Conducting an Ecosystem Mapping & DACUM
Northeast State Community College is participating in the NACCE
- Sam’s Club Shared Vision for Small Business 2014 Cohort. Our goal is to aid in the success of small
businesses by providing training and related services appropriate to the after
start-up stage. Our first two steps have
been to determine what training and support services are available in the five
county region that Northeast State serves and what training and services are
needed by owners at this stage their business development.
In order to determine the training
and support services that are available, we are developing an entrepreneurial
ecosystem map. The map shows the
institutions and organizations that are supporting the entrepreneurial network
in the region. It literally is the glue
that binds all of the entities together.
The steps in creating the ecosystem begin with meeting with the entities
in the area to learn what they are doing.
The meetings are centered on introductions of each other and gathering a
construct of information. The
geographical places are put on a map. We
are using Google Earth at this time. As
a person selects an entity, the website pops-up so a person can learn more
about the organization or agency from the website. The development of an ecosystem is an
The second endeavor is to conduct a
DACUM (Developing A CUrriculuM) to learn the training and services that are needed at
this stage and going forward. A DACUM
is a guided group process with experts in the field being the panelists. We had five entrepreneurs that had owned
their own business for a varying amount of time. They completed the DACUM in two
evenings. They identified 7 major duties
and associated tasks and several skills and knowledge areas.
The next step is two-fold. The first is to take the DACUM material and
develop a needs assessment. The second
is to plan the first training session based on one of the duties that was
revealed through the process. The
resulting needs analysis can provide guidance for future entrepreneurs. It allows for training to be conducted on a
timely basis, and it aids in the creation of entrepreneur cohorts.
This past week, we presented process
of conducting an ecosystem mapping and DACUM at the NACCE – New River Summit in
Ghent, West Virginia. Have you conducted an ecosystem mapping and DACUM in your
community? If not, I’ve attached the PowerPoint of our Summit presentation so
that you can begin this critical information-gathering work in your region.
has been with Northeast State Community College for over twenty years.
Her previous career experience was in manufacturing. Prior to her
becoming Coordinator of Business Related Workforce Development, her main
emphasis at Northeast State was in leadership training having trained
over 700 regional supervisory personnel from industry in an intensive 84
hour class. Her emphasis areas now include continuing education in
entrepreneurism and health-related professions. Cindy is pursuing her