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#NACCE2015 Preconferences: FabLabs, Maker Spaces, Incubators & More!

Posted By Leah Deppert, Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2015



Have you registered yet for our #NACCE2015 preconferences? These solution-oriented professional development workshops were co-created with our members. Roll up your sleeves, participate in best practice dialogues and work on action plans with a community working on the same issues on their campus. Leave ready to implement with a new found community within the NACCE Nation. Register for them today!


Saturday Preconference


9 AM-5:30 PM
Launch Startups, Generate Revenue and Support Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners with the E-seed Entrepreneurship Training Series:
In this interactive, how-to session with Amy Pietsch, Director at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) Venture Center, you will learn how to use the E-seedâ„¢ Entrepreneur Training Series to drive economic development in your service area, via entrepreneur and small business startups and expansions, while generating revenue for your program. FVTC launched this program in 2000 and it has resulted in hundreds of business launches, millions of dollars of investment and thousands of jobs created!


Sunday Preconferences


9 AM-12 PM

Supersize Your External Partner Relationship Skills: How do you map your community partners, determine who to collaborate with and then get them to partner? John Liddy, Director at Student Sandbox, will provide process and tools that can be applied at any college campus.


How to Help Businesses After They Launch: Putting Plans Into Action: There is an art to creating businesses and growing entrepreneurs. Many times business coaches concentrate only on the business and not the entrepreneur. Tim Mittan, Associate Director at the Los Angeles Regional SBDC Network,will show attendees the main focus for success in most businesses is the development of the entrepreneur as a person along with the business. Listen to our webinar with Tim for a sneak peak here!

How to Open an Incubator on Your Campus and Maximize Revenue: Community colleges are interested in expanding their entrepreneurial services. Incubators and co-working spaces attract different community members to campus. Susie Pulido, VP of Business Development at Maricopa Corporate College, will help attendees understand what is required to launch and grow a successful incubator.


                                      CEI & Maricopa Corporate College  


1-4 PM

Effectuation 2.0 - An Application Based Experiential Learning Day:

Christine Mollenkopf-Pigsley, Small Business Consultant,& Sara Whiffen, Principal at Insights Ignited, will provide a review of effectuation and how to apply it to common challenges on campus such as student success, completion and enrollment management. The bulk of the time spent with attendees will be facilitating solutions for those problems.


How to Create a Space for Entrepreneurship: Maker spaces and FabLabs: Maker Spaces and Fab Labs are creative spaces for makers, tinkerers and entrepreneurs. They are used by the community for a range of activities from knitting, to fabricating to prototypes. Community colleges are opening these spaces to spark imagination and innovation at their institutions. A panel of veterans (Greg Herker, Jim Janisse, David Richardson, Susan Thompson, Matthew Wade)will share the planning framework and best practices for implementing a maker space or fab lab. Attendees will acquire the understanding and resources to successfully launch a creative space while becoming part of a community of practice when they return to campus.


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Please note: If you have already registered for the conference and you would like to add a preconference, please call the office at 413-306-3131 x302 to update your registration.

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Four Creative Ways To Build Your College's Brand

Posted By Leah Deppert, Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Updated: Friday, July 31, 2015

What words come to your mind when you hear your campus' name? When students chat to their peers about their school, what images are conjured up in their heads? Your college's brand and reputation are of utmost importance to the success of your institution. Take a moment to read through these four creative ways to build your college's brand:

  • Make people laugh. Take a moment and think of a recent funny story or commercial that you have seen or heard. Creating marketing that makes people laugh will make your campus memorable, fun and inspiring. Read this article for tips on infusing humor into your higher education marketing.
  • Upend customer expectations. Have you tried integrating competitions, awards or exclusive information into your marketing strategy? Students love to receive free promotional items and be "in the know" before everyone else.
  • Create high profile collaborations. Does your campus have influential, famous or prosperous alumni? Reach out to these folks to feature them as success stories and generate buzz about your college.
  • Seek advice about branding from individuals in different industries from your own. When you open yourself up to new opportunities and ways of thinking, your creative juices will start to flow!

Do you notice a common theme in all of these links? Are you ready for an exciting conference sneak peek? We are so thrilled to announce that Johnny Earle, owner of Johnny Cupcakes, is keynoting at #NACCE2015! Register by July 31st to receive our super early bird savings--you don't want to miss this!


Tags:  13th Conference  branding  Houston Community College  NACCE2015 

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Don't Listen To Us...Listen To Sandra!

