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 

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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.


Small Business Saturday 2017

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Each year, the Center for Small Business hosts workshops to help small business owners in the Sacramento Region.

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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 for Fall 2017!

Human Resource Management: Anything related to leadership, people management, HR (not legal), teams, employee engagement, organizational change, organizational culture, diversity and inclusion, recruitment and selection.
Entrepreneurship: A small firm that is searching for a path to growth. It should cover some marketing issues, financial issues, competitive analysis and perhaps internal organizational structures to support profitable growth.
Management Information Systems Project 1: Students in this class will be required to complete a project developing a database. The students will need access to knowledgeable business personnel to get feedback on business processes and data requirements.
Management Information Systems Project 2: Graduate students will work with you to assess your current use of information technology and develop a plan to make better use of your systems or to add capabilities that will support your business objectives. The plan will be delivered to you by December of this year and will be based on a budgetary target mutually agreed upon.
Marketing Project 1: I wish to introduce my students to the Internet and Social Media environment, including the planning, tools, services and protocols of the media.
Marketing Project 2: Students will develop an innovative guerrilla marketing plan. Students working on these projects create a marketing plan for you that has a budget of $1,000 and a timeframe of 90 days to get maximum results using creativity and marketing principles. These plans utilize a combination of traditional and digital marketing tactics.
Operations: Topics will include: waiting line management, aggregate planning, materials management, supply chain, project management, forecasting, capacity management, quality management, and operations strategy. Students will work with a small business to solve a problem in one of these areas.
Strategic Management: Overall strategic management and strategic audit
Supply Chain: Topics will include distribution, sourcing (contract terms, RFP's, TCO's, etc.), materials management, value chain integration, etc. Students will work with a small business to solve a problem in one of these areas.
Limited Time: Sometimes you just need a little help on a specific project. If you are interested in working with students for just a day or two, please select this option and we'll get in touch with you about how this might be possible.



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.

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