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February 2010 Update

Posted By Bogusia Wojciechowska, Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Community Center for Entrepreneurship, Bunker Hill Community College

Coleman Grant Report, February 2010

· The Center is co-sponsoring with the State Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship an event featuring entrepreneur Darryl Settles. March 4. NFTE teachers and BHCC students, faculty and staff will be attending.

· We are collaborating on another Young Entrepreneurs Alliance event: this time the event will take place at Madison Park High School, and our students, faculty and staff will be attending. The event is a team-building event for the new graphic design business that is being established at the school. BHCC students will play an integral part in the ‘bonding’exercises.

· Degree option in Craft Entrepreneurship is ready to go: it was designed specifically for graduates from the North Bennet Street School. We will be holding our first information session at the School in April.

· We have hired BHCC students to develop the Center’s Facebook and database. We are now building a LinkedIn page.

· Publicity for our summer entrepreneurship program for high school students has gone out to all the Boston public schools and to schools in the Greater Boston area. On March 5th we have a meeting for area high school counselors at which we will also distribute the information.

· The Coordinator of our Center, Erin DeCurtis, has created a ‘Business Concept Development Workbook’ which we’re distributing to all our clients and high school partners.

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January 2010

Posted By Bogusia Wojciechowska, Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Community Center for Entrepreneurship This January we welcomed a new Coordinator for the Community Center for Entrepreneurship, Erin DeCurtis, a graduate from Simmons College’s MBA in Entrepreneurship. Erin is focusing on client relations, and has developed an Entrepreneurial Process Map and Initial Client Meeting form.  She is also working on a Business Concept Development Workbook. We continue to work on developing a presence on Facebook, and have hired an IT student to support this task.  The marketing materials for the summer entrepreneurship camp for high school students have been developed and will be included in ‘Summer Stuff’, the Boston Public School summer program publication.  We will also send mailings to non-Boston high schools who have entrepreneurship programs.  We have guidance counselors coming to an information breakfast in February and will also use this event to publicize the program. 

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December 2009

Posted By Bogusia Wojciechowska, Wednesday, December 23, 2009

We continued to meet with existing and new clients.  One student wants advice on how to expand her cleaning business.  Another requested assistance with a marketing plan for a Large Size clothing store. 

We also followed-up  on GEW events.   Dr. Sushil Bhatia from Suffolk University has agreed to come to campus in the spring to talk about how to incorporate sustainability into the business curriculum.  We’ve had discussions with Boloco about hosting iron chef type competition in BHCC kitchens -- follow up in new year.   Discussions  have started on campus about looking into feasibility of having zipcar on campus.  BHCC’s creative services is mentoring Young Entrepreneurs Alliance students from Assabet Valley High School in the design of thank-you notes for the CCE. 

The CCE’s internal advisory meet to review the last 6 months of CCE activity and the CCE business plan.  We have consistently met our goals and have a clear goal for next year.

The Intern from Simmons College has completed a proposal for a 3-week pathways to college summer camp program for high school students.  She has also has also proposed a 6-week, 36 hour intro to entrepreneurship non-credit course that would offer students a sampling of entrepreneurship topics like financing, law, accounting/tax, business plan writing, marketing, etc.

We continued to work with the MA State Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship to schedule a restaurateur entrepreneur to speak.  Working to confirm date of Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 2pm for Darryl Settles, restaurateur entrepreneur, owner of the Beehive in Boston to speak at BHCC.

2 BHCC students are working on the  development of a Facebook page for CCE.  Fanpage has been developed and photos and video clips from GEW are being posted.  One of the BHCC students will work as an intern starting in January 2010 to update and monitor the CCE Facebook page.  Working with BHCC audio visual department to train student intern on video editing software to edit video clips for CCE Facebook page.  We have also hired a  BHCC database student to develop a Microsoft Access database for the CCE client information.  He will build an access database and move all excel files to Access. 

It’s been a very exciting and productive year and we thank the Hughes and Coleman Foundations for supporting our entrepreneurship initiative.  The final report for the Hughes Grant will follow shortly.

Season’s greetings from all of us at Bunker Hill Community College. 


Bogusia Wojciechowska, PhD

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November for Bunker Hill Community College

