Cal State San Marcos’ Senior Experience program is in full swing this semester, as teams of five senior business students work with for-profit and nonprofit firms to complete projects of significance for local organizations.
One group in particular is collaborating with the San Diego Business Journal to analyze the economic health of San Diego County businesses with a Business Confidence report – and the students could use your help in completing the anonymous, 2-minute-long survey by April 15th. Results of the survey will be used to create a biannual report on the health of local businesses and the area’s economy.
“We are excited to celebrate that our 10,000th student will be completing their Senior Experience this semester,” said Dr. Ben Cherry, interim dean of the CSUSM business school. “We have grown this signature program over the past 30 years with now more than 600 students annually completing projects of significance with more than 100 teams working on projects with their faculty advisor and the company sponsor. While we are so thankful for the repeat business from our longtime sponsors, we are always looking for new and relevant projects.”
Those interested in discussing CSUSM’s various consulting project options should contact Miguel de Jesus, the college’s director of business development.
America’s VetDogs, a national nonprofit that provides specially trained guide and service dogs to veterans and first responders with disabilities, last week announced a unique collaboration with BAE Systems, a leading aerospace and defense technology company.
America’s VetDogs is joining BAE Systems’ Tech Power: Innovating for Impact program, which brings together veterans, leading engineering programs at colleges and universities and the company’s mentors to create innovative, custom-designed devices to aid veterans in their everyday life.
Five colleges and universities across the country, including the University of San Diego, are participating in the pilot program for the 2021-2022 academic year. Each school will complete up to two projects for veterans in their region.
Projects will be undertaken in a group setting with four to six students supported by three industry mentors. Student teams spent the first semester developing a design before transitioning into the building phase in the current, second semester. The completed projects will be presented to the local veterans in May 2022.
The San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has changed its name to the San Diego County Imperial Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SDCIVHCC).
“We saw the need in the Imperial Valley to ensure businesses receive critical funding information, training and resources,” said SDCIVHCC President Ricardo Villa. “This merger will increase support for both regions.”
SDCIVHCC has helped more than 5,000 local businesses in applying for various local and national grant funding and recently assisted at least 325 businesses in securing over $1.6 million from the 2021 City of San Diego Small Business Relief Fund.
Villa said his organization also is currently working with the San Diego Tourism Authority to bring both the California and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2023 annual conventions to San Diego.