CSUF Entrepreneur Society
Do you dream to one day be your own boss? Entrepreneur Society will grant you the skills and resources you need to start your own business.
The Entrepreneur Society (ES) prepares students who are interested in starting their own business by exposing them to the hands-on side of enterprise. ES is open to all majors and encourages ambitious, passionate people. Hands-on learning is fostered through guest-speaker events, company tours, mixers and networking events. ES strives to provide students with the support and skills to create, launch and grow new ventures.
Andrea Wang ’16 (entertainment & tourism) is president of the society, and she ran for the leadership position because she wanted to improve ES operations and motivate members. “The club has helped me gain much more confidence in myself and push myself even more. I think just seeing my members excited and taking away something from each meeting has made me realize that it’s definitely worth the time,” she says. Her goal is to help students realize that entrepreneurship is not as scary or “impossible” as it may be perceived. She strongly believes that anyone can reach where they want to be if they take slow, efficient steps. “If by the end of the semester, everyone is one step closer to their dream, then I know we’ve accomplished our goal,” Wang says.
Entrepreneur Society holds a number of social and professional events throughout the year. During the spring semester, they host the Small Business Bash which is a vendor fair for CSUF students and local business owners. It gives small business owners the opportunity to sell their products, market to students and promote their business. In the past, the Small Business Bash has sponsored more than 30 vendors. In addition, the club members work together to host fundraisers such as hot dog sales and holiday-themed events to fund their events. Creating these events help them develop organizational and planning skills.
Entrepreneur Society attends a Zappos retreat
The society also helps spark the entrepreneurial spirit in its members with trips to local start-ups in Southern California, many of which have attained recognition for their accomplishments in Orange County, including Zappos, Orig Audio, Fast Start Studio, and Bootlegger’s Brewery. These visits allow ES members to network with successful entrepreneurs and gain real-world knowledge.
ES member Murdoc Hardy ‘16 (marketing) reflects on his experience in the club. “I decided to join Entrepreneur Society when I first came to Cal State Fullerton to meet more people and make friends,” he says. “Being involved in ES has allowed me to improve vastly on my communication skills both in a professional and casual sense. The club has helped me think beyond the idea and see myself in a business sense as well.”
Entrepreneur Society abides by the statement, “No Risk No Reward,” to encourage students to put themselves out there and to make a connection that will benefit them in the future. “As long as you are willing to take that baby step in the right direction, you can work your way towards accomplishing any goal,” states Wang.