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May 20, 2020

Business Honors Students Place First at SBI Competition, CSUN Today

CSUN Business Honors students placed first in the Consulting Project of the Year at the 2020 Small Business Institute Competition and Conference, held from February 27 through March 1 in New Orleans. Recognized for their small business consulting project with the client, World Empanadas, based out of Burbank, CA, team members Jenna Flynn, Vanessa Arriaza, Angeline Gomez, and Alexander Brankovic completed the project as part of the spring 2019 Business Honors Capstone course, taught by management lecturer Drew Foley. The team’s final client report was selected for its analysis and recommendation for improvements to World Empanadas’ Operations, Human Resources, and Marketing functions. CSUN also placed on the graduate level reaching second place for its marketing plan for beverage accessory start-up Dorfman Designs. This team was led by finance professor Mangshar Hussein and marketing professor Mariam Beruchashvili; the students were Michelle Gieblar, Patricia Lopez, Valerie Taylor Stoner and Patoo Teamtad. In 2019, the Business Honors Program, led by management professor Silvina Bamrungpong, took the Small Business Consulting Program to a new level through its partnership with FoundLA and the Wurwand Foundation. The partnership includes a five-year commitment between the foundation, the CSUN David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, and the Business Honors program to work together for the benefit of local small businesses led by underrepresented groups.