Monthly Archives: April 2014

2014 CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

Each year the CSUF Business Plan Competition seems to get bigger and better and 2014 was no different (Although the 2013 and 2012 Finals were awesome as well). In addition to three great teams presenting, more on them later, we had an engaged audience comprised of students, faculty, staff and friends of the University.

The setup for this event was pretty straightforward, each team had:

  • Five minutes to setup
  • Fifteen minutes to present
  • Ten minutes to answer questions from the judges

The first team to present was Cordomi Rentals. Founded by Quinn Royston, Cordomi Rentals will help pet owners find rental homes or apartments based on their pet policy, i.e. some place will accept small dogs but not larger ones. To do this, Cordomi will provide an easy to use website that displays pet-friendly rental listings and allows users to filter by type of pet policy (i.e. breed and weight restrictions). Continue reading

Free eBook – Your Entrepreneurial Journey

Some of you may have noticed that Dr. Michael Ames and Center for Entrepreneurship Director John Bradley Jackson recently collaborated on a book called Your Entrepreneurial Journey. Having edited it myself, I can tell you that there is a lot of great content in this book. Dealing mainly with the intersection of principles and business, this book is meant for any entrepreneur or professional who wants to not only learn why guiding principles are important but how they can help your business.

Also, it’s free until Friday, April 18 on Amazon!

This book is currently only available in the Kindle format, so you will have to download the app if you don’t already have it.

Why an eBook? Well, Dr. Ames and Mr. Jackson felt that the best way to convey their message was through a multimedia platform and an eBook was the best solution. When you download this book you not only receive decades worth of wisdom from two of Southern California’s leading lights in entrepreneurship but you will also get links to many more hours of wonderful content directly related to the book.

Even when this book will no longer be free it is still a massive deal. But it is free now so go pick up a copy and, if so moved, please review this book on Amazon.

Thanks and enjoy!

CSUF Student-led Business Consulting Success Story – HCP National

Several years ago we engaged with the CSUF Student-led Business Consulting Program led by Professor John Bradley Jackson for advisement on our marketing. We wanted new ideas for our insurance brokerage, which specializes in health care, with an emphasis in Medical Malpractice.

The CSUF Student-led Business Consulting group that we hired came up with a very impressive marketing plan; there were several great ideas that we implemented. One of them involved our client retention program, which allowed us to graphically show how much our clients have saved from working with our company over the years. This has been a valuable tool to remind some of our clients the value of a long term relationship with our firm. Continue reading

StartupGrind Orange County Event – April 2014

StartupGrind Orange County 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014   6-8:30pm
@The Eureka Building 1621 Alton Pkwy., Irvine, CA 92701
6:00-7:15pm:     connecting | eats

7:15pm:             Featured Guest, Cory Hudson Jones [Cryptozoic Entertainment]

8:00pm:             more relationship building

What is Startup Grind? Startup Grind Orange County a local community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.  Startup Grind is global, hosting events in more than 75 Chapters cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Startup Grind is now Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Stay updated on upcoming Startup Grind events on Twitter at @StartupGrind, @StartupGrindOC, #StartupGrind, #GetYourGrindOn or
Why Attend?                         We believe in making friends, not contacts.
                                             We believe in giving, not taking.
                                             We believe in helping others before helping ourselves.
                                             Never give up.
Get involved!  Exclusive Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are always welcome. Feel free to connect with me for more information.

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Understanding our Personalities

Editor’s Note: Recently, the New Venture Launch classes were part of a unique hands-on workshop facilitated by Bob Kreisberg, President of Opus Productivity Solutions. The post below is written by two students who attended the workshop, Paul Aleo and Drew Balanza.

Opus Productivity aids companies in improving productivity and profitability through the use of a unique personality assessment test. Many employers use this test to assess a potential candidate’s strengths and weaknesses as they relate to completing the required job duties. These tests can also help people learn how to communicate better by teaching them about their own personalities and the personalities of others. Continue reading

2014 CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

The 2014 CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals are set to take place Friday, April 11 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on the CSUF campus in Titan Student Union Pavilion A (Facebook Event Page). And you are all invited!

Nick Ajluni, the owner of Nix Fix, presenting at the 2013 CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

This year it was particularly tough deciding which teams would make it into the Semifinals and, subsequently, the Finals. But, after a couple months of going through all of the submissions and hearing the top 16 teams present at the Semifinals, we are finally ready for the Finals. As it currently stands, the three teams that will be presenting in the Finals will be (in alphabetical order):

Cordomi Rentals – Cordomi will make a website/app that will allow people to more easily discover rental properties (homes, apartments, etc.) that will accept their particular breed of animal. Currently, most, if not all, websites that communicate whether or not a property is pet friendly will only do so in a broad fashion and this can lead to problems. For example, if the property allows dachshunds but doesn’t allow Labradors you might not realize you can’t bring your beautiful chocolate lab to live with you until after you have wasted a lot of your time.

Eagle Eye Engineering – Eagle Eye Engineering aims to help archers train better during the winter months. Currently, during winter months, most archers have to train indoors to keep their skills fresh. The problem with this is that with indoor conditions the path of the arrow is significantly straighter then it would be under normal competition conditions, which is mainly outdoors. In order to compensate for this, a group of CSUF student-entrepreneurs-engineers developed a mathematical formula that fixes this problem and have built a prototype practice unit.

White Light Medical – White Light Medical is aiming to increase the efficacy of spinal surgery by creating a smarter pedicle probe. From what I understand they said, “this probe uses an electro-mechanical method to continuously measure changes in force coupled with a heuristic path-identification algorithm to alert the surgeon to a potential or impending breach, which prevents the probe from exiting the vertebral body and causing harm to the patient.” From what I actually understand, this device could increase the success rate of spinal surgeries significantly.

All of these ideas are wonderful and I hope that they move forward with them. But before they become major success stories, watch them battle it out at the 2014 CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals. And if watching some of the brightest CSUF student-entrepreneurs isn’t enough of an inducement for you then you should also know that their will be multiple opportunity drawings throughout the event for current CSUF students.

Also, we need some volunteers for this event. If you are a current CSUF student and you volunteer we can offer you extra raffle tickets for the opportunity drawings. And, if you are currently an Entrepreneur Society member, I’m almost certain that volunteering at this event will count towards your community service hours. If you are interested in volunteering for this event please get in touch with Travis at