John H. and Patricia W. Mitchell Business Communication Lab

The mission of the Mitchell Business Communication Lab is to help each student become a thoughtful writer and speaker. Students will learn to approach their audience in a clear, concise and correct way.  Our consultants are ready to help writers during any part of the creative process, regardless of format or genre.

Would you like to become a more effective business communicator?

The Mitchell Business Communication Lab at the College of Business provides business communication consultation to help students further develop their written communication skills, which will enhance their professional presence. 

  • The Lab offers trained and experienced consultants from the College of Business.  
  • Consultants are available to work with students one-on-one, or with a small group.
  • Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome.  
  • We can help with class assignments and deliverables, resumes, oral presentations, slide decks, visuals and graphic communications, etc.

Communication Consultation Appointments

We encourage you to come at any stage in the writing process, so you may not have much to bring with you! See which of the following might pertain to you and your writing project and bring it along:

  1. Your writing project, on paper or digital.
  2. Prompt or writing assignment.
  3. Rubric, if available.
  4. Instructor's (or peer’s) comments or assessment.
  5. Goals for your writing and questions you have about the project.

Once we have your registration on file, you can make all of your appointments online. When you're signed in, select the type of appointment you wish to schedule from the drop down menu: virtual or in-person.

All students should note that they are allowed only one (1) missed appointment per semester. Upon your second (2nd) missed appointment, you will be automatically blocked from making appointments online. You may request your account be reinstated by emailing the MBCL at

Business Writer’s Resources

Communication Consultants

Aamna Aamir Aamna Aamir (she/her)

Aamna graduated with an accounting major in the spring of 2022. She is working as an accountant in a logistics company and has been working at the lab since its opening in September, 2021. She successfully completed the managerial communication course at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, College of Business, and was a member of the highest performing group project team in her class. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new culinary endeavors.

Bassam Atheeque ValaiBassam Atheeque Valai

Bassam Atheeque is currently pursuing his Master’s in Data Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Prior to this, he completed his Bachelor’s in Engineering and Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration. He has four years of professional experience as a Manager (Business Analyst) wherein he gained business knowledge working with various clients and managing his team. Outside of work, he is interested in cricket, pets, graphic designing and stock market investing. Bassam looks forward to helping students to advance their business communication skills.

Pravallika Reddy MangalapallyPravallika Reddy Mangalapally

Pravallika is an MBA graduate majoring in HR and Marketing from Osmania University Hyderabad.  She holds a bachelor's degree of Computer Science Engineering from JNTU (Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad).  She is the founder of a myciculture farming-based startup in Africa.  In addition, she has worked as a business head of marketing for two years. She is currently enrolled in Business Analytics at UM-D COB. Apart from her academics and work, she is a part time illustrator and artist.


Jennifer Coon is the Director of the Mitchell Business Communications Lab and faculty in the Management Studies department of the College of Business. She has taught college-level rhetoric and research writing for several decades, as well as English language learners of all ages. Her research includes distance learning for writers, effective feedback, revision and ethnographic research.

The Donor Gift from the Patricia W. Mitchell Trust

In 2021, The College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn received $250,000 in support from the Patricia W. Mitchell Trust that will support the Business Communication Lab. The lab was named the John H. and Patricia W. Mitchell Business Communication Lab to honor the legacy of Columbia Pictures Television Founder John H. Mitchell (A.B. '39, UM-Ann Arbor) and his wife, Patricia Mitchell. 

Mitchell Business Communication Lab

152 - Fairlane Center South
19000 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
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Office Hours

Sunday: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Monday: 12:00 pm-9:00 pm
Tuesday: 12:00 pm-9:00 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 pm-9:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm-7:00 pm
Friday: 12:00 pm-7:00 pm
Saturday: Closed