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Leaving An Entrepreneurial Legacy

Posted By Leah Deppert, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2015

August 24, 2015

By: Amy Schulz, VP of Membership at NACCE

On August 19, I had the distinct honor of visiting the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center hosted by Skyline College in San Bruno, CA. The BAEC is part business incubator, part accelerator, part co-working space and part community resource center. Located just ten miles south of San Francisco, the BAEC faces stiff competition in the incubator/accelerator space, but they are able to hold their own in this fierce arena by serving the entrepreneurs of the local community. My generous hosts for the visit were Dr. Tammy Robinson the Interim Dean of Global Learning, Alex Kramer the Deputy Sector Navigator for Small Business, Southwest Bay Area Region, and Pcyeta Stroud the Director of BAEC.

Amy S. & NACCE Members 

From left to right, Alex Kramer, Pcyeta Stroud, Amy Schulz and Dr. Tammy Robinson at the Bay Area Entrepreneurship Center.

While there are many success stories born out of the center itself, I personally was most inspired because I had opportunity to pay tribute to a dear friend who founded the center just one year ago, Richard Soyombo. Serving as Dean of Global Learning at Skyline College, Richard Soyombo was larger than life and full of ambitions for what is possible in the world. Richard passed away suddenly this past April, and his death rocked his colleagues from around the world. Richard was Nigerian and an international businessman and entrepreneur.

I first met Richard in 2013 after taking a group of my Feather River College students to Uganda for development and entrepreneurship projects. We connected immediately on the power and importance of cross-cultural exchanges to and from Africa. We shared a belief that expanding networks on both continents will result in entrepreneurial activities and developmental progress. He invited me to bring my students to Skyline College to share our experience with college leadership in order to expand study abroad programs at his college.  

During his time at Skyline College, Richard bridged many cultures and created opportunities for business and entrepreneurship education for countless students and the community as a whole. Richard fervently believed in the power of entrepreneurship to empower people from any background, and his passion for the field was infectious. Richard shared his vision of economic empowerment through entrepreneurship with his top college leaders, resulting in the support for the BAEC.

As I toured the BAEC, I could feel the energy and the essence of Richard’s vision for the future. During our laughter-filled lunch, I could almost hear his warm, booming laugh that was his trademark. Most poignantly, I was struck by the impact he left behind with the Bay Area Entrepreneurship Center and his lasting leadership. By acting on his inspiration, he has left a legacy to serve entrepreneurs and students and give hope to anyone who choose to believe in their own potential. 


Tags:  Bay Area Entrepreneur Center  Skyline College 

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QuickBooks Offer--Take Advantage Of This...Thank You, Intuit!

Posted By Leah Deppert, Friday, August 21, 2015

Have you heard about our partnership with Intuit to provide our members with their popular QuickBooks software for free? Take advantage of this offer today! Below are a ideas for how you can utilize this partnership: 



  1. Use QuickBooks in your classrooms to teach your credit and non-credit students about the online accounting software that helps organizations manage essential financial tasks like creating invoices, producing reports, and tracking expenses, contributions, and payment. It would fit nicely into Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance or Small Business courses.
  2. Use QuickBooks to help teach your student-run businesses about bookkeeping and reporting results, as they are part of the real-world. This will help the students track the progress of their companies.

You may request up to 50 QuickBooks Online Essentials subscriptions within a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) at no cost. Usually it would cost someone almost $400 per year for this software, so take advantage of this offer today!

Student Benefits:

  • Gain a competitive edge with industry-recognized skills
  • Get hands-on experience and fully engage in classroom lessons
  • See accounting principles brought to life in a real world application


  1. Use QuickBooks for entrepreneurs and startups in business or campus centers. If you run a QuickBooks course, continue to run the course and advertise the license to draw attendance. If not, start a QuickBooks course.


Tags:  Intuit  QuickBooks 

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The First Ever #WHDemoDay

Posted By Leah Deppert, Friday, August 14, 2015

On Tuesday, August 4, the President hosted the first-ever White House Demo Day celebrating the important role entrepreneurship plays in America's economy. We were honored and thrilled to be included in this inaugural event where we announced our Rapid Curriculum Development pilot in partnership with MassChallenge, Quinsigamond Community College and Bunker Hill Community College.


