The CSUS Center for Small Business is actively seeking owners of businesses with 20 or fewer employees who would like free help in starting or expanding their company.
"We're in a continuous cycle of looking for businesses that want help with a new business plan, a strategic marketing plan" or other specific problems that need solving, said Sanjay Varshney, dean of the CSUS college of business administration.
The advice does not include legal, taxation or loan issues.
Every semester, the business department takes on about 100 Sacramento companies, linking them with students and a faculty adviser who analyze the company's situation and come up with real-world solutions.
Since the center launched in 1969, Varshney said it has helped nearly 3,000 local firms, from small manufacturers to florists to mom-and-pop stores.
For more information, call the center at (916) 278-7278 or go to www.cba.csus.edu/csb.
© Copyright The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved.
Read more articles by Claudia Buck
What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com
Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)
Here are some rules of the road:
Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "Report Abuse" link to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.
Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.
Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.
Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand.
Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.
Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.
Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.
Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.
Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their point of view. Please only flag comments that violate these guidelines.
You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "Report Abuse" link to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.
If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them.