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North Iowa Area Community College - PFEP College of Excellence

Monday, July 9, 2018   (0 Comments)
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We recently announced the winners of our 2018 Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP) College of Excellence Award Winners. Today we highlight North Iowa Area Community College (IA), which is creating buzz and broad exposure of their college's commitment to entrepreneurship. Here's what nominator Tim Putnam, Director, Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center had to say.

Tell us how your college has demonstrated excellence in this area.

We partnered with regional economic development in a strategic plan to focus on “Innovation and Entrepreneurship" as a priority for our region. See ‘Regional Prosperity Strategy’ Goal 3: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, pp 18-21. We have promoted our efforts through our ‘Entrepreneur Edge’ Newsletter, ‘Entrepreneur Showcase’ video series and dedicated social media promotion. Area entrepreneurs have been recognized regionally, statewide and nationally. 

How do you measure and document success? 

See ‘Regional Prosperity Strategy’ Implementation Strategy, pp 36-38. Our NIACC President will be the chair for Innovation and E-ship Strategies. Another example how we document success is through our quarterly newsletter & video series featuring entrepreneurs, students and programs. Click here to view an example. 

We track 7 specific metrics: Long Term Clients, Businesses Created, Capital Infusion, Jobs Created, Clients & Hours Counseled, & Sales Increase

Long Term Viability: Of the 120 new businesses started in the past 5 years, 95 are still in business (79% success rate). 

Interested in connecting with Tim? Email him at Tim.Putnam@niacc.edu


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