Monthly Archives: January 2016

Can Your Company Benefit from a CSUF Consulting Team?

CSUF MBA 2nd Place Finishing Team

A CSUF Business Consulting Team can help your business in many ways, including:

  • Develop in-house talent
  • Retain valuable employees
  • Improve company culture
  • And much more…

Our teams of students work with a time-tested process that has been used to help over 3,100 clients. With the support and supervision of an experienced professor and mentor from the private sector our teams develop a custom scope of work including key deliverables and timelines.

For a quarter of a century our consulting program has won dozens of national awards for its excellence. And our clients have many great things to say about us, including this from Bernie Spear of Preston Scientific:

This was for and away the best experience we ever had with an outside consultant. The results were worth possibly 20 or 30 times the small fee we paid.

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We have assisted many companies over the years in many different industries. In fact, listen to what brother and sister team Tam & Linh Nguyen of Advance Beauty College had to say about their expectations and experiences participating in our program.

Each client engagement takes place during the course of a semester and our teams regularly spend more than 150 hours on a single project.

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Job Opening: Case Management Assistant






Shanti enhances the health and well-being of those affected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic infectious diseases through prevention, education and life-saving supportive services; and strives for zero new infections in Orange County.

Position Summary:

The Case Management Assistant is responsible for maintaining eligibility and clinical assessment tracking, service coordination and advocacy services for HIV/AIDS clients through the Case Management Program. The Case Management Assistant works with the care team to assure timely entry of required data in the computer system, coordinate renewal deadlines and referrals to services while promoting the mission, goals and objectives of Shanti Orange County.


  • Provide assistance, guidance and direction to clients while promoting wellness and self- sufficiency
  • Maintain eligibility screening system including reminder calls for renewals
  • Maintain data entry for new and continuing clients
  • Conduct client chart reviews and document file disposition
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with staff, partner agencies and clients
  • Maintain required documentation in order to generate accurate reports
  • Assist in coordination of client-centered educational forums, workshops and retreats
  • Participate on community committees and trainings as directed
  • Reports directly to the Case Manager and perform work related duties as assigned


  • Understand case management principles as related to HIV disease
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to understand and establish rapport with diverse populations
  • Ability to adhere to confidentiality and HIPAA requirements
  • Ability to work successfully with minimal supervision
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

For more information about Shanti Orange County please visit our web-site at, Please email cover letter and resume to

Shanti Orange County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Opening: Communications Manager



Shanti Orange County is a non-profit agency located in South Orange County. Shanti’s mission is to enhance the health and well-being of those affected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases through prevention, education and life-saving supportive services; and strives for zero new infections in Orange County.

We are seeking a dynamic, articulate and creative person to evolve our small, traditional agency to expand our footprint both on and offline through education and thought leadership delivered in multiple channels and targeting consumers/clients, donors and volunteers, He/she must be an enthusiastic self-starter with an ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously.

JOB RESPONSIBLITIES:         Reports to the Executive Director         FULL TIME POSITION


  • Develop a holistic digital content strategy for Shanti to drive awareness and engagement through education and thought leadership
  • Design, implement and manage ongoing social media strategy and approach to include the evolution of existing Facebook presence and entry into other social networks; Twitter, YouTube, Instagram,
  • Develop content in multiple formats to be distributed through various channels and targeted at different segments of consumers (clients, donors, volunteers and key influencers)
  • Evolve existing communication channels; online, email, direct mail,
  • Develop and implement an SEO audit and ongoing strategy to enhance Search presence and ensure that any social media and content marketing campaigns are aligned with the SEO strategy and objectives
  • Oversee the measurement and distribution of digital content and track online sentiment
  • Evolve the agency’s approach to digital thought leadership and blogger outreach and engagement
  • Overall website management and oversight Developing promotional materials and communication plans for fundraisers, events, education,


