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This blog contains all breakout session presentations from the 6th annual conference, January 4-7, 2009 in Anaheim CA. Feel free to share this with colleagues, and post comments on the blog.

 

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The New Normal: Community College Leadership and Innovation

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
The New Normal: Community College Leadership and Innovation

           

 

Guide Description:
This session presents strategies related to leadership and cultivation of entrepreneurship throughout the organization. Based on research, including the book, The Entrepreneurial Community College and dissertations, one on entrepreneurial leadership, the other on cultural congruency, the presenters will share research and lessons learned about transforming organizations by building new traditions through leadership & innovation.
 
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It has been more than three years since John Roueche and I wrote The Entrepreneurial Community College. Although much has changed since 2005, many of the same challenges continue to haunt college leaders. Certainly we can point to pockets of innovation where leaders have been successful in transforming practices to aptly leverage and grow college resources; however, there are still lessons to be learned beyond simply transforming programs and services; rather, there are lessons to be gleamed from looking with new eyes at how culture and leadership create occasions for change.

 

At a recent meeting I dedicated time to proposing several new innovations that our department could implement during the next year.  Throughout the conversation, several “old-timers” amended these ideas with admonitions. Although well-intentioned, these seasoned employees felt obligated to advocate for history, tradition and status quo.  They reiterated the value of maintaining normal practices. From across the room, a recently hired dean offered an unanticipated ray of hope and optimism, suggesting that it is time that we adopt “a new normal.” 

 

This presentation provides information related to the role that leadership and innovation play in creating a new normal for community colleges in the 21st century. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the unique qualities and characteristics inherent in an entrepreneurial leader, characteristics needed to bring about genuine transformation. Equally important will be a discussion concerning the role that culture plays in creating an entrepreneurial environment, with practical strategies identified to gently shape new directions and new traditions.
 
Barbara R. Jones-Kavalier, Ph.D., Vice President of Students Services, San Deigo Mesa College, CA
Suzanne L. Flannigan, Ph.D., Dean, Centre for Applied Managment, Lethbridge College, AB, Canada

Tags:  Leadership 

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Creating a Seamless Entrepreneurial Experience

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Creating a Seamless Entrepreneurial Experience

 

Guide Description:

“Creating a Seamless Entrepreneurial Experience” focuses on strategies which tie K-12 programs together with two-year and four-year colleges to provide a seamless transition. Age appropriate learning exercises allow children, youth, and adults to experience entrepreneurship.  Partnerships will also be examined to enhance a smooth transition to becoming an entrepreneur.     

 

Full Description:

“Creating a Seamless Entrepreneurial Experience” uses a systematic approach to tie K-12 programs to adult entrepreneurship programs in order to establish a transition from introduction to advanced entrepreneurship topics. Elements of the model include establishing partnerships with K-12 programs, youth groups, community development centers, churches, colleges, and universities.  Experiential learning activities provide the foundation to assist “would be” entrepreneurs to use action learning to examine entrepreneurship topics.   The children and youth portion includes identifying resources available in the local community, identifying desired businesses in a community, and research into unmet needs of the community.

 

The young adult and adult portion of “Creating a Seamless Entrepreneurial Experience” focuses on intermediate and advanced topics that lead to a successful entrepreneurial endeavor.  Topics include target marketing, connecting the market to the financial projectors, and the financial feasibility of the business concept.  The approach is important to create a vehicle where individuals start thinking about entrepreneurship as a viable option at a young age and continue the thought process through its completion.  Individuals often do not embrace an entrepreneurship model until they have been displaced from employment and are very adverse to making the transition into entrepreneurship.   The model becomes the vehicle which will allow practitioners to assist individuals throughout their “Entrepreneurial Growth Cycle.”

 

 Value-added handouts include the “Entrepreneurial Growth Cycle” Model, examples of age appropriate activities, and examples of community partnerships.  Participants will leave with an understanding of activities and approaches to focus on available community resources that foster the entrepreneurial spirit.

 

Joseph L. Fox, Ed.D., Business Administration Department Chair, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, NC

Tags:  Linking K-16 

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Building a Building and Building a Faculty – at the Same Time!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Building a Building and Building a Faculty – at the Same Time!

 

Guide Description:

How do you sustain building a facility and a faculty simultaneously and what happens henceforth? When 5000 km2 is renovated in order to create a different learning environment, there is plenty to do! When creating a faculty which can sustain and develop this different learning environment (a faculty sharing a passion of enhancing students’ learning through entrepreneurship), needless to say – times are indeed changing! This presentation will be present the story of the I-House (began June 2007, opened August 2008) presented by two lecturers who will depict a tale (including all the highs and lows) and share models pertaining to organizational change and innovation – the how’s and what’s and why’s and but’s. This session will be highly interactive and the attendees imagination will be challenged!

