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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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An Examination of the Entrepreneurial Attitudes of Community College Students

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
An Examination of the Entrepreneurial Attitudes of Community College Students

 

Guide Description:

This session will highlight the findings of a research project on the entrepreneurial attitudes of students from multiple community colleges throughout the U.S. The findings will be presented and a discussion will center on how to use this type of detailed information to develop more effective entrepreneurship education programs.

 

Full Description:

Community colleges are known for their ability to adapt and meet the needs of the surrounding community.  Past research has indicated that community colleges have a “natural aptitude” for entrepreneurship and are well positioned to take advantage of new opportunities (Roueche & Jones, 2005, 27). Entrepreneurship education is on the rise at all levels of higher education, but a great challenge is to identify appropriate strategies for dealing with the increased demand. Thompson (2004) points out that programs need to be carefully targeted around the learners’ needs on key issues.  This requires a more thorough understanding of students’ entrepreneurial profile in order to design effective entrepreneurship programs.

 

The entrepreneurial attitudes of nearly 400 students from multiple community colleges in Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina were examined based on the Entrepreneurial Attitude Orientation (EAO) survey. The EAO provides a score based on four attitude subscales, including achievement, personal control, innovation, and self esteem. The results of from our sampling will be presented.

 

Findings from this research project will be shared with participants, followed by a lively discussion on how to use these result to effectively design entrepreneurship courses.  A better understanding of students’ entrepreneurial attitudes can be used to create courses that best help students refine their entrepreneurial skill set and expectations for future success.  This is often done through case studies, consulting projects, and/or mentoring opportunities, which have been particularly successful at impacting students’ perceptions of entrepreneurship and their willingness to consider it as a viable career path.
 
 

Todd D. Mick, Ph.D., Director of Entrepreneurship, Metropolitan Community College, MO

Toni Burkhalter, M.S., Assistant Professor, Parkland College, IL

Shanan Gibson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management, East Carolina University, NC

Michael Harris, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, East Carolina University, NC

Tags:  Measuring 

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Small Business Administration (SBA): A Whole Lot More Than Loans!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Small Business Administration (SBA): A Whole Lot More Than Loans!

 

Guide Description:
Explore the countless SBA programs and tools that both educators and entrepreneurs need to know about to help build great programs and successful businesses.  You will also learn about some of the SBA partners that can add value to your program and tips for building great working relationships. 

 

Full Description:
The session will provide an overview of some of the programs and tools offered through the Small Business Administration (SBA).  There will be three learning objectives.  The first will be an overview of SBA tools and training programs that an educator can use to supplement the entrepreneurship curriculum. The second objective is to provide an overview of some of the most successful programs offered by the SBA and how these can help entrepreneurs build their businesses.  The third objective is to provide a glimpse into the different SBA community partners (SCORE, SBDC, Women’s Business Center, SBA staff in the field) and how they can help a Community College strengthen their entrepreneurial program and increase community involvement. The session will also provide tips on how to work with the SBA partners and provide some examples of collaborative programs that work.  The session will include a very brief Power Point presentation, a reference sheet for SBA contacts and programs, and a live tour of some SBA and SBA partner websites highlighting the most useful tools and programs.  Attendees will leave with the knowledge that the SBA is a whole lot more than loans and will have the basics to begin their own exploration of the SBA once back at their college and community.
 

Susan Kifer, Director, Small Business Development Center, Pima Community College, AZ

Tags:  Econ Dev Agencies 

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Entrepreneurial Development: Support for Community Colleges by Americas Private Foundations

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Entrepreneurial Development:  Support for Community Colleges by Americas Private Foundations

 

Guide Description:

The presenters (CRD Executive Director, Polly Binns, and CRD Past President, Steve Budd) will share the outcomes of a multi-year initiative involving an extended conversation between community colleges and America’s funding Foundations.  Community Colleges must act as the Conveners of a new conversation between public and private funders. This session will provide a hands-on opportunity to develop your college’s Case for Support.

 

Full Description:

Community Colleges are increasingly challenged in developing the financial resources for creating and sustaining new initiatives. Historically - grants, donor cultivation, and contracted training have been the entrepreneurial approaches to resource development, ensuring college advancement in the face of diminishing public funds. At the same time, a reliance on traditional fundraising approaches is increasingly insufficient.  Entrepreneurial Resource Development represents an approach that leverages the common interests of private foundations and community colleges to solve problems of local, regional and national significance. Acting entrepreneurially, community colleges are enjoying greater success than ever before in bringing private foundation funds in support of our multiple missions.  Community colleges are well equipped to serve as the convener of public and private stakeholders, and as agents of community development and change, community colleges provide a “common ground” where public and private funders come together. Building upon our role as change agents, community colleges will take the lead in forging new relationships with our America’s funding Foundations.

