Professional Development Courses & Workshops

Chico State Center for Entrepreneurship

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The mission of the Chico State Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) is to provide support for students and recent alumni to build their own businesses.

The Center aims to help students move beyond the classroom, remove the barriers to success, and pave the way for a successful business launch. Each semester CFE hosts a variety of competitions and events to challenge students and expose them to real-world ideas. In addition, successful entrepreneurs come to campus to speak about their experiences.

More information is available on the Center for Entrepreneurship website.

Chico State Center for Entrepreneurship

Jeff Spence: Living the Life of an Entrepreneur

Jeff Spence

Entrepreneur & CSU, Chico Alum

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During his time as a CSU, Chico student, Jeff Spence earned bachelor’s degrees in physics and electrical engineering, and also set records running for the track team. But what he’s done since then spurred organizers of the Chico State Center for Entrepreneurship to choose him as the keynote speaker of their annual conference. Since his college days, Spence has founded 11 companies and invested in approximately 40 others. Spence defines entrepreneurship as having a focus on a goal. More than that, he emphasizes, it’s the pursuit of a goal – and there’s often failure to overcome along the way. But Spence tells his audience not to be timid and to keep the pursuit going.

Presentation Time: 54 minutes

The Writer’s
Voice: Creative Non-Fiction

Dr. Daryl

Department of English, University of Alaska-Fairbanks


Dr. Daryl Farmer reads from and discusses “Bicycling
Beyond the Divide: Two Journeys into the West.” His book follows him on his 5,000-mile
journey through the diverse populations and ever-changing physical and social
landscapes that make up America. In 1985, Dr. Farmer traveled by bicycle
through 11 Western states and the Canadian province of British Columbia. He
wrote his book 20 years later, using the notes from the journal he kept while
“on the road.” His story takes place in the context of the world of the
mid-1980s and also in the context of his current perspective. He is the
recipient of Barnes and Nobel’s Discover Great New Writers Award.


Presentation Time: 1 hour, 11 minutes