Igniting thinking, inspiring action, growing results

Sonoma State University's Community for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Learning (CELL) is leading a three-prong entrepreneurial movement in education. CELL's goals are to infuse entrepreneurial thinking into the educational system, launch and support entrepreneurial careers and businesses out of Sonoma State, and accelerate entrepreneurial action in the North Bay.

1. Transform our Educational System at SSU and in the North Bay. "The Entrepreneurial Educator" is a cross-disciplinary MOOC, held in partnership between the School of Business and the School of Education, that features the core modules of entrepreneurialism in education curriculum. The course is designed to empower teachers and inspire learning. Learn more about the Start-up Classroom!

2. Launch and Support Entrepreneurial Careers out of SSU.  Our students will spend their time at SSU becoming entrepreneurial thinkers who have launched their own businesses or are job ready as they step out on their career pathway.

  • Entreprenoma is our student-run Entrepreneurial Thinking Incubator
  • Made by Seawolves is a retail student storefront made and run by students for students, where students sign-up as vendors to sell their arts, crafts, and products. Learn more about Made by Seawolves.

3. Accelerate Entrepreneurial Action in the North Bay. We are an active member of the North Bay iHub, supporting entrepreneurship as a key ingredient for regional growth and prosperity.

Dean William Silver"Entrepreneurial energy, behaviors and thinking are the life blood of any thriving economy.  Given the North Bay's commitment to the triple bottom line of social equity, environmental stewardship and economic prosperity, Sonoma State's role as the region's entrepreneurial epicenter comes naturally.

Our goal goes way beyond programs or graduating someone with an entrepreneurship degree.  Our aim is to ignite and infuse entrepreneurial thinking and behavior into our students, inside the School of Business and Economics, across Sonoma State University, and throughout our surrounding community.

Together, we'll have to de-mystify what entrepreneurship means, identify the places it already lives, promote the people already doing it in our community, challenge our daily habits, examine our support systems, and put best practice into practice. 

Today, our faculty and staff build conduits between the student population and private industry, focus on new business initiatives, develop and apply practical case studies, create relevant curriculum and workshops, conduct critical research, and fuel talent development programs. 

This change takes a village.  It takes you.  Please reach out to us to learn more about what is underway and to discuss your ideas."

Dean William Silver

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