Business forum forges partnership between chambers, university

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CUMMING, Ga. — To strengthen the business partnerships that are critical to the success of today’s business students, the Center for the Future of North Georgia in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia (UNG) invited the region’s Chambers of Commerce to discuss collaborations that could benefit area businesses and UNG students.

The Center for the Future of North Georgia hosted a forum on Aug. 2 with 15 chamber executives representing hundreds of businesses across northeast Georgia and metro Atlanta.

Brandon Beach, president of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, was among those who attended. Discussions focused on opportunities for the Mike Cottrell College of Business and its centers to support regional businesses and chambers.

UNG, with about 15,000 students, has campuses in Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville and Oconee County and is positioned in the fastest-growing region in the state.

The Mike Cottrell College of Business is the university’s most populated college with more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

The Cottrell MBA program is based on the Cumming Campus.

Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business, spoke about the initiatives of the college and its centers.

“We are focused on providing students with a business education relevant to 2013, including expansion of our study abroad and global internship experiences that are important due to the many international companies and partnerships found across northeast Georgia,” Mayo said. “Many of our graduates move on to positions within the region, and the experiences they receive here at UNG directly influence their future efforts. We thank the chambers for their interest and their support of the Mike Cottrell College of Business and are excited to have such a great business community as a partner.”