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in related field, 3-5 years marketing experience proven track record of delivering successful marketing campaigns both on and offline
  • A digital enthusiast who is heavily active on social media and is always up to speed on the latest social media developments and platforms
  • Proven track record in stakeholder management, with the maturity to influence, lead and take initiative
  • The ability to work and think on a strategic level to come up with ideas and solutions that will step-change the engagement and performance of this small agency
  • The ability to develop and nurture relationships with key staff, board members and community thought leaders to develop content and engagement campaigns
  • Experience in managing content creation, distribution and multi-channel management results –driven and highly motivated to evolve a small, traditional agency to significant growth through engagement

For more information about Shanti Orange County please visit our web-site at, Please e-mail resumes to

Shanti Orange County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

CSUF Business Plan Competition Boot Camp

CSUF Business Plan CompetitionThe CSUF Business Plan Competition is back on for 2016!

If you are unfamiliar with the competition we are going to be hosting a Boot Camp (a.k.a. Information Session) to help you get up to speed. Here are the details:

Wednesday, January 20

1pm to 3pm

Mihaylo College SGMH 1108

This is the only Boot Camp that we will be hosting this year so make sure to drop on by!

At this event participants will learn about:

  • How does the CSUF Business Plan Competition work?
  • What kind of prizes are available to the top finishers?
  • How can I find team members to work with me on this competition?
    • Hint: Attending an event like this is a pretty good place to network with people who could end up being on your team for this competition
  • How do I develop a winning idea?
  • And some other really important stuff as well

Dr. Atul Teckchandani will be leading this session. He has years of experience teaching entrepreneurship, he has been a judge in this competition since its inception four years ago, and he has a very good grasp on what it takes to do well in this competition.

We hope that you are able to attend; no need to RSVP, just make sure to show up (we will be posting this event on Eventbrite and Facebook as well but we will not be checking tickets at the door for this event). We will provide attendees with some supplemental material that delves into the details regarding the competition.

If you have any questions please let us know or, better yet, ask them at the Boot Camp. Continue reading

Happy Anniversary CSUF Startup Incubator

I just realized that it was exactly one year ago that we accepted the first three Residents into the CSUF Startup Incubator. That was an exciting time but we were also worried; I guess that’s how you normally feel when you are doing something that you haven’t done before.

Director Jackson and CSUF Startup Incubator Resident John Tsui representing the CSUF Startup Incubator on the Mihaylo Magazine cover Click the picture to see the full digital version of the magazine!!!

Director Jackson and CSUF Startup Incubator Resident John Tsui representing the CSUF Startup Incubator on the Mihaylo Magazine cover
Click the picture to see the full digital version of the magazine!!!

I don’t want to go through everything that we’ve done like some list that needs to be checked off but I will hit on a couple of events that happened over the last year at the Incubator. If you are looking for more narrative and less highlights than I strongly suggest you read the article about the Incubator in the latest Mihaylo Magazine (we were on the cover!).

Obviously, the first day when we accepted Mike Kirtland (Bastion Privacy), Soheil Divani (O2 Free), and Casey Farmen (Rescuewares) as Residents at the CSUF Startup Incubator. We have worked hard with these three intrepid entrepreneurs and I’m pleased to say that they have all made significant progress.

Our Open House took place during the spring and we had over 200 people come to tour our facilities. That was a hectic night but we all loved seeing everyone come out to see what we were up to. At the party were Placentia city officials, CSUF Deans and administration, entrepreneurs, investors, bankers, mentors, our Board Members like Andrew Carrol, and many, many other people associated with our Incubator. It was at this event that many people got the opportunity to try Professor Dafaallah’s Sudanese cuisine; the lamb was delicious!

It was around this time, maybe early summer, that we also started to hit our stride when it came to our (almost) weekly events. We weren’t sure how many people would attend these talks at 6pm on Wednesday nights (without any food) built specifically for early stage entrepreneurs so we were a little surprised once we started regularly getting twenty or more people showing up in our small conference area. We have brought in experts to cover topics ranging from how to make a pivot to the art of promotion to how to choose the right kind of legal entity to the one we had tonight on etiquette. All future events can be found by going here – – and we look forward to seeing you at our next event (which is next Wednesday night at 6pm)!

