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2013 Entrepreneurial President Award Will Be Presented Tomorrow A.M.

Posted By Jeanne Yocum, Monday, October 14, 2013

Dr. Zachary Hodges, president of Houston Community College – Northwest will receive the 2013 NACCE Entrepreneurial President award at tomorrow morning’s General Session. He’s been driving entrepreneurship at HCC-Northwest for the past seven years, to great effect for his college and the community it serves. Read these bits of the award nomination and you’ll quickly see why Dr. Hodges earned this high honor:


"As Dr. Hodges so aptly puts it:  Human Capital (equals) Economic Development (equals) Community Development. In 2007, Dr. Hodges, partnering with a group of innovative business leaders, launched HCC’s first business plan competition, awarding prize money to aspiring entrepreneurs. Taking progressive steps by testing small projects and building successes that fueled support for the next phase of growth in entrepreneurship, Dr. Hodges realized HCC’s first Center for Entrepreneurship in 2009 by committing start-up funding to hire a director for the Center, and tapped into Houston’s vibrant entrepreneurial eco-system and entrepreneurial leaders in the area


"Dr. Hodges is an internal and external champion of entrepreneurial endeavors at the highest levels of leadership in the Houston entrepreneurial community. He seeks out and participates with the best in the nation to educate and inspire himself and the HCC leadership as to the profound impact entrepreneurial thinking can have in terms of operating an entrepreneurial college, empowering small business owners, and in preparing an innovative and entrepreneurship-minded proactive workforce for Houston. His collaborative and generous spirit creates an environment that allows other presidents and key thought-leaders to become major players thereby contributing to the college’s growing success and recognition.   Dr. Hodges was the first HCC president to sign the NACCE Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge and has encouraged other presidents and funded key staff to attend conferences and workshops and become members of NACCE in order to further the entrepreneurship mission.


"The strong foundation and success of the Center for Entrepreneurship was instrumental in HCC being selected to implement the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative in 2010. The continuing success and commitment to both programs has been validated through the creation of an entrepreneurial position at the district level, plans for system-wide entrepreneurial initiatives including program curriculum and new facilities to house these initiatives and the inclusion of entrepreneurship in Houston Community College System’s Strategic Plan 2012-2015. HCC has been chosen as one of the top 10 potential impact colleges in the country by the AACC, NACCE and the Kauffman Foundation to participate in the Slingshot Colleges project. Dr. Hodges shares, educates, and solicits buy-in from the highest leadership organizations: the Energy Corridor Management District Board, West Houston Association Board, Indo-American Chamber, Katy Chamber of Commerce Board, Houston West Chamber of Commerce Committees, West Houston Leadership Institute, Leadership Houston, Center for Houston's Future, Alief Community Association, the International Management District and the Texas Association of Business regarding HCC’s entrepreneurial vision and commitment to our area’s economic vitality.”

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