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FOCUS ON: Center for Small Business

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Introduction: Sacramento State’s Center for Small Business began in 1969 and has grown into one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind in the western United States. The Center for Small Business works with approximately 100 small businesses each year providing consultation services. The services are provided by juniors, seniors, and graduate students under faculty supervision.

Video: (Narrator:) This is “Focus” from the campus of Sacramento State.

(Jim Finnerty reporting:) Carol Carvell didn’t plan on running a printing company by herself, but the death of her husband left her in charge of the business.

(Carol Carvell, Carvell Printing:) “Oh, I was feeling very, very adrift is a good word. Where I needed the help was the nuts and bolts of putting together a business plan.”

(Finnerty:) So Carol turned to the Center for Small Business at Sacramento State.

(Jo Ann Branch, business student, Sacramento State:) “He wants to get together with his partner and decide what kind of help they need.”

(Dennis Tootelian, Center for Small Business director, Sacramento State:) “It’s a consulting service. It’s free of charge. It’s done by students under faculty supervision and the students work with small businesses that request our help.”

(Finnerty:) Dr. Dennis Tootelian directs the center, matching companies to student teams that have a variety of skills.

(Tootelian:) “Some are majoring in finance, some are majoring in marketing. Some in accounting, some in information systems. And so these teams work together.”

(Branch:) “A lot of these companies are just starting and have no idea where they’re going and what they’re doing. They need a business plan. They need a direction and the center offers that.”

(Finnerty:) Established in 1969, the center now assists more than a hundred small companies a year with benefits on both sides.

(Chillon Wisneski, business student, Sacramento State:) “I thought it was really great that the school was giving back to the community and really trying to help the Sacramento economy by helping smaller businesses kind of move up in the world.”

(Tootelian:) “This gives them a chance to see what the real world is like and to apply the theories and principles that they’ve learned in their classes and that makes for a more meaningful experience.”

(Finnerty:) This is Jim Finnerty Reporting.

(Narrator:) For more information on this and other news from Sacramento State, visit our website.

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