Business Consulting Featured Client #5: Around the House

Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2016

Written by Andrew Nixon

Around the House is a property maintenance and landscaping company that specializes in the upkeep and improvement of residential and commercial properties and currently services Guelph and its surrounding areas. Presently, Around the House offers three services: landscaping, painting, and driveway and concrete sealing.

Around the House strives to create work with a fresh and modern look and believes in professionalism, energy, fair pricing and transparency.

We sat down for a Q&A with GianPaul Delle Donne, the owner and founder of Around the House, to learn more about his business and his hopes for this semester.

CBaSE:  What attracted you to the CBaSE Business Consulting course?

GianPaul: I thought this course was a great way for students to gain real life experience on real issues and challenges that businesses face and saw this as a great opportunity to gain valuable information and insight for my business. I would have loved to have taken a course like this one when I was in university, so I was excited about getting involved.
 
CBaSE: What excites you about working with University of Guelph students?

GianPaul: Having recently graduated from university, it excites me to be able to work with students and to be once again immersed within student life at the University of Guelph, while meeting new people and working in a fun, stimulating, and collaborative environment.

CBaSE: Tell us something about you, or your company, that would get students excited about working with you. 

GianPaul: Around the House is a company that I started five years ago, as a means to summer employment throughout my time in university. As the summers passed, the company grew into something more – a successful and profitable business. After graduating from university in April 2015, I turned down numerous opportunities in the finance industry in order to pursue my business full-time. Around the House is staffed by University of Guelph students and alumni, and has a strong culture of hard work, fun, and professionalism. This is an exciting time for Around the House as we are now considering possible franchising opportunities and we want to involve students in helping us get to where we want to go.

I was a student just a short time ago and so I feel that I can relate to what students are going through and what they are interested in learning about. I believe that Around the House can provide a great learning experience for a group of CBaSE students.

CBaSE:   What can students expect to gain from working with you during the upcoming semester?

GianPaul: Students can expect to gain business operation skills and insight into real problems that businesses face. Overall, students can expect a supportive and fun environment that works to excite and create lasting connections. My hope is that students will be able to look back on their experience in this class as more than a means to get a course credit, but as a chance to learn, collaborate and have a good time.

About CBaSE Business Consulting Course

The University of Guelph’s Business Consulting courses, more formally referred to as MGMT*4050 and MGMT*4060, offers senior students transformational learning experiences that provide them with real-world applicable skills and wisdom.

Offered in both the Fall and Winter semesters, the Business Consulting course is open to third and fourth year students from any program who wish to earn course credit through unconventional means.

Teams of 2 - 4 students are paired with real clients who’ve come to CBaSE with various challenges they would like students to dedicate the semester to work towards solving. Previous projects include developing strategic integrated marketing plans for new businesses, performing financial analysis for non-profit organizations, conducting primary research to develop new revenue streams, and much more.

Students will act as consultants, meeting with their clients several times throughout the semester to update them on their progress and ensure expectations are being met and managed. Learning is self-directed and student success is based on the effort they put in.

Although this is not a traditional class, students are expected to put in the same amount of time, per week, that they would for any other course (approximately 10 hours). Students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, work with business canvas models as well as reach beyond traditional theories learned in the classroom.

MGMT*4050 is now completely full for the fall semester. If you are interested in taking Business Consulting in the Winter 2017 semester, you can apply for MGMT*4060 today!

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