A speaker at a Center for Family Business event at Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College.

The Center for Family Business hosts regular workshops on issues of interest to family-owned enterprises, such as this event in September 2016. Photo by Remington Graham’ 16

For 22 years, the Center for Family Business has served as an educational and networking forum for local family businesses, entrepreneurial students and alumni. Here is a look at how to engage with the center during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Ways for Students to Get Involved

Center Director Ed Hart encourages all Cal State Fullerton students to study family business, noting that nearly 70% of businesses are family-owned, thus having a significant impact on the economy and many students’ careers.

“Most of us will work, directly or indirectly, with a family business at some point in our careers, since the majority of all businesses in the world are family owned,” says Hart. Read More

Mihaylo College transfer students have experience with the higher education sector that incoming freshmen do not have, yet face the challenges of finishing their degree in two years.

The Transfer Student Open House, sponsored by Mihaylo Career Services, seeks to equip students transferring from community colleges with the support they need to succeed academically and in their careers.

Transfer students arrive at Mihaylo College with greater familiarity with the higher education system and years of experience taking college-level courses. Students also have competing demands, such as working full-time and family commitments, which may extend their graduation dates. The Transfer Student Open House (TSOH) on Wednesday, Aug. 30, is designed to assist incoming undergraduate transfer students as they embark on their academic and career journeys.

“Transfer students are in a unique situation,” says Kasey Noble ’16 (M.S.-education), career development advisor for Mihaylo Career Services. “Unlike first-year students, they already have an idea of what to expect from college-level courses. But like other new students, transfers are adjusting to the new, often larger, campus environment. Transfer students are also entering CSUF at a time when they begin taking their upper-division courses, which adds an additional level of difficulty while they learn to navigate the campus.”

Noble says the Transfer Student Open House (TSOH) will provide attendees with strategies to be academically successful, while keeping internships and career opportunities in mind.

“TSOH this year will function as a conference-style event,” says Noble. “Sessions will be held concurrently and will repeat, allowing students to start at any point during the day and receive the same information. If a student participates in the open house and completes a punch card, they will receive a Mihaylo T-shirt specific to this year’s event. Also, if a student arrives to the mixer portion early, they will be able to grab some pizza while they network with Mihaylo faculty and resources.” Read More

Mihaylo College accounting junior Jocelyn Lee '19, the recipient of a PCAOB National Scholarship.

Accounting undergrad Jocelyn Lee ’19 is the recipient of a PCAOB National Scholarship. Photo from the Accounting Society

Jocelyn Lee ’19 (accounting) is the recipient of a Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) National Scholarship. The award honors outstanding accounting students and encourages them to pursue an auditing career.

For Jocelyn Lee ’19, hard work and good grades have paid off – literally. The junior accounting major was honored with the PCAOB National Scholarship this June, a one-time $10,000 award which will provide funding for her academic program during the 2017-2018 school year.

Lee, a member of the accounting honor society, Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) , and a treasurer for the Accounting Society, has a GPA of 4.0. She has been recognized on the Mihaylo College Dean’s Honors List for each semester since fall 2015.

“I’m very excited, yet humbled, to receive the PCAOB scholarship,” says Lee. “Two of my accounting professors actually did the nominating process without informing me, so imagine my excitement when I learned that I would receive the award! I definitely appreciate their support. It is encouraging to have this recognition, and it makes me want to do more and be more involved. I’m glad that, with this scholarship, I am representing both the accounting profession and CSUF.”

Lee is seeking an entry-level career opportunity in the public accounting field while studying at Mihaylo. “I am currently going through the public accounting recruiting process, and I can’t wait to see where the next two years in college takes me. Because of our great accounting program, I was able to receive this opportunity,” she says.

The PCAOB is a congressionally established nonprofit corporation charged with the oversight of audits of public companies. Scholarship honorees are nominated by universities across the United States, and the awards are funded by the monetary penalties imposed for noncompliance with PCAOB policies.

Mihaylo’s accounting programs offer undergraduate and graduate academic programs, student clubs, access to internship and job opportunities, and networking opportunities. For more information, visit the Department of Accounting online or at SGMH 4313.

