Rebuilding a business after a disaster takes much more than a hammer and nails. It often requires a new marketing plan or a restructured financial model. Those are some of the business tools that MBA students from DePaul University brought to New Orleans this winter to continue an annual service project started in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina.

Calling themselves the DePaul B-Corps, the 29 full-time MBA students from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business spent a week in December in New Orleans providing business consulting assistance to 10 nonprofits and small companies.

Their work included developing business, marketing, financial and fundraising plans for the various ventures, while gaining real-world experience along the way. The students based their operations at Propeller, a nonprofit entrepreneurship incubator.

“Even eight years after Hurricane Katrina, businesses can still use our help,” says Sean Maconachy, an MBA student. “As the next generation of business leaders, we see that progress is being made in New Orleans, and we want to be part of it.”

“Giving back to the community is central to being a student at DePaul,” he says. “Our goal is to set up these businesses for success so they can continue to grow.”

Read more at the DePaul B-Corps’ blog. ​​​​