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Tuesday, October 10 from 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM



Introducing the Direct Selling Education Foundation "Teaching Ambassadors Program":  An Industry-Entrepreneurship Opportunity for Community College Faculty

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, October 10, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Room: Roseate Spoonbill

Description: The Direct Selling distribution channel is a business start-up and expansion option that is garnering attention in the entrepreneurship sector as a technology-driven alternative to bricks and mortar business models. This session will share the latest data on the direct selling industry and highlight the free curriculum resources provided by the Direct Selling Education Foundation. Additionally, the session will introduce you to an opportunity to become one of 20 select community college faculty with special access to the direct selling industry, DSEF teaching resources, and company executives who bring the industry to life for current and future entrepreneurs.

Learning Objectives:

  •  Participants will learn more about direct selling as a distribution channel and how this channel offers distinct advantages to entrepreneurs looking to take their idea national or international.  Participants will see how the direct selling channel aligns with the growth of the gig economy and what additional benefits a direct selling business model provides both the entrepreneur and their distribution partners.
  • Participants will preview current industry data and the free resources provided through the Direct Selling Education Foundation and learn how to access them for their classroom or college.
  • Participants will have the ability to apply on site to become one of a select number of DSEF Teaching Ambassadors and learn the features and benefits of this new program.

Presented by:

Nancy Laichas

Chief of Entrepreneurship Initiatives,
Direct Selling Education Foundation (Washington DC)




Dr. Christine Mollenkopf-Pigsley

Assistant Professor/Program Director, Applied Organizational Studies
Minnesota State University Mankato & a DSEF Fellow



Be the Best Entrepreneurship Educator You Can Be!


Date & Time: Tuesday, October 10, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Room: White Ibis North   

Description: GrowthWheel is a visual way of looking at areas of business that entrepreneurship educators already know about, and which entrepreneurs and business owners are already working on.

GrowthWheel helps structure the learning experience on the four challenges that are the same for all companies:

  • Creating an attractive business concept
  • Building a strong organization
  • Establishing lasting customer relations
  • Maintaining profitable operations

The GrowthWheel Framework breaks down the four challenges into 20 Focus Areas. For each of the Focus Areas there is a package of visual materials to be used for working on start-ups and business cases in the classroom — or outside. The GrowthWheel Toolbox contains all that is needed for a course of 10-20 sessions/weeks. Instructors can build a curriculum entirely based on GrowthWheel or add GrowthWheel modules to an existing course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an overview of the GrowthWheel toolbox and its applications
  • Learn how to incorporate the GrowthWheel training modules into your course curriculum or as a continuing education series
  • View a demo of how GrowthWheel Online can be used to track student and client progress

Presented by:

David Madié
Founder and CEO
GrowthWheel International




Elizabeth Binning
Product and Learning Specialist
GrowthWheel International





Using HP LIFE In Your Classroom, CTE Program, SBDC/SBC and More! - Click HERE to view slides

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, October 10, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Room: White Ibis South   

Description: HP LIFE e-Learning is a free, self-paced, online program available for students, entrepreneurs, and small business owners to learn the skills needed to establish and/or grow a business. HP LIFE provides 27 interactive course modules covering topics in finance, operations, marketing and communications, numerous recorded presentations and webinar opportunities, a business planning tool and many other teaching and student resources . Available in seven languages, HP LIFE is used by over 600,000 students, entrepreneurs and small business owners across the globe, and in community college classrooms like yours across the US.

Learning Objectives:

  • Watch an overview of HP LIFE eLearning
  • Discuss how to implement HP LIFE in a business classroom, CTE program or SBDC/SBC outreach

Presented by:

Leah Deppert
Manager of Marketing & Communications




Dr. Darcie L. Tumey
Director for Business Administration
Catawba Valley Community College




Kimberly Simons
Professor of Business Administration
Madisonville Community College






Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 10, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Room: Cormorant 

Description: How do we engage students and workers to take ownership, become self-directed, and add value by solving problems? Ice House is an experiential, problem-based learning program designed to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset in individuals, organizations, and communities. The program empowers learners by exposing them to entrepreneurial thinking while immersing them in entrepreneurial experiences that will develop creativity and critical thinking, effective problem finding and solving, and teamwork - 21st century workforce skills that will enable them to succeed no matter their chosen path.

Participants in this session will receive a copy of Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how Ice House impacts individuals, organizations, and communities
  • Understand the Ice House philosophy, concepts, and delivery model
  • Differentiate between the Ice House Programs and intended audiences for delivery

Presented by:

Bree LangemoJ.D.
The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative




QuickBooks in the Classroom 
 – There is such thing as a free lunch

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, October 10, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Room: Herring Gull 

Description: Intuit Education is excited to partner with Certiport share the “Learn, Practice, Certify” method and other best practices on how to implement our free software in your classroom.  Learn why more than 85% of small business utilize QuickBooks to help run their financials and how you can help your students leave with confidence and certification. 

Learning Objectives:

  • How to implement QuickBooks in the classroom
  • Learn how to increase students’ financial IQ with business accounting software
  • How to cap your students’ learnings with industry recognized certifications through Certiport

Presented by:

Scott Stoddart 
Director of Higher Education

Nico Valencia
Partner Manager
Intuit Education





ShopBot Tools, Inc:
We Make the Tools for Making the Future


Date & Time: Tuesday, October 10, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Room: Sandhill Crane North 

Description: Whether you are prototyping a new design, or putting a product into production, ShopBot’s CNC routers are valuable tools for your Digital Lab/Maker Space/Manufacturing Facility. With a range of sizes and configurations, ShopBots can mill a circuit board, or manufacture large scale designs such as furniture and theatre sets. Engrave or machine wood, plastics, and non-ferrous metals. Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) and –Machining (CAM) softwares included with each ShopBot make it easy for beginners to get started, or advanced engineers to import their files for complex 3D machining.

Learning Objectives:

  • Experience the power of ShopBot in Education and in Manufacturing
  • Teach skills for existing jobs, or push the envelope to innovate new products
  • With a network for Distributed Manufacturing: design globally, manufacture locally

Presented by:

Sallye Coyle, Ph.D.
Director of Community Outreach
ShopBot Tools, Inc.


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