 

Pernille Berg, Head of Innovation and Development, Niels Brock, Copenhagen, DK  

Anne Marie Mathiasen, Senior Lecturer, Niels Brock, Copenhagen, DK

Maria Frøsig, Senior Lecturer, Niels Brock, Copenhagen, DK

Tags:  Faculty Development 

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Coaching the Female Entrepreneur: Getting Through the Stickiness

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Coaching the Female Entrepreneur: Getting Through the Stickiness

 

Guide Description:  

Along the long winding pathway to launching a business there are many “stuck” places. Some of the stuck places involve fiscal, marketing or business planning concerns. However, in looking at the root causes of being stuck, losing momentum, or hitting the wall, in greater depth, we have noticed that, particularly for women, being “stuck” involves individual developmental barriers. During this interactive presentation we will discuss case histories and strategies that have proven successful working with female entrepreneurs in moving through these challenging places.

 

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What does it take for a Mom who works full time and is raising three young children to start her own party planning business? How does a woman transition from a forty year career in the non profit sector to launching her own consulting practice at age sixty two? Where does a thirty something Iraq war veteran and breast cancer survivor find the perseverance to start her own multi media production company?

This interactive workshop will present these three cases and other examples of women who have discovered their purpose and calling by starting a business around a passion or a dream that they have held for a life time. At the Center for Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence at Howard Community College we believe that integral coaching is the support that women like these and others need to “get unstuck” and move forward with personal development and growth of their fledgling business. 

Coaching is directed at increasing the entrepreneur’s self awareness and insight through the use of powerful questioning, practice and self observation. For many women in our program the development of their business seems to come to a grinding halt around issues and concerns rooted in a lack of confidence, minimal attention to balance or challenging partner and familial relationships. Working with a coach through these issues results in a shift that is lasting and that moves the business forward.

This workshop will include a demonstration of coaching, case histories, and a detailed explanation of several basic coaching strategies including powerful questioning and the use of practice and self observation.
 

Betty Noble, Director Center for Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence, Assistant Professor Entrepreneurship and Life Coaching Studies, Howard Community College, MD

Tags:  Diverse Populations 

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BRIDGES –Building REAL Interest in Developing Greater Entrepreneurship Systems

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
BRIDGES –Building REAL Interest in Developing Greater Entrepreneurship Systems

 

Guide Description:  

BRIDGES –Building REAL Interest in Developing Greater Entrepreneurship Systems is designed to 1) provide educators and administrators with effective teaching methods and materials to prepare them to offer the entrepreneurship skills sets needed by aspiring entrepreneurs; and to 2) bridge the community to the schools for specific activities and programs to add value to the entrepreneurship programs.

 

Full Description:  

REAL Entrepreneurship has been the small business skills program of choice in rural, low wealth communities nationwide for 20 years largely due to the adaptability of the REAL curricula to youth and adult entrepreneurs of varying types (aspiring, survival, lifestyle, serial and growth); and because of the active learning delivery of the curriculum.  NC REAL has adapted the core curriculum to meet the needs of various populations (youth of all ages, community based organizations, Hispanics, farmers, Thailand citizens, distance learners, growth entrepreneurs).  Additionally, NC REAL has been a leader in providing REAL Institute training of teachers to use the curriculum among the states. The strength of REAL has long been grounded in the action curriculum and in the accompanying teacher training. 

 

BRIDGES project, funded by the Golden LEAF Foundation, covers three counties in North Carolina: Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes. The project uses REAL Entrepreneurship curricula, teacher trainings, community activities, and networks to prepare teachers with new knowledge and skills to provide entrepreneurship education and experiential opportunities within the community.  Because of BRIDGES teachers and students in Alleghany, Ashe and Wilkes will have access to school and community opportunities to build basic understanding of entrepreneurship and be able to both explore and apply entrepreneurship experientially. 

 

As result, teachers and students in the target counties will be more informed about local entrepreneurial opportunities; and teachers will be better equipped with the tools to offer entrepreneurship skill sets to middle, high school, and community college students.  The outcome will be a gradual but steady stream of students graduating with more focused career aspirations and critical skills needed to contribute to the economic health of their communities and compete in a global economy.

 

During the session, NC REAL will showcase its newly revised REAL Entrepreneurship Curriculum. Participants in this session will experience an entrepreneurship activity from the new REAL curriculum, practice the experiential cycle technique imbedded in the activity, and learn more about BRIDGES and other NC REAL programs and services.
 

