Our Business Outreach

The FCB Business Division’s commitment to business leadership extends well beyond the classroom to include the broader business community. Faculty and students serve the community through management development programs, consulting activities, publication of studies vital to local economic development, and professional participation in community and volunteer organizations.

Our business outreach also encompasses our connections to the momentum of the business world through our National and Community Advisory Boards. They help assure what we teach in the classrooms is reflecting the ever-changing pulse of the Global economy.


Alliance Bank Business Outreach Center, An EDA University Center

The Alliance Bank Business Outreach Center:
An Economic Development Administration University Center

Press releases for 2012–2013 year HERE.

The FCB houses several agencies committed to serving the greater Flagstaff and larger Arizona communities, all under the Alliance Bank Business Outreach Center (ABBOC). ABBOC provides high-quality business-related training, education, consulting, and information resources to business, non-profit organizations, tribes, and government agencies throughout Arizona's rural and northern communities. These services consist of:

  • The annual Economic Outlook Conference
  • Economic Impact Analyses
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Business Skills Training
  • Computer Skills Training Facilities
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education
  • Market Research
  • Business Plans and Consulting Services
  • Professional Development
  • Economic Development Consulting

The four units that comprise ABBOC are the Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center (AHRRC), the Center for American Indian Economic Development (CAIED), NAU Road Scholar, and the Arizona Rural Policy Institute (RPI). The units work closely together yet each has their own areas of expertise. After a review of their scope of work, you may realize that one or more of the units can be of assistance to your business or organization.

To learn more about ABBOC, click HERE.

National Advisory Board

The FCB National Advisory Board serves as the primary link between NAU-FCB and our alumni, friends, and the business community. Board members share a desire to help shape the learning experiences and opportunities for tomorrow's business leaders. National Advisory Board members provide advice and counsel to the dean on matters involving business relationships between NAU-FCB and the greater community; representing The W.A. Franke College of Business, its mission, needs, focused vision, programs, and graduates to the general public; and to use their expertise to provide broad perspectives to the curriculum and co-curricular development to keep the College in constant movement forward.

Learn about our current board members HERE.

Community Advisory Council

The Community Advisory Council of The W.A. Franke College of Business serves as the primary link between NAU-FCB and the Flagstaff & Arizona business communities by providing the college with a better understanding of local developments and community needs.

Learn about our current board members HERE.

Accounting Advisory Council

The Accounting Advisory Council (AAC) is comprised of professionals who represent public accounting, industry, and government. The purpose of the AAC is to advise the Accounting Area and accounting faculty on the mission of the Accounting Area and on issues related to area planning, curriculum development, student recruitment and placement, and area fund raising.

Learn about our current board members HERE.

CIS Advisory Council

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) Advisory Council (CISAC) is comprised of industry and government professionals. The purpose of the CISAC is to advise the CIS Area, including faculty and students on issues related to area planning, curriculum development, student recruitment and placement.

Learn about our current board members HERE.

Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology

NACET is transforming Innovation into Business and the FCB is part of that transformation.

NACET fosters business growth and economic vitality, creating high-quality jobs for the region. Partnering with a wide variety of non-retail, service, manufacturing, high technology, science and renewable energy firms, NACET offers a hands-on business incubation engagement program designed to transform innovation into viable companies.

NAU-FCB is one of NACET's partners. As such, Dr. Marc Chopin serves on their Board of Directors and our students are able to apply for their Student Business Incubator Program (see Melissa Meno and Wearearth.com). The program is a 12-month extracurricular activity designed to provide a nurturing, supportive environment to Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College students who want to start their own business and guide them toward becoming sustainable, contributing members of a strong economic community.

The Executive Speaker Series is a partnership between NAU FCB and NACET with the Flagstaff Chamber, City’s Economic Vitality Division and SBDC as supporting agencies. The series is designed to allow the community to hear firsthand business stories from some of the world’s top business leaders.

NetImpact NAU

The FCB student organization NetImpact NAU is using the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Founded in the Fall of 2009 with the mission “To use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world,” NetImpact NAU is moving forward with their 2011 project.

In their proposed City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program, Net Impact will provide business sustainability audits and education for Flagstaff area businesses. Net Impact’s partnership and community engagement will assist in providing support to local businesses which in turn helps build a community with a strong economic profile and a healthy, self-renewing environment.

In 2010 NetImpact NAU hosted a number of speakers and obtained a grant to install water bottle refill stations in FCB. Two stations were installed by the close of the academic year.

If you would like to learn more about NetImpact and our projects, please contact us through NetImpactNAU@groupspaces.com or “like” us on facebook at facebook.com/NetImpactNAU.