Seven community colleges were announced
as 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, which was held in Charlotte, NC,
this grant, the main focus will be on providing training and services for
microenterprises. These are generally defined as businesses at least a year old
that have one to five employees and have revenue of under $100,000. The owners
must be interested and invested in growth. The colleges will use the grants to
offer short-term, just-in-time training and services that address skill gaps in
the key areas of finances, marketing, networking, and access to capital.
"We’re excited to continue our
relationship with Sam’s Club,” said NACCE President and CEO Heather Van Sickle.
"The success of last year’s grant recipients in strengthening their programs
for small businesses was very encouraging. This year we will develop lessons
learned by last year’s grantees and this year’s grantees into a ‘train the
trainer’ curriculum built on the best practices. This curriculum will be
available to other NACCE member colleges that are interested in identifying organic,
locally funded approaches to innovative programming for local microbusiness
colleges receiving grants in this round of the "Shared Vision for Small
Business” program are:
Valley Technical College,
Beach City College, Long Beach, CA.
• Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA.
• Salt Lake City Community College, Salt Lake City, UT
• Southeast Kentucky Community &
Technical College, Cumberland, KY
• Northeast State Community College, Blountville,
• Southern West Virginia Community
& Technical College, Foster,
"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
About Sam’s Club Giving
Sam’s Club Giving Program is committed to building stronger communities through
philanthropic efforts with a focus on small business growth and success. Sam’s
Club and the Sam’s Club Giving Program gave $106.4 million in cash and in-kind
gifts over the 2012 fiscal year including donating the equivalent of 50 million
meals to local feeding America food banks. Associates from more than 600 U.S.
clubs contributed more than 300,000 hours to volunteering at local businesses
and nonprofits, enabling more than $3.2 million in awards to eligible
organizations through the Volunteerism Always Pays (VAP) program. To learn
more, visit SamsClub.com/giving.