable graduate students. SBI graduate students will assist clients with IB questions, and also to providing further training of the Center staff.
The SBDC staff will provided with opportunities to develop their international business knowledge and skills. These opportunities will include visiting the University of South Florida-SBDC (which has an international focus) and participating in the annual conference of the North America Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE).
Training Workshops for Local Businesses
A series of four to six training workshops will implemented on the ABC’s of actually conducting IB. The target number of firms is 20, selected with assistance from GO I-10’s business-community partners, and encouraged by those partners to participate. Workshops will cover some basic topics such as import-export financing and E-Commerce business opportunities in global markets, but a substantial portion of final content will be tailored to participant needs based on pre-program structured interviews with those firms. This component of the project will be implemented in close collaboration with the Capital City Chamber of Commerce, the primary community partner on this project.
Graduate Students Consulting Services at FAMU-SBDC
Currently, SBI graduate students are working in SBDC helping staff respond to specific questions and assisting SBDC clients in the development of strategic business plans. Under the BIE grant, their focus has been shifted to international business (IB) issues, and assisting clients with IB questions, and also to providing further training of the Center staff. Graduate students have also been instrumental in the development of resources for the Global Resource Business Center. This opportunity enables students to put their international business education to practice while providing useful service to the business community.
International Business Summer Camp
The GO I-10 international business (IB) summer camp is broadly designed to attract students to international business career opportunities. Its specific purpose is to:
2005 Summer Camp in Pictures
- Enhance students’ global understanding:
- Global economy and world geography
- International trade
- Cross-cultural understanding
- The U.S. economy and the world
- Enable students to get a headstart in business school/college at a university level.
- Improve students’ academic performance in international business.
- Encourage students to pursue opportunities or careers in the field of international business.
Summer Camp participants in a group photo
Summer Camp participants working on group project
Summer Camp participants making presentations on group projects
Summer camp instructors listening to participants presentations
Capital City Chamber of Commerce (CCCC) is FAMU’s primary community partner on the GO I-10 project. FAMU signed a Memorandum of Agreement and a subcontract with CCCC to implement some aspects of the community outreach components. As a primary partner to the GO I-10 project, CCCC implements the training workshops for small- and medium-sized businesses. The Chamber works together with FAMU to:
- Identify trainers and resource persons;
- Provide meeting space for the workshops;
- Working in close coordination with the FAMU Small Business Development Center (SBDC), identify businesses that will participate in the training workshops from an eight-county region (Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, and Taylor);
- Organize and conduct workshop, in close coordination with the FAMU-SBDC;
- Serve on the FAMU International Business Advisory Council;
- Leverage available international resources to enhance learning and business development;
- Identify partnering and mentoring opportunities that will result in global outreach from the standpoint of student-to-student, business-to-business and student-to-business; and
- Foster and promote ongoing efforts to facilitate global awareness of small- and medium-sized firms.
- City of Tallahassee’s New Business Development.
- Enterprise Florida
- Tallahassee U.S. Export Assistance Center
- Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Department of Education BIE Program: http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsbie/index.html
University of Florida CIBER: http://bear.cba.ufl.edu/centers/ciber/
University of Memphis CIBER: http://www.people.memphis.edu/~wangctr/
North America Small Business International Trade Educators: http://www.nasbite.org/
U.S. Government Export portal: http://www.export.gov/
World trade Centers Worldwide: http://world.wtca.org/portal/site/wtcaonline
Federation of International Trade Association: http://www.fita.org/
International Trade Web Resources: http://www.fita.org/webindex/
International Business Education and Training Services: http://grantsgateway.com/
U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of International Trade: http://www.sba.gov/oit/info/links.html
Overseas Private Investment Corporation: http://www.opic.gov/
Bureau of Export Administration: http://www.bxa.doc.gov/homepage.htm
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, International Trade Programs: http://www.uschamber.com/international/default
Currency Converter: http://www.xe.com/ucc/
Center for Disease Control International Travelers’ Health: http://www.cdc.gov/travel/
Dr. Nanda Shrestha, Project Director
Global Opportunities on I-10
International Business Education Project
School of Business and Industry
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, Florida 32307-5200
Tel.: (850) 599-8333