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New business club broadens horizons

Go far, go global.

For six international business majors, starting the Global Business Association (GBA) was a way to encourage business students to do just that in an increasingly globalized economy and world.

“It is cool that the world is becoming more globalized, but the Foster College of Business [FCB] didn’t really have a club for international business students or for international business and globalization interests,” senior and GBA President Namrata Bothra said.

GBA seeks to fill that void as an internationally focused club for FCB students.

Senior international business major Allison Burtoft, who helped establish the club and executive board, said GBA has a specific focus on helping FCB students find international career opportunities and direction with networking events, speakers and visits to international companies.

“Whether or not you are planning to work overseas or within the U.S. [after graduation], it is becoming more and more likely that you will, at least on some level, with or compete with people from different parts of the world,” sophomore and Co-Vice President of Marketing Lester Johnson said. “A lot of business students may not have the tools they need to deal with international challenges, [which is why we formed GBA.]”

GBA officially became a club in late October 2013 and hosted Smith Career Center FCB Career Advisor Joe Battelline as their first speaker in February.

“[Mr. Battelline] spoke to us about international jobs and how to apply for them,” Bothra said. “He showed us some internet tools and gave us interview tips … overall, it was a success.”

The next GBA meeting is 9 p.m. Monday in Baker B53. For additional information, students may email Bradley GBA at or like the Bradley Global Business Association page on Facebook.

“GBA can teach even those business students who are not international business majors to not only survive but to thrive in this challenging global arena that we will all be facing someday,” Johnson said.

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