Customer Service Rep Full-Time Position @ Pacific Columns

Pacific ColumnsPacific Columns is the country’s leading distributor and retailer of columns and related millwork products. As a repeat Inc. 500 company, the company also runs hundreds of informational websites and dozens of prominent e-commerce sites.

Although products are shipped nation-wide, all operations are conducted and coordinated from their corporate headquarters in Brea, CA. Pacific Columns has close ties with CSUF and other local colleges and universities, helping perpetuate the youthful and enthusiastic environment that drives the company to continue innovating and pushing their industry forward. Continue reading

Inside Sales Rep Full-Time Position @ Pacific Columns

Pacific ColumnsPacific Columns is the country’s leading distributor and retailer of columns and related millwork products. As a repeat Inc. 500 company, the company also runs hundreds of informational websites and dozens of prominent e-commerce sites.

Although products are shipped nation-wide, all operations are conducted and coordinated from their corporate headquarters in Brea, CA. Pacific Columns has close ties with CSUF and other local colleges and universities, helping perpetuate the youthful and enthusiastic environment that drives the company to continue innovating and pushing their industry forward. Continue reading

Entrepreneurship Lessons from Pirate Joe’s

Pirate Joe'sTrader Joe’s has a large and loyal following. (I’m one of them.) But they only have stores in the United States. Michael Hallatt lived in Vancouver, Canada, and got tired of having to cross the border to get his favorite grocery products. Thinking like an entrepreneur, he decided to start buying products from Trader Joe’s stores in the US and sell them across the border in Vancouver, and “Pirate Joe’s” was born.

Hallatt and his “associates” procure some $9,000 worth of groceries each week and mark them up $1-3. But because Trader Joe’s is not happy and has tried to shut down the operation (more detail on the various lawsuits and outcomes can be found here), the process Hallatt has to go through to obtain these groceries is complex. The result is that Pirate Joe’s is not making Hallatt rich by any means. He claims that he could make more money driving a cab.

So why is Hallatt doing it? He is clearly a Trader Joe’s super fan. And a little crazy – but can’t that be said for most entrepreneurs? Continue reading

CSUF Entrepreneurship alumna opens business in Australia

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After many months of traveling, I found myself in Cairns, Australia. To find a way of truly embracing this place and meeting as many people as possible, I tapped into my entrepreneurial spirit and started a coffee stand at a local farmers market.

Rusty’s Farmers Market is centrally located in the heart of Cairns City. It’s only open from Friday through Sunday. In addition to fresh produce, this place is vibrant and filled with vendors selling items from historical Indigenous art to handmade baby diapers. There is also food from all over the world, such as Thailand, Samoa and Iran. But one thing was missing: a taste of Vietnam. Continue reading

CSUF Entrepreneurship Alumna Makes Travel a Goal

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In the best-selling book “The 4-Hour Workweek”, author Timothy Ferriss says that we shouldn’t wait till retirement to truly enjoy our lives. Most of us think we need to wait till then because we don’t have the financial resources to do it now. Ferris’s book provides guidelines for how to do so. Annie Nguyen, one of our recent entrepreneurship graduates, has embraced this philosophy and is currently living in Cairns, Australia. This is her story.

Atul Teckchandani

I’ve always had this burning desire inside of me to just pick up and leave. To travel somewhere. Anywhere. Not to just travel as a tourist, but rather to live in a different country for a little while and really embrace it. I wanted to meet inspiring and kind people, see what they value, and learn how to live in a different way. Nine months ago, I decided to take off and leave everything behind. The love of my life was offered an opportunity to go to Australia and I decided to accompany him. Like with anything, I did not have 100% support from everyone. I knew however this was the best time for me. With no sort of commitment to a job, no mortgage or children, I sold my car, gathered my savings, and left. Continue reading

Internship – Marketing Coordinator at the OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

141021 OC Hispanic Chamber of CommerceGreat opportunity to develop your marketing skills and help the community by getting involved with the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (OCHCC).

The OCHCC is partnering with the state of California Employment Training Panel to provide highly qualified training to the business community of Southern California.

You will have the opportunity to work side by side with other business professionals managing different tasks associated with this project.

These are some of the shared responsibilities you will have with our team: Continue reading

Employer Panel: So You Wanna Start a Business?

Date: Wednesday, October 22nd
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: SGMH 3230

Come here from successful entrepreneurs on how to start, manage, and run your own business. Learn from those that have been there to gain some advice, lessons, and tips to take you where you want to go!

Panelists:

Diana Ho

CSUF Entrepreneurship Alumna Diana Ho '13

CSUF Entrepreneurship Alumna Diana Ho ’13

Founder of Diana Ho designs, an online jewelry retailer. Diana is a CSUF Alumni (and a self-taught designer) with dual business degrees in entrepreneurship and marketing.

Carey Ransom

CMO of Payoff, a technology enabled consumer-focused financial services company. Carey is an experienced Internet and software entrepreneur and executive, having started, grown and aided many technology companies during their startup and growth phases. Carey is an industry innovator and has spoken at software, search, and online media conferences such as INBOX, The BIA/Kelsey Group, OMMA, and the Search Insider Summit. Carey’s expertise is identifying new partnership and revenue opportunities, product and technology initiatives, and creating and leveraging market trends.

 

Yelp – The Ugly

141020 Yelp LogoIn previous posts (Yelp – The Good and Yelp – The Bad), my co-authors and I discussed the value and challenges of Yelp for business owners. However, due to Yelp’s immense popularity, it has effectively become the go-to source for all kinds of reviews. Businesses see significant declines in revenue if their Yelp ratings decrease. And with this dominance comes some serious problems.

Yelp has become a cesspool of fake comments – a far cry from their original marketing slogan of “real people, real reviews.” It has become common for people to post negative and false comments. For example, the Yelp page for a local middle eastern restaurant contained two posts by people who claimed that the cooks there were doing things that were extremely unsanitary. After digging a bit deeper, it was clear these reviews were fake, as both reviewers had fake photos and had only posted a single review using their Yelp accounts. Worse, the reviews had racist undertones. In another case, a number of Yelpers wrote negative reviews for a Florida restaurant after President Obama visited there. Continue reading

Titan Fast Pitch Competition

Register for the Titan Fast Pitch Competition by clicking on this picture

Register for the Titan Fast Pitch Competition by clicking on this picture

Clear your calendar – It’s going down! The Titan Fast Pitch Competition kicks off Saturday November 8th, 2014 and you’re invited! Watch the hottest student-entrepreneurs compete for a spot on the winner’s podium, and their share of scholarships. All finalists are chosen in real time, by the crowd, via mobile phone. Students that survive, endure the Lightning Round: an accelerated Q/A panel, administered by Distinguished Judges.

We are looking for every university and high school student in the state of California who has an ounce of entrepreneurial blood coursing through their veins to enter this competition. If you are currently a student and you have an idea for the next great business, big or small, you owe it to yourself to test your mettle at this competition. Unlike similar competitions, the Titan Fast Pitch offers an extremely supportive atmosphere to all contestants because we realize that the more people who are successful in entrepreneurial endeavors the better it is for everyone. Continue reading

Why I Majored in Entrepreneurship at CSUF: Sam Lee ’14

CSUF Entrepreneurship alum Sam Lee '14 accepting an award from the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship John Bradley Jackson

CSUF Entrepreneurship alum Sam Lee ’14 accepting an award from the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship John Bradley Jackson

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it” – Albert Einstein

“There is only one road to human greatness: through the school of hard knocks” – Albert Einstein

“For without struggle, there is no progress” – Frederick Douglas

With these three quotes, I have described our entire Entrepreneurship program. Instead of memorizing or simply regurgitating lectures and textbook business theories, students in our program have the opportunity to face the real business world in a hands-on, yet safe learning environment.

The real business world is tough. One must deal with many different types of individuals and situations, so learning to embrace uncomfortableness becomes imperative to success. This could mean overcoming the uneasiness of giving presentations to a panel of businessmen, approaching strangers, or simply making cold calls to sell your product or service. Continue reading

CSUF Entrepreneur Success Story: Jennifer Barber ’14

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CSUF Entrepreneurship alum Jennifer Barber ’14 has taken her many entrepreneurial skills to China for a year to teach English to Chinese children

It has been a little under five months since I took my final steps as an undergraduate student at CSUF. The first word that comes to mind when I think of my experience as a Titan is “perfect”. Now, I certainly don’t mean that in a conventional way; we all know that if you have any fun at all, there are some nights where you and “perfect” couldn’t be bigger strangers. By “perfect” I mean that, because of that time, I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now.

