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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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Community College Partnership for Business Retention & Growth

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Community College Partnership for Business Retention & Growth

 

Guide Description: 

Are economic woes jeopardizing employment opportunities in your district?  Plant closing announcements and relocation to third world locations have become commonplace throughout the country.  Join us to see how one rural community college is taking proactive and unusual steps to eliminate this dilemma, while becoming one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation.

 

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Community colleges can play a pivotal role in strengthening local businesses to compete in a global economy. After an analysis of the strengths and challenges for area employers and a study of financial impact on the community if an employer is lost, the community college can look for creative ways to assist in creating a competitive advantage through training and education.

 

 Rend Lake College has made the integration of training and education into the business environment a primary focus.  This presentation will focus on the more notable initiatives instituted by Rend Lake College with reciprocal benefits.  Those initiatives include:

 

  • Purchase of a bankrupt outlet shopping mall and transformation to multi-purpose use for business & education including a small business development center, Kumon Center, Infant through Pre-K program, One Stop Center for government services, meeting space and classrooms, and retail shops.
  • Development of  College Training Centers inside the Continental Tire, NA plant and Walgreens Distribution Center with a focus on providing outstanding “customer service” to non-traditional students
  • Founding partner of a corporate university at Continental Tire, NA
  • Development of Internship Partnership programs        at Continental Tire, NA
  • Use of video-conferencing to maximize training/education dollars by connecting programs from multiple business locations.
  • Leveraging educational opportunities in the workplace as a “value added” benefit of employment.

Handouts will include analysis documents that can be used to determine business needs and solutions, resource information, and program models, as well as benefits realized by the college as a result of these programs.

 

Sharon Bowman, Industrial Training Coordinator' Rend Lake College, IL

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Encouraging Entrepreneurship through Education & Collaboration: The Grinspoon Model

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Encouraging Entrepreneurship through Education & Collaboration: The Grinspoon Model

 

Guide Description:  
In Western Massachusetts, thirteen colleges, including three community colleges, collaborate on entrepreneurship education, thanks largely to the philanthropy of local businessman Harold Grinspoon.  His charitable foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative has granted funds to over 200 student businesses, sponsored annual banquets featuring live elevator pitch competitions and held annual conferences for up to 500 students.

 

Full Description:   

The session will focus on the history and stunning success of the HGCFEI. Participants would include Brenda Wishart, Director and Gail Olmsted, representing the faculty perspective. It is anticipated that an additional one or more faculty representing other participating colleges will also present. The model will be presented, the participating institutions identified, and the impact of the funding, collaboration, education, celebration  and training opportunities will be shared. It is anticipated that video clips from the annual banquet and elevator pitch competition will be presented, along with Spirit Award winner testimonials. The session will conclude with suggestions for the replication of the Grinspoon model in other regions.  

 

Gail OlmstedAssistant Professor, Springfield Technical Community College, MA

Brenda Wishart, Director, Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation Entrepreneurship Initiative, MA

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Valdosta’s $60,000 Business Plan Contest: You Can Do It Too!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Valdosta’s $60,000 Business Plan Contest: You Can Do It Too!

 

Guide Description:  

With entrepreneurship gaining acceptance as a primary economic development strategy, educators are searching for ways to forge partnerships, engage communities and reach out to potential entrepreneurs.  In Valdosta, Georgia a unique twist on the tried and true business plan contest was launched with an amazing result. 

 

Full Description:  

In the three years that Valdosta’s contest has been in existence, more than 100 teams have competed for $15,000 in cash and $45,000 in prizes.  This model is unique in that it is not restricted to students but is open to anyone and everyone who wants to start a business in our county and it is easy to modify for different communities’ needs.     

 

This program will cover the history of Valdosta’s contest and will detail how partnerships were formed between the business community, colleges, and chamber of commerce.  Further it will explain how the organizational structure and rules for the contest were created, and how the cash prize along with in-kind donations were secured for the winner.  Participants will learn how the program was launched with socials and publicity, produced and delivered entrepreneurship training programs for contestants, provided one-on-one consulting and mentoring as well as the process for finding the winner.

