Hello, NACCE Nation! Welcome to the first installment of The Resourceful Educator, a new series of posts by yours truly. Each week, I'll be sharing tips, leads, and insider info that will give you – the entrepreneurship educator – access to resources to support your efforts to train and sustain current and future small business owners.
Most of the time, I'll recommend resources that support one or more of the five action steps of NACCE's Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP). What's PFEP, you say? Well, it's a framework – based on years of research – for community college leaders to implement in order to create a culture of entrepreneurship on their campuses. Intrigued? Visit the PFEP webpage to get the 411. [Does anyone still say that? And does anyone still use 411 – not the colloquialism, but actually dialing that number for information???]
Action Step #1: Create or Expand Internal & External Teams Dedicated to Entrepreneurship
Recommended Resource: NACCE's How To Do It Online Training
Check out NACCE's brand-spankin'-new How To Do It Online Training, which launched just a few weeks ago. As the name suggests, this six-week
course covers everything that community college educators need to know to launch and grow entrepreneurial programming and shows you step-by-step…wait for it…How To Do It. The spring session is already underway, but there's still time to reserve a spot for the summer session, which starts July 8th.
Action Step #3: Engage in Industry Cluster Development
Recommended Resource: U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration's Cluster Mapping Tool
This nifty tool gives you all the data and tools your heart desires for "assessing regional cluster strengths, business environment characteristics, and innovation assets” – talk about a great resource for that TAACCCT proposal you're up to your eyeballs in! And you are involved in your college's or consortium's proposal, right??? If not, read page six of the solicitation, and make sure you're involved in any upcoming TAACCCT meetings. If you're not at the table, you're on the menu!
Stop by next week, and we'll dive into the National Urban League's new Jobs Rebuild America initiative. Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!