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Keynotes Announced for 8TH Annual NACCE Conference

Monday, July 26, 2010   (0 Comments)
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 Orlando Meeting, Oct. 10-13, 2010, Offers Impressive Line-up
of Keynote Speakers Plus Over 50 Informative Sessions


Springfield, MA – July 26, 2010 - Community college entrepreneurship faculty and administrators from across the country will head to Orlando, FL, October 10-13, for the 8th Annual Conferenceof the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, being held at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios®. With a theme of Entrepreneurship: the Community College Role in Economic Vitality, the NACCE conference will offer over 50 cutting-edge sessions on topics related to how community colleges can make an impact in their community's economic future.

"In the past two years of economic uncertainty, tens of thousands of people seeking new career opportunities – including many who have decided the time is right to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams – have turned to community colleges for help,” says NACCE Executive Director, Heather Van Sickle. "At this year's NACCE conference community college professionals will gather to discuss how they can best respond to the critical need for entrepreneurship education programs and services that will help these individuals renew their own economic well-being and thereby bring new economic vitality to the community as a whole.”

Elevator Grant Competition and Keynoters

The hugely popular Elevator Grant Competition, via which $135,700 in grants was awarded to schools by the Coleman Foundationlast year, will again be part of the NACCE conference. The "elevator grant” method is based on the business planning skill of describing a new business venture in a three-minute pitch that could be given to a potential investor during an elevator ride. Immediate deliberation by the foundation's board and staff ensured "on the spot” funding with grant checks presented throughout keynote sessions of the conference. Information on how to sign up to participate in this year's competition will soon be released.

A full roster of keynoters from the public, business, and educational sectors is another highlight of the upcoming conference. Included are:

Marie Johns, deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration. At the SBA, Johns contributes to management of the agency and development of SBA policy. Until 2004, Johns was president of Verizon D.C., where she was responsible for nearly 2000 employees and more than 800,000 customers, including many small businesses. She is a long-time economic development and education advocate, spearheading such ventures as a Verizon-sponsored program that trains out-of-school youth for careers in technology. As chair of the DC Chamber of Commerce, as well as chair of its Small Business Committee, Johns helped small businesses get technical assistance and mentoring from larger area firms, and helped create a Visitors Center to encourage tourists to explore more of Washington's many vibrant neighborhoods and visit local small businesses.

• William Scott Green, senior program consultant, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation & professor of Religious Studies, senior vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Education, University of Miami. Since joining the University of Miami in a newly created position in 2006, Green has exercised overall responsibility for enhancing the quality of the undergraduate experience and strengthening the integration of university-wide undergraduate curricular and co-curricular initiatives. A nationally recognized leader in undergraduate education, he previously served as dean of the College at the University of Rochester and Philip S. Bernstein Professor of Judaic Studies.

David W. "Famous Dave" Anderson, founder of the Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que, a chain of restaurants with over 180 locations in 36 states. He is author of Recipe for Success: Famous Dave Anderson's Secrets to Becoming a Success. Anderson, who is a Choctaw and Ojibwe Indian, served as assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Interior under President George W. Bush. He also has served several governors in advisory positions regarding community economic development and small business.

Andre Taylor, author of You Can Still Win!, and many other books, audio, and video titles. Taylor is a regular contributor to ABC News, Money Matters, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Taylor Insight Worldwide, a premier leadership development firm providing innovative, forward-moving advice, information, and resources for entrepreneurs, sales professionals, and entrepreneurial enterprises. He's been featured in a wide range of national media and won numerous awards. Taylor serves on the foundation board and is a graduate of LaGuardia Community College and has served as the college's Entrepreneur in Residence.

Michael Simmons, bestselling author and co-founder and CEO of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour (EET). EET brings the country's top young entrepreneurs to college campuses to spread the entrepreneurial mindset during a half-day conference. Started in 2006, the tour has visited over 130 schools nation-wide and has received the Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations and the Program of the Year award from Northern Michigan University. The EET has visited numerous NACCE-member campuses.

Conference program tracks will include:

• Effective Partnerships and Collaboration

• Marketing My Program

• Supporting Existing Entrepreneurs

• Curriculum Development and Enhancement

• Specialty & Outreach Programs

Pre-conference Symposium

An optional full-day pre-conference symposium, entitled "Best Practices in Developing Entrepreneurship Initiatives within Community Colleges,” will be offered on October 10. In addition, two half day pre-conference workshops "Business Incubation and "Articulation – Up and Down” Will be offered. Full descriptions, presenters and fees can be found at

Conference Fees

Conference registration includes admission to all general and breakout sessions, networking receptions, breakfasts, and lunch. The cost is $675 for NACCE members and $775 for nonmembers. Those who register by Friday, September 10, will save $100 off the registration price. Also, guests accompanying conference attendees can register for $275 to obtain access to the exhibits, receptions, breakfasts and lunch. Registration and all conference information can be found at



NACCE connects community college administrators and faculty with knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurial thinking, entrepreneurship education, and student business incubation. NACCE holds an annual conference and symposium, publishes a quarterly journal, hosts monthly webinars and podcasts and a dynamic list-serv, develops Web resources such as shared entrepreneurship curricula and syllabi for faculty, and creates guides in beginning and sustaining entrepreneurship and student business incubation programs as well as tips for grant proposals specific to entrepreneurial endeavors at community colleges. For more information, visit



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