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On May 22, the second interview in the lecture series was held with Julia Rhodes and Char Wrightington. Inventions and patents both nationally and internationally. Both of these ladies are great with the audience. The turn out was great considering that Columbia College was completed for the Spring semester, it was Memorial Day weekend and the Strawberry festival (an annual weekend Jazz concert) was happening in town. We had about 50 people in attendance and the reviews were great. Everyone is excited about the DVDs and we have handed out about 85 of them from the first lecture from restaurant owners.
The next interview will not be until September. I will have an update for what is planned in my next post. The lecture series has not only helped with outreach in the community but it has built enrollment in my new entrepreneurship program here at Columbia College.
Posted By _ _,
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Updated: Saturday, May 16, 2009
As I mentioned in my last posting, we used a portion of our 2009 Elevator Grant (from the John T. and Jeanne E. Hughes Charitable Foundation) to award five mini-grants of $750 to entrepreneur students and student teams. Each student or team of students is launching a new venture and competed in an Elevator Grant competition for these start-up funds.
The students will use a newly established blog on Colorado Mountain College’s (CMC) website to provide an update on how they applied the grant funds and how their new venture is progressing. Here’s a link to CMC’s Blogs where there’s a link the “Student Entrepreneurs” Blog: http://coloradomtn.edu/blogs/
Posted By Russ Johnson,
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Entrepreneurship Seminars is a new and very exciting class being offered fall semester of 2009. Students who enroll for one semester credit hour will attend a weekly seminar held each Monday at in Founders Hall. Each of the following outstanding entrepreneurs will inspire those who attend with their story as to how they started their business. In addition they will teach us one critical business skill or concept that is essential for entrepreneurial success followed by a question and answer period. The following individuals have made a commitment to present:
Go Natural CNG
"The How and why of Pro-Forma financial Statements"
"The Home Run Business"
Real Salt Lake Soccer
"Leadership Skills Essential to Entrepreneurs"
"Determining Customer Demand & The Competitive Environment"
"Human Resource Issues"
"Attributes of Successful Entrepreneurs"
"How to Obtain and Use Equity Financing"
"Advantages & Disadvantages of Owning a Business"
"The Importance of Customer Service"
"Strategic International Growth"
"The Importance of Identifying Competitive Advantage or Core Competency"
AMY REES ANDERSON
"How to Ensure Innovation and Continuous Improvement"
The planning of this seminar series has impressive support from the Chair of the Business Division at Snow College, the Business Management department Chair, the director of the Small Business Development Center at Snow College, the director of the Sanpete County Office of Economic Development, and former extension agent of Utah State University.
April has been a very busy month, hence doing my April update on May 1st. On April 17th we had our first Enlightening Lessons from restaurateurs. The evening went better than I could have anticipated. We had over 50 people in the audience from the community not counting students from both Columbia College and the local high schools. We had great feedback and I have been invited to talk to several local business organizations about future events.
May's event will showcase local inventors of internationally-recognized products as the featured speakers at the next Columbia College Entrepreneur Program presentation. Julia Rhodes, president of KleenSlate Concepts and Charlene Wrighton, president and CEO of Zoo-phonics will provide tips on creating new products and marketing them, based on their own professional business experiences.
The presentation is part of a free public lecture series for aspiring entrepreneurs and will be held in the Columbia College Dogwood Forum Theater on Friday, May 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. The series is titled, “Inside the Entrepreneur: Enlightening Lessons” and each lecture presentation will highlight two entrepreneurs in a related business field.
Former schoolteacher Julia Rhodes invented, patented, manufactured, marketed and distributed her first product, the KleenSlate Attachable Eraser for Dry-Erase Markers. Then, she single-handedly landed contracts with Office Depot and Staples to mass market them. Over the past seven years, Rhodes has built a thriving business with a growing line of dry-erase products and services.
Her KleenSlate Dry-Erase Paddles were awarded “Best New Products for the Classroom” by Scholastic magazine, and earned the “Teachers’ Choice Award 2008” from Learning Magazine. She has been featured on radio and television, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Entrepreneur Hour Radio Show. She is also working on her first book, The Right Sisters: Modern Day Women Inventors, which she hopes will inspire, educate and inform inventors to pursue their passions and believe in their ideas.