As part of this pilot, we will create and distribute a national best practices template for quickly developing curriculum with industry partners using Lean Startup methods to meet unfilled job training needs of employers. The NACCE team would especially like to recognize Joe Kapp, Entrepreneur in Residence, from Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College for being instrumental in blazing the entrepreneurship trail at Demo Day with our President, Rebecca Corbin. Read more here and see the full #WHDemoDay video below.                         

Tags:  Bunker Hill Community College  Demo Day  Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical Coll  MassChallenge  Quinsigamond Community College  The White House 

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The First Ever #WHDemoDay

Posted By Leah Deppert, Friday, August 14, 2015

On Tuesday, August 4, the President hosted the first-ever White House Demo Day celebrating the important role entrepreneurship plays in America's economy. We were honored and thrilled to be included in this inaugural event where we announced our Rapid Curriculum Development pilot in partnership with MassChallenge, Quinsigamond Community College and Bunker Hill Community College.


As part of this pilot, we will create and distribute a national best practices template for quickly developing curriculum with industry partners using Lean Startup methods to meet unfilled job training needs of employers. The NACCE team would especially like to recognize Joe Kapp, Entrepreneur in Residence, from Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College for being instrumental in blazing the entrepreneurship trail at Demo Day with our President, Rebecca Corbin. Read more here and see the full #WHDemoDay video below.                         

Tags:  Bunker Hill Community College  Demo Day  Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical Coll  MassChallenge  Quinsigamond Community College  The White House 

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New World of Work Training and Digital Badging Project

Posted By Leah Deppert, Monday, August 10, 2015
Updated: Monday, August 10, 2015

The elusive "21st Century skills” is one of the latest trends in workforce development, which has simultaneously captivated the attention of employers while mystifying workforce educators on how to empower students with these valuable skills. To better understand these essential work skills and prepare community college educators to train students, NACCE is proud to partner with the New World of Work at Feather River College and the Foundation of California Community Colleges with financial support from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Doing What Matters initiative. Amy Schulz, NACCE Vice President of Membership, and Rajinder Gill, New World of Work Director of 21st Century Work Skills, facilitated a 2-day train-the-trainer event and a 1-day digital badging skills panel for 21st Century Skills August 5 through 7, 2015. California Community Colleges Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development Van Ton-Quinlivan welcomed attendees and urged them on how important this work is to fill the workforce skills gap in California and beyond.

This training and panel was the culmination of a two-year project to identify and develop curriculum and pedagogy for 21st Century Work Skills. Schulz and Gill began the work in 2013 under the auspices of entrepreneurial skills and quickly realized that these were transferrable skills necessary across all sectors and gained through practice in the workplace. This year under Gill’s direction, New World of Work was selected to implement this training in 10 pilot colleges throughout California. Each college will embed the 21st Century Work Skills training within a work-based learning program so that students will have the opportunity to practice the skills in the workplace. Classroom time is reserved for introduction of skills and reflection of students own aptitude and goals. About the same time that New World of Work was awarded the statewide pilot, Schulz was joined NACCE as Vice President of Membership.

Schulz explained, "It is truly an honor to continue the New World of Work project through the lens of NACCE and the needs of our national membership. The original project was to translate what entrepreneurs need to be successful, and what we found were these were skills that most everyone will need be successful in the modern workforce. In addition, these skills or traits align with what employers have been demanding.”   Because the curriculum was co-created with the public funds of the Doing What Matters initiative, it is open source and available at New World of Work website for anyone to use. The train-the-trainer instruction provides an in-depth context and pedagogy.

Representatives from the 10 pilot colleges learned how the rapid changes in work, such as technological advances and a globally competitive workforce, has impacted workforce skills development. After two days of intensive training, the educators received New World of Work train-the-trainer certifications in order to empower other educators, as well as students, on their home campuses.