 

In this session, we will present the outcomes of a year-long conversation between the Council for Resource Development, and a cross section of our nations national and regional Foundations. Session content will focus on communicating what we have learned in terms of: 1. Understanding the workings of Private Foundations, 2.  The preferred approach to local, regional and national foundations, and 3. Making the Case for Community Colleges.

 

Half of the session would be devoted to presenting our findings. The second half would be a hands-on session whereby groups of participants will brainstorm the “Case” to be made to private foundation funders based upon the goals of both the college and the funder.  The session is designed to get the participating colleges “out of the gate” with a take home “Case Statement” for further development.
 

Steven Budd, President, River Valley Community College, NH

Polly Binns, Executive Director, Council for Resource Development, DC

Tags:  Fundraising 

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Miami’s Entrepreneurship Education Pathway

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Miami’s Entrepreneurship Education Pathway
 
Guide Description:
This presentation will discuss Miami Dade College’s (MDC) current partnerships and the potential opportunities surrounding the e-ship educational pathway in South Florida, including dual enrollment, faculty development initiatives that bring together high school teachers and college professors, and initiatives that connect the public schools, 2 year and 4 year colleges.

 

Full Description:  

This session will discuss several key points of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) current e-ship education efforts including:

1.)   The creation of a steering group comprised of faculty, staff, local business leaders and NFTE representatives that helped to design MDC’s certificate in e-ship

2.)   The creation of the A.S. in Marketing with a focus in e-ship

3.)   The connection MDC has with the South Florida Office of NFTE and the resulting faculty development initiatives

4.)   The dual enrollment program and the process of garnering the support of high school teachers that has enabled high school students to take college level e-ship courses

5.)   The outcomes MDC experiences from the first ever Pathway to Entrepreneurship College Fair which is being sponsored by our local NFTE office and will bring together educators from all levels. This event happens in October, 2008

 

Miami Dade College is relatively new to e-ship education but, with support from our leadership, has made a commitment to develop new programs and increase awareness of e-ship. E-ship is a “major” within Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) and many high school graduates are eager to continue their e-ship studies after graduation. Although our e-ship program is still in its infancy, we are making great strides in building the connections needed to create a pathway for e-ship education. Schools who are new to e-ship education will be able to learn from both our successes and our failures along this journey.
 

Stephanie J. Etter, D.Sc., Director, School of Business, Miami Dade College, FL

Tags:  Linking K-16 

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The Need for Entrepreneurial Skills in Non-Profit Organizations

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
The Need for Entrepreneurial Skills in Non-Profit Organizations

 

Guide Description:
 The Creation of Non Profit Organizations calls for Innovation and Creativity while competing for funds and community attention. Non Profit managers need to develop Entrepreneurial skills in order to compete for funding and market share, especially when competing in difficult economic markets, or against long established organizations.

 

Full Description:
 The desire for Entrepreneurship can be found in many disciplines within and outside the college curriculum. In recent years our Enterprise Institute has been involved in helping with marketing, fundraising and management training for developing non profit institutions. Entrepreneurial education can have no greater value than application in the non profit sector of the economy. Developing a vision, understanding the competition, developing marketing strategy, applying conceptual and interpersonal skills are essential. Our experience with two non profit organizations in particular will be discussed.

 

Our experience with the newly formed League of Dreams, an organization providing baseball playing opportunities for children with disabilities, and the local Alzheimer’s Foundation. We have found that while working with these organizations, students have been very willing to devote time and effort to be creative and dedicated to these projects. Internships, credit and non credit, pay and not for pay can be created. Community College curricula and Incubators can serve as trainers and supporters of the future leaders of these organizations.
 

Larry Aaronson, Director Enterprise Institute, CCBC, MD

Paul Coakley, Department Chair, CCBC, MD

Kathleen Gandy, Coordinator, Accounting, Faculty Advisor, SIFE, CCBC, MD

Tags:  Outreach 

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Coaches' Tool Kit to Assist Entrepreneurs in Securing Venture Financing

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Coaches' Tool Kit to Assist Entrepreneurs in Securing Venture Financing

Guide Description:
This workshop introduces a set of 6 surveys to assess the readiness level of the entrepreneurs for securing venture financing for their business opportunity.  The surveys include entrepreneur aptitude test, product potential survey, risk profile, venture development survey, business plan quality assessment, and venture valuation.