Posted By Leah Deppert, Friday, June 19, 2015
Updated: Friday, June 19, 2015

Interview With Sandra

Last week, we interviewed NACCE member Jeanne Wesley from Germanna Community College about why it was helpful to bring her tribe to the NACCE conference last year. Read her interview here.

This week, we talked to
Sandra Louvier, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship from Houston Community College (HCC) NW about her thoughts on coming to NACCE2015: Cultivating An Entrepreneurial Culture.



Q: Sandra, how long have you attended our annual conference?

A: I have attended the annual NACCE conference every year since 2009 when we first launched our entrepreneurial initiatives at HCC. I remember thinking, "I've found my people!"


Q: What are your thoughts on attending the pre-conferences?

A:The pre-conference sessions solidified my first NACCE mentors and we still collaborate today.


Q: How about the general assembly speeches and break out sessions?

A: The general assemblies and speakers are so inspiring and the networking and break-out sessions were full of ideas, best practices and priceless advice about what works and doesn't work! I've learned from other presenters, formed friendships and alliances with other colleges, and continue to share ideas and best practices throughout the year.


Q: Your President, Dr. Zachary Hodges, signed the PFEP and has attended the conference in the past. How has this affected your campus?

A: Thanks to the PFEP, Dr. Zachary Hodges and Dr. Maya Durnovo, our entrepreneurial initiatives have grown phenomenally at HCC! I am now one of 25 plus staff and grant-funded persons dedicated to entrepreneurship, with Chancellor Maldonado and Dr. Butch Herod leading the charge to spread an entrepreneurial culture across the HCC system. The future holds our best, which is yet to come!


Q: Anything else you'd like to share?

A: It may take a year or two to gain some traction, but keep with it and the ripple effect set in motion by you and others at your college can be astounding! Also, welcome to Houston this October!



Thank you to Sandra for this interview! We appreciate you and can't wait to see you in Houston!


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{Best Practice} Bring Your Community To #NACCE2015!

Posted By Leah Deppert, Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

As a community of practice, we love sharing best practices around NACCE. Last year, we learned a best practice from some of our conference attendees...bring your community with you to conference! 


We had many colleges that chose to bring 2+ folks to the conference and below is a short interview with NACCE member, Jeanne WesleyVice President of Workforce and Community Relations at Germanna Community College about how it was helpful to bring her tribe to the NACCE conference last year. 




We encourage you to invite someone new to join you at #NACCE2015. 
Register here!

Q: Jeanne, i
n your opinion, what were the added benefits of coming to the NACCE conference as a team opposed to by yourself?

A: Bringing colleagues to the NACCE conference provides a tremendous opportunity for team building. The sessions are informative and promote discussion of real-time issues faced by colleges serving the entrepreneur community. Networking with others at various stages of their progress helps to chart a successful local path. With a college team on site, there is instant discussion, planning, and creative problem solving that is far superior to any dreary planning retreat.    


Q: Why would you encourage others to also come as a team?


A: I would encourage other to come as team because of the fellowship, team building, and abundant tools that result in fired-up, ready to move forward staff. Staff members leave "entrepreneur ready"!


Q: Do you think you and your team member were able to enact your action plan on campus in a more effective and fruitful way since there were two of you? Why or why not?


A: By bringing another team member, the learning curve for developing and implementing innovative ideas was greatly reduced. 


A special thank you to Jeanne for this interview! We appreciate you! 

Register here!
P.S. Remember those registering groups of 4 or more are eligible for special discounts! (First registration at full price, each subsequent registrant is discounted 25%. Registration must be completed via phone at 413-306-3131.)

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Best Practices: Finding Funds To Attend #NACCE2015

Posted By Leah Deppert, Thursday, June 4, 2015
Updated: Friday, June 5, 2015

We love to share best practices around NACCE. Below are three ideas that we learned from past conference attendees that we thought would be helpful to communicate to our future conference participants:


1. Check to see if you have funds to spend down before your fiscal year ends! Not sure if you have expendable funds? It's worth an ask before your books close for 2015. Click here for a template to ask your department chair and/or manager. Things to include in your request are:

2. Look into the Perkins FundsOur conference meets the requirements of Perkins IV!

3. Are you a part of a union? You may be able to access professional development funds to cover some of the costs of attending the conference. Speak with your Human Resources Office for more information.

Also, check out this article about how to convince your boss to send you to a conference!


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