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Sponsors and Exhibitors

NACCE is proud to have support from the sponsors and companies listed below. We hope you'll take advantage of the exceptional offerings from these companies to improve and advance your entrepreneurship education programs!
Click here to view the NACCE Sponsorship Prospectus

 

Title Sponsor

Founded in 1983, Intuit Inc. provides an ecosystem of desktop and online business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals. Our flagship products and services, including QuickBooks, TurboTax, Quicken and Mint, help customers solve important business and financial management problems, such as running a small business, paying bills, filing income taxes, or managing personal finances. Demandforce offers marketing and communication tools for small businesses, while ProSeries and Lacerte are Intuit's leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants.

No longer confined to the desktop or laptop, we create products with a mobile-first mentality ideal for those who want anywhere, anytime access to their personal or business finances. We're stretching our markets beyond the traditional North American boundaries, with a growing presence in Europe, India and Australia. 

Beyond the easy-to-use technology solutions we offer to small businesses, Intuit also strives to partner with government and small business leaders to support entrepreneurship around the globe.

For more information on the company, visit www.intuit.com and for additional information on Intuit's philanthropy efforts, visit www.intuitempowers.com




Conference Partners

 The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts. Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs; improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses. arc.gov


The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grantmaker focusing primarily on the Midwest. Foundation resources support Cancer diagnosis, treatment and support; Disability Services; and Education - with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship. In 1981, the Foundation began to question why individuals are encouraged to "get a job" rather than to create one. Since that time the Foundation has committed over $40 million to promote the option of self-employment, improve the quality of entrepreneurship education, and help create a new generation of business owners. Colemanfoundation.org

 

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society.

By combining the expertise of our people and the industry’s broadest technology portfolio, we are in a unique position to create solutions that make lives better in a world that is sustainable, where people are healthy and the economy is thriving. We collaborate with others on technology-driven innovations to solve the world’s greatest challenges, focusing on areas where we can have the greatest impact - education, the environment, health and the community.

HP has a long tradition of supporting innovation in education. We work with education leaders, institutions and governments to develop classroom and ‘beyond the classroom’ solutions, and to scale them globally for the benefit of millions of teachers and students. Our areas of focus are:

  • Empowering entrepreneurs
  • Transforming STEMx (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and other 21st Century skills)
  • Education
  • Driving the shift toward personalized learning
  • life-global.org

 

The John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Charitable Foundation is a family foundation

established in the state of Illinois in 1991 by John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes. As a successful entrepreneur, John is keenly aware of the opportunities that self-employment can provide to both the individual and to the community. The Foundation strives to maintain the entrepreneurial spirit and approach in its grant making by looking for targeted opportunities to partner with Grantees who demonstrate a strong desire to grow their organizations, improve their capacity, enhance their programs and demonstrate sustainable results. Grantmaking focuses primarily on the Midwest and the Southwest with programs in education – with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship; medical treatment, and small emerging community organizations. HFHope.org


The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn

 

The Burton D. Morgan Foundation has been pivotal in building the Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and supporting the startup community and experiential entrepreneurship education. A legacy of entrepreneur Burton D. Morgan, the Foundation leverages its resources to build networks of people, ideas, organizations, and opportunities that foster the entrepreneurial spirit in the region. 
www.bdmorganfdn.org

 



Gold Sponsor


 

Entrepreneurship is a mindset and in today's world it’s a mindset everyone needs. Serving academic institutions, government agencies, and community organizations, the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative is a global thought leader and provider of entrepreneurial mindset education programs Our flagship Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, developed in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, is redefining how entrepreneurship is taught in classrooms and communities around the world. Learn more at WhoOwnsTheIceHouse.com

 

GrowthWheel® is a tool for business advisors to help business owners make decisions and take action. With GrowthWheel® advisors can offer a full 360° perspective on the business and use paper-based and/or online tools to empower the clients to do more work, or to get more output from group training sessions. GrowthWheel have since 2008 certified and licensed more than 1400 business advisors, incubator managers and entrepreneurship educators in 29 US states and 26 countries around the world. Learn more by joining one of the bi-weekly free webinars at www.growthwheel.com/webinars.



Silver Sponsor


Founded in 1973 to serve the public interest, the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF) stands up for consumers and champions ethical entrepreneurship through its partnerships with consumer advocates, educators, public policy officials and the entrepreneurship community. DSEF’s programs engage and educate the public on the ways direct selling empowers individuals, supports communities and strengthens economies worldwide. In partnership with NACCE, DSEF developed the Direct Selling Entrepreneur Program, a 10-module, 30-hour community college curriculum designed to provide students with the small business management skills they need to build successful direct selling businesses. Visit us at 
www.dsef.org.

