Center for Professional Sales
Welcome to the UNO Center for Professional Sales
The goal of the program is introduce students to professional selling and help them develop basic sales skills. Sales is the #1 career entry point for most CBA students—meaning we all will need selling skills regardless of our title.
We develop these skills through hands-on learning. Partnering with local businesses, we present real business scenarios to the students. They plan, practice, and then conduct in-person sales role-plays, over-the-phone appointment setting calls, and sales pitches with these sales professionals. So for a few days during the semester, the student is the professional and the professional is the client.
The benefit to the student is that they develop sales skills they can use—and they develop confidence in their ability to talk professionally and problem solve with business leaders. Another benefit is that they get to connect with a variety of local businesses hungry to hire talented students into internship and full-time roles. The partner businesses view this as a unique opportunity to get a pre-view of what students will be like on the job—relating to customers and colleagues—while simultaneously helping students learn about themselves and professional selling.
Pitch Yourself Competition & Networking Dinner
September 25th (5:00pm - 8:00pm)
Kicking off the semester with a 3-Part event, the Center has planned an evening full of competition, discussion, and a guest speaker.
The night starts off with the 1st Round of the Pitch Event where students present a 60-90 second pitch discussing why they'd be a great sales hire. Following the initial round is the Networking Dinner where partners sit with students who selected their particular organization to learn more about. During the guest speaker's presentation, top-scoring sutdents from the first round will give their pitch again where the grand champion will be selected.
Award money, certificates for finalists, and recognition finishes this eventful evening.