The Northeast State Entrepreneurship Grant Committee has identified several resources that can be tapped in developing our Center for Entrepreneurship that encompass the campus community, the business community and potential users/participants. The anticipated construction of our Emerging Technologies Complex (scheduled to be completed in 2017) will provide a central location for offering workshops, classes, discussion groups, and brain-storming sessions. The Committee has identified several local groups, organizations and businesses that are either currently offering or looking to offer entrepreneurial support services. These groups are a part of both our "Bird in Hand" and our "Crazy Quilt". Northeast State has a very active Foundation and group of advisory committees. The Committee has scheduled a planning session for 3/4/15 to report on marketing/advertising ideas, workshop presenters and results of conversations with other entrepreneurial groups in the area.
We have two limiting factors (maybe our "Lemonade"???): the lack of space for our center and the construction of the new Emerging Technologies Complex. The Center for Entrepreneurship will share space with the Center for Teaching Excellence for the present. The new complex will house the Center for Entrepreneurship upon completion. Currently, the impending construction it is a focus for the campus and the Northeast State extended community. Coordinating with those involved in fundraising for the new building is important to maintain and build lasting relationships for the college.
We are also engaging other entrepreneurial providers and groups in our five county area to raise awareness and identify partners and participants for our programs.
We hope to have more good news to share next month!!