Posted By Bogusia Wojciechowska, Tuesday, December 01, 2009
  • GEW.  Events included a week-long series of events featuring local entrepreneurs that "Think Green”.  Guest speakers include Sushil Bhatia, Executive in Residence,  Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University, Charlestown law firm, McCullough, Stievator & Polvere, LLP,  John Pepper, Founder and CEO, Boloco Restaurants, Gary David of Bentley University, Dan Curtin of zipcar,  C.A.Webb of Preserve Products and Andrew Prescott, Chief Wheel Officer, Urban AdvenTours - Boston Bicycle Tours and Rentals and YEA student presenters.  Marketing presentations made by the Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (YEA) to BHCC business students, members of the CCE external advisory committee and members of the business community. BHCC students submitted evaluations of the presentations made by the YEA.
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week events were a success.  Over 345 people attended the 6 events held throughout the week.  A lot of positive feedback and new relationships for the CCE and BHCC.  Sushil Bhatia to possibly come back to speak in the spring about sustainability and how to incorporate sustainability into business courses.  Exploring the idea of hosting an iron chef-like competition in BHCC kitchens for Boloco and including Mike Harder, Boloco CFO and President on Hospitality Department advisory board.  Exploring a zipcar presence on BHCC’s campus.  Exploring feasibility of a student-led business at BHCC similar to YEA.  Overall and GEW events increased campus-wide enthusiasm for entrepreneurship as a means to build relationships and create pathways for BHCC students. 
  • Intern from Simmons College continues to research the viability of a non-credit entrepreneurship certificate program and drafting a proposal for a 2-week pathways to college summer camp program for high school students.
  • Continued work with the MA State Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship to schedule a restaurateur entrepreneur to speak.  Potential speaker selected, Darryl Settles, restaurateur entrepreneur, owner of the Beehive in Boston. Targeted event date is late February 2010.
  • Continued work with 2 BHCC students on development of Facebook page for CCE.  This month CCE content was added including all programming for GEW week.  Used CCE Facebook page to post info on GEW events other entrepreneurship Facebook pages and local business association page. 
  • Entrepreneurship Craft Option (designed for North Bennett Street School students and graduates) approved by BHCC’s Curriculum Committee.  It now goes for approval to the College Forum.  

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October Report for Bunker Hill Community College

Posted By Bogusia Wojciechowska, Wednesday, November 04, 2009

October 2009

Items worked on:

  • New clients included:  start clothing business, start vacuum truck business, selling Learn to Speak Spanish books for kids.
  •  Hosted Franchising Event, “Own Your Own Business and Be Your Own Boss…Is Franchising for YOU?” on October 21, 2009.  Panelists included Jim Sullivan, Vice President of the Friendly's Franchise Division, Joanna B. Meiseles, Founder and President of The Snip-its Corporation, Jeff Sturgis, Vice President of Fantastic Sams Franchise Sales and Anna Marie Beech, Owner of  Fantastic Sams in Charlestown.  An email flyer and posters were created to advertise the event.  Over 40 people attended.  Theresa Marino, Friendlys HR manager attended the event.  Referral was made to Career Center and now Friendly's will have table at Career Fair in November.
  • Continued coordination of GEW event for YEA students.
  • The Coleman Foundation Elevator Grant pitch was made at the NACCE conference and BHCC was awarded a $7,500 grant to continue developing pathways to BHCC for high school students.
  • Intern from Simmons College continues to research the viability of a non-credit entrepreneurship certificate program and drafting a proposal for a 2-week pathways to college summer program for high school students.
  • Continued work with the MA State Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship to schedule a restaurateur entrepreneur to speak.  BHCC has been chosen as one of 5 colleges in the state to be part of a pilot speaker series program that will profile local entrepreneurs.  Targeted event date is late February 2010.
  • Working with 2 BHCC students in an IT class that are developing a facebook page for the Community Center of Entrepreneurship.  Page should be completed as a class project by early December.  Students also working to establish the Center's presence on LinkedIn and Twitter. 
  • Continued work on articulation agreements.  (Will post those once they are signed.)
  •  The City of Boston Office of Business Development has asked the CCE at BHCC to host the next Small Business Assistance Strategy Group Meeting.  It will be held on December 16, 2009

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009

12:30 – 2:30 p.m., A300 Lobby      

“From Green Innovator to Green Entrepreneur,” Keynote Speaker, Sushil Bhatia, PhD, MBA

Executive in Residence, Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University, and globally known award winning entrepreneur and innovator

 

6 – 8 p.m., A300 Lobby, “Art Gone Green, “Art Gallery Reception

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2009

6:00 – 7:30 p.m., A300 Lobby                         

“Legal Implications for Entrepreneurs,” McCullough, Stievator & Polvere, LLP  

Discussion of legal considerations for small business owners and legal issues related to going “green.”

 

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009

9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Main Lobby

Job Fair, Sponsored by the Career Center for Bunker Hill Community College Students

 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m., A300 Lobby

John Pepper, Founder and CEO, Boloco Restaurants
Discussion of challenges of embracing green business practices and how it has helped make Boloco a success

 

6 – 7:30 p.m., A300 Lobby, “Immigrant Entrepreneurs,” Gary C. David, PhD, Bentley University

 

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2009

1:30 – 2:30 p.m., A300 Lobby

Panel Discussion: “Going Green: Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Profitability”

Panel includes Dan Curtin of zipcar, C.A.Webb of Preserve Products and Andrew Prescott of Urban AdvenTours

 



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2009

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., A300 Lobby

Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (YEA) – Holiday Card Products and Design Services Pitch
The YEA business team from Digitize, a student-led digital design firm based at Assabet Valley

Regional High School, will pitch their services to BHCC students, staff and local business professionals.

 

 

 

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