This article was written by Andrea Hurt, Associate Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
The Center offers strategic consulting to businesses looking to take their firms to the next level. We assist our clients by helping them identify where they would like to take their business and providing direction on how to get there.
The Small Business Institute (SBI) at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is hosted by the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics (MCBE) and is managed by the College's Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE). The purpose of the SBI is to strengthen the small business sector of Orange County's free enterprise system through increasing the effectiveness and impact of small business teaching, consultation, and research at the University.
The principal way the SBI does this is by offering student consulting to fast growth businesses in Orange County. The students are MBA students or graduating seniors majoring in business. The students form consulting teams and work like apprentices, closely supervised by a select group of experienced faculty experts.
In addition, many undergraduate teams are coached by volunteers -- Entrepreneurs in Residence, Executives in Residence, and members of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). Faculty grades students on the practical results they achieve for the client. It is a win-win process where all involved gain a better appreciation of what it takes to succeed in Orange County's challenging small business arena.
To learn more www.csufsbi.org