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Congress Allocates $500,000 to Start
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
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.
California State University, Dominguez Hills
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