Coach Steve Fisher to Speak on Building a Strong Team – One Week Away!There are limited seats remaining for the upcoming Business Forum Speaker Series event featuring San Diego State University (SDSU) Men's Head Basketball Coach, Steve Fisher. On September 10, 2014, Coach Fisher will discuss his philosophy on how companies can develop great teams. Drawing from his personal experience coaching a nationally respected college basketball team, Coach Fisher will share his insights for recruiting strong talent, facing adversity, establishing a clear mission, and developing a well-rounded synergistic team. As the third Business Forum Speaker Series event this year, it is guaranteed to be an inspirational and engaging session. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity! Register for the event now!
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Qualcomm Remains Engaged with the Lavin Entrepreneurship CenterQualcomm has reaffirmed their commitment to the San Diego community and collaboration with the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center by renewing the grant to fund the Social Entrepreneurship Internship Program for the 2014-2015 year. The Qualcomm Social Entrepreneurship Internship Program matches talented graduate business students with non-profit organizations to serve as project interns working to improve overall performance and implement new initiatives. Qualcomm employees are instrumental in the process, providing guidance and mentorship to the interns in support of the project. The program benefits the non-profit by providing them with a capable student intern who can help achieve the organization's goals and allows MBA students to utilize their knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in a business setting.
As a result of Qualcomm's support, the non-profit organization is only responsible to cover a fraction of the internship cost. This program, started in 1999, has served over 260 nonprofit organizations and included more than 350 SDSU students since its inception. If you are a non-profit interested in propelling your organization forward visit the Social Entrepreneurship Internship Program page.
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SDSU Ranked No. 18 on Forbes' Most Entrepreneurial College ListForbes recently released its list of the Most Entrepreneurial Universities in the United States, positioning San Diego State University at the No. 18 spot. The list was determined by the number of students and alumni from each university who are founders and/or business owners, compared to the total number of students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Overall SDSU ranked 18, landing in the company of other top schools such as Yale, Dartmouth, Princeton, University of Southern California and Harvard.
The ranking recognizes the increased interest and the commitment to entrepreneurship on the SDSU campus. As a pillar of SDSU's Strategic Plan, the focus on developing programs and resources geared toward entrepreneurship enables students to adopt innovative thinking and prepares them for success upon graduation.
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Alumni Spotlight - Nicholas Slettengren"The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center provides a safe haven for entrepreneurial-minded students," said Nicholas Slettengren, an online marketer and entrepreneur and Lavin Entrepreneur Program graduate. Nick is a Founder and Director at Power Digital Marketing Inc., a local full service digital marketing agency. Nick knew from early in his college career that he wanted to pursue an entrepreneurial lifestyle and his search for resources on the SDSU campus led him to the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.
Nick's entrepreneurial drive was triggered early on when he turned his chore of hanging holiday lights for his family into a business, Holiday Lighting. With this came the realization that he was entirely self-sufficient and could be his own boss. Acceptance into the Lavin Entrepreneur Program gave him an extra boost of confidence. Through the program he was connected with mentors Cary Mack and Tom McElroy. "The close relationship I formed with my mentors opened my eyes to the SDSU network of alums," said Slettengren "I still meet with them to this very day," he continued.
Upon graduating and starting his first company, Nick faced a major turning point. His company was unsuccessful and he realized he needed to gain knowledge and experience of the corporate world. After a few years working at some of the top digital agencies Nick decided to forge his own path, which lead to the founding of Power Digital. Power Digital's mission is to integrate seamlessly with their client's brands online, while showing measurable growth through their analytics driven, ROI focused philosophy. The company has been cash positive since December 2012. Initially subleasing space from a urinal factory, the company has continued to grow and now has its headquarters located in Old Town, San Diego.
Nick Slettengren graduated from SDSU in 2009 and was a member of the inaugural Lavin Entrepreneur Program class. He lists involvement in the Lavin Entrepreneur Program as one of the most valuable experiences in his academic career stating "You automatically form a bond with other Lavin Entrepreneurs and I will always keep my door open to them."