In the Trenches

1 pm - 2:50 pm Mondays August 25 through December 1, 2014
Fall 2014 CRN 49807
Jim Hamerly   email:         

Do something that makes a difference...with people who want to make a a time that makes a difference.

Course Description:
This course is designed for students to learn from those who have been "in the
trenches." In this course, students will have an opportunity to hear the stories of
entrepreneurship from entrepreneurs. You'll also have an opportunity to engage in
activities that will challenge you to determine your own entrepreneurial story.

Students will learn of the life of an entrepreneur through real-world stories and
experiences of entrepreneurs discussing their business successes and failures. The
course guests include serial entrepreneurs as well as nascent entrepreneurs within
their first three years of starting their new venture. Most are under the age of 30
by my design, most are CSUSM graduates, again, by design.
This course is intended to provide an immersive, hands-on experience for aspiring
entrepreneurs and those that want to learn more. This is achieved with:
 In-class and outside-of-class activities
 Guest speakers
 Reading and viewing assignments
 Learning how individual entrepreneurs launched their enterprises

Course Objectives:
Students will acquire sufficient knowledge and skills through listening, readings,
and class discussions of the following:
 the values and challenges of launching a new venture
 key lessons in starting a new enterprise
 critical problem-solving and tool-building techniques
 critical listening and questioning skills
 synthesis of discussion, reading, and research materials
 greater understanding of the numerous paths that entrepreneurs take in
starting their own business
 the importance of a network of people that support your development as
an entrepreneur.

Course Prerequisite:
ENTR 320 (Creativity, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship)

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