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1st Annual Conference | Springfield, MA | 2003

Creating Economic Vitality Through Entrepreneurship and Incubation Education at the Community College Level

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S. Prestley Blake Inaugural Conference
The NACCE team would like to thank all of the participants for making this conference such a success in promoting Entrepreneurship Education

150 Attendees represented 102 community colleges
38 states, and Singapore and Nova Scotia.

Through the generosity of S. Prestley Blake, Founder of Friendly Ice Cream Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, this conference launched NACCE as the driving force in the mission to make community colleges leaders in economic development in America.

Attendees experienced three days filled with informational and educational workshops, keynote speakers, and visits to the Springfield Technical Community College Enterprise Center; all of which were designed to provide in-depth knowledge and support for creating and implementing entrepreneurship initiatives at attendees' institutions.

Topics covered included:

  • Raising money by creating entrepreneurship programs.
  • Accelerating student enrollment through entrepreneurship programs
  • Community outreach with entrepreneurship programs
  • Educational collaboration, K-14
  • Student Incubation
  • Academic Programs for Entrepreneurship


Presidents’ Event: Oh, The Things You Can Do...Fostering Entrepreneurship and Incubation Education at Your Community College, at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
An overview of the conference -- the things you will learn and the things you can do -- with Dr. Andrew Scibelli, President, Springfield Technical Community College andDr. George Boggs, President, American Association of Community Colleges.

Breakfast and Opening Session
Now Is The Hour - Entrepreneurship and Incubation Education Can Stimulate Fundraising and Create Economic Vitality The time is right. There is national recognition of community colleges being the ideal place to accelerate new venture creation.) Erik R. Pages, EntreWorks Consulting

Session A: Would You Like to See Your Name in Lights I? (Raising money for entrepreneurship programs is about raising friends.)
Gail Carberry, V.P. STCC for Grants and Development and Steven Budd, Asst. V.P. STCC

Session B: Get ‘Em Young and Keep ‘Em Movin’
K through 14 (Programs including "Entrepreneur for a Day for elementary schools, Y.E.S. (Young Entrepreneurial Scholars) program for high schools, student incubators, and student venture centers for college students) Gilberto Amador, Director of Special Programs, Entrepreneurial Institute and Diane Sabato, Director of Special Projects, Entrepreneurial Institute

Session C: Making It Work - Together
Academics and Entrepreneurship, Associate Degrees and Certificate programs go hand-in-hand with Entrepreneurship and Incubation Education Programs. Leona Ittleman, Dean of SBIT, STCC, Paul Thornton, STCC Professor, and Michael Farrell, STCC Professor

Session D: This Can Be Your Golden Opportunity: The Role of Community Colleges in Fostering Entrepreneurship
(Two of the nation’s leading experts in entrepreneurship education will tell it like it is.) Mary Beth Izard, Professor, Johnson County Community College and Dr. Stephen Spinelli, Jr., Director of the Author M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Babson College

Session E: Collaboration is the Name of the Game: Partnering with 4-Year Institutions
(Discovering why increased enrollment and broadened entrepreneurship programs are the results.)

Session F: It’s Not a Good Deal Unless It’s a Good Deal for Everyone: Socially Responsible Entrepreneurship
(Fundamental processes required for creating socially responsible entrepreneurs will be explored.)

Session G: We’re All In This Together: Community Outreach
(Strategies for creating an Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.) William Kwolek, Executive Director of the STCC Foundation

Session H: Best Practices in Entrepreneurship and Incubation Education: A National Forum
(Roundtable discussions featuring community colleges from around the country.)

Session I: The Right Stuff is Out There and Waiting for You
(Roundtable strategies featuring national organizations that promulgate entrepreneurship and incubation education.)

Session J: Would You Like To See Your Name in Lights II?(Learn where all that money for entrepreneurship programs is - locally, regionally, nationally - and how to get it.)


"I found the NACCE conference in Kansas City to be enlightening. I'm sure I will be able to use my new contacts to help our school in progressing forward."
Beth Deinert, Southeast Community College

"I want to let you know how very much I enjoyed the NACCE conference. It was one of the best events I have attended in some time and I was truly impressed with the quality of the guest speakers and the overall organization of the conference. You did a great job!"
Barbara Jones, The University of Texas at Austin

"Thank you for a great conference and creating a learning environment that made it a very positive experience. I met a lot of people and made a number of great contacts."
Chuck Loomis, Shoreline Community College

"I attended last year's conference and am looking forward to next year. I always leave with valuable information—energy to move forward with my program and the enthusiasm to add and grow what we can offer."
Paulette Millette, York County Community College

"I have acquired valuable curriculum planning materials and can now enjoy a network of champions for entrepreneurship who I can look to for support and ideas as we more fully implement our entrepreneurship program."
Nancy Nuell, Montgomery College

"I thought this conference was exceptional. It provided great ideas to take home and start on immediately. It also had valuable partners and networking possibilities." Renee Harbin, Garden City Community College

"This is a much needed organization with more to offer than any other group with which I have been involved." Ed White, Dean, Danville Community College

"Without NACCE where would you obtain the networking advice and help?!"D.B. Probyn, Metro Community College

"This conference has been extremely well planned and beautifully executed. By attending NACCE I have been able to see successful models for a lot of different approaches."Liz Grizzard, Southside Virginia Community College

…”the conference was informative, interesting, dynamic and a real mind-stirring experience for me. The speakers, sessions and roundtables were perfectly orchestrated to keep my energy high and my mind engaged in the visions of what more I can do for entrepreneurship in Delaware! I appreciate the work of NACCE and applaud your outcomes!”Stephanie Beaudet, AVP Corporate and Community Programs, Delaware Technical & Community College

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