Bassett’s Blog Rebooted: Small Business Entrepreneurship

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There is no reason that business can’t be transacted poolside as technology is the great ‘place shifter’.

This Blog has been home to well over 400 Rotary related posts over the past few years. While it has enjoyed a rich and an extremely large global readership as a Rotary Portal of sorts, it’s time to reboot it with an entirely new focus: Small Business Entrepreneurship with an emphasis on technology challenges and opportunities.

One of the challenges that a college professor wrestles with is determining exactly what their research focus / agenda is going to be as it largely defines their academic career. While some professors are able to narrow down a research focus very early on, others vacillate for years before settling into an area that suits their unique qualifications and interest level, unfortunately I fall into the later camp.

For nearly the past 15 years I’ve done research and/or published papers on Cybersecurity, Outsourcing, Databases, Social Media Mining, Sustainable ERP, Project Management, Cloud Computing and Infrastructure hoping that a thread amongst them would emerge as a single theme. Finally the preverbal lightbulb has lit up with the focus of: Technology challenges and opportunities  Small Business Entrepreneurs face.

It’s surprising that it took this long to narrow down this research focus as I have over 3 decades of first hand experience as a successful Small Business Entrepreneur running several companies and working directly with nearly 1,000 other Small Business Entrepreneurs but sometimes you just can’t see the hand in front of your face until it slaps you hard enough.

Rick Bassett
Associate Professor & Dept Chair
Management / Mgmt Information Systems / Int Business Dept
Southern CT State University

New Rotaract Club forming at Southern CT State University (SCSU)

New Haven Rotary President David Hunter giving opening talk

New Haven Rotary President David Hunter giving opening talk

The kick off meeting for D7980’s newest Rotaract Club was held in the School of Business at Southern CT State University (SCSU) last evening.

The New Haven Rotary Club has been diligently working to establish a University based Rotaract Club at SCSU and is sponsoring this new Rotaract Club.

Arzoo Rohbar is the SCSU student who has taken the initiative to launch the Club and will most likely be be Club’s first president. Rick Bassett (me) will serve as the faculty advisor for the Club.

Rotary District 7980 currently has 10 Rotaract Clubs; 7 are University based and 3 are Community based. The addition of this Club would make the count 11, 8 and 3.

Members of Rotaract are part of a global community of young adults taking action for positive change. Rotaract is a club for adults ages 18-30 that meets twice a month to exchange ideas, plan activities and projects, and socialize. While Rotary clubs serve as sponsors, Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their club and what projects and activities to carry out.

“Rotaract” stands for “Rotary in Action”, although the name originally comes from a combination of “Rotary” and “Interact” (International + Action), the high school level program created by Rotary International in 1962.

Rotaract originally began as a Rotary International youth program in 1968 at Charlotte North Rotary Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, and has grown into a major Rotary-sponsored organization of over 9,539 clubs spread around the world and 219,397 members

The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

Students who are interested in joining this newly forming Rotaract Club should contact Arzoo Rohbar via email at

Southern CT State University welcomes the Class of 2018

SCSU Class of 2018

SCSU Class of 2018

SCSU Fall 2014 Move-in Day

We take this education thing seriously at SCSU 🙂

The Fall semester at Southern CT State University (SCSU) is about to begin with thousands of returning students and a bumper crop of new bright eyed eager students otherwise known as the Class of 2018 .

Classes start tomorrow, traffic will get crazy for awhile, there will be great confusion all over campus as our new arrivals try to find  their way to classrooms, the bookstore, the library, the computer labs and the all important student center.

SCSU School of Business

SCSU School of Business

I have been elected to the Chair Position of the Management / MIS Department in the School of Business at SCSU and look forward to working with the many faculty, students and yes even administrators in this new role. My new role will having me teaching  several classes each year while coordinating the activities of the largest academic department in the School of Business. It is especially nice to be working in a modern state-of-the art sustainable building which our School of Business is housed in.


Four Way Test Speech Contest Semi-Finals held at SCSU on Sunday

13 of our Rotary Clubs conducted their own 4-Way Speech Contests to determine their finalists. The finalists from these Clubs competed in the district semi-finals yesterday at Southern CT State University in the School of Business building (510 Crescent Street – New Haven). The field of 13 excellent candidates was narrowed down to just 3 as the competition was concluded.

The final 4-way Test Speech Contest will take place during the District Assembly Luncheon at the Mystic Marriott on May 3rd between 12 – 1:30 in front of a record crowd.