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Charles Eason

Residence: Fairfield, California

Organization:  Solano Community College

Occupation: Small Business Sector Navigator

First job: If you don’t count a paper route or mowing lawns, I worked briefly as a dog groomer.

Philosophy: Your environment is not what shapes you; it is how you react to your environment that is the key to achieving what you want.

Favorite music: Classic Rock

Favorite movie:  October Sky

Favorite book:  Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

What got me interested in my work: After being laid off as an aerospace engineer in the early 90’s, I decided to go back to my entrepreneurial roots and ended up buying a business. That led to me becoming a business broker and then to a career as a Small Business Development Center Director, which has allowed me to work with literally hundreds of entrepreneurs.

Greatest accomplishment: Securing Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding through the National Science Foundation (NSF) to work on commercializing an innovative rapid prototyping technology. The project allowed me to tap into both my technical and business background and skills.

Success is... Helping others achieve what they want in life.

Favorite Quote:“It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.” - Jim Rohn

Current Project/s:  As part of the “Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy” framework that the California Community College Chancellor’s Office launched, we are working to embed small business and entrepreneurship modules into the existing Career Technical Education (CTE) programs at the 112 community colleges across the state. Another project we have coming up is a set of regional business plan pitch competitions that will roll up to a statewide business plan pitch competition.

How has NACCE impacted your work?  NACCE has helped me learn about how other community colleges across the nation are promoting and developing entrepreneurship. It has also provided me with some great connections to programs such as the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI), HP LIFE e-Learning, Kauffman FastTrac, and individual projects being developed by faculty here in California.

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