Center For Small Business

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Center for Small Business
College of Business Administration
Sacramento State 
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6088

(916) 278-7278
csb@csus.edu 

Founded in 1969, the Center for Small Businesses (CSB) is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the United States. For more than forty-five years, the CSB has served in excess of 2,000 small businesses in the Greater Sacramento area.

The CSB offers free technical management assistance in all areas of business other than taxation, law, and loan packaging, to small for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. The services are provided by juniors, seniors, and graduate students under faculty supervision. These students are assigned to work with clients of the CSB as part of their coursework in various classes offered by the College of Business Administration.

Services are provided compliments of Sacramento State and many of the financial institutions of the local area.

We have currently finished matching for the Fall 2018 semester and are accepting applications for Spring 2019.

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Areas of Service

The CSB offers free technical consulting services to small for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. These services are provided in virtually all areas of business other than taxation, law, and loan packaging.

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Types of Assistance

  • Financial management analysis and planning
  • Human resource management
  • Information systems (e.g., web design, databases)
  • International business
  • Marketing/Sales planning
  • Production and operating systems management
  • Strategic management analysis and strategic planning
  • Supply chain and logistics

 

Special Projects

A wide variety of special projects are hosted by instructors each semester.  Below is a list of special projects in which we are seeking community partners for Fall 2018. 

  • Management Information Systems 1: Students in the class will be assigned a project to conduct analysis on large data sets and produce reports and dashboards. Business intelligence tools, such as Tableau, will be used to produce the reports. Participating companies will be expected to provide a data set, and high-level guidance as to the types of business questions that the company is interested in learning more about.
  • Management Information Systems 2: Students in these classes need website development and mobile application development projects.
  • Management Information Systems 3: This project is designed to provide students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to evaluate and/or develop a website prototype which would help address the needs of modern organizations facing competitive environment.
  • Management Information Systems 4: In this project, students will have an opportunity to learn about IT usage in the modern business environment and develop plans to address issues and concerns of real businesses. Contemporary organizations collect, store, and process a large amount of sensitive data and information through sophisticated information systems. Information systems security is of a primary concern these days, despite the efforts being made by businesses and organizations.
  • Business Communication / Marketing (Business Honors Students): Students in this class will be creating a formal proposal for changing organizational communication for the business (e.g. project could be in marketing; organizational process; etc.)
  • Entrepreneurship / Venture Growth: Students in this class will focus on helping a business to turnaround and / or expand.
  • Project Management: Students in this course will focus on any project-based work for the business. Projects will need a beginning date, end date, and deliverable all able to occur within the confines of the semester.
  • Supply Chain Logistics: Projects will center around logistics in supply chain.  Decisions in packaging, freight, materials movement, distribution channels, etc.

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Business Process of the Center

The Center for Small Business operates in a simple and efficient manner. Small business owners/managers contact the CSB and request management assistance. Their requests are logged by student coordinators, and these are routed to the Center's faculty coordinator for review and distribution to faculty within the College of Business Administration who use these "cases" as part of their course assignments.

Next, faculty members assign these cases to teams of students (from two to six students per case). The students then contact the clients to further define their requests for assistance and begin the consultative process. For the duration of the semester, the student teams develop recommendations for their clients and prepare written reports that are given to both the clients and their instructor.

Clients of the CSB range from "mom and pop" operations to those that are quite prominent within the Sacramento community. The types of companies vary from physician groups, acupuncturists, contractors, and law firms to dog groomers and gift shops. Some firms are in their startup stages while others have been in existence for many years. What they all have in common is the need for outside consulting services to assist them in making business assessments and formulating management strategies.

Some organizations request assistance because they are having serious difficulties, others simply want to have an outside review of their operations and strategies to ensure that they are doing things right, and still others need assistance in managing their rapid growth. Much of the work provided by the CSB focuses on assisting clients to develop business plans, designing marketing strategies, and making adjustments in internal operations.

Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Workshops

The Center for Small Business has hosted workshops to help small business owners in the Sacramento Region.

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Free Resources for Small Businesses

We've compiled a list of free resources to help owners and managers with common questions.  Check out our resources page using the link below.

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Directory of Marketing Organizations in the Sacramento Area

Marketing assistance and related questions are some of the most frequent requests of the Center for Small Business. In addition to the free marketing assistance we offer every semester, to help small business owners find local marketing professionals, we've compiled a directory of over 100 local marketing and marketing related organizations.  Check out our directory using the link below.

 Directory of Marketing Organizations in the Sacramento Area

 

Interviews With Faculty 

Want to meet some of the talented faculty working on service learning projects with their students?

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