A Peace Corps-style internship program is challenging newly minted MBAs to bring their leadership and skills to America's small businesses.
MBAs Across America is a nonprofit that sent 32 MBAs on the road this summer to 26 cities to help dozens of entrepreneurs boost their businesses.
The program's founder and CEO, Casey Gerald, stumbled upon the idea while studying for his own master's degree.
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"It started with three classmates and I at Harvard Business School about a year and a half ago, not as an idea for an organization but for our lives," said the Dallas native. "Could we use our degrees, our education and our opportunity not just to make a buck but to make a difference? That question took us 8,000 miles across the country, where we spent eight weeks in eight cities working with visionary entrepreneurs."