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Super-Early-Bird Registration Opens for 12th Annual NACCE Entrepreneurship Conference

Tuesday, April 22, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeanne Yocum
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SPRINGFIELD, MA – April 22, 2014 -- The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship will host its 12th annual national conference October 12-15 in Phoenix. The theme of NACCE2014 is “Entrepreneurship: From Mindset to Meaningful Action.” “This highlights the growing culture of entrepreneurship among the nation’s community colleges, which is leading to innovative programs and curricula as well as new solutions to local economic challenges,” says NACCE President and CEO Heather Van Sickle.


The conference, which is expected to draw some 500 community college presidents, administrators, faculty, entrepreneurship center directors and workforce directors, will take place at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. The resort is situated on the doorstep of 17,000 acres of South Mountain Preserve, the world’s largest municipal park and the most visited hiking destination in Arizona. Super-Early-Bird registration, which is offering the same pricing as last year’s conference, is now open for the conference with discounts available through July 18, 2014. 


Conference Tracks

“Our conference will have over 50 learning sessions and workshops that will highlight the amazing work being done at community college across the country to support the entrepreneurial aspirations of the people they serve,” says Van Sickle. “We are delighted to be in Phoenix for this year’s conference. Community colleges across Arizona have many best practices that we will be able to showcase.”


The NACCE2014 conference tracks are:

• Using an Entrepreneurial Mindset to Lead a Community College (Presidents Track)

• Growing Entrepreneurs in the Classroom

• Linking Traditional Workforce Development with Entrepreneurial Development

• Growing Entrepreneurs in the Community


Other Conference Highlights

Each year NACCE recognizes a group of leaders who have impacted the growth of entrepreneurship. This year, NACCE will continue this tradition by announcing the following: Student Entrepreneur Award, Alumni Entrepreneur Award, Entrepreneurial President Award, Entrepreneurial College Award, and Impact Award. Colleges may now submit their nominations for the NACCE Awards. The deadline for nominations is May 30, 2014. For full information on how to make a nomination, visit


Conference Fees

The Super-Early-Bird conference fees are $649 for NACCE members and $899 for non-members. Once this discount expires on July 31, an Early Bird discount will be in effect through August 31; the NACCE member price during this time will be $699 and the non-member fee will be $999. Fees during late registration, which begins September 1 and closes October 3, will be $749 for NACCE members and $1,099 for non-members. Registration includes access to all General and Breakout Sessions, three breakfast, two lunches, and three evening receptions, plus morning and afternoon coffee and snack breaks throughout the conference.



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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