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NACCE Entrepreneurial College in Action Grant,
Powered by The Coleman Foundation

To make a change on campus, NACCE and the Coleman Foundation are focusing on the first two steps in the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge. In October 2013, Grants were made to colleges to create and expand internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship OR to increase entrepreneurs’ engagement on campus.

Applications for the 2014 competition will be available in the summer of 2014.


NACCE Fellows Program

In November of 2012, NACCE partnered with The Coleman Foundation to launch the NACCE Fellows Program.

The NACCE Fellows Program is an opportunity for NACCE members – including community college faculty, staff, administrators, and leadership – to contribute directly to applied research in entrepreneurship education and to improve NACCE's educational offerings to members.

There are three areas of focus that have been funded through The Coleman Foundation:

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Curriculum and Training (Application period is closed for this area)
  • Community Outreach

NACCE-Sam's Club Shared Vision for Small Business Competition

Sam’s Club has generously funded a second round of the Shared Vision for Small Business grant competition. With this grant, the main focus will be on providing training and services for microenterprises. These are generally defined as businesses at least a year old that have one to five employees; and have revenue of under $100,000. The colleges will use the grants to offer short-term, just-in-time training and services that address skill gaps in the key areas of finances, marketing, networking, and access to capital.

The community colleges receiving grants in this round of the "Shared Vision for Small Business” program are:


Opening the Door for Entrepreneurship in Appalachia Grant Program

Through funding provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission, NACCE will strengthen the ability of participating community colleges to better provide entrepreneurial education to their residents; and will work to connect participating community colleges to the national entrepreneurial movement.

Overarching goals of the project:

  • Community colleges located in ARC-designated distressed counties will emerge as anchors of local entrepreneurship movements.
  • Community colleges in distressed counties will be strong partners in growth with entrepreneurs, the businesses they’re creating, and political and civic organizations.

Participating colleges will have exclusive access to NACCE’s new Appalachian Entrepreneurship Fellow, Griffin Cottle. Other NACCE resources that will be made available to the 12 colleges are travel scholarships for NACCE events and full scholarships for NACCE’s Entrepreneurship Specialist Certificate Online Training.

Guiding questions for the project:

  • 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?
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