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December, 2013

Dr. Alex F. DeNoble New USASBE President Elect - Lavin Center December Newsletter

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Dr. Alex F. DeNoble New USASBE President Elect

hansen program Dr. Alex F. DeNoble, Executive Director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, was recently voted as the new President Elect for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). This organization is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. "I am always engaging with passionate entrepreneurship educators at other universities, and we are all in a friendly competition to push each other to expand the best practices of entrepreneurship," Dr. DeNoble said. "USASBE will continue to improve what we do in the area of entrepreneurship education and push the boundaries of entrepreneurship research," he continued.

The position is a three-year commitment for Dr. DeNoble who will serve as the organization's president elect beginning January 2014. In January 2015, he will transition into the role of president of USASBE for one year and in his final year, Dr. DeNoble will become the immediate past president, assisting with the transition of the next president. He currently serves on the USASBE board as a director-at-large.

USASBE                        Alex F. DeNoble                       

Social Entrepreneurship Teams Win Annual Zahn Challenge

venturestart The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is excited to announce Re-inflate and Threshers, two Social Entrepreneurship projects, winning the 2nd Annual Zahn Challenge Competition! The projects were mentored by professor Michael L. Sloan, Director of Social Entrepreneurship Program at the Lavin Center. Re-Inflate is a social venture aimed at providing employment to the homeless by engaging them with the production of inflated mattresses, and the Threshers Project is a social enterprise that develops efficient threshing machines for use in third world countries. Both teams were admitted to the Zahn Innovation Center incubator. The projects received financial support and are ready to proceed to the next step. "I am really pleased to have the Zahn Innovation Center involved in social entrepreneurship mainly because it is a very important future track for entrepreneurs," said Sloan. "Increased awareness of social problems can benefit all parties, including business owners; it is not about charity, it is about doing business in a sustainable way," he continued.

Lavin Center Social Entrepreneurship Program                 

SDSU Finalist for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program Award

SDSU Finalist for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program Award The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is proud to announce the selection of SDSU as a finalist for the 2014 United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) National Model Undergraduate Program Award! SDSU will compete against three other nationally-ranked programs from Baylor University, University of Missouri - Kansas City, and Clarkson University. The USASBE Excellence in Education Awards are given to colleges and universities that have developed and currently still offer high quality and innovative programs, the purpose of which is to educate and train future generations of entrepreneurs. Awards are given for exemplary programs that reflect innovation, quality, comprehensiveness, sustainability, transferability, depth of support, and impact.

Dr. Alex DeNoble, Executive Director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, will present at the USASBE 2014 Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on January 9-12, 2014. His presentation will highlight the innovative and comprehensive nature of the undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program at SDSU. "We are truly honoured that we have received this national recognition from USASBE. Being identified as finalist from a pool of many outstanding submissions demonstrates the quality and strength of our program," said Dr. DeNoble. "I look forward to attending the conference and sharing the great work our faculty are achieving through this program."

USASBE Excellence in Education Award               

Student profile - Marissa Happee

john walsh "I was looking for a more holistic way to experience entrepreneurship and really understand what it means to be an entrepreneur," said Marissa Happee, a Business Management student at SDSU. She is currently working on creating a dog-friendly leash that has safety and medical benefits by preventing injuries caused by excessive pulling. "I feel blessed to have found a solution to a problem I feel passionately about, and hope to share it with others who experience the same pain," said Happee. "Being an entrepreneur is so much more than what people may view on the surface, it's really a commitment to lifelong perseverance," she continued. Her company Tug Tamer Leashes competed in the Lavin VentureStart Competition and won second place.

Marissa Happee is a SDSU undergraduate student majoring in Business Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship and she is a member of the fall 2012 Lavin Entrepreneur Program. She joined the two-year program to get a more hands-on experience and learn more about the business world. "The most rewarding part of building my business is truly the opportunities to learn and reinforce the education I have received as a Lavin Entrepreneur student. The program illustrates the resilience and dedication needed to become a successful entrepreneur, and I truly appreciate all of the mentorship and support from our directors and my peers over the last year and a half." she said. Marissa is also working as a market analyst for Superior Foods Inc., an international frozen foods company. In five years, she hopes to be growing her business by utilizing her entrepreneurship education and the experiences provided to her through SDSU and the Lavin Entrepreneurship program.

Lavin Entrepreneur Program             VentureStart Competition                 

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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