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Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge Commitment Checklist


Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP) Commitment Checklist


As the first step in the process, identify a “champion” on campus to begin identifying other talent on and off campus to support the activities of the college.  The internal champion must be committed to including everyone so that all groups are invested in the process, and ensures that entrepreneurs are at the table and driving these conversations to ensure relevancy of the activities and resources to the end users.

College Champion for Entrepreneurship: ___________________________________________________

(Champion Name, Title)

Five Action Steps for Creating Economic Vitality Through Entrepreneurship

  1. Create or Expand Internal & External Teams Dedicated to Entrepreneurship
    • _____   INTERNAL— NACCE Membership Team (10 seats + President). Appoint NACCE membership team representative of entrepreneurship education in the classroom, workforce and economic development, Board of Trustees, marketing, foundation, entrepreneur(s), etc.
    • _____   INTERNAL— Expand the NACCE Membership Team to include representatives from every area of campus to meet on a regular basis and discuss all activities related to entrepreneurship.
    • _____   EXTERNAL—Identify entrepreneurs and other groups outside of the college (SBDC’s, Women’s Business Centers, Universities, Business Incubators, Chambers, Economic Development Organizations) that are interested in supporting entrepreneurship in your community.
    • _____   EXTERNAL—Develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem mapping an easily navigated landscape of resources available to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the college’s community.
  2. Increase Entrepreneurs' Engagement in Community Colleges
    • _____   Include entrepreneurs and small business owners on academic program advisory boards.
    • _____   Develop a directory of college alumni who are small business owners in the community.
    • _____   Identify, engage, and convene at least five entrepreneurs in your community.
    • _____   Build student internship and off-campus student employment opportunities with entrepreneurs and small business owners.
  3. Engage in Industry Cluster Development
    • _____   External team reflects the region’s industry clusters.

    • _____   Internal and external team agendas and meetings include local and regional industry trends.

    • _____   Hold industry focused entrepreneur & small business events (i.e. arts, tourism, auto, health care)

  4. Leverage Both Community College and Community Assets to Spur Innovation and Job Creation
    • _____   Identify People (intellectual capital, human capital, skills, expertise, networks, designers)
    • _____   Identify Place (equipment, space, accelerator, incubator, co-working, meet-ups)
    • _____   Identify Materials (facilities, equipment, FabLabs).
  5. Create Buzz and Broad Exposure of your College's Commitment to Entrepreneurship
    • _____   Internal team includes college marketing and public relations.

    • _____   Submit content to NACCE weekly e-news, blogs, quarterly journal to promote work nationally

    • _____   Include entrepreneurship activities and accomplishments in annual reporting to constituents.


Ready to Commit?

By signing the PFEP, you are joining NACCE and other leading entrepreneurship-focused organizations committed to helping America’s economy grow.

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