Charlene Wrighton’s 37 year career in education has really been three careers in one. She taught special needs students locally for over 20 years. Then in 1984, Wrighton and her sister Gigi co-created the Zoo-phonics Language Arts Program, founded on kinesthetic techniques and phonics to teach reading, spelling, math, art and social studies to students.
In 1993, she retired from teaching to develop and promote Zoo-phonics, which has expanded across the country and is now marketed worldwide. With the opening of Sonora’s SafariLearningPreschool & KindergartenAcademy in 2007, Wrighton’s dream of establishing a preschool/toddler learning center with Zoo-phonics as the core curriculum was fulfilled.
Wrighton holds five teaching credentials and three degrees, including a master’s degree, administrative credential, child development program director’s certificate and is presently in the writing stage of her doctorate. She was a California Mentor Teacher for two years for the Tuolumne County Special Education Department; awarded Woman of the Year for her work with the disabled, elderly and homeless; and Teacher of the Year for the Tuolumne County Special Education Department.
Another very busy month at the Community Center for Entrepreneurship. We co-sponsored a couple of events:
Thursday, April 15 Johnny Cupcakes, America's Best Young Entrepreneur of 2008 with the Business Club at Bunker Hill Community College
Tuesday, April 21, Chris Graber, Marketing Consultant, Marketing on a Shoestring Budget, with the Charlestown Retail Association
Thursday, April 30, Entrepreneurship for the Hospitality Industry, with BHCC's Hospitality Department.
We are filming events and interviews with presenters and students for the DVD we are making to promote the Center and our programs.
We also have more clients coming to our newly opened Center, mostly requesting help with business plans. Their interests cover a very wide range of ideas, from opening a restaurant to starting a soccer camp for children. We purchased Biz Plan software for the Center's computers and our clients are finding it to be a very useful tool.
We continue talking to NFTE regarding articulations with area high schools who teach the curriculum, as well as mentoring and internship opportunities for our students.
We recently received the evaluation results from the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour that came to one of our northeast Minnesota college campuses on March 3, 2009. The Tour consists of motivational presentations by college-age entrepreneurs from around the U.S.The event provided a professional setting for students, faculty, and staff of our area community colleges, as well as members of the surrounding communities, to learn more about entrepreneurship and feel inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit.The event also served to increase awareness among students of entrepreneurship as a career option and of our efforts to increase entrepreneurship education regionally.
Attached are some of the compiled evaluation results, and below are just a few samples of the feedback we received from students who participated:
Very inspiring and encouraging - gave me the kick in the butt I needed to get this started.
It was very motivational and pumped me up! I liked the interaction with others and the positive attitudes! It was awesome!
The biggest thing I learned is that it is possible and not as scary as I thought to start your own business (and my parents own two businesses!!)
The tour had a great impact on me and I walked away with a lot more knowledge about going into business.
The exercise on establishing a goal-vision -mission brought back a business idea that I started researching one year ago. Due to illness and workload, I had put it on the back burner. Today, I will bring my project out of the closet and begin to obtain my goal.
The event was a success, and I am pleasantly amazed at how well it reached through to our students and engaged their interests! A number of them have since expressed an interest in participating in our Campus Entrepreneurship Initiative planning teams.
The Day care business program has been ICCB approved. That is the first step in getting it WIA approved which will occur in May. I have hired a teacher to co teach Lenore Johnson. Lenore has also been orriented and phone trained by First Step Fast Ttrac. She has had a home based day care for 30 + years. We have scheduled 3 teaser session for Summer and our plan is to offer the whole program (12 sessions) for Fall.
We will be marketing the program at an women and Business development event and via Facebook ads in May.
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
The recipients indicated that the grant funds will mostly be used for
marketing and advertising purposes, along with equipment and supply
‘Taxation for the Entrepreneur’; ‘Marketing on a Shoestring’; Small Business in the Current Economy’.
New Clients at the Community Center for Entrepreneurship:
The Maritime Heritage organization in Charlestown Navy Yard requires theCenter’s assistance to conduct a feasibility study and market campaign to launch a new boatbuilding, blacksmithing, cooking and baking school (on the Plimoth Plantation model).
A BHCC student who is interested in starting a jewelry business importing from Mexico.
Continuing discussions with NFTE regarding BHCC students working with local high schools as mentors.
Working with NFTE to develop articulation agreements with local high schools.
Developing a professional mentoring network with organizations such as UMass Boston, Boston Young Entrepreneurs, Charlestown Business Climate Committee and more.
Continuing to work with Simmons College to support their grant proposal to fund scholarships for their MBAs who would mentor BHCC students and assist us in the development of the Center.
Collaboration with Workforce Development at BHCC to develop a non-credit Entrepreneurship Certificate.
Collaboration with Workforce Development at BHCC in co-sponsoring an event with ‘Achieve Global.’
Continuing discussion with Suffolk University regarding collaboration.
·Development of marketing materials for the Center
James Sprunt Community College Small Business Center in Kenansville, North Carolina is pleased to announce the “American Food Finds” specialty foods entrepreneur program began with its first series of workshops on March 25, 2009.The JSCC Small Business Center is teaming with the Duplin County Cooperative Extension Services, North Carolina State University, and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to teach entrepreneurs how to start their own specialty food business.
At the first workshop, there were 19 attendees from restaurants, farms, and individuals interested in starting their own speciality food business. We began the evening by sampling many speciality food products from existing specialty food companies. The Country Squire Restaurant also brought samples of their marinated turkey and Korean beef, as an example. This restaurant is interested in bottling their marinates. Gary Bullen from NC State University presented an overview of the food business, industry and consumer trends, and market planning.
On April 1, the second workshop was help with 20 attendees. Ms. Nancy Wilson brought a blueberry lemon cake and black walnut cake both made with products on her farm. Ms. Evett Pickett brought a warm pound cake with cream cheese icing. Yum!! Both of these ladies hope to package their cakes and offer for sell. We also sample three different BBQ sauces, and David Whitman's BBQ. He currently sells "natural" pork to Whole Foods, and would like to sell natural, wood-fired BBQ to them as well. G.W. Stanley from the NC Dept. of Agriculture gave us an overview of the NC Goodness Grows Marketing Program, and David Green from NC State University discussed nutritional labeling, food safety and facilities.
The third and final workshop is coming up April 8 where we will discuss entrepreneurship, business plan development, insurance, and legal issues. Also, the web site is underdevelopment. More later!!!
Our advertising is out for the first event for the INSIDE THE ENTREPRENEUR: ENLIGHTENING LESSONS. We have changed the date to April 17 instead of April 20 due to venue availability and day of week. We thought a Friday night would have better turnout than a Monday night.
The founders of highly successful local restaurants will be featured in the first presentation scheduled for Friday, April 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Dogwood Forum theater on the college campus. River Klass is the owner of a pair of well-known food establishments in Murphys: Grounds and Firewood. Eric Davis owns the Diamondback Grill, a popular Sonora destination for dining.
River Klass earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Villanova University in 1986 and then traveled to Europe to study at the Sorbonne. While there, he also worked in Parisian restaurants where he acquired experience in culinary techniques, along with a taste for fine regional wines. Upon his return to the U.S., he discovered an interest in design and building, and started a company in Hollywood that built commercial and music video sets.
In 1992, Klass moved to Murphys where he opened Grounds, a combination coffee, pastry and sandwich shop. Within a year, the eatery quickly evolved into a local favorite serving complete breakfasts, lunches and dinners. When space next door became available, he also opened Firewood with its menu of fast, fresh meals for families. In 2005, Klass started RiverK restaurant in Roseville, which he later sold but still entertains the idea of reopening in other locations.
Eric Davis, a 1982 graduate of Cal Poly, Pomona with a degree in restaurant hospitality management, put his education immediately to good use through jobs at First Street Bar & Grill, Epicurious and the Rapport Restaurant, all located in Claremont.
In 1991, he purchased a tiny 25-seat diner in downtown Sonora, then called the Lasso Coffee Shop. The location had been a diner for over 90 years and Davis retained its Americana decor, complete with chrome and red vinyl stools, but renamed it the Diamondback Grill. His menu of half-pound burgers, marinated chicken salads and goat cheese-stuffed chilies kept lines forming outside the door.
Before long, the Diamondback received recognition from Restaurant Hospitality, The San Francisco Chronicle, VIA and Fodor’s Travel Guide for its “quality meals with bold, direct flavors.”
In 2007, Davis moved across the street into larger quarters with vaulted ceilings, exposed rock and plaster walls, and a separate wine bar. Today’s customers still line up outside his restaurant while waiting for seating.
On March 2, 2009, IowaWesternCommunity College named Mark Ford its first Entrepreneur-In-Residence. Ford is a business coach, consultant and speaker based in Glenwood, Ia.
Our newly established Entrepreneur-In-Residence program gives our students and faculty another resource when they are examining what it takes to start and maintain a business. Ford has worked extensively with business owners in the Omaha metro and in Southwest Iowa, but the real advantage for us is his passion for entrepreneurship.
Ford will spend the remainder of the spring term offering on-campus expertise and assistance, as well as meeting with community groups and others interested in supporting sustainable entrepreneurship programs. He is a counselor with the Iowa Small Business Development Centers, housed at IWCC, and is chair of the Mills County Entrepreneurial Team, a grassroots effort spearheaded by IWCC and supported in part by the Southwest Iowa Foundation.
Candidates for the summer and fall term Entrepreneur-In-Residence position will be considered later this spring, with announcements being made by May 15.
Posted By _ _,
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Updated: Sunday, March 1, 2009
Colorado Mountain College received an elevator grant of $5,000 from The John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Charitable Foundation at the 6th annual NACCE conference. We will use the funds to provide 11 mini-grants of $250 to $750 to high school and community college students to launch a business or develop a product prototype. The goal of our mini-grant program is to support entrepreneurial students seeking self-employment as a career choice. The mini-grant program will also enhance the impact of the Timberline Student Business Incubator that the college's Leadville, Colorado Campus is launching in May 2009.
During the week of March 2, 2009, we will publish the mini-grant application process (see attached document). On April 6, the applicant students will make an elevator pitch to a panel of practicing entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship instructors. We will also provide an elevator pitch workshop a week before the competition to help students prepare for presenting their business idea in the format of an elevator pitch.
Posted By Susan Martin,
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Northeast Higher Education District, MN - $5,000 to support the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour program across five community college campuses intended to create a forum for students to learn the possibilities offered through entrepreneurship.
It was such a thrill to return to Minnesota from the NACCE conference carrying a grant check from the Coleman Foundation that would help bring the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour (EET) to our communities. I believe we received our grant from the Coleman Foundation because of the vast support already in place here for entrepreneurship education.
Each of the five colleges in our region's Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) already had an entrepreneurship team (e-team) in place working to bring entrepreneurship education onto its campus. Each e-team is comprised of faculty, staff and students. All e-teams recruit business leaders, chamber of commerce professionals, economic development leaders and anyone interested in helping to provide students and the community with entrepreneur resources, skills and inspiration.
The first thing we did upon my return from the NACCE conference was set up a conference call with all of the e-teams to begin the planning process of our Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour event. During the meeting it was decided that Hibbing Community College (HCC) would host the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour and the other colleges would transport students to HCC for the event. An event planning committee (Extreme E-team) was formed with a representative from each college.
This Extreme E-Team went right to work under the leadership of Chuck Lyons from Hibbing Community College. First item on the agenda was to select a date! We knew we wanted to get it done this semester so we could get a momentum going among students as soon as possible. When checking with the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, we found out that they couldn't bring their big red tour bus to our campus if we choose April or May, so our Extreme E-team had the courage to bite the bullet decide we would move our event up to March 3! “Yes,” they all said, “we can do this, we can make this happen!”
