Are Business Plans Dead?

I recently participated in a global entrepreneurship conference attended by entrepreneurship academicians, entrepreneur “wannabees”, and a few “real” entrepreneurs. A vigorous discussion emerged about the value of business plans at the university versus the usage of business plans in the “real” world. The general consensus was that angel investors (i.e. angel networks), private equity investors, [...]

What Kind of Life Do You Want to Lead?

One of the best entrepreneurship classes I ever took ended with the professor asking each of us to write our obituary. The assignment instructions are below: Write your own obituary. Assume you die of natural causes on your 70th birthday and a close friend is asked to summarize your life in 300 words or less. [...]

An CSUF Entrepreneur's Diary at New Venture Bootcamp

The following is the diary of CSUF Entrepreneurship student Cesar Anchante at the 2011 Emerging Minority Business Leaders Summer Institute. Cesar's team placed second this year at the Emerging Minority Business Leaders 2011 Summer Institute winning a cash prize of $3,000. Each team had been given a specific technology or patent and been charged with [...]

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 [...]

Need Help With Accounting and Financial Challenges?

CSUF Business Students can help with budgeting, purchasing, collections, payroll, taxes, controls, financial reports, cash management and banking relationships. Contact Charlesetta Medina at 657 278 8243 or email her at cymedina@fullerton.edu. Visit http://business.fullerton.edu/centers/cfe/sbi.htm

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. [...]

Apply Now for CSUF Business Student Consulting Services

We cordially invite you to apply to our Fall 2011 award winning Business student consulting program. Business students get to apply advanced business skills and you benefit from new ideas and a fresh look at your business – valuable insights in challenging times. Our Business student consulting program is a win-win process with a proven [...]

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 [...]