 
The Fox Valley Technical College’s (FVTC) Venture Center is a community of entrepreneurs, business owners, and business and community leaders headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin. The Venture Center provides entrepreneurial and small business training that drives economic development via business start-ups and expansions. For more than a decade e-seed™, our signature training series, has served thousands of people and helped to launch hundreds of businesses in FVTC’s district and beyond. During e-seed small business owners new and early stage companies learn the better art of entrepreneurship and small business management, identify their business model, create a business plan and build their network. Today e-seed is being offered by colleges and organizations throughout Wisconsin and around the country. Contact the FVTC Venture Center and bring e-seed to your college, today! www.venturecenterwi.biz
 

 globalEDGE.msu.edu: The #1 site for “international business resources,” this FREE website offers a wealth of tools and data on all aspects of IB and trade. 

Biennial International Business Institute for Community College Faculty (IBI): Since 1995, the IBI has prepared 500+ faculty from 44 states to develop and teach IB courses and programs. global.broad.msu.edu/ibc


We are a federally-funded national resource center providing superior education, research, and assistance to multiple stakeholders on issues related to international trade and global competitiveness; we especially focus on supporting international business education at community colleges and offer a number of resources and programs for faculty and students. 

 

Peregrine Academic Services is a globally recognized leader in providing online services for institutions of higher education related to program-level assessment exams, education modules used for academic leveling and learning assurance, and APA writing style competency development. We have assessment exams available for business, accounting/finance, early childhood education, general education, healthcare administration, and public administration programs. Customizable program-level assessment and academic leveling fulfill several essential accreditation requirements related to quality, accountability, and continuous improvement. Peregrine Academic Services solves accreditation challenges with customized academic solutions to improve the quality of higher education in the US and throughout the world.
www.peregrineacademics.com



Lanyard Sponsor
Venture Highway is an online platform built to help people teach entrepreneurship.  We provide the content, weekly presentations, midterms, finals, assignments,  & syllabus – basically everything except the instructor.  We are more agile and current than a textbook.  The curriculum is integrated with tools like a business plan builder and a business model canvas, and there is a dashboard for managing the classroom.  We strive to balance the theoretical and practical approaches to teaching entrepreneurship.

www.venturehighway.com

 


 
Student Entrepreneur Award Sponsor

The mission of the American Institute for Economic Research is to produce useful economic analysis and information to help ordinary Americans protect their interests and those of the nation.  By producing non-partisan and objective economic analysis, AIER seeks to foster greater understanding of the fundamental economic relationships affecting people in the United States, both as individuals and as members of a complex society.

 

AIER established a scholarship Fund in memory of C. Lowell Harriss, an economist whose groundbreaking theories on land tax reform led to a widening of public spaces and improved quality of life in the U.S. and beyond. He taught economics at Columbia University for 43 years, from 1938 to 1981.

 

In honor of Dr. Harriss and in recognition of the impact of entrepreneurship in stimulating the economy, AIER is sponsoring the Student Entrepreneur Award at NACCE2014 for community and technical college students who own and operate their own business while pursuing their college studies.  


Alumni Entrepreneur Award Sponsor
ed2go, a part of Cengage Learning, provides high-quality online continuing education courses that are affordable and easy to use through a network of more than 2,200 top colleges and universities. As a online college, we offer the latest instructor-led online courses from the top professionals in their field.

www.ed2go.com




Exhibitors

CreatorUp is the e-learning platform to learn to make great video content.  Our curriculum includes courses and certification programs for media entrepreneurs, as well for entrepreneurs who want to use video to tell their story, build their business, and grow their audience. 

  

Deziner Software’s flagship product line, Intercept℠, is the premier software tool for entrepreneurs and small businesses to easily create robust, professional grade financial models that incorporate directly into a business plan.  Deziner Software also integrates consulting and case studies submitted by the academic community to provide entrepreneurs a comprehensive business creation experience.

 

Kauffman FastTrac® is the world's leading provider of education and tools for both aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. By providing key business insights and skills, leadership experiences, and valuable networking and mentoring opportunities needed to start, grow, and lead businesses, Kauffman FastTrac® has served more than 350,000 entrepreneurs around the world since 1993.

 

Kiva is a non profit that supports entrepreneurs around the world with interest free loans that are crowdfunded on their website Kiva.org. Kiva Zip is the US program of Kiva where they are offering interest free loans up to $5,000 for financially excluded entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their business.

 

lyndaCampus provides an entire school, district, college, or university with unlimited, cost-effective, organization-wide access to the vast lynda.com library of instructional videos. lyndaCampus gives students, faculty, and staff of any skill level the ability to watch bite-size tutorials for immediate problem solving or take comprehensive courses from start to finish—at school, at home, or on the go.

 

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.
www.skillsusa.org

 

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