Category Archives: William Taormina

Leveraging the CSUF Entrepreneurship Alum Network

The CSUF Entrepreneurship Program has many great friends and one of those friends, Entrepreneur Elympics, has a lot to be proud of. In the picture below, every person either is or graduated from CSUF and works/interns at Entrepreneur Elympics or one of their partner companies. Entrepreneur Elympics met these people through our Student-led Business Consulting Program and the company’s leaders were so impressed with the work done for them that they decided to hire on these people.

(From Left to Right: Quinn Royston, Will Cosmo, Matthew Gallizzi, Robert Gates, Angelo Catsouras, Patrick Hayes, Cameron Mahdad, Joshua Behnke, Annie Nguyen, Jorge Zendejas and Trevor Heath.)

Entrepreneur Elympics will be powering the voting functionality for our upcoming Fast Pitch Competition (details forthcoming). Entrepreneur Elympics is a startup that started out in our Student-led Business Consulting Program. Many other new ventures have been clients in our Student-led Business Consulting Program as well and, based solely on the picture above, you can see that involvement in our program can benefit everyone involved.

Entrepreneur Elympics recognizes the value of the CSUF Entrepreneurship program which provides a win/win scenario for our grads and current students. Well done!

Student Perspective: Real World Educational Opportunities

It’s that time of year again! Many of you are gearing up to prepare for battle with the coming semester. Petitioning over-crowded classes, offensive textbook prices, never-ending lines, and absolutely no parking. Talk about stress! Ugh…

Not to mention all the unanswered questions about the future: Am I picking the right major? Will there be jobs for me when I graduate? If I get laid off, how long will I be able to afford my rent?

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In May of 2009, I graduated from The Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.  Let me tell you:  the job market is actually even worse than anticipated. In fact, it’s much, much worse.

Sorry, I can’t help myself, but I have to just yell this out… I AM SO THANKFUL THAT I CHOSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AS MY MAJOR!

Now that I am out here in the real world, I am seeing the true significance of the time I spent at Fullerton. I realize now how your major can truly affect what you do in life, and the success you attain.  Especially when the job market looks like Circuit City after bankruptcy: nothing left.

And I feel bad for my friends, I really do! I am watching them struggle with interview after interview, without any calls back. It’s like there hasn’t been one person hired in Orange County since 2007. And sometimes, I feel how jealous they are that I don’t have to go through that. I almost feel guilty for doing my own thing, making my own money.

You see, after I graduated, I did what my professors in the Entrepreneurship department had been trying to convince me to do for 3 semesters. I hired myself. Seriously. I stood in front of the mirror in my bathroom, combed my hair to one side like Donald Trump, and pointed: “You’re Hired!”

It was just that easy.  I am happy to say that today, I own my own business. I pay myself. Choosing Entrepreneurship at Cal State Fullerton was the best decision I ever made. Let me explain why.

Think about it. In this program, you have the opportunity to get a fully accredited university degree in how to start you own business! There’s an entire class (MGMT 465A) on how to write a business plan. There’s another class (MGMT 465B) where you literally spend the entire semester launching a business of your choosing.

Not to mention, guaranteed internships! Through this program I have interned for:  the most premium chocolate manufacturer in Beverly Hills, an environmental engineering firm, and a $2 billion multi-national corporation! By the way, that was just one semester.

I really just can’t say enough about the direct benefits that have come to me through the Entrepreneurship program. But, if you’re having trouble deciding where to concentrate your studies, call me. We’ll talk. I can be reached at:

William Taormina Jr.
California State University Fullerton

Cell: 949-334-7199
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