The next step of the project is to develop digital badges so that employers can recognize students with vetted 21st Century Work Skills. On August 7, fifteen industry representatives gathered to help identify observable behaviors of 21st Century Work Skills in the workplace. For instance, an observable behavior of resilience is quickly adjusting to change in a project deadline. By the end of the day, these professionals had provided an extensive list of demonstrations of the skills, which will be provided to an assessment expert to translate into 21st Century Work Skills competencies. Those results will then serve as the foundation for the digital badging project to be housed on the LaunchPath platform.

For more information about the project, please contact Rajinder Gill at

Tags:  California  New World Of Work 

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Posted By Leah Deppert, Friday, August 07, 2015

The newest edition of NACCE's journal Community College Entrepreneurship is now available. It is jam-packed with ideas about cultivating an entrepreneurial culture on your campus. We encourage you to read about what some community colleges are doing to boost enrollment, retention and student success. 



Gain insight from four presidents who talk about how the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge impacts their colleges. 

Dr. Massey PFEP Quote
Read more (page 10)...


Articles about critical collaborations, rethinking the way entrepreneurship is taught, and seizing entrepreneurial opportunities will hopefully spur new ideas and approaches for you to try at your college or center. 

Broward College Soccer Innovation
Learn how Broward College Innovation Hub partnered with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the hometown professional soccer team. Read more (page 20)...


Our partner columns from ELI, The Coleman Foundation, HP Life and ARC include a thought piece on framing the brain for learning and how e-learning tools played a major role in a statewide business pitch competition. Engage your entrepreneurial mindset and take a look at this quarter's issue!


Tags:  Community College Entrepreneurship  NACCE Journal 

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What Do Social Purpose Entities Bring to the Business Landscape?

Posted By Leah Deppert, Friday, July 31, 2015

By: Petra J Perkins

When recommending a business formation type, advisors typically take into account taxation, legal liability, and record keeping requirements as they relate to the particular circumstances of the would-be business owner. Missing from many advisors’ conversations is a fourth element – the business owner’s ethics and how they are expressed through the business model and operations. There is a strong case to be made for advisors to have a working knowledge of social purpose entities (SPEs) such as B and social purpose corporations, and low-profit, limited liability companies (LC3s). Worker cooperatives also fit into this SPE category, though this formation differs from the others in a number of ways. 

Most business advisors tend to zero in on limited liability companies, and rarely if ever mention SPEs as alternatives. While LLCs have risen quickly in popularity, the most common formation is still sole proprietorship.  There are practical reasons for keeping it simple. Many start-ups will not survive beyond year 3 or 4. The business model and ownership of any given venture may shift significantly within the first 5 years.   

B-Corps, SPCs, and LC3s are options for business owners who strive to build organizations that emphasize the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit.  By allowing SPE designations, states are validating the right of business entities to place their social missions on par with the responsibility to deliver shareholder value. Owners of these firms believe that doing good and doing well are not mutually exclusive. They are attempting to take to the discussion of “corporate social responsibility” beyond the theoretical, feel-good practices of large corporations.

There is no doubt, however, that SPEs are part of an increasingly complex and evolving landscape of legal, accounting, regulatory, and ethical issues affecting business and the kinds of businesses entrepreneurs are choosing to form. They are approved in one form or another in almost all 50 states. Twenty-nine states have statutes that allow B-Corps, social purpose or flexible purpose (California only) corporation. L3Cs, first formed in Vermont have now spread to 10 states. Illinois now has a Benefit LLC, the only such hybrid in the country. Legislation is pending in other states. The process of becoming a certified B corporation, which requires meeting certain performance and legal requirements, is a governed by a non-profit organization, B Labs. More can be learned about this certification process by viewing a two-part webinar, “The Path to B Corp Certification", which can be found on YouTube. Below is part 1.

While worker cooperatives are well established in Europe, they have been receiving considerable attention of late in the US, in part because of the film Shift Change. In most respects, worker cooperatives operate like any other business. These firms may hire a professional management staff, but the major decisions about what the company produces and how are made by the member-owners on the basis of one person, one share, one vote. In addition to being profitable, worker cooperatives promote the economic welfare of all workers as a core value. The Democracy at Work institute, formed by the Federation of Cooperatives, provides a wealth of information about this formation type.

