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Impact Award Winners Also Will Be Honored Tomorrow

Posted By Jeanne Yocum, Monday, October 14, 2013

This year we have two outstanding Impact Award winners, who will be honored tomorrow at the morning’s general sessions:

·    Sandra Louvier, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship at Houston Community College, Houston, Texas - Louvier was hired in 2009 to assist in creating and launching HCC’s first Center for Entrepreneurship. She has played a key role in establishing the Center for Entrepreneurship as a community focal point for students to access HCC programs and those of its strategic partners. Her work with external partner Newspring on the annual HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition has helped increase recruitment of prepared students and contestants. She has also established, maintained and developed ongoing strategic partnerships with entities such as SCORE, Constant Contact, Chambers of Commerce, UH SBDC, Economic Development Agencies and Management Districts. Louvier has also served in various positions in the 10,000 Small Businesses project devoted primarily to recruitment of small business owners through community, regional, and national partners. Louvier serves as an ambassador for NACCE due to her active participation in NACCE and use of NACCE resources and contacts to grow HCC programs over the last five years. She is in contact with over 50 colleges in 30 states on behalf of NACCE to assist members in accessing NACCE resources to grow their programs.  


    Jamie Zanios, Vice President, North Iowa Area Community College,

Mason City, Iowa - Zanios directs NIACC’s Institutional Advancement division and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, where he initiated the John Pappajohn Business Incubator and Accelerator. He is working to have entrepreneurship curriculum in all degree areas across NIACC’s campus and is supporting Entrepreneurial Academies in local high schools. Outside the college, he has solidified ties with local communities by initiating a Leadership symposium for e-ship, creating a Community Venture Capital Funds, and has been a driver for helping many companies with succession planning, access to capital and making the networks to take the business to another level.  He worked to solidify strong partnerships with the area Economic Development and Chamber Offices to help local businesses succeed in. Zanios also has been the key driver to establishing a statewide business plan completion and has led the efforts since its inception. In addition, he established the Iowa Angel Network bringing in Venture Capitalist's from around the Midwest to look at Iowa-based deals and chairs the committee today.


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