NACCE 2013 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!
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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.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. In addition, the Foundation focuses on initiatives in the Kansas City region to advance students' math and science skills, and improve the educational achievement of urban students. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo.
Quality, name-brand merchandise at exceptional prices: It sounds simple enough, but at Sam's Club, it's a concept we take to a higher level. Our 600 plus locations are not only terrific places to save money, but also destinations for solutions that can help ease an entrepreneur's busy schedule. Whether stocking a business, selecting new electronics or getting ready for a special event, our Members count on Sam's Club as their source for the products and services they need to keep things running smoothly.
As a company founded by a true entrepreneur – Sam Walton – Sam's Club was started to help small businesses to be successful nearly 30 years ago, and today we're constantly enhancing existing products and services in order to help small business thrive. In addition to products to run a small business or resell, Sam's Club offers a wide array of business services, including online SBA loans, a merchant credit card program, and even health screenings. For information visit SamsClub.com/business or SamsClub.com giving to learn about how we can help entrepreneurs plan, manage and grow as well as how we give back.
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)
- Driving the shift toward personalized learning
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.
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.
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.
Augusoft® develops and maintains Lumens®, a cloud-based (SaaS) enrollment management system designed for the continuing education industry. With Lumens, continuing education and entrepreneurial programs can manage their open enrollment, certificate programs, workforce development, and corporate education businesses all in one system. Augusoft combines innovative technology with industry best practices backed by exemplary customer service. Focused on being a partner and catalyst for business growth – both within our industry and beyond Augusoft is proud to have NACCE as a strategic partner.
Interise stimulates economic revitalization in lower income communities. We provide a diverse group of small business owners with entrepreneurial education, new networks, and access to markets. Our community creates jobs, grows businesses, and develops community leaders.
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. 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!
PlanningShop is America’s leading publisher specializing in entrepreneurship, business planning and small business. Their practical, actionable books and software are used in over 1000 business schools, including 22 of the top 25 entrepreneurship programs. Their full line of resources – including their newest book - Entrepreneurship: A Real-World Approach and their flagship Successful Business Plan: Secrets & Strategies -- have helped millions of entrepreneurs launch and grow companies.
All PlanningShop products are based on years of real-world experience from entrepreneurs, funding sources, CEOs and other strategic players. They also offer supporting instructors materials. For free review copies, contact Jeff Kuo – Jeff@PlanningShop.com
Welcome Reception Sponsor
The Better Smarter Richer program shows solo entrepreneurs (solopreneurs) a path to financial success. The program is a comprehensive coaching process that consists of the original Better Smarter Richer fill-in-the blanks work book, an on-line study group cohort, complete facilitator’ guide, and access to my on-line short classes that support learning and development. This program teaches solos how to make money doing the work they love!
Award and Media Sponsor
Community College Week and ccweek.com, published by Autumn Publishing Enterprises, provide an independent voice for faculty, administrators, and trustees at the nation’s community, technical, and junior colleges. With 26 annual issues and weekly updates, Community College Week’s 30,000+ readers find a one-stop source for education news and features, vital statistics and analyses of issues and events critical to community colleges. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013, Community College Week has been providing unrivaled coverage since 1988. News and hot topics may change, but Community College Week's commitment to community colleges never will.
We are an international organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference and develop the skills to become socially responsible leaders. Students form teams and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the lives of people in need.
Empact has held over 500 events exposing individuals to entrepreneurship through its Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour and annually celebrates the role of young entrepreneurs age 35 and under through the Empact100 list and showcase with recognition events held at the White House, US Chamber of Commerce and United Nations.
Euromonitor International is the world’s leading provider for global business intelligence and strategic market analysis. We have over 40 years of experience publishing international market reports, business reference books and online databases on consumer markets.
Entrepreneurship is a mindset. And, in today’s world, it’s a mindset every student needs. Built for rigor and relevance, the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is redefining entrepreneurship education in classrooms and communities throughout the US and around the world. Learn how to implement this program in your community.
The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) is the world's leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. It provides thousands of professionals with the information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies.
REAL Entrepreneurship is based upon action learning techniques drawing on over 100activities based on actual situations faced by small business owners. The activities develop basic business skills in areas such as determining feasibility of the business idea, managing operations, creating marketing tools, monitoring finances and developing a business plan.
panOpen provides colleges and universities with the tools and services they require to successfully adopt open educational resources. We align the interests of all the stakeholders—faculty, administrators, and students—and create a foundation for increasing student academic success.
PitchPoint/SouthEast Missouri University
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University is one of the most comprehensive entrepreneurship-focused university centers in the Midwest, offering a wide array of academic and outreach programs and services, including: innovation development and research; entrepreneurship education, training and mentorship; and business incubation and development services.
Venture Highway is a platform designed specifically to teach entrepreneurship! We partner with colleges to provide courses designed for the classroom. Our courses include the curriculum, presentations, a dashboard for managing assignments & grades, and interactive tools to build a business plan or business model canvas.
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation faculty of experienced entrepreneurs and scholar teachers provides students with skills to think creatively and successfully launch sustainable businesses. Two undergraduate entrepreneurship degrees (BSE/BSBA) are offered on campus and online. The Master of Entrepreneurship degree is offered online for those needing teaching credentials.
Western Carolina University