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November 14, 2005
DH 05 RH27
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Congress Allocates $500,000 to Start CSUDH
Small Business Institute

Carson, CA—A $500,000 appropriation to help establish an Institute of Entrepreneurship, Small Business Development and Global Logistics at California State University, Dominguez Hills has been secured through the efforts of U.S. Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-37th. The funds will come from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Institute will be part of the university’s College of Business Administration and Public Policy (CBAPP).

A delighted CSUDH President James E. Lyons, Sr., said, “This appropriation is a great example of what I mean when I talk about the strength of partnerships. I was able to take an idea from our faculty to Washington to discuss it with our Congresswoman. This idea meets a regional need that the Congresswoman felt was important for the citizens of this area. Now, as a result of our working together, this important institute can be launched. This is a very exciting day for CSUDH.”

In a letter to her colleagues on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Science-Judiciary-Commerce, urging consideration of the appropriation, Millender-McDonald called the proposed institute “An exciting small business initiative that was developed by California State University, Dominguez Hills, in my District.” The Congress member also pointed out that Southern California is home to the largest base of multiethnic entrepreneurs in the country and that Los Angeles County contains the highest concentration and presence of minority-owned businesses in the country. That, combined with the presence of the Port of Los Angeles and the adjacent Port of Long Beach—together the third-busiest port in the world—makes the area ripe for careers in global logistics and the closely related fields of supply chain management and transportation.

There are few colleges and universities that teach those fields in depth, as the Institute is designed to do, and fewer yet that will offer a degree in Global Logistics as the Institute will. The Institute will also place special emphasis on minority and female entrepreneurs, as well as small business and small family business development in economically disadvantaged areas.

The determination to found such an institute at Dominguez Hills was the result of meetings with industry leaders, said College of Business Administration and Public Policy Dean James Strong. The industry leaders’ comments and observations clarified a need to develop those fields of study.

Rep. Millender-McDonald serves on the House Small Business, as well as the Transportation and Infrastructure Committees; is the ranking member of the Committee on House Administration; and co-chairs the Congressional Goods Movement Caucus. Her legislative strengths at the federal level are represented in the new Institute’s multiple focus.

For more information, call College of Business Administration and Public Policy Dean James Strong at (310) 243-3745.
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