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.

Think about entering the Spring Writing Contest. Spring semester is the time for students to actively apply for scholarships and for summer employment. To help support job searches as well as applying for scholarships, undergraduate and graduate students intending to complete a business degree at The University of Akron can submit resumes and a scholarship essay or a cover letter for review by CBA staff members in our Essay and Resume Review Contest. This way, each student will have a resume and much of an essay or cover letter ready, depending on the job or scholarship. The best essays or cover letters will be awarded Zip Cards from $20-$50, depending on the quality of your submission, but all those who submit will get feedback. This contest and review will run from Jan. 13 – Feb. 7. Winners will be announced Feb. 14.

  • Who: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • What: Resume AND scholarship essay/cover letter
  • When: Jan. 13-Feb. 7; winners announced Feb. 14.
  • 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: