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Entrepreneurial Student Mini-Grants Awarded at Timberline Campus, Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado

Posted By Susanna B. Spaulding, Monday, April 20, 2009

At the recent Entrepreneurship Advisory Council meeting held April 6th, five individuals/teams participated in the Entrepreneurial Student Mini-Grant Application Process by presenting their “Elevator Pitches” to the council members. Susanna Spaulding received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the John T. and Jeanne E. Hughes Charitable Foundation to provide mini-grants to students. The grants were available to students who proposed entrepreneurial projects with economic potential. Each individual or team had two minutes to give an overview of their business idea and the viability of their project. Upon completion of the presentations, the Advisory Council discussed and voted on which individuals/teams should receive a grant and the grant amount. The Council decided to give each represented individual and team a $750 mini-grant. 

The two Lake County High School teams were:  Cassandra Casias and Caitlin Kuczko, LCHS/FBLA Coffee Cart; and Jake McHargue, Daniel Hicks and Matthew Hicks, Long Shadow Productions (photography services). The three individuals from CMC Timberline were Patrick Kelly, Matchless Carpentry and Restoration, LLC; Chris Petralia, Common Ground Preservation, L.L.C.; and Mark Girard, 2 High Tie Dye (clothing items). 

The recipients indicated that the grant funds will mostly be used for marketing and advertising purposes, along with equipment and supply needs. 

Congratulations, students!





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Susanna B. Spaulding says...
Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2009

After the entrepreneurial students and student teams received their mini-grants of $750 in early April 2009, they immediately put the funds to good use to start or move their businesses forward. Each business was asked to post to a blog about the progress of their venture. The Entrepreneurial Student Blog is at http://cmc-entrepreneurs.blogspot.com
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Susanna B. Spaulding says...
Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The Lake County High School team with the idea to start a coffee cart business at their school, had received a coffee cart from The Oppenheimer Fund. However, they had no money for supplies to start-up the venture. This team headed by Cassandra Casias and Caitlin Kuczko applied their mini-grant of $750 to the purchase of ingredients for making coffee and smoothies. In addition, they set a schedule for operations in the school lobby. Within a month, the team had generated enough revenue to expand their business. One of their innovative ideas was new formulations for smoothie flavors, like cotton candy. They did market research to test consumer preferences for the type and quality of the product and for the times and location of the coffee cart. This team had a naming contest at school and winning entry was The Caffination Station.

The second Lake County High School tem of Jake McHargue, Daniel Hicks and Matthew Hicks used their mini-grant of $750 to improve the quality of the photography services of their company, Long Shadow Productions. The team members purchased a high quality color printer to produce photo quality prints from digital files. Long Shadow Productions is competing successfully with traditional photography businesses that offer high school pictures and wedding photography. The company’s competitive edge is speedy turnaround from photo shoot to finished product delivery.

Three Colorado Mountain College students also received mini-grants of $750. Mark Girard is a non-traditional student at Colorado Mountain College which means that he returned to college after several decades working as a chef and trying to run a business part-time. Mark founded 2 High Tie Dye to design and produce tie dyed clothing items and he used his mini-grant for research and development of enhanced dyes for organic materials. One of Mark’s innovative products is a tie dyed chef’s coat. Mark is currently selling his products in local restaurants and at music and street festivals.

Patrick Kelly and Chris Petralia are students in CMC’s new Historic Preservation Program and they both used the mini-grant to enhance their businesses in this specialized trade. Patrick purchased customized carpentry tools that he needs for his business, Matchless Carpentry and Restoration, LLC. Patrick is now able to offer the expert services required by many owners of historic Victorian homes in the area. Chris bought a fax/copier machine and business cards that will help him promote his venture, Common Ground Preservation, LLC. Chris’ business offers expertise in assessing historic preservation construction needs and in contracting to provide these specialized services.


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Susanna B. Spaulding says...
Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Two Entrepreneurial student businesses marketed their products and services at the June 11-13 conference on Best Practices for Teaching Entrepreneurship Conference hosted by Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. The goal of the conference was to bring together entrepreneurship educators and practicing entrepreneurs to celebrate real life entrepreneurs while learning how to incorporate lessons from the real world into 21st century entrepreneurial education and training. High school, community college and university educators and entrepreneurs from around the state attended the conference and created new partnerships.

The conference participants enjoyed coffee and smoothies that they purchased from The Caffination Station, a student enterprise started by a team of local high school students.

(See a photo showing entrepreneurial students preparing early morning lattes to conference participants)

http://nacce.yourmembership.com/resource/resmgr/Images/Caffination_Station.jpg

In addition, Long Shadow Productions sold group and individual photography shots set in the conference rooms or outside against the spectacular backdrop of Colorado’s highest peaks, Mt Elbert and Mt. Massive. This was an amazing opportunity for the students to enhance the reputation of their businesses to produce quality products and services.

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Susanna B. Spaulding says...
Posted Monday, August 24, 2009
LEADVILLE, Colorado - Students and college instructors with the business entrepreneurial and historic preservation programs at Colorado Mountain College are collaborating to launch a unique venture in downtown Leadville. (If you don’t know where Leadville is, you can check out the Leadville 100 bike race, the only mountain bike race at 10,000 feet and above, which Lance Armstrong won this weekend.)

The historic Tabor Home on East Fifth Street reopened as a public museum this summer, showcasing the house Horace Tabor built in 1878 for his first wife, Augusta. The museum is run as a tourism site by Colorado Mountain College students from the historic preservation program, with support from students in the entrepreneurship program.

The historic preservation students are involved in hands-on, experiential learning in cataloging the museum contents and maintaining the inside and outside of the building. The students will create new interpretive displays and host special events at the Tabor Home, which was one of the first lavish homes built in Leadville during the silver mining boom.

At the back of the historic home, the college is converting a 1950s addition into small office spaces to house a new Timberline Student Business Incubator, which will open for student tenants at the beginning of the fall 2009 semester. This may be the only incubator specifically for students in Colorado and is based on a successful model from a community college in Springfield, Mass., housed in an old armory commissioned by George Washington.

The first tenants in the incubator will be student entrepreneurs who were awarded the mini grants of $750 in the spring to launch or enhance their new ventures. The mini-grants were funded through a $5,000 grant from the John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Charitable Foundation. The grant supports students at the CMC Timberline Campus and Lake County High School who presented an elevator pitch for their entrepreneurial visions.
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