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October 30, 2001

CSUS small business center offers free help



The Center for Small Business at California State University, Sacramento is offering free management assistance to small businesses in the Sacramento area during the fall and spring semesters. Applications are available by calling the center at (916) 278-7278.

The center helped nearly 140 firms last year with CSUS students providing more than 9,200 hours of assistance. Working under faculty supervision, the students gave advice and guidance across a full-range of management issues with the exception of taxation, law and loan packaging. Dennis Tootelian, center director, said most of the recent requests were for assistance with marketing and business plans.

"People are becoming much more sophisticated in how they manage their businesses," he said. "Small business owners, in particular, are increasingly recognizing that they have to plan for success."

The center services are made possible through the support of Sacramento Municipal Utility District and a number of local banks, including REsource Capital, Wells Fargo Bank, Union Bank, U.S. Bank, Bank of the West, River City Bank and Guaranty Federal Bank.

For more information about the center and its programs, contact Tootelian at (916) 278-6203 or (916) 971-4096. Additional media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.





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