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The Center for Entrepreneurship is a “Center of Excellence” at Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, which serves as an outreach center and support organization for Mihaylo Entrepreneurship – the collection of entrepreneurial initiatives within Mihaylo College. Mihaylo Entrepreneurship includes the Center for Entrepreneurship, its advisory board, staff, and donors; the Small Business Institute (SBI) and its present and past student-consulting clients; student members of the Entrepreneur Society and the Entrepreneurship Fraternity; students, and faculty involved in the Mihaylo Entrepreneurship Concentrations (Undergraduate and MBA) and the Mihaylo Entrepreneurship Minor; and entrepreneurial alumni. Additionally, Mihaylo Entrepreneurship multiplies its effectiveness by enlisting entrepreneurial volunteers to support learning in the classroom and in the field.
We teach, coach and lead the principled, cross-disciplinary practice of entrepreneurship. We believe that, through determined practice, leadership and team work, our students, faculty, clients, volunteers and alums can systematically recombine the new and the old to forge new ventures, create an entrepreneurial culture, and dramatically benefit our community.
Our Guiding Principles*
* Please click the Fifteen Guiding Principles that contains a complete list with supporting comments.
Established in 2001, The Center for Entrepreneurship is a “Center of Excellence” within the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton. The Mihaylo College of Business and Economics is the largest accredited business school in the State of California and the second largest accredited undergraduate business school in the country.
The Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at CSUF has the distinction of holding two AACSB International Accreditations – one for the College and one for the College’s accounting program. Centers of Excellence within the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics are completely supported by private donations and, in the Center for Entrepreneurship’s case, from fees derived from its award winning Student Business Consulting Program. These Centers address a variety of needs and issues in the community, provide an array of services to local business and government sectors and provide academic and practical learning environments for CSUF students.
The formal study of entrepreneurship as an academic concentration is now ten years old at the College, reflecting the importance of entrepreneurship to our region’s economy. However, CSUF Entrepreneurship has nearly a forty year, nationally recognized track record beginning with the establishment of the Small Business Institute® in 1974. SBI student consultants have served over 1,700 businesses. During the 2012-13 school year, this program will serve over 125 clients through its consulting services.
California State University, Fullerton's Small Business Institute® has won dozens of awards for outstanding student consulting to business owners. Most recently, it won the National Undergraduate Case of the Year Award from the Small Business Institute Director's Association (SBIDA) and placed third in the same competition for the graduate level. For a full list of awards won please visit our Awards List .
In 2002, the Center for Entrepreneurship created an Advisory Board to provide strategic guidance and community outreach. The Entrepreneurship Advisory Board is comprised of a select group of distinguished entrepreneurs, business and civic leaders, and alumni who help the Center fulfill its mission, set and execute its plans, and advance its overall outcomes. It strives to create an interdependent relationship between the Southern California business community and CSUF’s outreach and teaching efforts in entrepreneurship.
Functions of the Advisory Board include:
Current members of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board include:
Dr. Michael Ames, Mihaylo College
Dan Black '67, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
Andrew Carroll, NCH Tax & Wealth Advisors
Ken Guchereau ’74, Guchereau Company
Raj Manek ’94, Vesuki Inc.
Michael Sawitz, FastStart.studio
Jeffrey S. Van Harte '80, Jackson Square Partners
Board Member Emeritus
Wally Hicks, Affluent Target Marketing Inc
Kristen Llorente, Llorente SIU
Alan Mannason, SCORE
Laurie Resnick, ’77, Associated Group
Ron Stein, PTS Staffing Solutions
Art P. Villa, Breakthrough Business Solutions, Inc.
There are a number of sponsors for the 2013 Business Plan Competition, including:
In-Kind Services Sponsors: