Monthly Archives: September 2013

Internship Opportunity: Business Analyst

Compliance Management Systems, Inc. is an innovative technology start-up that provides services and cloud based software solutions that facilitate integration of knowledge management, quality risk management, and industry quality standards and best practices by delivering a fully integrated QMS framework.  As a provider of Software and Platform as a Service (SaaS and PaaS) for Quality Management System (QMS) business process automation, CMS serves regulated and quality driven industries throughout the globe. The company is redefining how quality management systems are delivered and needs 3 Business Analyst Interns to become part of this exciting venture.

The company is a resident of the Rancho Santiago College District’s (RSCCD) Digital Media Center (DMC) business incubator program, making this a great opportunity to work in a world class program that develops cutting edge media technologies.  Interns will be interacting with top professionals in the quality management field.

Location: Digital Media Center – 1300 S. Bristol St. Santa Ana, CA 92704

Hours: Negotiable.  Hours are flexible and can be accommodated around student’s school schedule.

Payment: Volunteer.

Job Summary: Business Analyst Internship

The Business Analyst Intern will work closely with the company’s owner.  Intern will learn how to take existing use cases and turn them into web application elements.  The Intern will receive real world experience creating a framework for industrial strength Quality Management Systems.

There are several projects available which can be set up to match the experience and goals of the applicant.  Interns will have an opportunity to gain experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Creating business process mapping in Visio.
  • Authoring business process policy and procedures.
  • Participating in development of a help system.
  • Participating in development of a ticket system and other automated workflows.
  • Website content evaluation and improvement to reduce redundancy and improve readability and usability.

Qualifications:

  • Some experience working with Microsoft Office, including Visio.
  • Good communication and writing skills.
  • Has an interest in business process automation.

Students can learn through engagement in one or more projects (depending on student interest, availability and competency).

To apply for this great opportunity, please contact Marc Monette at 1-425-736-1423 or via e-mail at mmonette@qmscore.com

eGood Opportunity

Zack Swire, a good friend to the CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, has a start-up called eGood (click here for more info about company) and he is looking to expand his operations. Here’s what he has to say:

We’re looking to interview folks for our eGood Community Outreach teams.

We’re establishing a new community based team ‘sales’ approach. You’ll be working in a team of 3, with a Director, Coordinator and Jr. Coordinator (or Intern). 

You’ll be making connections among local causes (ed foundations, PTAs, sports leagues, chambers of commerce, food pantries, clubs, and so forth), companies in that community and the people who you’ll be activating among eGood’s tools – ongoing giving, fundraisers, loyalty programs and the like. 

It’s less of a sales job and more of a community building job. You’ll make connections that bring you introductions to businesses. You’ll invite them to hold a fundraiser for causes and offer a trial of eGood. You’ll help with marketing launch campaigns, product iterations, feedback and more.

We’re a young startup, eager to change the world through better business and greater good. If this sounds interesting, email me your LinkedIn profile URL and a note about why you’re interested in being a part of these new community outreach teams.

We’re filling these roles fast. So, shoot me a link and a short note asap. Please share this with anyone you think would be interested.

Most Sincerely,

Zack

zack@egood.com

Top Online Resources for Entrepreneurs

This list is in no way meant to be an exhaustive one but a place to discover new insights into entrepreneurship and business in general. By all means, if you have another blog or website that you frequently go to for inspiration and guidance then add it into the comments. Also, we will be updating this list as we find great new sources of information for the businessperson in all of us.

Paul Graham

Displayed as a list of essays, this page covers a wide range of entrepreneurial activities from the point of view of programmer, venture capitalist and Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham. There is a ton of useful information on this site and it’s pretty in-depth as well.

McKinsey & Company: Insights & Publications

McKinsey & Company is one of the preeminent business consulting companies in the world and their Insights & Publications section seemingly covers every facet of business. Just by taking a quick look at the topics they have on their front page right now I can see that they are covering things like: China’s next chapter, philanthropy as R&D and an article about measuring the full impact of digital capital.

Sequoia Capital: Grove

Sequoia Capital, the venerable VC firm, now has a site featuring content from the current generation of founders made for the next generation of founders. These entrepreneurs have advice for everything from bootstrapping to making hires for a new venture.

Orange County SCORE

Preparing that first business plan can be a daunting task and when it gets to building those financial docs forget about it. Never fear, Orange County SCORE has a score (haha) of useful templates and other tools that are useful for all kinds of entrepreneurs.

TechCrunch

You probably already know about this one but, if you don’t, it’s all about tech news and inside information on the industry. This site produces a ton of content and is worth checking in on throughout the day.

Mashable Business

Mashable’s Business section features a lot of news about, yeah, that’s right, business. It’s a good complement to TechCrunch as it is much less “inside baseball” in nature but still produces a ton of interesting content.

Khan Academy

Ever just want to cut through all the detritus and hear what being an entrepreneur is all about from other entrepreneurs? Khan Academy offers a video series that accomplishes this feet.

What Sources did we Miss?

Please add your favorite sources of entrepreneur inspiration and news in the comments.

And, remember, we will be updating this list so check back every now and then to get all the updates.

Social Media Internship Opportunity – Dog is Good

Dog is Good is, well, here’s a quote from their website about what they do:

Click on image for some more information about the company.
Email us at csufentrepreneurship@fullerton.edu if you want more info about the internship.

Dog is Good is a Dog Lifestyle company creating and marketing gifts and apparel for dog lovers. The company, located in Los Alamitos, CA (Orange County approx 30 miles south of L.A.) sells wholesale and retail, and licenses the brand to numerous manufacturers in the pet, gift and home product industries. Primarily still an apparel company, Dog is Good is quickly becoming well-known in the gift and pet markets. They have also developed a reputation for generously giving back to animal welfare organizations.

The company’s success lies in its ability to deliver a simple message in a way that resonates with dog lovers. With clever and poignant sentiments, they remind us all how great it feels to be with Dog.

They are looking for an intern that loves dogs and can be of assistance with the company’s social media, publicity and cause-related marketing efforts. Dog is Good is a quickly growing company and they have a lot planned for the future so this internship sounds like it can be a really interesting opportunity.

If you are interested, please get in touch with us at csufentrepreneurship@fulleerton.edu for more information

SBDC Orange County – Small Business Needs Survey

One of our strategic partners, the SBDC of Orange County, would greatly appreciate it if all of the business owners we know would take five minutes and answer some survey questions. By answering these questions you will enable them to better serve the small business community in Orange County.

Thanks!!!!

Business Idea Workshop

After working at the Center for Entrepreneurship for a while I realized that a lot of people just didn’t know where to start in the whole new venture process. And, unfortunately, without any knowledge about what all the necessary steps in the process of launching a business were, many people with good ideas decided that it just wasn’t worth their time. That’s a shame.

Starting a business does take a great deal of effort and growing that business into a sustainable one is even more of an effort. But that should not be reason enough to stop you from going after your dreams. If you are raring to go down the entrepreneurial path then you should check out this seminar that the Rancho Santiago Community College District is hosting.

At this seminar you will get the chance to delve into a number of issues that entrepreneurs face on a daily basis and, with any luck, you will come away from this educational experience with enough knowledge to feel comfortable in taking those steps from starting a business to making it into a sustainable one.

Registration info is in the image below and to make the image larger just give it a click.

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The Importance of Financial Literacy

Student learns about personal finances

Being financially literate isn’t something you are born into or passively acquire as you get older. It is something that you have to actively learn. And it’s better to start now then to wait until it’s too late.

Everyone knows that the literacy rate is not where it should be but people do not usually stop to consider the problems associated with a lack of financial literacy. Think about it, if you do not understand the differences between a savings account and a CD then you will probably be met with some financial difficulties in the future (to put it mildly).

Unfortunately, far too many people graduate from high school without even the slightest bit of training in this area (according to a recent study, only 14 states require courses on financial literacy to be taught at the high school level). Not preparing for the future can hamstring your life in so many ways and the longer you wait to do something the less impact it necessarily has. In our recent post, Why Your Twenties Matter, we showed that your twenties are crucial years in your life because, statistically speaking, the choices you make in your twenties have more of an impact on your personal, professional and financial lives.

For example, according to Bankrate.com, if you start investing $2,000 per year starting when you are 25 then you will have about $560,000 in the bank once you reach 65 (assuming an 8% rate of return). However, if you don’t start saving $2,000 per year until you are 35 then you will only end up with about $245,000 at 65 (assuming an 8% rate of return again).

So, what are we really talking about here? I think the best way to answer that question is by quoting PBS’ quality site on this subject:

The President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy defines personal financial literacy as “the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being.” (2008 Annual Report to the President)

Personal financial literacy is more than just being able to balance a checkbook, compare prices or get a job. It also includes skills like long-term vision and planning for the future, and the discipline to use those skills every day.

The PBS site is a repository of great information on the subject that can be useful to everyone. Within that site there are resources such as:

  • Help on planning for retirement
  • A wide array of financial calculators
  • Definitions of common words found in the financial sphere
  • There are even quizzes to test your absorption of the material

Another site you can look to for information on this subject is MyMoney.gov. From their site:

MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government’s website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k), the resources on MyMoney.gov can help you maximize your financial decisions. Throughout the site, you will find important information from more than 20 Federal agencies and Bureaus designed to help you make smart financial choices.

Recently, Center for Entrepreneurship Director and Professor John Bradley Jackson participated in a seminar hosted by the Center for Economic Education on campus to help people become more financially literate. Talking about how to formulate a business plan, Professor Jackson explained to those in attendance what the purpose of a business plan was, how to develop one and resources that they could use to help them in their business endeavors.

Center for Entrepreneurship Director John Bradley Jackson lectures on the importance of business plans to a group of people who are hard at work improving their financial literacy skills.

Center for Economic Education Director Dr. Radha Bhattacharya oversaw a full slate of presentations like Director Jackson’s. “Teaching Economics,” “The Stock Market Game and Personal finance” and “Future Financial Life” were just three of the other presentations given through this day of financial literacy bolstering. If you would like to know when the next event like this is going to happen please follow the Center for Economic Education and the Center for Entrepreneurship as well.