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.