Campus: CSU Fresno -- October 08, 2001
Fresno State Offers Online Training For Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs from rural parts of Fresno and Clovis can now turn to California
State University, Fresno for expertise on starting their own businesses.
The University Business Center has established AcceleratorOnline, a Web-based
entrepreneurial training program that incorporates coursework developed
by faculty from the Craig School of Business.
AcceleratorOnline guides participants with hands-on training and custom-designed
virtual courses. Three different modules are offered: business plan development,
e-business and global business guide.
Twenty students completed the business plan module in September. Applications
deadline for the second module, e-business, is Oct.15.
Emil Milevoj, business development specialist, said applicants are selected
based on the viability of their business ideas. Those chosen take custom-designed
virtual courses that are available on CD-ROM or through Fresno State's
e-learning software platform, Blackboard.
Participants meet with professors twice a month to ask questions and receive
a progress assessment.
In addition, faculty from the Craig School of Business and community business
leaders provide advice and expertise to the participants on such topics
as business loans, obtaining business space and hiring.
"Every business has different needs so it [the assistance offered]
really depends on the business. We try to get the information they need
to them. If we don't have the answer we try to find someone who does,"
Participants have access to business contacts within the community, guidance
in obtaining a small business loan and insurance calculators, plus assistance
in setting up their own business Web site on AcceleratorOnline's site.
AcceleratorOnline is funded by state and federal grants. Milevoj said
he is also looking for local business partners who can offer contributions
of time, materials and expertise.
For more information, visit the Web site at