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Pilot Curriculum Equips Entrepreneurs at Community Colleges

Friday, November 4, 2011   (0 Comments)
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by Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh, Silpada Designs


Entrepreneurs of our generation didn’t have the educational opportunities they do today. We had to try, sometimes fail and try again. That’s why we’re very excited that the Direct Selling Education Foundation is partnering with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to offer college curriculum aimed at educating and preparing female and male entrepreneurs with the business skills to be successful direct sellers.

The pilot curriculum—called the Direct Selling Entrepreneur Certificate—will professionalize the direct selling entrepreneur with education, business acumen and third-party validation from publicly funded community colleges. The pilot is expected to be tested this fall with a larger roll-out planned for late spring or early summer 2012.

This is the first widespread curriculum that will be made available through a network of publicly funded higher education institutions in support of direct sales. No individual company could have piloted this program alone, and it is phenomenal to have the support of the DSEF on our industry’s behalf.

The curriculum, a major project under the DSEF’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, will give direct selling entrepreneurs every opportunity to strengthen their skill sets and get entrepreneurial training that will support the education each individual direct sales company provides.

Read more about the Direct Selling Entrepreneur Certificate curriculum

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