The Inland Empire of Southern California boasts one of the strongest academic and community-based entrepreneurship programs in the country. Dr. Mike Stull helped found and build the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at California State University San Bernardino.
In our conversation, Dr. Stull notes that entrepreneurs are different creatures than small business owners. We need both, but just because you own a small business doesn't necessarily mean that you're an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur has a mindset that never rests. She is always creating, building, growing. Entrepreneurs are in a constant state of innovation. (On the negative side of this, does that mean that entrepreneurs are in a constant state of dissatisfaction?)
We talk about some of the programs that are connected to or have been launched from the growth of IECE including:
- Fast Pitch Competition
- Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (IESBDC)
- Women’s Business Center (WBC)
- Family Business Partnership (FBP)
- Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards Program
If you're an entrepreneur or would like to become one, you need to click on some of these links to learn about the resources available through IECE.