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CSUSM Hosts Premier North County Business Networking Reception and Trade Show, Dec. 17

Media Advisory by Whitney Frasier

The California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) College of Business Administration (CoBA), in collaboration with senior students and businesses, will host the Fall 2015 Senior Experience Business Reception and Trade Show, December 17 at 5:30 p.m. This free event is open to the public. Over 500 people from the community and local businesses are expected to attend.

The complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, sponsored by Harrah’s Resort, ViaSat, Inc. and Wells Fargo, provides a premier networking opportunity for companies and future business owners. It will conclude with keynote speaker Nels Jensen, editor-in-chief of the San Diego Business Journal.

At the trade show, students will be showcasing company-sponsored projects featuring a wide variety of proposals such as a rebranding initiative for a popular Hilton Resort in Carlsbad and an office optimization plan created for Stone Brewing Co.

This semester more than 50 companies, both locally and nationally recognized, enlisted seniors from CSUSM to research, propose, and develop solutions for common workplace needs. Interested sponsors are encouraged to attend to gather ideas on the breadth and quality of the types of projects that can be done.

“Smaller companies really benefit from the program because it’s an affordable option for them to receive quality work and draw exposure at the trade show,” said Ed Ashley, director of Business Community Relations at CSUSM. “We have repeat sponsors every semester, from well established companies to entrepreneurs, trying to get their businesses off the ground.”

For a flat fee of $1,500, companies receive about 750 man-hours over a four-month period. The student teams are assigned a faculty advisor to guide them through their assigned objectives.

Registration for the reception is requested and includes complimentary parking. Students are not permitted to attend the reception, but are welcome to attend the trade show. For more information contact Ed Ashley, director of Business Community Relations, at 760-750-4266.

What: Fall 2015 Business Networking Reception and Senior Experience Trade Show

When: Thursday, Dec. 17 at 5:30 to 7 p.m. (Reception) and 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Trade show), Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served at the reception

Where: CSUSM University Student Union (USU), 333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos

Directions and Parking

CSUSM is located at 333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit Complimentary parking is available for those who register. Parking is available in campus lots with fees ranging from $4 to $9 depending upon length of stay.

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout the year of 2015. Since its founding, CSUSM has distinguished itself as a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. With nearly 13,000 enrolled students, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego and Southwest Riverside Counties.

Eighty-five percent of CSUSM’s nearly 35,000 alumni stay in the region after graduation. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the 2014 HEED Award—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—the University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. CSUSM is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.