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FOUND/LA’s Local Business Boost

Sponsored by FOUND/LA through the Wurwand Foundation, FOUND/LA’s Local Business Boost is conducted by the Nazarian College’s top graduating seniors to support local, small businesses by providing consulting services that are tailored to the needs of each client.  

Students participate in FOUND/LA’s Local Business Boost through a Small Business Consulting course that is led by the Business Honors Program (BHP) Director, Dr. Silvina Bamrungpong, and an experienced faculty member. Dr. Bamrungpong and participating faculty members have extensive experience conducting student-led business consulting programs and have long-standing careers as business professionals outside the classroom. Their first-hand industry knowledge on a wide variety of business challenges provides students with the suitable expertise, guidance, and oversight to assure the clients receive proper service. 

Client Requirements

  • Provide at least two years of financial statements
  • Have an annual revenue of at least $100,000
    • Note: The students and faculty reserve the right to take on clients who have a lower revenue threshold if they believe the students and the small businesses can benefit from the partnership.

Client Commitment

  • Attend initial 2-hour intake meeting with faculty and students at our CSUN campus
  • Attend two additional 2-hour progress and feedback student team meetings during the project 
  • Attend the final student presentations and networking event at the CSUN campus towards the end of the semester

Past Clients

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Year Participated

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About FOUND/LA

FOUND/LA is an initiative of Wurwand Foundation, which was created by Jane and Raymond Wurwand. After immigrating to Los Angeles in 1983, Jane and Raymond Wurwand self-funded their small business on $14,000 and bootstrapped it up to become the number one skincare product in the professional salon industry. Dermalogica is now a global brand, and every product is still made in Los Angeles. Their experience in the salon industry taught them the blueprint for success for small businesses. It sparked their idea to support other entrepreneurs, so they created FOUND/LA. They offer funding, mentorship, and educational resources for all types of businesses.