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Design Strategies for a more Profitable Business @ CSUF Startup Incubator

website-design-csuf-startup-incubatorLearn how to design your website so that you will increase customer engagement and quickly move them through the sales funnel at this event at the CSUF Startup Incubator. This event takes place tomorrow, Wednesday October 5 at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia. More details are below and to reserve your ticket now please go to the event page.


In a world where every industry is hyper-competitive, great design is the key to making your business stand out from the competition and have more meaningful interactions with customers. Great design helps your customers connect with product, and “Design Strategies for a more Profitable Business” will help you learn how to do exactly that.

After listening to this talk by User Interface (UI) designer and developer Adam Rasheed, you will learn the basic principles of design that will help you drastically improve your current branding, as well as advice for improving the usabilty and general experience of your product.

Talk will cover:

  • General Principles of Design
  • Figuring out your goals
  • Your Brand. How to create a great one that goes past your logo.
  • User Experience
  • User Interface
  • Online Marketing (tactics and strategy)
  • Designing with Empathy
  • Summary
  • Design Cheat Sheet

We hope to see you there!


More about Adam Rasheed: Adam is a UI designer and developer who creates conversion-based websites for small businesses and startups and helps them get more clients and customers.


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CSUF Entrepreneurship Update – 1st Quarter 2014

2014 has already been an exciting year for us but we have a lot more planned. For starters, we were just honored with our 11th National Championship at the Small Business Institute’s Project of the Year Competition! Not only did our undergraduates bring home the national championship in their division but our MBA’s came in second place in theirs!

Speaking of our Student-led Business Consulting Program, we are already looking for clients for our MBA Summer Program which begins in late May. If you or a company you know of could benefit from our MBA students’ expertise, please contact Ms. Charlesetta Medina at cymedina@fullerton.edu or 657-278-8243.

(2013 SBI National Champion Undergraduate Student-led Business Consulting team from CSUF Entrepreneurship)

We are also in the midst of running the 2014 CSUF Business Plan Competition as well. The Finals for this competition are set for Friday, April 11th in the Titan Student Union and, based off of the submissions we have reviewed so far, it looks like this year’s finals will be very exciting! Of course, we are always looking for more sponsors for this competition (for student awards and to pay for the cost of running the event itself) and if you are interested in supporting CSUF student-entrepreneurs please reply to this email and we will help you out (or go to our Donation Page to give via credit card online).

(Students who competed in the 2014 CSUF Fast Pitch Business Competition)

Thanks to your support we have already accomplished a lot in 2014:

  • We ran the first-ever CSUF Fast Pitch Business Competition. With over 60 participants and approximately 150 people in attendance, this event was a huge success. And, to top it all off, our very own John Chi took home the second place prize!
  • Gayle and Phil Tauber, the founders of Kashi, were gracious enough to come on campus to give a talk to our students, faculty and staff about their shared entrepreneurial journey.
  • We hosted the Patent Troll and other IP-related Threats Seminar and the FULL VIDEO is up now. At this seminar, panelists Roger N. Behle (IP litigator at Foley, Bezek, Behle & Curtis, LLP), Jerry Conrey (Principal at Conrey Insurance Brokers) and Dr. Robert Kovacev (Professor of Finance at CSUF) discussed how business can identify these potentially bad actors and how best to deal with them.

Also, Dr. Michael Ames, Chairman of the Board for the Center for Entrepreneurship, recently published an eBook titled “Your Entrepreneurial Journey”, which focuses on developing guiding principles for businesses. It is an excellent book that I collaborated on with Dr. Ames and I believe it can help every business develop truly important goals. The eBook is reasonably priced and can be found on Amazon; also, all proceeds of the book go to support the Center for Entrepreneurship and its students.

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.

CSUF Entrepreneurship/Crexendo Website Contest Results

Congratulations to all the winners of the CSUF Entrepreneurship/Crexendo Website.

Katie Nguyen, a business and marketing major, finished first with the grand prize of $7,500.00. Her site is a reseller and buyer of used commercial printing presses from the United States.

Second place with a $5,000 prize was awarded to Lee Baker, a double major in economics and political science. His site was www.FatherTimeAntiqueClocks.com which is a reseller that specializes in English, British, French, Austrian, and German antique clocks.

Third place went to Richard Tsu, an accounting major. His entry Vyzion Photography was a wedding photography website.

For full details on the contest and all the winners, please see the Daily Titan news story

John Jackson
Director
Center for Entrepreneurship

Website Contest Deadline Looms Large

This is a reminder to all who have entered the The First Annual CSUF and Crexendo Website competition that the deadline for the completed websites is just three weeks away. Over $20,000 in prizes are up for grabs Visit the site.

The University and Crexendo seek to nurture and teach students’ business skills and provide digital tools to help them succeed post-graduation. Partnering with public and private institutions, Crexendo UP is made available to tens of thousands of students in the U.S. Crexendo UP offers the annual Crexendo Website Competition to college students at select U.S. universities.

Need some money? Then get that website designed now.

John Jackson
Director
Center for Entrepreneurship

Last Day to Register for the Website Contest

Today is the last day to register for the Website Competition. Prizes include $7500.00 for first place. No programming experience necessary — beginners welcome.

The Crexendo University Program (UP) is a college program sponsored by Crexendo, Inc. and offers college students an opportunity to create a web site using proven tools and techniques, and compete for exciting prizes. And, the competition is open to all CSUF students!

Crexendo UP seeks to nurture and teach students’ business skills and provide digital tools to help them succeed post-graduation. Partnering with public and private institutions, Crexendo UP is made available to tens of thousands of students in the U.S.

Crexendo UP offers the annual Crexendo Website Competition to college students at select U.S. universities. The Crexendo Website Competition is an event in which individual students or teams of students compete to design, manage, and launch a fully functional website using the eCommerce Content Management System (CMS) software provided by Crexendo.

The Crexendo UP Website Competition is an exciting event that allows students, faculty, and industry to learn about online eCommerce, digital marketing, social media, and search engine optimization (SEO). Crexendo offers full support, resources, and training for students who register for the Website Competition.

Contest link

Announcing a Website Contest With Huge Cash Prizes

The Center of Entrepreneurship at CSUF Welcomes You!

Cal State Fullerton and the Mihaylo College Center for Entrepreneurship, are proud to partner with Crexendo, a leading provider of business optimization services, on the Crexendo University Program Website Competition. The Crexendo University Program (UP) is a college program sponsored by Crexendo, Inc. and offers college students an opportunity to create a web site using proven tools and techniques, and compete for exciting prizes. And, the competition is open to all CSUF students!

Crexendo UP seeks to nurture and teach students’ business skills and provide digital tools to help them succeed post-graduation. Partnering with public and private institutions, Crexendo UP is made available to tens of thousands of students in the U.S.

Crexendo UP offers the annual Crexendo Website Competition to college students at select U.S. universities. The Crexendo Website Competition is an event in which individual students or teams of students compete to design, manage, and launch a fully functional website using the eCommerce Content Management System (CMS) software provided by Crexendo.

The Crexendo UP Website Competition is an exciting event that allows students, faculty, and industry to learn about online eCommerce, digital marketing, social media, and search engine optimization (SEO). Crexendo offers full support, resources, and training for students who register for the Website Competition.

Contest link