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The New East LA Incubator, Merage Rankings Rise, and More – Los Angeles News

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Take a peek at some of the top stories coming out of the Los Angeles business schools this week.


From Family Business to Drucker School: A Talk With Koji Ogura (EMBA ’11)Drucker Newsroom

Koji Ogura, alumnus and staff member at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, recently shared his thoughts on business, leadership, and the new Global Family Business Institute opening soon at the Drucker School.

Ogura, who graduated in 2011 from Drucker’s Executive MBA program, today serves as the school’s Director for Japan and Drucker-Ito Relationships. Before joining the Drucker community, Ogura worked as an executive with Yamato Holdings, a company founded by his grandfather nearly 100 years ago in Japan. With a new Family Business Institute poised to open at Drucker this month, Ogura shared his thoughts on how the new institute will shape and train future business leaders.

“We will … give them more of a global sense of how family businesses work in the world economy,” Ogura said. “That is something you cannot get with on-the-job training in one company. But you can get that at the Drucker School.

To learn more about the Global Family Business Institute and read Ogura’s insight, click here.

UCI Paul Merage School of Business Fully Employed MBA Program Up to 10 Spots in U.S. News & World ReportUCI Paul Merage School of Business News

The U.S. News & World Report recently released their 2019 ranking of the “Best Business Schools,” with MBA programs at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine climbing in the rankings since last year. The Fully Employed (FEMBA) program at Merage jumped 10 spots in the ranking to 32nd in the nation for MBA programs, 19th for public universities and 4th in California. The full-time MBA program at Merage also moved up two spots, ranking at 42nd nationally.

“All of our full and part- time programs at every level are experiencing success as a direct result of the efforts by our faculty and staff, the selectivity of our programs, continuous enhancements to our curriculum, and innovative methods of delivery,” commented Merage dean Eric Spangenberg.

“I am confident the Merage School’s reputation will continue to ascend as a result of our differentiated focus and our ability to deliver the most business-relevant, highest quality MBA, Specialty Masters, Undergraduate and Ph.D. education possible.”

Read more about Merage’s programs and the U.S. News & World Report ranking here.

East Los Angeles College, OmniWorks to Launch Business Incubator — Los Angeles Business Journal

A new business accelerator was recently announced to open in Los Angeles, created as a joint venture between the East Los Angeles College Foundation and the start-up support company OmniWorks. Estec LA, the new incubator which will open at East L.A. College in Monterey Park, will be funded through an investment from JP Morgan, Union Bank, and the California Strong Workforce Program.

This will be one of the first incubators in the East Los Angeles community, following in the footsteps of a bioscience incubator that opened two years ago at the California State University Los Angeles. The incubator is expected to open with a free workshop on April 13, focusing on veteran, women and LGBTQ-owned businesses in the area. “By focusing on entrepreneurs that are often overlooked by other incubator and accelerator programs, we are democratizing access to capital, markets, and  financial and business education,” said OmniWorks founder Brent Imai.

Click here to learn more about the new incubator.

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