Scheinfeld Center Summit Prepares Today’s and Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs for Success in the Global Economy

Manufacturing experts, business professionals and Scheinfeld Center alumni shared valuable advice and resources with local entrepreneurs, educators and students at the October 27 Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Global Manufacturing for Startups Summit.

(Left to right) Guest experts and panelists: Frances Harder, Owner of Fashion for Profit Consulting; Robert Herr, co-founder of FuelBox (Scheinfeld Center alumni); Django Dexter, international manufacturing executive and Senior Director at MMI Holdings; Julie Samson, Executive Director of the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Lou Izzo, Owner/Consultant of Coherent Business Development Consulting; Rashelle Smith, founder, Umbii (Scheinfeld Center alumni); Judith Shelling, patent attorney and SBCC adjunct faculty; Ray Bowman, Executive Director of the Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

The SBCC Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted its first Global Manufacturing for Startups Summit on Friday, October 27 at the Fess Parker Resort. Side by side, local entrepreneurs, students and regional community college and high school educators engaged with experts to understand the global manufacturing landscape and how to avoid the most common points where startups can stall out when trying to navigate the manufacturing process.

“We are thankful to our Summit presenters for sharing their real-world expertise and mentorship,” said Julie Samson, Director of the Scheinfeld Center. “Their contributions will help our regional students, educators, and entrepreneurs become increasingly skilled and competent in navigating our global economy.”

Those in attendance received valuable business and manufacturing insights from the impressive lineup of presenters and panelists, including manufacturing executives, educators and intellectual property experts, and the entrepreneurs behind local success stories Fuelbox and Umbii.

Scheinfeld Center has produced three thematic Summits since the 2016 launch of its Global Competence Initiative, which offers a fresh approach for helping community colleges and high schools support the development of global competence among students and educators by integrating global concepts into their curricula.

To learn more about Scheinfeld Center programs and opportunities for industry partners and mentors, subscribe to the email newsletter at or contact Scheinfeld Center Director Julie Samson at or (805) 965-0581 ext. 3643.

About the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The SBCC Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is a hub for entrepreneurial development within the South Central Coast community and is a resource for model programs for other California community college districts. The Scheinfeld Center, part of the Jack & Julie Nadel School of Business & Entrepreneurship at SBCC, trains global entrepreneurs using a comprehensive approach to academics, hands-on experience, and support. Participants can build their business in the classroom and shore up gaps in their entrepreneurial skill set through the Scheinfeld Center’s distinctive combination of coursework, business plan and pitch competitions, industry internships, no-cost business consulting, mentoring, networking, and post-start-up support through the Small Business Development Center. To learn more, visit or call 805.965.0581 ext. 3643.

About Santa Barbara City College

Founded in 1909, Santa Barbara City College currently serves approximately 15,000 students each semester who enroll in courses for transfer preparation, career education, and foundational skills. SBCC was the 2013-2015 national co-winner of the prestigious Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence. The college was recognized for its quality and focus in four areas: facilitating underrepresented and minority student success, student learning outcomes, degree completion and transfer rates, and labor market success in securing good jobs after college.

Our Mission: As a public community college dedicated to the success of each student…

Santa Barbara City College provides students a diverse learning environment that inspires curiosity and discovery, promotes global responsibility and fosters opportunity for all.

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