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Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative

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Looking to get hands-on experience working with local businesses in a team competition sponsored by Wells Fargo?

Local small businesses in the greater Washington neighborhood of San Jose are applying for $3,000 grants to improve and renovate their stores, they need your help to make it happen! Working in a team with students from the Center for Employment Training (CET) you can earn units, ELSJ credit and maybe even prize money! If you're intrigued, read on.... 

BUSN 198: Practicum: Small Business Improvement Project*
Winter 2014
2 units 

In this practicum students will work in teams with students from the Center for Employment Training (CET) Construction program to plan and carry out façade and interior improvements that will enhance the marketability of small businesses in San Jose. Each team of students will receive a grant from Wells Fargo Bank to cover costs of the improvements and will work with the business owner to determine physical improvements to the space, as well as providing other assistance/consulting (i.e., market analysis, POS system) that may help to attract more customers and help the business to be more successful. Businesses will be selected through an application process for the Wells Fargo Small Business Renovation Grant Program. A panel of community leaders will judge the results to determine a winner. This class is offered as part of LSB’s Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative. 

The class will meet as a group on the following dates: 
Fridays 1-3pm: January 10, 24; February 7, 21, 28; March 7, 14 

Teams will establish regular meeting times in addition to the class sessions. 

With some additional written work this experience may be used to meet the ELSJ core requirement. 

Enrollment is by permission of instructor. Preference for upper division LSB students, or any student with art, design, building or other construction (e.g., stage and set design) experience or interest. 

Contact Jackie Schmidt-Posner, Professor of Practice, Leavey School of Business, for permission number or questions.

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