 

A package of marketing and development materials will be provided to workshop attendees so they may use them as a framework to create their own contests.  Materials provided include copies of rules and regulation, legal verbiage for the protection of contest officials, and samples of advertisements. 

 

With the strategies and program materials shared in this session, participants will be able to create a business plan contest in their own communities that will enhance and sustain new business development and encourage an environment that nurtures entrepreneurship.  As a side benefit, this is a lot of fun!
 

Suzanne Barnett, Director, Small Business Development Center, Valdosta State University, GA

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Entrepreneurial Community = Economic Development: Community Involvement & Social Entrepreneurship – Actions Speak

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Entrepreneurial Community = Economic Development: Community Involvement & Social Entrepreneurship – Actions Speak

 

Guide Description:  

An Entrepreneurial Community creates an environment where entrepreneurs can thrive.  This requires a multi-faceted approach to economic development including education, recourse availability, small business owners and large companies alike.  When working in tandem, each group contributes something that enables entrepreneurs to succeed.

 

Full Description:  

The Tim’s will help provide practical insights and realistic strategies for creating and enhancing community entrepreneurship as a keystone of economic stability and long-term growth.  They will demonstrate the need for a change in community mindset including garnering support from the local government. They will also highlight what types of support services should be available for new and existing entrepreneurs as well as the education needed for success.  Community partnership development and social entrepreneurship activities will round out the session.
 
Tim Mittan, Director, Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center, NE

Tim Putnam, Associate Director, North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, IA

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Community College and University Partnerships: Serving Local Entrepreneurs

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Community College and University Partnerships: Serving Local Entrepreneurs

 

Guide Description:  
Learn how Edmonds Community College and other community colleges partnered with the University of Washington/Bothell’s Business Development Center to connect with local entrepreneurs and assist them with start -up educational resources. Topics will include community outreach, funding and sustainability, developing and adapting community college curriculum, working with clients and advantages of university/community college partnerships.

 

Full Description:   

This presentation is aimed at community college faculty or staff new to working with community partners and clients. The purpose of the presentation is to provide ideas about how community college students in classes such as Accounting 101, can assist entrepreneurs. The focus will be on four areas: Identifying strengths and abilities and what the college can offer to local entrepreneurs; best practices in working with local universities to serve local entrepreneurs; faculty roles in working directly with clients in the classroom and student roles in working with clients in the classroom. Fund raising and sustainability best practices will be reviewed as well. The presentation will be in PowerPoint format with questions and answers and will include several handouts: Business Development Center mission, goals and activities; teaching activities; contracts; program data as well as a handout of the presentation. The format for the PowerPoint presentation will be “how to” and will include step by step information for each of the key topics discussed.

 
Overview of each area:

*Identifying strengths and abilities: How can community college students assist small business owners? What strengths do they bring to the table? What are the strengths of the college in serving entrepreneurs? What information is needed to know if a class (students and instructor) can really work with a “live” entrepreneur.

*Best practices: Why should a four-year university work with local community colleges? What are the strengths of the institutions? How should clients be assigned to certain classes? What steps need to be taken to sustain relationships?

*Faculty roles: Why would a faculty member want to bring an entrepreneur into his/her class rather than just teach through case studies? What impact does the live client have on the curriculum? What training is needed? How is existing curriculum impacted? Should faculty receive stipends for working with clients? How should work with clients be evaluated?

*Student roles: What are the responsibilities of students when they are presented with a live client? What training or preparation do they need? What rules of engagement need to be established? What are the advantages of dividing the class into groups? Should the entire class work with the client as a requirement or should it be on a voluntary basis? Should outcomes be linked to client satisfaction? How should students be evaluated?
 

Susan Loreen, Dean, Business Division, Edmonds Community College, WA

Kristen Spangler or Walt Freitag, Title, University of Washington/Bothell Business Development Center, WA

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