CSUF Entrepreneurship is an Advocate for Entrepreneurs

Summer is fully underway and while I’m sure many people are taking much deserved vacations I know that many of us are hard at work on our businesses, startups, and many other projects. This is one of the things about small business owners and entrepreneurs: We’re always working on improving.

Improving our businesses. Improving ourselves. And helping others improve as well.

I want to talk with you about the last part, helping others improve. That is, in a nutshell, what our mission is and we could not do it without the hard work and dedication of you and many others like you. We all have different backgrounds and experiences and many of you have dedicated much of your time to helping others and will continue to do so.

This upcoming fall, we will field dozens of volunteers to mentor student teams as they embark on our Student-led Business Consulting Projects. These projects are the cornerstone of the Entrepreneurship Major and represent a unique learning experience for all involved. This is one of the ways that we are different from or even better than most programs.

But before all of this begins we need to recruit many businesses for these projects. Similar programs charge more than $20,000 but our fees are significantly more modest. Companies that engage in projects with us get the opportunity to work with a dedicated team of students who bring a fresh perspective to some of the most difficult issues these companies are facing. And with the guidance of their professors and mentors they create a substantial consulting report that outlines key recommendations for how the company can grow.

We are looking for businesses run by intelligent and energetic leaders who are seeking for ways to improve. The more engaged these leaders are the better the project will be. Please let me know if you have any leads by calling Client Project Specialist Charlesetta Medina at 657 278 8243.

And thank you for your continued support!

P.S. We have been adding more office hours at the Incubator recently. These office hours with professionals, like lawyer David Van Sambeek (see below) and myself, are valuable times for you to get questions answered about your business and to bounce ideas off of experts who have so much experience. The office hour times are below; make some time to take advantage of them!

“They were thorough in their research, and their recommendations for improving sales efforts were extremely helpful.”

– George W. Thaung, Best Value Inn

If you are interested in becoming a client of our consulting program please contact Client Project Specialist Charlesetta Medina at (657) 278-8243 to find out how we can tailor a project to fit your business’ needs.

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John Bradley Jackson is the Director for the CSUF Startup Incubator, Director for the CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship and marketing professor, author of multiple books, an entrepreneur in his own right and he will have office hours at the CSUF Startup Incubator.
This is a great time to stop by and talk about anything with Director Jackson. Maybe you want to talk about how you can launch your business or if your new SaaS solution makes sense. Maybe you have some questions to ask about class or just want to talk about current events.
Office hours with Director Jackson are up to you! Make sure to stop by, grab a coffee, and pick JJ’s brain a little.
Grab a ticket and stop on by!
Search engines are the primary resource consumers use when making buying decisions. This is a revolutionary change in the way that products and services are purchased and this all started years ago with the rise of search engines. Does your business have a search engine optimization (SEO) strategy?
Jason Khoo, a CSUF grad and marketing entrepreneur, is here to go over all of the most powerful SEO tactics that every business should be using. After learning these lessons you will be able to take your business from SEO obscurity to SEO hero!
Wednesday, July 13, 6:00pm to 8:00pm  @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)


Working on a startup? Have a question about what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Developing the next great piece of technology and you need help figuring out how to bring it to market? You’re in luck because a select group of CSUF Startup Incubator Mentors make themselves available for a couple hours a week to answer questions.

Dave Kinnear is one of our great mentors and he will be available during the times available (check the tickets for availability!). Dave Kinnear is a Business Advisor, Mentor and Executive Leader Coach.  Through his affiliation with Vistage International, Dave convenes and facilitates peer advisory boards of Business Owners, Company Presidents, General Managers and Chief Executives dedicated to becoming better leaders who make better decisions and achieve better results.

David Van Sambeek is an attorney for Wellman & Warren, LLP and he has graciously agreed to hold office hours at the CSUF Startup Incubator regularly for our Residents, students, and everyone else in the CSUF Entrepreneurship community. If you are interested in asking David some questions about the law (see his areas of expertise below) please make sure to click the register button above and pick a time that works for you. (If there are no times available we probably have other times available on another day.)

David has represented 100s of companies as outside retained counsel. He currently represents clients headquartered in America, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Malaysia, Brazil, the EU, and Ukraine.  Historical representation of clients has included organization, launch, financing, securities matters, franchising, day-to-day operations, contract drafting, TM and Trade Secret protection, employment matters, joint ventures, mergers/acquisitions, and regulatory issues unique to each industry. He has launched companies/subsidiaries in foreign countries including Mexico, Canada, Ecuador, Columbia, Chile, Peru, Ukraine, Russia, Philippines and various EU nations.

6 Strategies for Avoiding the Pitfalls… and Profiting from your Invention

Sometimes it seems as if inventing your product is the easy part! The tough job comes from avoiding the pitfalls and potholes that rob you of your intellectual property rights.
Arm yourself today with the knowledge to protect and profit from your new app, software, product, or invention by joining patent attorney John Connors for key lessons on navigating the road to success.
Wednesday, July 20, 6:00pm to 8:00pm  @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)


The CSUF Entrepreneurship Alumni host a business roundtable on the third Thursday of every month at the CSUF Startup Incubator and all are encouraged to attend these free meetings. Bring your entrepreneurial ideas, challenges, or just sit in and listen!
The CSUF Entrepreneur Roundtable features a fantastic group of mentors with impressive backgrounds so that every participating entrepreneur will get tremendous feedback on what they are working on. Don’t be shy! This can turn out to be one of the most consequential entrepreneurial events you ever attend.

Launching a business can be an extremely difficult thing to do, especially if you haven’t done something like it before. That’s why we are making office hours with CSUF Startup Incubator mentor and speaker Jim Cooper available.

During these office hours, entrepreneurs will have the chance to sit down with experienced startup mentor Jim Cooper for a half an hour to get help with their business. A half an hour may not seem like a long time but Jim is full of ideas and advice and we’re sure that he’ll be able to help your business.

Mr. Cooper is a mentor to some of our Residents at the CSUF Startup Incubator. He is also mentor and pitching coach at PortTech Los Angeles, advisor at Lab Launch Inc., mentor and Lean Startup Panelist for the NSF’s i-Corps CSUPerb STEM program for the CSU system, he mentors and coaches energy and transport related startups at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, an Entrepreneur in Residence at PortTech Los Angeles, and a Business Development Advisor at Lab Launch Inc.

Jessica Joy Reveles knows social media and how harnessing its power can help drive your brand and sales. Most Americans see the news first, get recommendations on products, and communicate with each other through one of the many different social media platforms that are out there.
Has your business taken advantage of this communications revolution? How can your startup leverage this medium to jumpstart your path to success?
Jessica will reveal her strategies for social media success at this talk and help you learn the keys to successfully elevate your company’s social status above the fray!
Wednesday, August 3, 6:00pm to 8:00pm  @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)


This is a tale of a current software startup and all that it’s done and still doing to raise capital. This talk will not sugarcoat anything, it’s the story of the real life startup grind. The company I’ve riased this money for is Badu Networks, a tech company that develops wifi solutions, and it has been around for 2.5 years and has raised $4.5M all from family, friends, and Angels without having any revenue. We’re nowhere near being successful.
Hear what’s worked and what hasn’t. This is real life, right now stuff!
Wednesday, August 10, 6:00pm to 8:00pm  @ CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia)


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