Reedley College Opens Entrepreneurship Center

Nov 07, 2012 No Comments by

The center has all the tools for entrepreneurs to start a business locally

Reedley, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2012) – There has been a lot of talk about the economy and small businesses lately, but the Reedley College Business Department put talk into action and created an Entrepreneurship Center to support those interested in creating a business.

The Reedley College Entrepreneurship Center was officially launched on Oct. 19, 2012 during an open house event. Those in attendance included local government officials, members of local chamber of commerce, Rotary members, staff from the Fresno State Lyles Center, Reedley College students and staff, and Reedley Middle High School students.

Guest speakers included Genelle Taylor from the Fresno State Lyles Center, Reedley College Interim President Michael White, and several Reedley College entrepreneur students.

Created for students and members of the local communities, the Reedley College Entrepreneurship Center offers a library of startup guides, audio equipment, visual aids for photographing products, and entrepreneur workshops. Future plans are to include a video blog area and 3D printer.

Reedley College business instructor Eric Nasalroad says the center has everything needed “to startup a business in the local area.” He says the center gives prospective business owners the infrastructure and support needed to expand their business ideas.

Located in BUS 40, Nasalroad hopes the center will be a place where inspired entrepreneurs take their first steps toward new ventures. Reedley College entrepreneurship students are excited about the center as well; as part of their class project, they have to create actual businesses.

“The entrepreneurship center is meant to be a bridge to the community,” Nasalroad said. “We are excited to offer assistance and programs to our students as well as to would-be entrepreneurs and small business owners in areas surrounding Reedley College.”

Reedley College entrepreneur students that spoke at the event were success stories of students who started actual businesses after taking Nasalroad’s classes.


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James Olinger is a native of the San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from West Hills College in Coalinga, California in 2000 with an associate's degree in liberal arts. He joined Business Street in 2004 as a staff writer, and became the associate editor in 2007. He maintains that position today, writing for Business Street Online in a variety of topics.
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