 

Full Description:
Dr. Randy Goldsmith has spent a lifetime involved with entrepreneurial ventures as a CEO and as a coach.  His venture development tools and methods are being used around the world to enable coaches, counselors, and mentors to accelerate new venture development and improve entrepreneurs’ potential for success.  Goldsmith has worked directly with more than 1000 entrepreneurial startup ventures of which several hundred raised millions in private equity and debt financing.

The first survey in the tool kit was originally developed by Goldsmith for the NASA Regional Technology Transfer Program to assist in the transfer of federal technology to private sector companies.  The Venture Readiness Survey allows the entrepreneur and coach to determine in a stepwise process which technical, market, and business steps have been adequately completed and which are the appropriate next step priorities.  The Product Readiness Tool characterizes its commercial potential.  The Risk Readiness Survey identifies how much risk has been eliminated from the business model based upon strategies for execution, product and market development, human resources and financing.  The Business Plan Readiness survey provides a qualitative and quantitative approach for assessing the completeness and the underlying business assumptions in the written plan.  The Valuation Tool provides the coach and the entrepreneurs with 5 methodologies for determining the venture’s investment value for those seeking private equity investments. 

The tool kit is designed to be deployed sequentially in rapid fashion to move the entrepreneur quickly down the venture development pathway.  It provides coaches with a play book for offering strategic guidance to enable their clients to be better prepared more quickly and efficiently in launching their ventures.

Randy Goldsmith, PhD, President and CEO, Mississippi Technology Alliance, MS

Tags:  Outreach 

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Google Tools for Educators

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Google Tools for Educators

 

Guide Description:

This is an introductory workshop on how to best utilize Google products and services for business educators. It involves three one-hour sessions: an introduction of basic Google Tools for collaboration, Google AdWords and Google Analytics; benefits and advantages for small businesses using Google Enterprise Applications, and the value of “Google for Educators Certification”.

 

Full Description:
 Understanding and using Google Tools today is a critical element for all business professionals.  It is our obligation as educators of Entrepreneurship to fully understand and maximize the benefits of resources available to us on the Internet.

 

We will be discussing the importance and function of Google tools (Blogger, Calendar, Docs, Groups, Page Creator, Sketchup, GeoEarth, Book search, iGoogle etc.) for business educators, with an emphasis on Google Enterprise for entrepreneurship.  Examples of the tools used are Google Calendar, Talk, Docs, AdSense, AdWords and Analytics (Metric-driven advertising and marketing; ROI to drive more traffic to one’s business).  Using these tools will enable today’s educators to teach students entrepreneurship skills. Students will benefit and have a competitive edge in today’s marketplace.

 

Resources and Collaboration used:

- Google home page

- Google video tutorials on Docs

- Search function on FEC website

- Google BEAC website

- BEAC Google Groups

- Websites using AdWords: student samples

-Google Enterprise Software

- AdWord Coupons (limited)
 

Glenn Violett, Associate Professor of Management, Foothill College, CA

Jessica Lays, Student Coordinator Foothill Entrepreneur Center, Foothill College, CA

Tags:  Faculty Development 

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Collaborating Across the Curriculum; Two Programs, One Goal—Student Success!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Collaborating Across the Curriculum; Two Programs, One Goal—Student Success!

 

Guide Description:
Anne Arundel Community College faculty from the departments of business management and hotel restaurant management are collaborating in advancing students towards meeting their entrepreneurial goals.  In this presentation, they will share the critical thinking, experiential and project based learning assignments and opportunities provided to their students.  Additionally, they will provide insight on how the Entrepreneurial Studies and Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institutes have collaborated in developing a certificate program for students interested in pursuing business opportunities.  

 

 

Full Description:

Faculty will present a brief history of the collaborative  efforts provided to students, including curriculum and course information, scholarship opportunities, business partnerships, business plan competitions, and “Best of Business” events.  Project based and experiential learning assignments will be reviewed as well as aspects of promoting critical thinking into the curriculum. 

 

Faculty in Hotel Restaurant Management provides students a variety of opportunities to establish documentation of opening a business.  Many of these assignments and projects become part of their business plan.  The critical thinking aspects of the assignments provide students with the necessary financial and managerial perspectives involved with developing a business plan.

