Look at the numerous ways to engage with the College of Business and the Center for Professional Sales and choose which options are of most interest to you. Possibilities range in time and financial commitment and any connection is welcome.

Provide a Financial Contribution to the Center

The Professional Sales Corporate Sponsorship Program, offered through the James Madison University College of Business and Department of Marketing, is established to enhance and promote the practice and professionalism of selling and sales management.  

This program provides corporate sponsors with the opportunity to engage directly with our students and to participate in their educational development. We are seeking corporate sponsors who are willing to invest in the future of James Madison’s professional sales students and in the future of the sales profession Sponsors who are willing to engage in our students’ education and who participate in our students’ progress are able to develop strong, lasting relationships with some of the best sales students in the country.  

JMU’s College of Business is consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation Business Week (2016) ranked the College of Business in the top 20 among public institutions and Bloomberg (2016) ranked the College of Business #25 in the nation for employer satisfaction, which was the highest ranking of any business school in the state of Virginia. The JMU College of Business is particularly proud of the Bloomberg results as it shows that our students are well received by their employers and are making an immediate impact in their new careers.

Give Now

Sponsorship
Partner Level - $10,000 Sponsorship
  • Opportunity to name one of the Center for Professional Sales Competitions, be the primary partner using your company’s product or service in the role play, and play the role of buyers (2) during the Sales Competition. Competitions occur once per semester and this benefit will rotate among interested Partner-level supports. 
  • Opportunity to have three corporate representatives participate in both of the Center for Professional Sales Competitions and act as judges, buyers, or observers.
  • Opportunity to have three corporate representatives present during both of the Center for Professional Sales Networking Dinner. This event occurs once per semester and usually coincides with the Sales Competitions.
  • Second opportunity to be the primary sponsor using your company’s product or service in the classroom role play, and play the role of buyers (2) during the classroom role play.
  • Opportunity to present once per semester to a professional selling class. Topics must include current sales issues that provide educational benefit and may not just be a  recruiting presentation (invitations for other class presentations and purposes may be available).
  • Opportunity for second presentation to student business organization such as Pi Sigma Epsilon, Madison Marketing Association, or Professional Sales Club.
  • Opportunity for role playing the corporate buyer role during class room role plays.
  • Access (with student permission) to competition role play videos from the Center for Professional Sales Competition.
  • Sales student resume books are updated each semester and will be provided via electronic format.
  • Framed corporate poster (2’x3’) inside one role play room lab.
  • Invitation to annual Professional Sales Award and Networking Event. Occurs once during the spring semester.
  • Annual recognition on the Center for Professional Sales web page.
Sponsor Level - $5,000 Sponsorship
  • Opportunity to be the primary sponsor using your company’s product or service in the classroom role play, and play the role of buyers (2) during the classroom role play.
  • Opportunity to have two corporate representatives participate in one of the Center for Professional Sales Competitions and act as judges or observers.
  • Opportunity to have two corporate representatives present during one of the Center for Professional Sales Networking Dinner. This event occurs once per semester and usually coincides with the Sales Competitions
  • Opportunity to present once per semester to a professional selling class. Topics must include current sales issues that provide educational benefit and may not just be a recruiting presentation (invitations for other class presentations and purposes may be available).
  • Opportunity for second presentation to student business organization such as Pi Sigma Epsilon, Madison Marketing Association, or Professional Sales Club.
  • Opportunity for role playing the corporate buyer role during class room role plays.
  • Access to the in-class role playing videos of students which is an excellent interview component.
  • Sales student resume books are updated each semester and will be provided via electronic format.
  • Invitation to annual Professional Sales Award and Networking Event. Occurs once during the spring semester
  • Annual recognition on the Center for Professional Sales web page.
Supporter Level - $3,000 Sponsorship
  • Opportunity to have one corporate representative participate in one of the Center for Professional Sales Competitions in the role of a judge or observer.
  • Opportunity to have one corporate representative present during one of the Center for Professional Sales Networking Dinner. This event occurs once per semester and usually coincides with the Sales Competitions.
  • Opportunity to make one presentation a year to JMU student business organizations such as the Professional Sales Club, Madison Marketing Association or Pi Sigma Epsilon.
  • Annual recognition on the Center for Professional Sales web page.
  • Opportunity for role playing the corporate buyer role during class room role plays.
  • Sales student resume books are updated each semester and will be provided via electronic format.
Services Provided to All Through JMU Center for Advising & Career Placement (CAP)
  • Register and organize semester University-wide Career Fair participation
  • Provide opportunity to conduct practice job interviews with students.
  • Register for an information session or an information table can be set up at various high traffic locations across campus.
  • Post company logo or information on E-Bulletin Boards.
Engagement Opportunities
Mentoring Programs

The Department’s Executive Advisory Council and the Office of Experiential Learning both have mentoring programs if you would like to work one on one with students.  You can read more on the pages for the Marketing Advisory Board and Experiential Learning.

Guest Speaking

Five student organizations are closely affiliated with the Department of Marketing and many welcome guest speakers to share advice and wisdom about the industry.  Review the list of student organizations.

Recruiting

Hire students that assimilate to the professional environment and accelerate in their careers quickly. 

Inquire with the Career and Academic Planning office.

The Department of Marketing also utilizes several social media platforms for announcing opportunities. Please contact Dr. Andy Wood, Department Chair, for more information.

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