Students at Cal State Fullerton observe the Great American Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

A student looks through a telescope, equipped with a solar lens, to observe the eclipse in front of Dan Black Hall on Aug. 21, 2017. Photo by Chris McCarthy

The first day of the fall semester coincided with the Great American Eclipse, a total solar eclipse visible in a narrow band across the entire continental United States. Southern California witnessed only a partial eclipse, but it was still dramatic enough to draw hundreds of students and local residents to the courtyard in front of Dan Black Hall to watch the phenomenon.

The first day of every semester at Cal State Fullerton means nightmare parking and a crowded campus. But freshmen beginning their studies at CSUF on Monday, Aug. 21 were able to add a history-making event to their college experience – the Great American Solar Eclipse, which was partially visible in Fullerton from 9:06 to 11:45 a.m.

At 10:21 a.m., the eclipse – in which the moon covers the sun – reached its maximum extent, obscuring 69% of the sun’s light.

Eerie shadows were visible across campus, the temperature dropped noticeably, and students and faculty alike took time out from class to enjoy the experience. Read More

Daniel Coats '15, '18 as a student assistant at Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College.

For Daniel Coats ’15, ’18, student assistant roles have been pivotal in developing his career skills. “I have been able to utilize my writing, research and administrative abilities, gaining years of work experience in my field before graduation,” he says. Photo by Chris McCarthy

From communications and graphic design to tutoring and student advising, there are hundreds of student assistant positions at the Cal State Fullerton campus. Mihaylo College blog writer and editorial assistant Daniel Coats ’15, ’18, who is graduating this semester with an M.A. in communications, looks at seven reasons you should apply for student jobs at CSUF.

How would you like to have a job that is convenient to your classes, helps you expand your skill set, builds your portfolio, counts as a required internship, provides financial support and helps you build a valuable career network?

This has been my experience over the past four years, thanks to student assistant employment, particularly the student business reporter role that I have held at Mihaylo College since June 2014.

In this role, I have authored more than 370 blog posts, contributed to four editions of the college’s alumni magazine, conducted donor research utilized by senior college leadership and performed various other administrative tasks as directed by the marketing team. Read More

Custom surfboards are created at RWorld Surf Shop in Laguna Beach, California.

Clay Huntington (left) and his son, Grant ’18, shape a custom surfboard for sale at their family-owned surf shop in Laguna Beach. The Huntingtons’ shop has thrived despite a trend toward corporatization in the Southern California surf industry.

From the Beach Boys to international competitions, surfing is the pastime most associated with Orange County. Mihaylo marketing senior Grant Huntington ’18 is part of the next generation of surf shop professionals, currently working as marketing manager at his family’s RWorld Surf and Skate in Laguna Beach.

Last year, more than 6 million people visited Laguna Beach to enjoy miles of sandy beaches, crashing surf and beautiful sunsets. A good number of the beach town’s surf aficionados frequent RWorld Surf and Skate, a family-owned surf manufacturing and retail outlet catering to the Southern California beach scene.

Founded by former attorney and biologist Clay Huntington, the shop employs his wife and adult children, including Grant Huntington ’18. “My role is to oversee and direct marketing efforts,” says the younger Huntington. “However, in small businesses, your role extends significantly beyond your job title. I also help with design work, merchandising and management.”

Huntington notes that his parents’ lifelong hobby formed the basis for their family business. “My family’s start in the surf business originated from my parents being professional tandem surfers while I was growing up,” he says. “My dad used to be a lawyer, and before that he was a biologist, but surfing was his true passion.” Read More

Former Los Angeles Mayor and gubernatorial hopeful Antonio Villaraigosa speaks to Orange County Hispanic business leaders at an event hosted by Mihaylo College's office of the SBDC.

“No matter where you grow up, no matter who you are, no matter where your parents came from, if you work hard and play [by] the rules you ought to be able to make it,” said former Los Angeles Mayor and California gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa at Mihaylo College on July 26, 2017. Photo credit Matt Gush

Mihaylo College’s lead office of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted former Los Angeles Mayor and current California gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa for a discussion with members of the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and distinguished guests on the business-related initiatives he would pursue as the state’s chief executive.

After more than a quarter century of public service, including eight years as mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Ramón Villaraigosa is running for California governor in 2018 in the hopes of improving the state’s economic outlook.