Where does a twenty-two year old college graduate with an entrepreneurship degree go? I went to Beijing, China to teach English for a year. You might ask, “Why aren’t you applying to big companies at home or starting your own business?” I would say, “Who says I have to do it now?”

I have a couple of reasons why I chose China. First, I like to be a little unconventional; I don’t like to feel “comfortable” for too long. Second, my passion is to serve others. Continue reading

CSUF Center for Innovation

CSUF Center for Innovation Founders Tour The group that toured the CSUF Center for Innovation's first location in Placentia poses for a picture while Director John Bradley Jackson holds up the signed lease.   From L to R: Dr. Robert Kovacev (Professor, CSUF Entrepreneurship), Robert Koch (Dean, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics), Jeff Longshaw (Professor, CSUF Entrepreneurship), John Bradley Jackson (Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Center for Innovation & Professor, CSUF Entrepreneurship), Bob Godlasky (Business Advisor, SCORE), Wally Hicks (President, Affluent Target Marketing), France Helfer (Entrepreneur), Tom Miller (Professor, CSUF Entrepreneurship), Raj Manek (VP International Sales, Vesuki, Inc.), Phillip Stinis (Director of Business Development, Skytypers), Ken Guchereau (Owner, Guchereau Company), Zack Dafaallah (Professor, CSUF Entrepreneurship) & Dr. Mike Ames (Chairman of the Board, CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship).

CSUF Center for Innovation Founders Tour

The Daily Titan’s Cesar Gamboa has published a nice piece about our new center called the Center for Innovation. Spearheaded by Director John Bradley Jackson and Chairman of the Board Mike Ames, the Center for Innovation (CFI) will serve as a business incubator to the extended CSUF community. The first outpost for the CFI will be in Placentia thanks to our partnership with that city.

The way the CFI will work is that once a business has been accepted they will be able to utilize the business services at the physical location, get access to the CFI’s network of mentors and receive customized help from the CFI. From acceptance to launch each business will “incubate” for approximately six months and then they will have hopefully created a strong enough foundation for themselves (maybe through funding or through enough sales) that they will be able to flourish on their own. Continue reading

Interested in an Accelerated Business Education Series?

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One of the Center for Entrepreneurship’s friends is giving serious consideration to launching an accelerated business education series that will cover topics like:

  • HTML
  • WordPress/Google Analytics
  • Photoshop
  • Google Adwords and Adsense

Here is a brief introduction to what is being considered:

We are working on a curriculum of courses designed to prepare new college grads for the workforce and to assist business professionals who want to learn new skills and focus on current skill sets desired by companies. These courses are a two hour session followed by a one hour lab and many hours of hands-on exercises to be completed outside of class. We have designed a 4-week, 8 course curriculum based on courses that we held for our interns during the past 3 years with a very high success rate for job placement.

For more information, please visit ocforward.com.

One of the main problems that we always hear about from our alumni is that they didn’t get enough experience with specific tools. That’s why a program like this is important and, if you have a couple of minutes, we would appreciate it if you could fill out a short survey that will help with getting this kind of program rolling.

CLICK HERE to take the survey

Two Part Time Paid Student Mentors Needed

Bryan Duncan gives a Science on a Sphere presentation at the Beautiful Earth (Bella Gaia) program for Middle school students from Annapolis Middle, Goddard French Immersion School. You might not be doing something as cool as teaching with holograms but you will definitely be making a difference in kids' lives. Credit: NASA/Goddard/Bill Hrybyk

Bryan Duncan gives a Science on a Sphere presentation at the Beautiful Earth (Bella Gaia) program for Middle school students from Annapolis Middle, Goddard French Immersion School.
You might not be doing something as cool as teaching with holograms but you will definitely be making a difference in kids’ lives.
Credit: NASA/Goddard/Bill Hrybyk

The University has secured a grant which provides an after school program at 4 middle schools in Anaheim. This after school program will teach the children science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and the principles of entrepreneurship, which includes the lean startup philosophy.

We will need two CSUF Business students who will work 4-8 hours a week at the middle school with hours of approximately of 3 – 6 pm. This program begins in early October.

Please contact John Bradley Jackson at the Center for Entrepreneurship at jjackson@fullerton.edu or 657 278 8413.

This will look great on your resume! and it will pay $12.00 per hour.

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