Shared Vision for Small Business
Seven colleges were recipients
of grants in the "Shared Vision for Small Business” grant competition
conducted by the National Association for
Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and the Sam’s Club Giving
Program. The grants were announced at NACCE’s 11th Annual Conference.
NACCE serves as the Shared
Vision project director for the funded colleges and is the liaison with Sam’s
Club for the tracking and reporting of project activities and outcomes. The objective of this project focuses
on microenterprises and colleges scaling up current training and services, and also
creating new training programs based upon business need.
Expected project outcomes
for business owners are to (1) gain capabilities through new skills, processes,
or technologies; (2) view community college as a support system for continued
success, and (3) have the knowledge to recognize and address skill gaps. Colleges are expected to sustain their
efforts in training microbusinesses by leveraging funding opportunities,
creating new revenue streams, creating awareness of resources for
microbusinesses, and evaluating the value of their training. NACCE will convert the
project outcomes into training and resources, giving NACCE member colleges the access
to content for replication at their respective colleges.
The community colleges
receiving grants and focus of their work plans are as follows:
- Fox Valley Technical
College, Appleton, WI. "Marketing
Made Lean” workshops and curriculum development.
- Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA. Core curriculum development for Small
Business Management and sub training programs.
- Delgado Community
College, New Orleans, LA. Intake
assessment development, training, and launching of Small Business Centers. Participation in Sam’s Club Boot Camp
for Food Entrepreneurs.
- Salt Lake City
Community College, Salt Lake City, UT. "Lean Start Coaching Program.”
Kentucky Community & Technical College, Cumberland, KY. "Selling to the World Summit.”
State Community College, Blountville, TN. "Entrepreneurial
Ecosystem Mapping, Assessment of Needs, and Training.”
- Southern West Virginia
Community & Technical College, Foster, WV. "E-Commerce Training.” Tourism industry sector –
"We wish to
congratulate the community colleges receiving grants for their dedication to
teaching entrepreneurship and their willingness to expand and improve their
approach,” said Susan Koehler, Senior Manager, Community Involvement, Sam’s
Club. "We know how challenging it can be for small business owners to make
time to work on their business vs. managing the day-to-day. We hope our
Business Members and local entrepreneurs will explore how community colleges
can serve them to grow their operations, ultimately helping them to increase
revenue and create jobs.”
The Sam’s Club
Giving Program is committed to building stronger communities through
philanthropic efforts with a focus on small business growth and success. To
learn more, visit SamsClub.com/giving.