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By Jacquelyn Lynn

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Historically, colleges and universities have been the trainingground for "corporate suits," teaching students how towork for big companies, not how to start their own small ones. Butpushed by the needs of a changing business environment, institutesof higher education are becoming an increasingly valuable resourcefor start-ups.

Outside their regular degree programs, colleges provide a widerange of workshops and seminars on various aspects ofentrepreneurship, along with one-on-one mentoring programs. Inaddition, schools of specific disciplines, such as business andlaw, are offering what amounts to free and low-cost consulting andprofessional services to start-ups and growing smallbusinesses.

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