Different Ways to Expand Your Business

Sooner or later growing businesses will reach a point where they have saturated their current market. After all, there are only so many people who are willing to rent movies from a kiosk. But that did not stop Redbox from figuring out a different way to grow. According to Inc. Redbox and Verizon are now [...]

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 [...]

Fund a New Business Concept with Kickstarter

Got a great new idea for a venture and need some money to get it going? Consider Kickstarter. Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/) is a web based funding platform focused on a broad spectrum of creative projects. The hope is to fund projects like albums, films, and specific works of art, science or business with real business models. [...]

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 [...]

Business Models and Customer Segmentation

One of the most important steps in creating a business model for a start-up enterprise or for a new product line is the definition of the target customer segments. Typically the customer segment definition focuses on the needs or wants of particular groups of potential customers. But how does one find these needs or wants? [...]

CSUF Business Plan Contest – Apply Now

The CSUF Business Plan Contest has over $20,000 in cash, in-kind services & prizes for new business ideas. The purpose of the Business Plan Competition is to encourage teams to develop a viable business concept, to evaluate its appropriateness and potential success in the market, and to identify critical issues to resolve when evaluating the [...]

NEEDED: Mentors for Entrepreneurship Courses at CSUF

The semester has already started and we still need some mentors. Mentors are the type of people you consult with to find out the right way to do things. For most of our classes this means the mentor will be helping out his or her team tackle business issues for a local company. For a [...]