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NACCE Opens Nominations for Entrepreneurship Awards

Tuesday, May 13, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeanne Yocum
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SPRINGFIELD, MA—May 13, 2014 -- The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced it is now accepting nominations for the 2014 NACCE Awards, which are recognized as the standard for excellence in entrepreneurial thinking on community college campuses. The awards will be presented at NACCE’s annual conference, to be held in Phoenix, AZ, October 12-15, 2014.


“The awards celebrate entrepreneurial thinkers and doers by providing a platform to be recognized nationally for their contributions to their local economy,” says NACCE President and CEO Heather Van Sickle. “The NACCE Awards honor entrepreneurially-minded college leaders and their students, past and present, shining a spotlight on the role of the community and technical colleges in fostering economic vitality through entrepreneurship in their communities.”


About the awards

All NACCE member colleges are eligible to nominate someone for the awards. Nominations may be made by administrators, faculty, students and alumni, and individuals can make more than one nomination in the Student, Alumni and Impact Award categories. The five categories celebrating commitment to entrepreneurship in communities and campuses are:


Student Entrepreneur Award – A new category for 2014, this award recognizes exceptional entrepreneurial skill and creativity among enterprising students. Cash prizes and travel stipends to attend NACCE2014 will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and is sponsored by American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) (


Alumni Entrepreneur Award – Three Alumni Entrepreneur winners will receive certificates for five ed2go Short Courses and a $750 travel stipend to attend NACCE2014.


Impact Award – Impact awardees will be featured in the NACCE’s journal, Community College Entrepreneurship and serve as guest columnists.

Entrepreneurial President – This award recognizes presidents who have joined NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge and have established a replicable and distinguishable entrepreneurial spirit within their campus communities. The winner will be featured on the front cover of NACCE’s quarterly journal.


Entrepreneurial College – A new category for 2014, this award recognizes a college for embracing NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge. The winner will receive a special “Winner” logo/graphic to display on its college website, stationery and college marketing materials.


To start the nomination process, visit the NACCE2014 awards page. . Nominations close on May 30, 2014, and winners will be notified July 15. The award winners will be announced at the NACCE conference. For more information about the NACCE 2014 Awards, contact Therese Fellner (, (262) 930-8695.



The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of presidents, administrators, educators, center directors and entrepreneurs, focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals: 1. Empower the college to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset, and 2. Grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem.


Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the "entrepreneurship movement.” Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, regional summits, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars, a dynamic list-serv, and training resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These initiatives and resulting actions advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges. NACCE is a founding member of the White House-led Startup America Partnership. For more information, visit 


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About American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) (

AIER provides factual, unbiased research and critical analysis based of the principle of positive economics and educates individuals on how to protect their interests and help policy makers make informed decisions.


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