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Posted By Gary Muller, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The NACCE Fellows Program begins to take shape through the work of the individual colleges involved in the NACCE/Sam’s Club Shared Vision Program and the upcoming Regional Summits.

In our first blog, we provided an overview of our Curriculum & Training and Community Outreach Fellowship program and introduced ourselves. We also briefly mentioned two of our key initiatives: NACCE/Sam’s Club® Shared Vision program and the NACCE Regional Summits.

We now are excited to begin providing more detailed information on these initiatives.

First up is the NACCE and Sam’s® Shared Vision Project, in which NACCE and Sam’s Club are interested in seeing how community colleges can take a small, short-term investment (such as the Shared Vision grant) and incorporate it into existing programs or initiatives to create greater impact in the long-term.  This might be through adding sessions or modules to an existing program, or adding another support service. We anticipate that leveraging other resources is key to long-term success for the college and the small business owner, and that identification and communication of those other resources are essential to success.

 We look forward to working with the four colleges that have been chosen to pilot this very important project. We began our journey this week with a conference call with the college representatives. In our conference call, we discussed each college’s plan and focus for their proposed program. Here’s what we learned:

Fox Valley Technical College Venture Center plans to deliver their Small Business Design, Plan and Grow Program. This offering combines a three-day (24 hours) Business Model Generation Workshop, an eight-week (24 hours) E-Seed Express Entrepreneurship Training Series, one-on-one coaching and networking. The focus on the skill development is targeted to existing Fox Valley graduates and Venture Center clients, including minorities, women and veterans.

Long Beach City College plans to expand their customized training program for small business owners, augmented with one-on-one advising offered through the LBCC SBDC. The plan is to target businesses operating in low income areas, with the goal of helping business owners develop stronger business acumen, planning and understanding of how to secure financing. The program will serve as a feeder program for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

North Seattle Community College plans to enhance and expand their offerings through their Entrepreneur Success Center. The hours of operation will increase from three to nine hours a week, which will be very beneficial to their target market. Enhanced current and new value-added seminars will be offered. Three open houses will be offered to increase the visibility of the ESC and the offerings to a targeted market of recent grads, minorities, women and veterans.

South Mountain Community College is one of the ten colleges that make up the Maricopa Community College System in the Phoenix area. South Mountain plans to launch its Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, which is focused on identifying and securing successful small business owners who can provide strong support to budding entrepreneurs. The long-term plan is to create an on-going mentorship model, which will provide the one-on-one coaching entrepreneurs need to be successful.

We will be providing you with even more details of the programs after our official Kickoff meeting at Fox Valley.

NACCE Regional Summit Dates

In addition to the exciting plans of our Shared Vision Project colleges, we also have the tentative dates for our upcoming Regional Summits:

California’s Economic and Workforce Development’s Business and Entrepreneurship Program in Santa Ana, California - April 2nd

Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, North Carolina - June 3rd

Ridgewater College in Wilmar, Minnesota -  June 7th

Rio Saldo College in Tempe, Arizona - November 14th

Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida - November 19th

New River Community and Technical College in Ghent, West Virginia - November 21

We are excited about the potential of our summits to build momentum for entrepreneurship throughout the country.

We also want to remind everyone that the NACCE National Conference will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, from October 13th-16th. Charlotte is racing country, so come and enjoy the racing toward entrepreneurship! 

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