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Wide Open Spaces-Erasing Miles and Creating Value Through Partnerships

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wide Open Spaces-Erasing Miles and Creating Value Through Partnerships


Guide Description:
Center for Enterprise creates value across their vast service area through partnerships with economic development groups and the use of interactive technology.  You’ll learn about a model that can work anywhere to create consistent, sustainable programs to assist entrepreneurs, generate regional growth, and create ongoing entrepreneur support networks.


Full Description:
The Center For Enterprise (CFE) serves 90,000 people in a 20,000 square mile area.  With dwindling populations and long commutes for services and job markets, a sustainable program to create, support, and grow entrepreneurs is essential.  The CFE has created such a model with an innovative combination of learning tools, technology, and partnerships.  


Working with ten economic development organizations, the CFE is assisting entrepreneurs across our vast region to develop quality business plans while building ongoing local networks to support entrepreneurs.  Programs are delivered using IP broadcasts and podcast are created for participants who may be unable to attend sessions.  Local entrepreneurship coalitions invest in the program by supporting local business coaches and assisting with student recruitment, follow-up needs assessments, and scholarship funding.  We train the entrepreneur coaches in order to create a consistent, knowledgeable support network.  The coalitions are given considerable flexibility to meet their local entrepreneur needs, while the CFE assures that the program is of reliable high quality.


We will explain the model and show NACCE participants they can use pieces of the model wherever they are to build quality programs.  We will share a sample podcast, a chart of the course delivery model, and a breakdown of responsibilities and costs shared by CFE and our economic development partners.  Participants will leave the classroom with handouts of the presentation as well as other promotion material used to support this program.

Cinch Munson, Associate Vice President, Center For Enterprise, Mid-Plains Community College, NE

Melissa Garcia, Community Based Job Training, Mid-Plains Community College, NE

Tags:  Econ Dev Agencies 

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