“We’ve got to make it easier for small business to grow their businesses. We’ve got to address what is a very burdensome regulatory framework for small businesses. We’ve got to educate our kids and train them for the jobs of the 21st century,” said Villaraigosa in his conversation with Orange County Hispanic business leaders, CSUF leadership and donors at Mihaylo College on July 26. “We’re leaving a lot of people behind. There are a lot of people struggling. We need to come together as a state and do a better job of lifting more people up into middle class jobs.”

Making the California Dream Accessible

Villaraigosa proposes a housing and transportation trust fund to incentivize cities and counties to sponsor affordable and accessible solutions for demographics impacted by high housing costs, such as students, seniors and the middle class. Read More

Travis Lindsay, entrepreneur-in-residence at the Center for Entrepreneurship of Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.

Travis Lindsay, entrepreneur-in-residence at the CSUF Startup Incubator, says lean startup approaches greatly improve the odds of success. “In lean startup, you talk with potential customers during the process and find out what they would change.”

Entrepreneurship may be the lifeblood of the economy, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. So how can you improve the chances for your concept, product or business so that it is among the success stories? Travis Lindsay, entrepreneur-in-residence at the CSUF Startup Incubator, discusses three things that must align for startup success.

On the frontlines of Mihaylo College’s outreach to Southern California entrepreneurs, Travis Lindsay has witnessed both startup successes and failures firsthand. He will be the first to tell you that finding success with your own business can be a long and winding road.

Lindsay, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics at Cal State Fullerton in 2007 and continued on to receive his MBA two years later, says “it can be overwhelming because there are literally hundreds of things to know when you’re starting a business. Legal structure, finance, accounting, human resources, partnerships, marketing and who your customers are, to name just a few.”

However, he points out that there are three factors to consider that will help you get your business venture off to a strong start.

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Delicious Persian cuisine at Sadaf Restaurant in Encino, California, owned by Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College alumna Sadaf Salout '07, '10.

Sadaf Salout ’07, ’10 has high hopes for Sadaf Restaurant in Encino. “I see Sadaf Restaurant doubling its annual revenue and becoming the foremost Persian restaurant in Southern California due to impeccable service and quality food.”

By age 29, Sadaf Salout ’07,’10 (entrepreneurship and MBA) owned two businesses:  Sadaf Restaurant, a Persian restaurant and bar in Encino, and Home Instead Senior Care, a non-medical care franchise for the elderly in Sherman Oaks.

Her career journey began at age 13, when she started working at her father’s Darya Restaurant in Orange, one of the first Persian restaurants in Southern California.

Salout discusses her entrepreneurial ventures, the impact of her Mihaylo education and her career hopes. Read More

Representatives of the Mihaylo College Financial Planning Program at the NASDAQ exchange in New York City for the closing bell in July 2017.

Recipients of TD Ameritrade’s NextGen Grant Program celebrate at the closing bell of the NASDAQ exchange in New York City on July 18, 2017. From far right is Tuffy, Cal State Fullerton’s official mascot; Saba Afridi ’18 (finance); and David Nanigian, associate professor of finance and director of Mihaylo College’s Personal Financial Planning program.

Mihaylo College’s Personal Financial Planning program is the recipient of the 2017 TD Ameritrade Institutional NextGen Grant Program for Established Programs. The $50,000 grant will help the college provide top-notch financial planning education for students while making a positive impact on the Southern California community.

Mihaylo College’s seven-course Personal Financial Planning program received a boost this month with a $50,000 institutional grant from TD Ameritrade, one of the world’s leading brokerage firms.

The Mihaylo program was selected for the 2017 TD Ameritrade Institutional NextGen Grant Program for Established Programs due to the strength of its proposal, which included an articulation of the program’s 26-year history, mission, measurable goals and a timeline to complete a project in one year.

“Like an elephant jumping on a trampoline, this generous grant will have an enormous impact on the prominence of Cal State Fullerton’s program,” says David Nanigian, associate professor of finance and TD Ameritrade director of personal financial planning. “The $50,000 grant award will be truly transformative, as it will markedly advance my personal mission of educating my hardworking students to become the best personal financial planners that they can be!” Read More