Anna Koltchagova, Interim Executive Director, NC REAL Enterprises, NC

Arlene Childers, Program Coordinator, NC REAL Enterprises, NC

Tags:  Outreach 

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Walking in Green ($) Shoes- How to Teach Students to Raise Money

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Walking in Green ($) Shoes- How to Teach Students to Raise Money

 

Guide Description:
Start-up or growing businesses all need capital to make things happen, and almost entrepreneurs have never raised any real money for a business before. Teaching students to walk in the shoes of the banker or the investor makes the whole process easier to understand and the students’ expectations more realistic! 

 

Full Description:

You can teach them to plan but nothing happens without capital to feed the ideas. Do you have a capitalizing course that goes beyond the textbook to the real world of raising money in a tight economic climate?

 

Creating curriculum on the raising capital is difficult, complex and highly sensitive to the market in which you operate. The volume of information is enormous; and the rules and regulations of raising venture capital unsettle even attorneys and CPA’s.  Today’s bank commercial lending process can overwhelm the average entrepreneur.  How do you keep the entrepreneur student upbeat, realistic and motivated in the face of total information overload?

           

The solution is to teach the entrepreneurship student a new perspective- that of the investor or banker/loan officer.  Once they understand what each of these individuals want and need, then the entrepreneur can focus on producing a financing plan that provides the necessary information in a professional and complete manner.  

 

Presenting this session is Dakota County Technical College Instructor Bob Voss who has raised over $8 million in venture capital from accredited investors and successfully acquired both debt financing and traditional commercial loans for his own ventures.  Bob has developed and delivered the DCTC Entrepreneurship course- “Capitalizing a Small Business” and it has been highly rated by students and the economic development community for its results in getting students prepared to raise money in the real world.  Session participants will receive our curriculum, other handouts and resources to take back to their institution.
 

Robert Voss, Business Entrepreneur Instructor, Dakota County Technical College, MN

Christine Pigsley, Associate Dean, Dakota County Technical College, MN

Tags:  Faculty Development 

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Best Practices in Entrepreneurship Event Marketing (and Receive Free Book)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Best Practices in Entrepreneurship Event Marketing (and Receive Free Book)
 
Guide Description:

Learn event marketing strategies from 500+ student affairs professionals and the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour (EET). EET has held 50 events on college campuses with 150+ in attendance on average. Every attendee will walk away with practical, low-cost marketing strategies and an autographed copy of The Student Success Manifesto.

 

Full Description:

Creating an engaging and educational event program is the easy part. Getting students to come is the hard part. This session covers traditional and innovative event marketing strategies from over 500 student affairs professionals and the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour (EET). EET brings the country's top young entrepreneurs to college campuses across the country for a half-day event. The tour has visited 50 schools since it was started in 2006 with more than 150 students attending each event on average. Audience members will also have the opportunity to share some of their event marketing challenges and best practices.

 

Every attendee will walk away with practical, low-cost marketing strategies that can work cross-campus on different types of campuses. Attendees will also walk away with an autographed copy of The Student Success Manifesto.
 

Michael Simmons, Co-founder/CEO, Extreme Entrepreneurship Education Corporation, NY

Tags:  Curriculum 

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Discovering a Ground-Breaking Approach to Entrepreneurship Education

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Discovering a Ground-Breaking Approach to Entrepreneurship Education

Guide Description:
Learn how using the wisdom and insight gathered from real-world entrepreneurs changes students’ lives. In an engaging, media-rich session, we will discuss how educators can bring the knowledge and experience of successful entrepreneurs into their classrooms.

 

Full Description:  

We believe there are vital aspects of entrepreneurship that are often overlooked and are difficult to convey (i.e., from a simple textbook) in traditional entrepreneurship education programs. In response, we have conducted extensive video interviews of real-world entrepreneurs from all walks of life and have captured their stories, wisdom, and insight.

From their experience and knowledge, we have distilled the essential aspects of entrepreneurship: how entrepreneurs think, how they view the world, how they are able to recognize opportunities, and how they are able to marshal the resources to transform those opportunities into successful new ventures. 

Our program brings some of the world’s most compelling entrepreneurs right into the classroom. We combine streaming video, print content, student exercises, and teacher guides into a dynamic curriculum that offers educators the option of 100% online delivery or a blended learning format in the classroom.

In a spirited session, we will share a sample of our media-rich content and will discuss how educators can bring (in a peer-to-peer learning environment) the extremely valuable knowledge and experience of successful entrepreneurs into their classrooms.

