Business Communication Skills Building at the College of Business Administration

Your words matter.

Every survey of business professionals places communication at the top of the most important skills a person needs in business. To help College of Business Administration (CBA) students develop and hone this important skill, the CBA has staff to offer

  • Business Communication Workshops
  • Writing contests
  • Online resources
  • Online documents
  • Online tutorials
  • A Your Words Matter designation program for students to create polished e-portfolios to share with potential employers

Writing Contests

We also hold writing contests, like the Fall 2014 Your Words Matter Writing Prize.

Students who are either majoring in business or intend to as undergraduates, or graduate students currently in a business program should think about entering the Fall 2014 writing contest. Students will respond to one quote provided in the contest prompts, and submit their essays with cover letters by Oct. 31. The best essays in each class (Freshman-Senior, and Graduate) will be awarded $500 for first prize and $200 for second, for a total of $3,500 available in prizes. Winners will be announced Nov. 18.

  • Who: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • What: Essay writing with cover letter
  • When: Sept. 1-Oct. 31; winners announced Nov. 18.
  • Submissions: Email Betsy DuWaldt,

Fall 2013 Writing Contest

Read the winning entry from Fall 2013 contest and some of the news about the winners:

Online Student Resources

Each semester, current CBA students have access to a Communication Resources site on the internal Springboard platform for easier access to numerous communication resources.

Some of the materials developed for students include: