|SF State entrepreneurs learn to succeed|
December 6, 2006
many business students are learning the theories and practices for success
in the business community, SF State gives a fresh, hands-on experience
to an exceptional type of business student: the entrepreneur.
The Ohrenschall Center for Entrepreneurship, directed by Associate Professor of Management Connie Marie Gaglio, provides enrichment activities and real-life networking opportunities for students majoring in entrepreneurial/small business management.
The center helps undergraduates develop a network of connections and become innovative, high-gross entrepreneurs, Gaglio said. First-year students conduct an industry analysis and interview industry experts, and second-year students perform a "living case study" on a specific business.
Gaglio encourages creative problem-solving among her students. When asked to cushion a dropped egg with a choice of items including a plastic cup or brick, one group of students discovered that crushing the brick into powder was the obvious solution. Gaglio wasn't surprised. "We try to get them to look beyond the obvious answer, because that's what you need to do in entrepreneurship," she said.
Vossoughi, a first-year student, is applying his newfound analytical
skills to his real estate firm internship at Portland-Pacific. According
to company owner Christopher Zupsic, interns must be actively involved
in or predisposed toward an entrepreneurial program. Vossoughi's
experience with industry analysis through SF State's program mirrors
his job at
Portland Pacific, where he is conducting an in-depth study of the local
Students in the program will soon launch a San Francisco chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization and an Association of Entrepreneurs.
Writer Lisa Rau with Ellen Griffin
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