Monthly Archives: July 2015

Are you Looking to work with Entrepreneurs?

TriTech SBDC LogoOne of the Center for Entrepreneurship’s great partners is the TriTech Small Business Development Center. They do a number of awesome things to help entrepreneurs and they are looking to add someone onto their team so that they can help strengthen our entrepreneurial community.

If you are looking for a way to work with entrepreneurs then I strongly suggest you consider working for TriTech. They are looking for someone with knowledge of entrepreneurial activities and technologies. The deadline to apply is August 10.

The way to Apply:

  1. Go to:
  2. Click on “Search Postings”
  3. Go to the “Department” drop-down list and select “Econ and Comm Dvlpmnt (D)”
  4. Click “VIEW” under the job titled: “Business Development Administrative Specialist (Economic & Community Development) – District

Once you get to the job page there is a lot of information about what the job is about, what the qualifications are, how much the job pays, etc. In particular, here’s how they describe the position:


Under the supervision of the Director of the TriTech Small Business Development Center (SBDC), is responsible for, but not limited to: marketing and community outreach, training programs, social network marketing, public relations, the center’s contract administration, general office administration (coordination of office services such as purchasing, budget reports, & payroll), independent judgment in the resolution of administrative duties, delegation of routine duties and special projects to clerical personnel, as well as providing administrative assistance to the SBDC Director; to include other work as required.


Short-Term employee(s) and/or Work Study student(s).

This looks like an exciting opportunity for a young entrepreneur; definitely a great way to start working with a wide range of entrepreneurs. If you are interested in applying for this job please follow the directions as listed above and make sure to submit all your documentation before the deadline at 8pm on August 10.

Good luck!

The Growth Mindset [VIDEO]

A couple of months ago I was chatting with the founder of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Dr. Michael Ames. As happens when you talk with a bright individual like him the conversation quickly shifted into one about ideas, which is fine by me. By the end of our talk, Dr. Ames recommended a couple of books that I should read, including Carol Dweck’s “The Growth Mindset”.

While I haven’t read the book yet (Dr. Ames, I promise I will read it!) I have watched the Google Talk she gave about her book from earlier this year. Dr. Dweck is an engaging speaker and she eloquently conveys her ideas and findings during the course of her talk. Here’s how Google summarized her talk:

“You’re so talented!”, “You are gifted – a natural!”, “You’re doing so well in school, you must be really smart!” – children receive these messages (or their negative counterparts), along with many other messages on a daily basis from their peers, parents and teachers. Are these just words or do they mean more? How are children affected by the words we use to praise, coach and criticize them?

Meet Stanford University’s Professor Dr. Carol S. Dweck to learn more about her fascinating research into “self-conceptions (or mindsets) people use to structure the self and guide their behavior”, and how you can apply a Growth Mindset at home, at school and in your career.

The talk is a little over 45 minutes but I think it is well worth watching.

Financing the Startup – CSUF Startup Incubator Event

Click to RSVP For the Financing the Startup Event

Click to RSVP For the Financing the Startup Event

Whenever we host an event at the CSUF Startup Incubator our goal is to educate all in attendance. After working with entrepreneurs for years I can safely say that the area of raising investment capital is one of those areas that entrepreneurs need the most education on.

Many of the entrepreneurs I have talked with think that they need to get funded by an Angel or a VC before they can start their company. That’s absolutely true for some companies and other companies will need investments along the way to fund growth. But the vast (vast, vast, vast, vast, vast…) majority of companies do not receive funding from Angels or VCs. As Director Jackson would put it, “That’s rarefied air.” That’s certainly true.

So, what is a budding entrepreneur to do? Fear not, we’re hosting an event this Wednesday at 6pm at the Incubator in Placentia that deals with this subject. Titled “Financing the Startup” (I think someone thought that it sounded like the movie title “Romancing the Stone” and that similarity was funny), Director John Bradley Jackson will give an overview of the financing landscape for startup entrepreneurs and provide some insights into how best to raise money.

This event, like all of our others (so far… we have to put that little bit in there for legal reasons, I think) will be free. Come and join us and maybe you’ll learn how to fund your startup! What do you have to lose?


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