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The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour - an inspiring success!

Posted By Susan Martin, Wednesday, April 29, 2009
We recently received the evaluation results from the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour that came to one of our northeast Minnesota college campuses on March 3, 2009.  The Tour consists of motivational presentations by college-age entrepreneurs from around the U.S.  The event provided a professional setting for students, faculty, and staff of our area community colleges, as well as members of the surrounding communities, to learn more about entrepreneurship and feel inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit.  The event also served to increase awareness among students of entrepreneurship as a career option and of our efforts to increase entrepreneurship education regionally.
 
Attached are some of the compiled evaluation results, and below are just a few samples of the feedback we received from students who participated:
 

Very inspiring and encouraging - gave me the kick in the butt I needed to get this started.

 

It was very motivational and pumped me up! I liked the interaction with others and the positive attitudes! It was awesome!

 

The biggest thing I learned is that it is possible and not as scary as I thought to start your own business (and my parents own two businesses!!)

 

The tour had a great impact on me and I walked away with a lot more knowledge about going into business.

 

The exercise on establishing a goal-vision -mission brought back a business idea that I started researching one year ago. Due to illness and workload, I had put it on the back burner. Today, I will bring my project out of the closet and begin to obtain my goal.
 
The event was a success, and I am pleasantly amazed at how well it reached through to our students and engaged their interests!  A number of them have since expressed an interest in participating in our Campus Entrepreneurship Initiative planning teams. 
 
 

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Planning for the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour Event

Posted By Susan Martin, Thursday, February 26, 2009

Northeast Higher Education District, MN - $5,000 to support the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour program across five community college campuses intended to create a forum for students to learn the possibilities offered through entrepreneurship.

 
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It was such a thrill to return to Minnesota from the NACCE conference carrying a grant check from the Coleman Foundation that would help bring the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour (EET) to our communities.  I believe we received our grant from the Coleman Foundation because of the vast support already in place here for entrepreneurship education.
 
Each of the five colleges in our region's Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) already had an entrepreneurship team (e-team) in place working to bring entrepreneurship education onto its campus. Each e-team is comprised of faculty, staff and students.  All e-teams recruit business leaders, chamber of commerce professionals, economic development leaders and anyone interested in helping to provide students and the community with entrepreneur resources, skills and inspiration.
 

The first thing we did upon my return from the NACCE conference was set up a conference call with all of the e-teams to begin the planning process of our Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour event. During the meeting it was decided that Hibbing Community College (HCC) would host the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour and the other colleges would transport students to HCC for the event. An event planning committee (Extreme E-team) was formed with a representative from each college.

This Extreme E-Team went right to work under the leadership of Chuck Lyons from Hibbing Community College.  First item on the agenda was to select a date! We knew we wanted to get it done this semester so we could get a momentum going among students as soon as possible. When checking with the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, we found out that they couldn't bring their big red tour bus to our campus if we choose April or May, so our Extreme E-team had the courage to bite the bullet decide we would move our event up to March 3! “Yes,” they all said, “we can do this, we can make this happen!”

We received more good news by our second meeting. Mike Raich from HCC, who is in charge of the budget, announced that the rest of the money needed to fund this event had just come through from two local sponsors: the Arrowhead University Consortium and the Applied Learning Institute. In addition to the local funding and the Coleman grant, each college will donate door prizes of sweatshirts, t-shirts, books and other items from their bookstores as well as provide transportation for students to get from the other four campuses to HCC on the day of the event.

It is now the week before the event and we are really working to get students to RSVP on the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour website. We will be providing food (hot dogs, cookies, chips and some veggies) so we hope to have an idea of how many will be attending by Friday. Sheena and Michael at the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour have made the marketing and event setup run very smoothly. Local newspapers are responding to press releases and they too seem excited to have this type of event come into town. Everyone has been so cooperative and enthusiastic about giving to make this event happen, and we are all looking forward to next Tuesday! 
 
 

The Campus Entrepreneurship Initiative in northeast Minnesota is supported through a partnership with the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund and the Northeast Higher Education District. All campus e-teams are led by Susan Martin, Campus Entrepreneurship Initiative Coordinator at the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund.

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