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July 31, 2017

For Immediate Release

Correll slated to speak at Ohio entrepreneurship conference

Fab Lab ICC Director Jim Correll has been invited to share his entrepreneurial insights at an upcoming regional conference hosted by the WSOS Community Action Commission of Ohio.

The WSOS Entrepreneurial Communities Initiative All Community Meeting will be conducted August 16, in Columbiana, Ohio, engaging leaders from several rural Ohio towns working to better their communities through entrepreneurial development. Correll’s presentation will demonstrate the power of combining entrepreneurship education and coaching with a fab lab/maker space facility and the resulting benefit to the economy and morale of a rural American community, such as Independence.

In his role at Independence Community College, Correll not only directs operations of Fab Lab ICC, but also serves as a community resource for business coaching and oversees a local committee responsible for providing gap financing for small business. He has been a featured speaker for multiple events and associations across Kansas and the United States, including the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship’s annual conference.

Correll will be joined in Ohio by Gary Schoeniger, an internationally recognized public speaker and expert in the field of entrepreneurial mindset education who recently presented in Independence. Schoeniger is the developer of the “Ice House” entrepreneurial mindset education program, which Correll facilitates semi-annually at ICC.

“I’m very pleased and honored to be sharing the agenda with a global thought leader like Gary,” Correll said. “His Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, using the revolutionary Ice House Entrepreneurship program, is changing the face of entrepreneurship education all over the world.

“At Fab Lab ICC, we’ve witnessed a powerful dynamic by combining the Ice House principles of entrepreneurial thinking with the technical tools for hands-on development of prototypes and creative products.”

Deb Martin, one of the organizers of the WSOS event, says the objective of the Ohio community collaborative is to explore ways to support and grow entrepreneurship for the economic benefit of the entire region. She believes Correll’s message is on time and on target for the newly formed network.

We believe entrepreneurship represents the best opportunity rural communities have for revitalization, and to that end, we want to help them think about what types of supports they are currently offering to entrepreneurs, where the gaps are and how they might fill some of those gaps,” Martin said.  “We have been familiar with the work of Independence Community College and its Fab Lab and other programs for some time now, and believe that it represents a great model of what can be done in rural areas to support revitalization through entrepreneurship. We are very excited to have the opportunity to hear how this model may be replicated in other rural areas of the country.”

The Fab Lab ICC approach to developing entrepreneurship is gaining notice from not only the people of Ohio, Correll says, but from business and community leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs from across the United States. Recently, for example, Correll and Fab Lab ICC Manager Tim Haynes were sought out to assist a California organization with review of several grant applications by community colleges in that state seeking funding to establish maker spaces on their campuses.

“Almost daily, I receive a phone call or email from someone in another community or state who has heard about Fab Lab ICC and is curious to learn more about what we offer,” Correll said. “I wouldn’t go so far as to say we have a magic formula, but in less than three years of operation, we have witnessed a very positive phenomenon of growth and success among our members and guests, and we’ve been fortunate to attract significant investment from donors and granting organizations for continued development of our programs.” 

More information on Fab Lab ICC programs is available by contacting Correll at or 620-252-5349.

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