We received more good news by our second meeting. Mike Raich from HCC, who is in charge of the budget, announced that the rest of the money needed to fund this event had just come through from two local sponsors: the Arrowhead University Consortium and the Applied Learning Institute. In addition to the local funding and the Coleman grant, each college will donate door prizes of sweatshirts, t-shirts, books and other items from their bookstores as well as provide transportation for students to get from the other four campuses to HCC on the day of the event.
It is now the week before the event and we are really working to get students to RSVP on the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour website. We will be providing food (hot dogs, cookies, chips and some veggies) so we hope to have an idea of how many will be attending by Friday. Sheena and Michael at the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour have made the marketing and event setup run very smoothly. Local newspapers are responding to press releases and they too seem excited to have this type of event come into town. Everyone has been so cooperative and enthusiastic about giving to make this event happen, and we are all looking forward to next Tuesday!
The Campus Entrepreneurship Initiative in northeast Minnesota is supported through a partnership with the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund and the Northeast Higher Education District. All campus e-teams are led by Susan Martin, Campus Entrepreneurship Initiative Coordinator at the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund.
Columbia College has accomplished a lot in February. We have set the first two lectures in the series for INSIDE THE ENTREPRENEUR: ENLIGHTENING LESSONS. Entrepreneurs from Calaveras and Tuolumne counties will be invited to Columbia College to share their experiences with live audiences to encourage the growth of entrepreneurial education and inspire start-up business ventures. The dates for the lecture series this spring are April 20, 2009 (Monday) and May 18, 2009 (Monday). The series will break during the summer months and resume in September 2009.
Columbia has gotten the CEO club off the ground and is the largest club on campus at this time with 16 members. Craig Johnston will be the facilitator for the lecture series. We have developed and met with an advisory committee consisting of members from both education and local businesses, in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. It has been decided by the committee that each lecture will have a theme. Such as, restaurants, patents and inventions, hospitality, specialty services, green businesses, retail, entertainment and franchises. Members of the advisory committee are in the process of recommending local entrepreneurs for each of the themes.
We have developed the marketing plan for the lecture series and through the chamber of commerce for both counties we are receiving quite a bit of matched dollars and in kind publicity, on the local radio stations, school newspapers, local newspaper, chamber newsletters, and local public service television channels. This is very exciting in that we are receiving much more publicity than we would have ever been able to afford without this amazing amount of community support.
Posted By Dr. Stephanie J. Etter ,
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Miami Dade College, FL - $7,500 to develop collateral marketing materials focusing on awareness of the Entrepreneurship Certificate program and Associate in Science in Marketing Management with a concentration in entrepreneurship while also increasing communication with high school administration, faculty and staff.
Posted By Susanna Spaulding,
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Colorado Mountain College, CO - $5,000 to implement a pilot business incubator and provide mini-grants for high school and community college students to launch a business or develop a product prototype.
Posted By Dr. Bogusia Wojciechowska,
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Bunker Hill Community College, MA - $7,500 to support program development of the Community Center for Entrepreneurship designed to promote opportunities and supports for students, alumni and the community, through creation of entrepreneurial studies, partnerships with local business groups, and a resource center to mentor new entrepreneurs.
Posted By Douglas Dyreng,
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Snow College, UT - $7,500 to support an entrepreneurial lecture series program to deliver inspiration and education from guest lecturers designed to encourage interdisciplinary entrepreneurial education, outreach to community entrepreneurs and business owners, and develop K-16 linkages.
Pima County Community College District, AZ - $7,500 to support development of entrepreneurship outreach program and expand service offerings for self-employment, training and business advising to veterans, military in transition, and National Guard members. Also, to expand and strengthen outreach program to increase knowledge and use of entrepreneurial assistance programs available to veterans.
Posted By Mimi Hull Ed.D,
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Laramie County Community College, WY - $7,500 to support creation of a cross-campus entrepreneurship advisory committee to achieve integrated entrepreneurship education through partnerships across the campus.