Besides the (almost) weekly talks we have hosted a couple of networking events that have brought together our Residents, mentors, CSUF students from all across campus, and other entrepreneurs. One of the things we are most proud of at the CSUF Startup Incubator is that the CSUF Entrepreneurship community has grown to such a large extent that we can hold multiple networking events throughout the year and always be meeting new people. This is of tremendous value to the Residents, to us, and to everyone else in the community.

Another highlight from the Incubator is that we are now hosting Investment Panels three or four times a year for our Residents. At these panels we bring together all the Residents, Mentors, staff, and some select investors, entrepreneurs, professionals to evaluate the progress that our Residents have made and the quality of their ideas. We have done three of these panels in the last year and plan on doing four a year going forward.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t sincerely thank the City of Placentia for providing us with this location; we could not have done this without them. The space is great for us: private rooms for team work, a gated parking section, and a conference area for our speaker series or for larger meetings. Placentia gave us a good deal to launch our incubator in their city and we are glad that they did!

I’m sure I’ve missed some things here – if you have any memories you’d like to share please do so in the comments – but my general point here was to look back on the last year’s worth of work for a moment before moving forward to what we are doing next at the Incubator. Getting the opportunity to work with JJ and Phillip, the Residents and the Mentors, our Board, our speakers, and everyone else who has been associated with the Incubator has been a joy and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do going forward.

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CSUF Startup Incubator in Mihaylo Magazine

The Mihaylo Magazine is distributed to over 50,000 CSUF Mihaylo College of Business and Economics alumni and we were honored to be the most recent cover story! This is a huge honor and we are excited to share the accomplishments that we have been able to make with the rest of the CSUF Mihaylo family. To be precise, the CSUF Startup Incubator was the cover story and the cover models, as seen below, were Director Jackson and CSUF Startup Incubator Resident John Tsui of Chopit Drones.

Director Jackson and CSUF Startup Incubator Resident John Tsui representing the CSUF Startup Incubator on the Mihaylo Magazine cover Click the picture to see the full digital version of the magazine!!!

Director Jackson and CSUF Startup Incubator Resident John Tsui representing the CSUF Startup Incubator on the Mihaylo Magazine cover
Click the picture to see the full digital version of the magazine!!!

Our story starts on page 20 of the magazine and it goes over all of the awesome things that we are doing there; like helping to launch startups and hosting many talks for entrepreneurs, like yourself. It’s really an amazing piece, well written and the pictures are great as well.

We hope that you can take a look at it and, even more than that, we would love to see you at one of our upcoming events! There are some great events coming up and they can all be found by going to:

Before I sign off here, I want to reiterate the point that none of this would have been possible without our community. You guys enable us to provide amazing competitions, real-life consulting projects, startup assistance and so much more to our students and to the CSUF Entrepreneurship community at large. It’s really an awe-inspiring sight to see all of these things come to together to produce these kind of results and, with your continued support, we expect many more great things for the future. Continue reading

Hackpoly February 6-7

HackpolyWe can’t lie, Cal Poly Pomona is an awesome school and they have a great event for all you tinkerers, dreamers, entrepreneurs, and so on!!!

Hackpoly will be held on February 6 and 7 this year and, according to their official website,

Hackathons are where your crazy ideas become reality. Build anything—there are no restrictions on what you can create. Dive in and make the most incredible thing you can alongside fellow creators. While some may see hackers as the crazy ones, we see genius.

But maybe you’re thinking that you shouldn’t attend because you don’t have an idea or a team. Should you still attend?

Many hackers do not have a fully-formed team or hack concept before the event begins. We will be hosting team-forming activities after hacking begins to help you find the perfect match. If you’re a first-time hacker, there will be many others looking for team members with whom you can pair.

That’s a solid answer and, if you really think about it, there probably aren’t many better ways that you would spend that weekend. Go on over to to check out more of the details and, if you think it can help catapult you into the kind of professional life that you want for yourself, then make sure to register!

[If you do go, take some pictures and let us know! We are always interested in learning about entrepreneurial stories from the CSUF Entrepreneurship community!!!] Continue reading