The Center for Economic Development (CED) and the UMW Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have partnered with the College of Business to create a new business support program, UMW CARES. The program is being supported by COVID-19 funding from the SBA to the SBDC network. The program promotes projects that best meet the needs of their small business communities.
Through UMW CARES, UMW business professors will provide education, training and business advising to small businesses that have experienced supply chain disruptions, staffing challenges, a decrease in sales or customers, or a continuity of operation problems as a result of COVID-19.
The specialized training will be in the following areas:
- Accounting and Finance
- Continuity & Disaster Preparedness Planning Consulting
- Marketing and Digital Commerce, Sales, Distribution, and Supply Chain Consulting
- Intellectual Property Protection Consulting
- Human Resource Management
One of the faculty members involved in the UMW CARES response is Alexandra Dunn, Ph.D. Dr. Dunn is an Assistant
Professor of Management at the College of Business. Her consulting expertise lies in the fields of human resources, leadership, and how to support employees virtually.
Dr. Dunn is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and a member of the Fredericksburg SHRM Chapter. She has completed consulting and organizational development work for SHRM, Mary Washington Healthcare, the Volunteer Program Assessment, the Carolina Raptor Center, and Academic Affairs at UNC Charlotte. Prior to coming to UMW, Dr. Dunn worked as a talent assessment specialist at Ingersoll Rand and a part-time HR Business Partner at New York Life Insurance Company.
To learn more about UMW CARES and how to take advantage of UMW CARES, please contact your consultant of record by email or call (540) 654-1383.
If you are not a client of the UMW SBDC and would like to meet with a consultant to about UMW ACRES, please fill out our request for consulting form.