Entrepreneurship Scholarships

Look at that picture. Last year Haleigh, the one holding the certificate, won $3,000 as the Conrey Insurance Brokers and Risk Managers Entrepreneurial Scholarship recipient. Maybe she used that money to pay off student loans or start a business. Whatever she did with the money is immaterial. What’s important here is that she earned that […]

Business Plan Competition

You find yourself today on the wrong side of the line. The side you are on is the side where you are still just a student taking classes, doing homework, going to work; you know, the usual stuff. On the other side of the line is where the entrepreneurs stand. Those brave souls who have […]

Social Entrepreneurship: What Does it Mean?

The term “social entrepreneurship” is often tossed around, but what does it really mean?  A social entrepreneur is essentially an advocate, or better yet, a catalyst for progress who is motivated by social value instead of  just profit.  Though the social entrepreneur’s venture may yield monetary benefits, s/he is primarily focused on the production of […]

Women and Entrepreneurship

Despite the rapid growth of women-owned businesses, the average size of women-owned businesses is smaller compared to the average size of businesses owned by men, according to Sharon G. Hardy, in the article “Why Are Women-Owned Firms Smaller Than Men-Owned Ones?”  According to the same article, the average revenues of majority women-owned businesses are nevertheless […]

CSUF Entrepreneurship Grad's Recipe for Success

Mihaylo alumnus Aaron Barkenhagen had brewed his own beer for ten years before opening his own microbrewery. The entrepreneurship major used the business plan he had written as a student to bring his dream to fruition. The result: Bootlegger’s Brewery in Downtown Fullerton. But, of course, with every plan there are obstacles. It would take […]

Making a Difference

A recent episode of the wonderful NPR program “This American Life” featured a segment about investing in new ideas (Episode # 412: Million Dollar Idea). In this segment, the focus was on putting together an elevator pitch that would attract the attention of venture capitalists. One venture capitalist also shared his insights as to what […]

Can Steve Jobs Serve As a Role Model for Other Entrepreneurs?

The resignation of Steve Jobs has been dominating much of the news recently. In some ways, this attention is to be expected given that he was the CEO of the most valuable company in the world, was responsible for a great deal of innovation in the consumer technology sector, and had an extremely devoted following. […]

Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

While the practice of Entrepreneurship is thousands of years old, the teaching of Entrepreneurship at the University level is relatively new. The science + art of Entrepreneurship is a fascinating area of study, but can students really be taught to be entrepreneurs, or are they just born with the skills or inclination? Academicians around the […]

What Others Say About Entrepreneurship

Listen to what others have to say about Entrepreneurship: “Entrepreneurs at small businesses provide approximately 75% of the net new jobs added to the economy.” – U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) “Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice.” – Peter Drucker “Be nice to geeks, you’ll probably end up working […]