session/workshop covers best practices for business incubation.
In education, specifically programs that are deemed CTE,
graduates of such programs could seamlessly transition into
becoming entrepreneurs. The presenters will provide insight
on how to foster regional economic development and support
to entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Dr. Chito Cajayon
Cal State University Los Angeles, Executive
Director of the Global Center for Innovation & Etreprenueurship
Carpenter, the new Executive Director of the Global Center
for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Cal State Los Angeles,
is a serial "hybrid" entrepreneur, thought leader, and cutting
edge change agent who has successfully founded numerous
ventures in the public, private, and civic sectors. Most
recently, he started and sold an investor-backed social
and mobile commerce startup that was called "one of the
best websites on the internet" by PC Magazine, named an
Emerging Technology Company of the Year by TechAmerica,
and that partnered with companies ranging from Amazon.com
to MasterCard Marketplace. Prior to that, he founded a nonprofit
that built a diverse multi-industry coalition of more than
75 organizations that helped secure $40 billion in new transportation
revenues for Los Angeles, including monies to build the
much-anticipated "Subway to the Sea."
Rob has served in the White House Office of Political Affairs,
as the Special Assistant to the CEO of Teach For America,
and as an innovation advisor to numerous international,
national, state, and local private and public sector leaders
and organizations. His writings and ventures have been featured
in numerous media outlets like the New York Times, CNN/Fortune,
ABC, NBC, and Fox News, amongst others. Rob's vision at
the Global Center is to help advance the "Entrepreneurial
Society" locally and globally.
Consulting, LLC, Owner
Consulting, LLC Owner Steve Samuelian has held various leadership
posts during a career spanning over 25 years. He began as
a volunteer for a political campaign and founded a political
foundation where he served as president in high school and
college. Steve graduated from California State Polytechnic
University at Pomona with a degree in Political Science.
In January 1995, he was appointed as Field Director for
U.S. Congressman George Radonovich. He was later promoted
to District Director overseeing the 19th Congressional District
Office staff and District operations for the Congressman,
where he served in this capacity for 8 years.
A tireless worker for Armenian-American issues nationwide,
Steve has traveled twice to Armenia. He traveled as an international
election observer as part of the Office Organization of
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) delegation to
observe the adoption of Armenia’s first Constitution. His
election observation report was later filed in the US Congress
In 2002, Steve was elected to the California State Assembly
representing the 29th Assembly District. He was appointed
to the Assembly Appropriations Committee by the Speaker
and served as the Vice-Chairman of the Assembly Elections
and Redistricting Committee.
Steve Samuelian founded California Consulting, LLC in 2004.
California Consulting quickly established a reputation for
hard work and a commitment to success for its clients. Through
that special hard work ethic, California Consulting, LLC
is the largest grant writing company in California. With
over 75 clients statewide California Consulting, LLC has
secured over $117,000,000 for its clients through Federal,
State and foundation grant funds.
Steve has been the keynote speaker, a panelist and has participated
in many forums, conferences and events throughout California.
He has been interviewed by local, State and National Television,
Radio and Newspaper outlets on a variety of issues related
to local government and education.
Steve is happily married with two children and resides in
U.S. Small Business Administration Los Angeles,Public Information
Officer and an Economic Development Specialist
Rodriguez is currently the Public Information Officer and
an Economic Development Specialist with the U.S. Small Business
Administration Los Angeles District Office where he assists
aspiring and existing business owners to access SBA programs
and services. Previously, he worked for Congresswoman Linda
Sanchez for five years as her Senior Congressional Aide
in the Cerritos District Office - he covered business, transportation,
and veteran issues in addition to event planning and speech
Patrick has extensive political campaign experience and
has worked as a consultant for firms seeking contracts with
state and federal government agencies in addition to working
in the Public Affairs/Government Relations Division of Time
Warner Cable. Patrick was also in the Army Reserve where
he worked as a Journalist and Military Historian, serving
in Kosovo in '02 and in Iraq in '05 and '06. He was honorably
discharged after eight years.