CSU Channel Islands -- September 12, 2003
Cal State Channel Islands Launches a New Institute Devoted to Small Business
California State University Channel Islands has launched a new Small Business
Institute, devoted to business education and the assistance of local small
businesses. The launching of the new program was made possible by a major grant
from Southern California Edison and coincides with the appointment of a new
director, CSUCI faculty member and business executive Rudolph I. Estrada.
Recently recommended by the Cal State Channel Islands Academic Senate and
approved by the President, the Small Business Institute will provide experiential
learning opportunities for business students by undertaking internships and
student consulting. Students will participate in field-case consulting assignments
and internships in small and emerging companies located in the University's service
area. The service is provided free of charge to participating small businesses.
A major grant from Southern California Edison as well as financial support by
other corporate sponsors will further the mission of the institute and help
defray costs with its operations. Ana Barbosa, Director of Business and Economic
Development at Southern California Edison stated, "SCE is delighted to be a
part of this worthwhile program. We look forward to working with the University
on this project."
The University also announced the appointment of a new director, Rudolph I.
Estrada, business and management lecturer at the University. Mr. Estrada has
served as the former White House Commissioner on Small Business, the former
Director of the United States Small Business Administration, a former executive
with a world wide bank, and has been a business executive and faculty member
with the CSU system for over twenty years.
"The appointment of Rudolph Estrada as Director of the Small Business Institute
here at our University rounds out our commitment to make this one of the finest
entrepreneurial programs in our California State University system," commented
University President Richard R. Rush. "With this new institute, the University
hopes to promote entrepreneurial programs here on campus and to support and
enhance the small business fabric and economy of our service area."
For information on the Small Business Institute, contact Rudolph Estrada at
Media Contact: Peggy Hinz or Kent Baxter, 805-437-8415