Opening the Door for Entrepreneurship in Appalachia
NACCE recently partnered with the Appalachian regional commission to promote the efforts of community colleges to ensure their efforts become a priority and a solution, and that their leadership can help open the door wider for entrepreneurship in Appalachia. This will be accomplished through the introduction of five existing NACCE initiatives to colleges located in Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Those five initiatives are:
- Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge
- NACCE Fellows Program
- Regional Summit Series
- NACCE Online Training
- NACCE Annual Conference
Participating community colleges that will have access to these resources over the coming year are:
|Big Sandy Community & Technical College|
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College
Hazard Community & Technical College
Maysville Community & Technical College
Somerset Community College
|Northeast State Community College|
Pellissippi State Community College
Roane State Community College
Walters State Community College
|Southern West Virigina Community & Technical College|
New River Community & Technical College
The "big questions” that we hope to answer through this partnership with ARC are:
- How can community colleges provide an infrastructure for research, development, and access to capital for small businesses in their communities?
- How can community colleges encourage communities and economies that tend to resist change adopt and embrace an entrepreneurial culture?
- What models of small business support work best in each community where these community colleges are located?
- How can all of the above activities be sustained at the local level?
NACCE’s Appalachian Entrepreneurship Fellow, Griffin Cottle, will work with each college to assess current entrepreneurial initiatives, match NACCE resources with college needs, and to co-create a sustainable plan to support small businesses through the community college.