The Tuck School of Dartmouth
The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth–ranked No. 1 in the business school rankings by The Wall Street Journal and Forbes for 2005–has been leading minority executives toward success since 1980.
Tuck’s Minority Business Executive Programs were the first one-week management programs created specifically for executives of minority-owned firms, providing equal access to the nation’s top quality management education. At the time, many minority-owned businesses had achieved success through participation in the U.S. SBA’s 8(a) program, yet failed to survive the transition to competing for contracts in the open market once they were no longer part of that set-aside program. In establishing these programs, Tuck hoped to reverse that trend by facilitating the growth and development of the minority business community.
From the beginning, partnerships with the nation’s leading corporations, resource organizations and government agencies, which share an interest in developing the minority business community, have been vital to the many accomplishments of these programs. Over the years, sponsors have underwritten their minority suppliers’ attendance, donated to the scholarship fund and provided ongoing program support. The Tuck MBEP Alumni Association has also been active in raising scholarship funds from program alumni so that emerging firms could benefit from participation.
Tuck has partnered with the Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce, to help maximize the effectiveness of MBDA’s national support system for MBEs by intensively training 200 of their business consultants. Their consultants will transfer this knowledge to a national portfolio of MBE firms, thereby extending Tuck’s reach to MBEs that cannot come to New Hampshire for the MBEP experience.
It is part of Tuck’s mission to provide thought leadership in minority business development. The world-class faculty provide the important business tools, sharpen critical thinking, develop new insight and deliver competitive advantage to the executive participants. Tuck has recruited a number of supplier diversity experts whose combined industry knowledge and leadership provide a critical advisory role in strategically growing and expanding these programs.
Today, more than 3,000 executives of minority-owned firms have benefited from participation in Tuck programs.