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Barney Graduate Consulting Services (BGCS) is a consulting group comprised of grad students and alumni that assist Hartford County small businesses with free advisory services. This experience offers a unique hands-on learning experience to students at the Barney School of Business.

Our consulting group primarily focuses on marketing consulting. We also handle issues in other areas such as financial analysis, strategy, and business planning.

Current BGCS Student Members:(From left to right, Shubhayan Roy, Lavanya Raghavan, Isha Sen, Kevin Ruiz, Giang Hoang, Ruifeng Kang, Manoj Dange, My Nguyen.)


Barney Graduate Consulting Services is currently working on a project with a specialty goods retailer. They recently completed a project with a local real estate company. Previous consulting projects have included an indoor sports center, a wheelchair youth basketball camp, a professional photographer, an agricultural start-up, a doggie daycare, a soup company start-up, a restaurant, and a local Chamber of Commerce.

The BGCS has received a number of awards.  They were selected for the 2015 Best of West Hartford Award in the Marketing Consultant category by the West Hartford Award Program. In 2013 they were awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award from the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce. See a photo of the 2013 project team and the West Hartford News article.

BGCS Alumni Founders: (From left to right: Will Rodriguez, John Thomas, and Paresh Harjani)


"We were extremely impressed with the professionalism, business savvy, and expertise demonstrated. We will definitely recommend BGCS services!" West Hartford Chamber of Commerce.

“We were very impressed with the level of detail BGCS gathered in a relatively short time span. Their presentation was thoughtful and concise. The short term and long term recommendations BGCS made are very actionable for our business. We would highly recommend Barney Graduate Consulting Services.
Valley Sports Center.

“I am thrilled about working with The Barney Consulting Group; and feel that the information the group gave me in regard to growing my business was extremely helpful! Thanks so much.” Cynthia Burke and Associates.

Read more in this feature story in the Barney Update newsletter.

Current BGCS Alumni & Student Members (From left to right, front row: Ruifeng Kang, My Nguyen, Kevin Ruiz, Giang Hoang, and Isha Sen. Second row: Shubhayan Roy, Manoj Dange, John Thomas, Paresh Harjani, Will Rodriguez, and Lavanya Raghavan).

How to Join Barney Graduate Consulting Services
If you're an MBA or MSAT grad student, and interested in becoming a member to help out small businesses, please email Students can opt to earn class credit, or join voluntarily.  BGCS accepts a small number of students per year based on their past work experience and academic ability. We are currently accepting applications for future semester openings.

How Businesses Can Request Our Free Services
We are currently looking for additional projects to work on in the future. If you are a small business owner and would like our support, please email us at Our requirements for potential clients are that they must do business in the Hartford region, have less than 10 employees, and do under $2 million in sales.

Leadership Team
President: Jackie Blodgett 
Vice President: Nicole Grenier
Member Recruiting: Shubhayan Roy

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