On Friday, July 25 at 11:30am, Center for Entrepreneurship Director John Bradley Jackson will be joining a panel to discuss the reasons why so many early stage companies fail. This event will take place at FastStart.studio in Irvine and you are welcomed to attend. The radio show will last from noon to 1:30pm but the remainder of the time is for networking. Continue reading
California State University, Fullerton’s Mihaylo College Dean, Dr. Anil Puri, just published the 3rd Quarter 2014 edition of the Orange County Business Index (OCBX). The OCBX is a survey of Orange County business leaders (owners, CEOs and managers) feelings regarding the overall condition of the economy and the generalities of their particular business. The overall sentiment of the business leaders who responded to the survey was that they believe the economy (and their companies) is still expanding but that the velocity of that expansion was slowing down.
The OCBX is an index that takes into consideration variables from the OCBX Survey and creates a numeric value that shows what the respondents’ sentiment of the economy is. In this survey a score of 50 or higher indicates future growth in the economy and for the most resent (3rd Quarter 2014) release this number was at 83.8. That is encouraging news but the discouraging part about it is that 83.8 is the lowest result since the 1st Quarter 2013.
While that is the headline there are a lot of other good morsels in there as well. If you have a few extra minutes you should take a look.
Jerry Conrey has been an integral part of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Program since 2002 when he first became a mentor. Jerry still serves as a mentor to our student-entrepreneurs and he also has funded the Conrey Insurance Brokers and Risk Managers Entrepreneurial Scholarship for many years, participated as a panelist at a seminar on Patent Trolls and has served on special committees in support of the Center for Entrepreneurship over the years. We recently had the chance to ask him a few questions about his time with our program and, as you can see below, he was gracious enough to give us some very thoughtful answers.
Center for Entrepreneurship: “How has the program evolved during your tenure?”
Jerry Conrey: “The program has become more prolific, with many more students and class offerings since my initial involvement. It has matured into a perennial national contender at the annual Student-led Business Consulting Project of the Year Competition. The professors and lecturers have evolved over the years into being a great fit for the program.”
CFE: “What drives you to volunteer?”
JC: “My interest in giving back is the number one driver. The ancillary drivers include maintaining my own relevance as a business owner, exposure to other businesses, the students, and the curriculum provide ample opportunity for me to take personal and corporate inventory of my own business – so even though I mentor, I also become a student of the process and perfect my own operation with what I learn.”
CFE: “Tell us about your involvement in student projects.” Continue reading
Bringing more than 50 years of business experience with him, Alan Mannason (who recently turned 90 years old!) has been involved as a mentor to our students for more than a decade. Needless to say, Alan is a mainstay of the program and he has been a part of it for longer than most of our professors! Continue reading