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Upcoming Events

Score Your Dream in SF Bay Area

West Valley College, Score, and HSN have partnered up to host “Score your Dream in SF Bay Area”.

FREE Information Session
September 15, 2018

9:30am - 4:30pm
West Valley College, Saratoga CA

Students and other aspiring entrepreneurs who have consumer product ideas will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to HSN executives and be selected to sell their products to 96 million households on the HSN network. This will be a wonderful learning experience for our students who will be able to refine their business models with the help of mentors at no cost to them and practice their pitch skills.

Pitch Applications will be accepted no later than Oct 14.

Pitch Day Saturday, November 17

Click here for more information and registration.


Recent Events

2018 NACCE Go West Conference

The Business and Entrepreneurship Sector is partnering with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to put on a Go West Conference in San Francisco.  The theme is Making, Inventing, and Entrepreneurship: New Pathways and New Opportunities.  We encourage you to take advantage of this great professional development and networking opportunity. The Business and Entrepreneurship Sector DSNs are providing a limited amount of funding to cover the registration fees for community college faculty, K-12 teachers, administrators and others to attend.  Please contact the Business and Entrepreneurship DSN for your region  for a promo code and instructions to access this funding.  Your college does not have to be a current NACCE member to take advantage of this.

September 19-21, 2018
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Bayshore Highway Burlingame, CA 94010

To view the agenda click here.

2018 Veteran and Military Spouse Entrepreneurship Freedom Summit

Join us at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA for an exciting and power packed day of information for veterans, transitioning military and military spouses interested in starting and expanding a small business.

June 30th, 2018
8:30am - 5:00pm
Sierra College, Rocklin CA

To view and download flyer click here.

Come learn about Sierra College’s Business Entrepreneurship Program and much more, including:

  • Networking Opportunities
  • Workshops
  • "Meet the Experts” Sessions and Panel
    Franchising Experts
  • Business Resources
  • Financial Resources
  • Pitch Competition with $10,000 Grand Prize

California Communtity College Students Utilizing Coworking Space in the Gig Economy

Deputy Sector Navigator Cornelius Brown will be hosting this event along with Jamie Orr PhD., founder of Tahoe Mountian Lab. The purpose of the workshop is to engage start-ups with community colleges to create diverse work experience opportunities for students and curriculum enhancements for faculty.

Friday, May 11th, 2018
9:30am - 1:00pm
Lake Tahoe Community College

Aspen Board Room

To view and download flyer click here.

2018 Bay Area Community College Business Pitch Competition

Deputy Sector Navigator Gabriela Sapp will be supporting the 2018 Regional Business Pitch Competition where students from Bay Area Community Colleges will be pitching their ideas to a panel of judges. Join us to meet small business owners, our awesome keynote speaker, and a great panel of investors and innovators.

Saturday, May 5th, 2018
9:30am - 1:00pm
College of San Mateo

College Center - Building 10
Bayview Dining Room

To view and download flyer click here.

Virtual Enterprise Los Angeles Area Trade Show in Pasadena

The Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy Small Business Sector sponsored and participated in the Virtual Enterprise Los Angeles Area Trade Show in Pasadena on February 13th which had 1,200 total attendees from 59 Schools.  This was one of several regional VE Trade Shows across the state where students participate in experiential learning and compete with other high schools from across the state and nation.  Click here to view a video of the Trade Show.

Learn more about the Virtual Enterprise Trade Shows

"Get a Taste of Success" Business Pitch Competition

The annual "Get a Taste of Success" Business Pitch Competition provides an opportunity for high school and community college students to develop entrepreneurial skills necessary to succeed in business. After an exciting final round live-pitch event, the top three community college and high school winners were announced:


Community College Division:

1st Place: Fleur A Cheval  - Irvine Valley College

2nd Place: MicroModula Mobile Design Studio for Female Creatives – San Diego Continuing Education

3rd Place: Crossings – Fresno City College


High School Division:

1st Place: Drop Stop – Carpinteria High School

2nd Place: ReProduce – Murrieta High School

3rd Place: NOVUSJobs – Whitney High School

Click here for more information

2017 Digital Media Educators Conference

The Small Business Sector partnered with the ICT-Digital Media Sector to host the 2017 Digital Media Educators Conference in June, 2017. The conference brought together nearly 300 business and digital media faculty from across the state to discuss the expanding fusion of digital media in business, government and healthcare. Keynote presentation videos and presentation slides will be posted soon for those who were unable to attend.

Click here for more information


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