 

Faculty will present the way service learning projects are incorporated into the Entrepreneurship curriculum. A team of faculty uses the talents of several different classes to work on large projects with local non-profit organizations. The students experience the power of identifying each of their individual strengths and making a contribution to the success while being given an opportunity to identify and work on their weaknesses as well.

 

ESI also participates in the college’s travel study program and provides scholarships used by students traveling to Europe and China. In May of 2007 students went to learn how to do business in the European Union and in May of 2008 participated in the Doing Business In China travel study course. A student’s video ( 6 min.)  of his learning experience will be shown to the attendees. A similar video of the travel study to China will also be available ( 8 Min.)

 

Serious students continue on through the Entrepreneurial Studies Institute curriculum and further develop and refine their goals, ultimately presenting their work to business partners for review.  Their work is then highlighted during a college wide “Best of Business” event. (8 min. video is available).

 

Business plan projects, networking opportunities, and other assignments geared towards moving students towards their entrepreneurial goals will be presented.

 

Faculty will share handouts outline project and assignment outcomes and assessment rubrics as well as the collaborative certificate program.  Additionally, student work will be on display.
 

Ken Jarvis, Associate Professor, CCE, CEC, CHE, Hotel Restaurant Management, Anne Arundel Community College, MD

Joyce Ezrow, Associate Professor, Entrepreneurial Studies Institute, Anne Arundel Community College, MD

Tags:  Curriculum 

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Testing the Waters – A Deliberate Approach to Entrepreneurism Curriculum Design

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Testing the Waters – A Deliberate Approach to Entrepreneurism Curriculum Design

 

Guide Description:

Developing a curriculum for Entrepreneurial Studies in an environment conscious of class size and enrollment is not for the faint of heart! This session outlines the journey of Entrepreneurism from buzzword of the day to curriculum research to the trial by fire known as curriculum committee. Learn how Jefferson Community College developed an Associate Degree emphasis in Entrepreneurism utilizing existing courses.

 

Full Description:  

Entrepreneurism is much more than the fad of the day. With the United States evolving to a service-oriented economy, tremendous opportunities exist for those possessing the personality and skills necessary to work for themselves. An equally exciting opportunity exists for those educational institutions that serve the grass roots of their communities. The Associate of Applied Business Degree with an Entrepreneurship emphasis allows today’s community college to engage the credit student who may desire a career as an entrepreneur.

 

The outline of the evolution of the Entrepreneurship program at Jefferson Community College in Steubenville, Ohio will be shared with participants. Included will be:

 

·         Program Rationale

·         Course Rationale

·         Catalogue Grids

·         Contribution of Assessment Activities

·         Cross-Curriculum Involvement

·         Advisory Committee Contributions

·         Winning at Curriculum Committee

·         Assessment Procedures

·         Strategies for Coexistence with the Non-Credit Community/Industrial Training Department

 

Additionally, participants will be invited to engage in a discussion to share best practices in curriculum development and to discuss the potential of entrepreneurship education.

 

Hand-outs provided will include program requirement grid worksheets, suggested timelines, and suggestions for utilizing existing courses.
 

Ken Knox, Ph.D., Program Director, Business Management, Jefferson Community College, OH

Tags:  Curriculum  Knox 

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Small Business Development Centers - Why Use us as a Resource

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Small Business Development Centers - Why Use us as a Resource
 
Guide Description:
Come find out how 5 different Small Business Development Centers work within their communities to help provide entrepreneurial education and build economic development through partnerships. This interactive workshop is an opportunity to explore how you can make the best use of your SBDC.
 
Full Description:
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments and is an integral component of Entrepreneurial Development's network of training and counseling services.
Hosted by leading universities, colleges, and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration the service centers are available to provide no-cost consulting and low-cost training.

The mission of the network is to help new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership, and to assist existing businesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy. In short, their success is our business.

This interactive presentation will be a panel setting moderated by Dr. Karen Nicodemus, president of Cochise County Community College District. The panelist will consist of 5 SBDC directors from across the country. They will provide information on how they work within their communities to provide entrepreneurial education and build economic development through partnerships. Each panelist is diversity in experience and will bring their best practices and lessons learned to the table. This panel will also help the audience understand the value of using and partnering with the Small Business Development Centers within their communities.

Mignonne Hollis, Director, Cochise College, AZ

Tags:  Econ Dev Agencies 

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