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NACCE Initiatives Overview

NACCE is the premier organization for identifying best practices in high-impact entrepreneurship education within community colleges and the entrepreneurial ecosystems they serve. We work with select national partners who share our vision for developing the entrepreneurial mindset through dynamic communities of practice that inform the larger NACCE community as well as the national conversation on economic vitality through entrepreneurship. The following list represents our current and past initiatives. If your organization is interested in partnering with NACCE, please click here.

Current Initiatives 

Opening the Door for Entrepreneurship in Appalachia 

Beginning in 2013, NACCE partnered with the Appalachian Regional Commission to promote the efforts of community colleges in a three-state region and to ensure college efforts become a priority and a solution and lend their leadership in opening the door wider for entrepreneurship in Appalachia. For more information on this program, visit here.

  HP LIFE e-Learning

Since 2013, NACCE has brought HP LIFE e-Learning resources and insights to the community college campus and researched how this free online learning tool can be utilized to foster innovation, enable business starts and create jobs. HP LIFE e-Learning is a peer-reviewed Open Educational Resource for students, entrepreneurs and small business owners around the world who want to gain real-life business and IT skills to learn about, start or grow a businesses. To help you implement this free tool in your classroom, contact Leah Deppert at For more information on this program, visit here.

Intuit QuickBooks software 

NACCE has partnered with Intuit to provide our members with Intuit's popular QuickBooks software. To learn more about this program and to download this offer, please click here.

Direct Selling Entrepreneur Program

NACCE partnered with the Direct Selling Education Foundation to create a thirty-hour, non-credit course designed to provide direct sellers with the small business management and entrepreneurial skills that will allow them to run more successful direct selling businesses. This curriculum is available as a packaged set which includes the instructor’s materials, 20 student books, and social media and industry support from DSEF. To learn more, visit here.

Past Initiatives

Virtual Incubation Network

In 2011, NACCE and AACC worked with 11 community colleges across the country to test-drive new delivery mechanisms that included support provided at the business site and hybrid in-person and technology processes in order to create a toolkit for colleges in geographically isolated, depressed and hard-to-serve communities where they are needed most. You can access this free toolkit and lessons learned from this project here.

NACCE Entrepreneurial College in Action (ECIA) Grant Competition, Powered by The Coleman Foundation 

As part of the 11th Annual NACCE Conference, The Coleman Foundation and NACCE conducted the ECIA Grant Competition to advance the importance of implementing NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship action steps by funding 11 community colleges to create or expand internal and external teams or engaging entrepreneurs on their campus. For more information on this program, visit here.

Shared Vision for Small Business 2014 Cohort

Seven colleges are working with NACCE and Sam’s Club in 2014 to provide local microenterprises with training and services to help them (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.  For more information on this program, please visit here.

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