For Clients

What is TCC?
Why do we do it?
How much does it cost?
How does it work?
What is the timeline?
I need a lot of help.  How much can TCC help?

 

What is Tuck Community Consulting (TCC)?

TCC offers consulting projects to its clients.

TCC consulting projects are intended to assist local non-profits and entrepreneurs with typical business issues. Past client issues have included (but certainly have not been limited to):

  • How can I expand my business without opening a new location?
  • How can I improve customer retention?
  • Is there a market for my new product/invention?
  • I seem to get plenty of customers, but why am I still not profitable?
  • How can we enhance our strategic impact?
  • What are potential funding sources for my nonprofit?

Projects are intended to last approximately 10 weeks, with total student hours capped at 40 (meaning each student on the team contributes about 5-10 hours). We understand that many of our clients face multiple challenges, but we cannot address them all. We suggest you focus on your most pressing business issue – think about your needs in terms of what one consultant could address working full-time for one week.

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Why do we do it?

TCC provides students with real-world experience in consulting, the opportunity to apply their business skills, and a chance to volunteer in the community.  Students do not receive compensation or academic credit.

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How much does it cost?

TCC services are 100% pro-bono, but we do require ongoing cooperation from your organization, especially access to key individuals and information.

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How does it work?

Tell us about your current needs by completing a Project Application. Please remember that, while Tuck MBA students can provide substantial value to your organization, they require a well-defined business or strategic question so they can focus their volunteer services on the issue of greatest importance to you. Therefore, the more specific you can be in your application, the better. 

If your project is a good fit, the TCC co-chairs will contact you to schedule a meeting at Tuck. The co-chairs then assign a student team, who will meet with you, complete the analysis, and finally present the findings. Lastly, we will ask you to complete a feedback form to discuss your experience.

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What is the timeline?

The following schedule is tentative and subject to change. Please submit your project proposals as early as possible. Also, note that pitch night is the best chance to get students excited about your project so please keep in touch with the co-chairs regarding the date of that event.

Project Submission By second Friday in September
Project Discussion w/ Co-Chairs By end of September
Pitch Night to First Year Students Late September-Early October
Team Selection Mid October
Projects Launch Mid-Late October
Projects Conclude Mid December
Client Feedback Due Early January
Project Presentation Showcase Early January

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I need a lot of help. How much can TCC help?

Many of our clients face multiple challenges, but we cannot address them all.  We suggest you focus on your most pressing business issue.  TCC projects are capped at 40 hours with each student on the team contributing about 5-10 hours. Think about your needs in terms of what one consultant could address working full-time for one week.  Please remember that, while Tuck MBA students can provide substantial value to your organization, they require a well-defined business question so they can focus their volunteer services on the issue of greatest importance to you.

However, Tuck does have other resources available to assist local business and nonprofits.  We suggest you contact the First-Year Project Office or Center for Business, Government & Society for more information.

Please contact the Center for Business, Government & Society with questions.

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