Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization
Welcome To CEO Fresno State Chapter!
CEO Fresno is a student organization at California State University, Fresno. Housed in the prestigious Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, CEO Fresno’s goal is to promote entrepreneurship and the development of student-run enterprises.
We are dedicated to the development and retention of entrepreneurial skills, innovation and culture. We provide members unique hands on experience that goes beyond the classroom and puts them on a path to success. The future of the American economy rests on the shoulders of innovation and entrepreneurship. Our members will be strong enough to carry that heavy burden while creating jobs and stimulating the economy.
CEO Fresno is dedicated to further developing the skills necessary for todays young entrepreneurs to succeed. Seminars, workshops, guest speakers, field trips and various other projects and events help solidify the fundamentals of running a business. Our members go on to start businesses and stimulate the economy.
As a member of CEO you have access to both the current and future leading business men and women of the valley. Our special guest speakers, networking mixers, social and community events and Lyles Center Resources allow our members unique once in a life time networking opportunities. In todays business world it’s just as much “who you know” as it is “what you know”. Join Today.
Every year, CEO Fresno sends a group of students to the CEO National Conference. The
conference brings together thousands of students from across the world to participate
in panel discussions, networking sessions, and elevator pitch competitions. The conference
features over 80 entrepreneurs and business professionals each year. Many famous professionals
have visited the conference.
As a member of CEO Fresno you will have access to the many tools and resources of the prestigious Lyles Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, located on the second floor of the Student Recreation Center. The Lyles Center offers the tools, people, programs, support and advice to help you create a sustainable business of your own.
CEO Fresno is a network of young, talented, like-minded individuals working together to create a better future. Many of our members have gone on to start their own businesses but it’s not a requirement. Maybe you don’t want to start a business right away, no problem, the skills and relationships our members develop have also lead to great internship and job opportunities with companies like Gallo, Bank of America and Pepsi.
We make every effort to make your success our mission; bringing in speakers, taking field trips, networking and participating in national competitions against other college chapters. It’s great for resumes and gives our members a competitive advantage in this uncertain job market.
- Unrivaled access to growing support system, the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Leadership development
- Business skill development seminars, activities and workshops
- Opportunities to grow new or existing businesses
- Network with talented like-minded individuals just like yourself
- Internships and job opportunities
- Big resume booster
- Opportunity to participate in the CEO National Conference
No matter what your age, gender or major CEO Fresno can offer you lifelong benefits that will make you more successful in your career and in your day to day life.
President: Connor Alstrom
Professor Eric Liguori is an entrepreneur, entrepreneurial advocate, and educator on faculty at California State University – Fresno where he teaches Opportunity Assessment and Social Entrepreneurship. Professor Liguori also serves as faculty liaison to Fresno State’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization and as a Research Partner to Advance Innovative Education (http://www.advanceie.org/).
Prior to coming to Fresno State, Professor Liguori worked in industry as a Business Analyst in the Florida Small Business Development Center Network, as a Regional HR Consultant for Paychex (a $2 billion a year HR services company), and as a Leadership & Organizational Development Specialist for Eckerd Youth Alternatives (a large national non-profit organization).
Professor Liguori has completed consulting assignments with numerous for-profit, non-profit and governmental organizations. He has counseled hundreds of entrepreneurs and helped launch over 15 new ventures. A veteran to the start-up process, Professor Liguori has a proven track record of “getting things done”, including securing venture financing (SBA loans, micro loans, and grant funding) and 8(a) certification, as well as establishing business resources centers in several redevelopment communities. His past work and successes have been featured by numerous press outlets, including The Herald, North River News, ESBDC Connection, and onwww.highbeam.com.
Professor Liguori’s record for scholarship includes over 15 peer and/or editorially reviewed publications as well as a plethora of conference presentations and published proceedings. His research interests include entrepreneurial self-efficacy, entrepreneurship education, and perceptions of local business climate, though he often does work in other related areas.
About The National Conference
The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization SM (CEO), on over 230 university campuses across North America, provides young entrepreneurs with networking opportunities, chapter activities, and the national conference to help them start their own businesses. The mission of CEO is to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. The conference speakers help solidify entrepreneurship into the fabric of universities nationally.
CEO Elevator Pitch Competition
Apply here for the National Pitch Competition. *Note: Anyone can compete, but student membership ($10 fee) is required.
The National Elevator Pitch Competition is a prestigous national competition, presenting students with a unique opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges and a chance to win cash prizes. Over 100 applications were received for the 2013 contest with 60 students selected to compete for the grand prize of $3,500.
Elevator pitch is a frequently used term, which literally means “tell me about your business within the time that it would take to ride up an elevator.” Presenting yourself effectively is an essential tool in the business arena. A well-planned elevator pitch can open the doors to success in your future endeavors. Please note that ideas may be at any stage of development from creation of concepts or ideas to an established business.
Who should participate?
- Students with an idea to start a business
- Students who have started a company
- Students interested in enhancing their presentation skills
- Students who want to explore the idea of starting a company
Apply here for the National Pitch Competition.
What can you win?
National recognition and cash prizes! The top three winners and three honorable mention winners will win cash prizes and national recognition.
Apply Here for the National Pitch Competition.