The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative is a leading provider of innovation and entrepreneurship education and training. As a Cisco Entrepreneur Institute Training Center, our team of experts recruits, consults with, and trains educational organizations and assists with the creation and delivery of customized, world-class entrepreneurship education and training programs.
 
Gary G. Schoeniger, CEO/Founder, The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, OH

Tags:  Curriculum 

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Teaching the New Generation Using Multi-media Case Studies

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Teaching the New Generation Using Multi-media Case Studies

 

Guide Description:

Millennials (aged 6-25) are multi-tasking, media savvy, team-skilled people who require new classroom strategies.   This session gives helpful insights about them and new strategies to reach them.  You will also be introduced to a new, easy to use, case study approach that is designed just for them called EduCases.

 

Full Description:
Millennials (aged 6-25) are entering college and bringing a new challenge to the classroom.  Whether the classroom is all students under 22 or a mixed generational group, new classroom approaches are needed to effectively teach these students.   This session will provide an overview of this new generation which some say is bringing as much change to society as has the Boomers.  It will also give you tools to add to your courses to reach them.

 

Millenials are multi-tasking, media savvy, team-skilled people born into a high tech society.  They have been educated in the most diverse and most socially engaged educational settings.  Engaging them in learning your subject can best happen if you understand them and have tools and strategies that encourage group approaches and multi-media uses. 

 

In this session you will also have a chance to see an EduCase.  These are a new approach to business cases that use documentary videos, written narratives and embedded discussion guides. The content of each EduCase is a comprehensive story about an entrepreneur and the venture they founded.  Each EduCase has multiple subjects such as entrepreneurship, marketing, strategic planning, financial management and environmental decision making.  EduCases are produced by a college based Entrepreneurship Center and written by faculty teaching entrepreneurship and management to millennials.
 
The session will include a presentation, interactive discussion, handouts, and an opportunity to obtain a review copy of an EduCase.  You can also learn more by going to www.educaseenterprise.org.
 

Terri Barreiro, Director, Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship, Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict, MN

Tags:  Curriculum 

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Identifying Critical Issues in Student Entrepreneurship: Evidences from Nigeria

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Identifying Critical Issues in Student Entrepreneurship:  Evidences from Nigeria

 

Guide Description:

7 key themes are identified as critical to student entrepreneurship in this empirical presentation, using results of a study of over 7000 students and lecturers from 25 tertiary institutions across Nigeria. Gender dimensions are also considered. We share unique findings that have great potential impact for the development of student/graduate entrepreneurship.

 

Full Description:

Key themes and issues on which this presentation focuses are listed below:

i.    Family Background

Are students influenced by their families’ entrepreneurial history? Do family characteristics (income, educational levels and size) affect decisions to become entrepreneurs?

ii.   Entrepreneurial and business experience

What proportion of undergraduates is presently involved in business? What factors motivated or discouraged students’ past involvement in business? Is there a link between past involvement in business and the decision of students to become entrepreneurs?

iii.  Entrepreneurial Education

How important is entrepreneurship education and how is its impact to be measured?

 

iv.  Attitude and aspirations

What are the current attitudes of young Nigerian towards entrepreneurship? What socio-economic, demographic, academic and cultural factors (ethnic origin, course of study, academic performance as reflected in CGPA, students’ age, gender, marital status) influence the fostering and development of entrepreneurship?

v.   Orientation

Do young Nigerians envisage themselves becoming entrepreneurial? How would this entrepreneurship manifest itself? If entrepreneurship is typified by certain characteristics, do young Nigerians think they possess these traits?

vi.  Government policy and environmental factors

What do young people perceive as practical or structural barriers to entrepreneurship? What do they perceive as enhancers of entrepreneurship? How do they perceive the role of government programs and initiatives? Are these programs and initiatives adequate to promote entrepreneurship?

vii.  Predicting and promoting entrepreneurial behavior

What factors best explain the propensity of students to become entrepreneurs? What policies should be adopted to promote entrepreneurship among students?

The relative importance of each of these issues will be brought out empirically, and the unique developing country experience will be beneficial to all. Participants may compare figures and findings. Specifically, the presentation offers lessons and contributes to best practices for the implementation and impact assessment of entrepreneurship in schools and colleges.
 
Dr. Willie O. Siyanbola, National Centre for Technology Management (Federal Ministry of Science and Technology), Osun State

Abiodun A. Egbetokun, National Centre for Technology Management (Federal Ministry of Science and Technology), Osun State

Tags:  Measuring 

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