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August, 2013

SDSU Fosters International Social Entrepreneurship - Lavin Center August Newsletter

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SDSU Fosters International Social Entrepreneurship

Advisory Board The Hansen Summer Institute of Leadership and International Cooperation was a joint three week program hosted by San Diego State University (SDSU), University of San Diego (USD) and the Fred J. Hansen Foundation. The main goal of the program was to assist students from all over the globe in the creation of social entrepreneurship ventures in their native countries in order to build a better future. This year, five California based and 15 international upper division undergraduates and graduate students participated in the program. The countries represented were: Morocco, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nepal, Uganda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chechnya, Uzbekistan, Poland, Argentina, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Romania and Russia. These Hansen Fellows were all flown to the United States and accommodated on the USD campus.

The Hansen Summer Institute students participated in an innovative two day Social Entrepreneurship Workshop hosted at SDSU. Entrepreneur guest speakers, including Jenny Amaraneni, the founder of SOLO Eyewear, and Alicia Wallace, COO of All Across Africa, shared their inspirational stories with the students. Michael Sloan, the Social Entrepreneurship Program Director at the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, mentored the Hansen Fellows and encouraged them to develop feasible social venture ideas. The workshop not only provided an overview of what social entrepreneurship is all about, but also facilitated a peer-to-peer mentorship program with five SDSU students. All attendees learned that even a small socially oriented organization can make a big difference in the world.

Hansen Summer Institute             SOLO Eyewear                  All Across Africa                            

Dr. Mujtaba Ahsan Joins the Entrepreneurship Faculty at SDSU

SDSU’s Shake Smart Opens New Stores in San Diego The College of Business Administration at SDSU is excited to welcome a new faculty member – Dr. Mujtaba Ahsan. Dr. Ahsan will teach the MGT 460 Business Plan Development class for undergraduate students starting this fall. "The business plan is the most critical document for entrepreneurs," he remarked. "It is really important not only to explain the business concept, but also to create a plan that reflects a sustainable business model in changing economic environments," Dr. Ahsan continued. "Businesses should not only try to focus on making a profit, but also benefit society. That is where my class will differ from traditional business plan classes," he added.

Dr. Mujtaba Ahsan received his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was previously a professor at Pittsburg State University and Cal Poly Pomona. He served as an adviser to student entrepreneurship organizations and actively mentored student entrepreneurs at both institutions. Dr. Ahsan's teaching and research interests include entrepreneurship, technology innovation and management, and strategic management. He has been published in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of Strategy & Management, Journal of Managerial Issues, Current Topics in Management, Academy of Information and Management Sciences Journal, International Journal of Data Mining, Modeling and Management, and Strategic Management Review journals. The Lavin Center is thrilled to have him join the SDSU College of Business team and influence the next generation of entrepreneurs!

SDSU Alumni Teaching Entrepreneurship Courses

SDSU and SDG&E Facilitate Diverse Business Enterprise Companies in San Diego This fall, a SDSU MBA graduate Tanya Hertz will teach an Entrepreneurship course in the College of Business. Tanya will lecture undergraduate students in the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship class. "Teaching is my passion. I have always seen myself in academia," said Tanya. "I believe that my entrepreneurial experience and business expertise combined with knowledge I obtained in the MBA program will allow me to be a part of the SDSU College of Business faculty," she stated.

Tanya Hertz holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a MBA with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from SDSU. In June of 2012, she co-founded Omni California Real Estate, a rapidly growing, client-focused, real estate firm. Omni California is a unique real estate brokerage that offers agents a flexible work environment and cutting-edge online transaction management software. Tanya also has extensive experience in food production and helped transform a small family-owned retail bakery into a $3 million per year industrial food manufacturer. Together with food scientists, a biochemist and nutraceutical industry experts, she is also currently developing a product for her next entrepreneurial venture, Bookworms Vitamins, Inc.

Omni California                 

SDSU Alum Tim King Creates Photography Company

2.	SDSU and SDG&E Facilitate Diverse Business Enterprise Companies in San Diego "Surrounding yourself with good people can really make you better," said Tim King, a San Diego photographer and a recent Lavin Entrepreneur program graduate from SDSU. Tim started his photography business during his college years, implementing knowledge he obtained and the network he has developed. "I understand the value of interpersonal relationships, and I learned how to maintain them during my college years," Tim said. He is well-known for using alternative forms of advertising, including the most recent creation "30 Dates in 30 Days" for Details Matters, the app designed to highlight, encourage and offer alternative date ideas and destinations. "It was not only a brilliant opportunity to introduce the app to users, but also a great way to showcase San Diego nationwide," he said. Tim was recently invited to be a guest speaker at the Canada Photo Convention in 2014, an event designed for professional wedding photographers to improve their technique and make connections with colleagues and clients.

Tim King graduated from SDSU in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business. He was a member of Entrepreneur Society and the Lavin Entrepreneur program. During his school years, Tim started working as a professional photographer for different venues in San Diego, developing his clientele and changing his focus to destination weddings and high-end resort and events photography. As a former Lavin Entrepreneur, he believes in the power of networking in business as a key element for success.

Tim King Blog            Detail Matters            Canada Photo Convention            International Business @SDSU

Building the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University serves SDSU students, entrepreneurs and business leaders through entrepreneurial curriculum, workshops, internships, resources and events. For information browse the Programs section of our website, subscribe to the Lavin Center Calendar and sign up for the Center's Entrepreneurial Fuel Newsletter. Entrepreneur resources such as the Lavin Center resume guide, marketing and business planning tools and more can be found in the Resources section of our site.

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