SPEs are not a panacea, but they do force business owners to think about their value proposition and zero in on an actual need or problem in the market. While they may be more complex than standard LLCs, they may also become good alternatives to non-profit formations, which can be very complicated and time-consuming to set up. Whether or not these entities can deliver on their lofty goals in significant numbers remains to be seen, but they deserve advisors’ attention. There is a niche for advisors who are willing to help entrepreneurs incorporate social missions into their business models. A working knowledge of these formation types is a tool that advisors should have in their toolboxes.

Tags:  Business Landscape  Social Purpose Entities 

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#NACCE2015 Preconferences: FabLabs, Maker Spaces, Incubators & More!

Posted By Leah Deppert, Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2015



Have you registered yet for our #NACCE2015 preconferences? These solution-oriented professional development workshops were co-created with our members. Roll up your sleeves, participate in best practice dialogues and work on action plans with a community working on the same issues on their campus. Leave ready to implement with a new found community within the NACCE Nation. Register for them today!


Saturday Preconference


9 AM-5:30 PM
Launch Startups, Generate Revenue and Support Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners with the E-seed Entrepreneurship Training Series:
In this interactive, how-to session with Amy Pietsch, Director at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) Venture Center, you will learn how to use the E-seed™ Entrepreneur Training Series to drive economic development in your service area, via entrepreneur and small business startups and expansions, while generating revenue for your program. FVTC launched this program in 2000 and it has resulted in hundreds of business launches, millions of dollars of investment and thousands of jobs created!


Sunday Preconferences


9 AM-12 PM

Supersize Your External Partner Relationship Skills: How do you map your community partners, determine who to collaborate with and then get them to partner? John Liddy, Director at Student Sandbox, will provide process and tools that can be applied at any college campus.


How to Help Businesses After They Launch: Putting Plans Into Action: There is an art to creating businesses and growing entrepreneurs. Many times business coaches concentrate only on the business and not the entrepreneur. Tim Mittan, Associate Director at the Los Angeles Regional SBDC Network,will show attendees the main focus for success in most businesses is the development of the entrepreneur as a person along with the business. Listen to our webinar with Tim for a sneak peak here!

How to Open an Incubator on Your Campus and Maximize Revenue: Community colleges are interested in expanding their entrepreneurial services. Incubators and co-working spaces attract different community members to campus. Susie Pulido, VP of Business Development at Maricopa Corporate College, will help attendees understand what is required to launch and grow a successful incubator.


                                      CEI & Maricopa Corporate College  


1-4 PM

Effectuation 2.0 - An Application Based Experiential Learning Day:

Christine Mollenkopf-Pigsley, Small Business Consultant,& Sara Whiffen, Principal at Insights Ignited, will provide a review of effectuation and how to apply it to common challenges on campus such as student success, completion and enrollment management. The bulk of the time spent with attendees will be facilitating solutions for those problems.


How to Create a Space for Entrepreneurship: Maker spaces and FabLabs: Maker Spaces and Fab Labs are creative spaces for makers, tinkerers and entrepreneurs. They are used by the community for a range of activities from knitting, to fabricating to prototypes. Community colleges are opening these spaces to spark imagination and innovation at their institutions. A panel of veterans (Greg Herker, Jim Janisse, David Richardson, Susan Thompson, Matthew Wade)will share the planning framework and best practices for implementing a maker space or fab lab. Attendees will acquire the understanding and resources to successfully launch a creative space while becoming part of a community of practice when they return to campus.


Register here


Please note: If you have already registered for the conference and you would like to add a preconference, please call the office at 413-306-3131 x302 to update your registration.

Tags:  13th Conference  NACCE2015  Preconferences 

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Resources Right Under Our Nose

Posted By Kaskaskia College- Illinois SBDC & ITC, Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Born out of natural curiosity last year, Kaskaskia College undertook a faculty and staff survey just to see who had entrepreneurial experiences in their lives. We uncovered a small but exciting number of resources right in our midst. This year, we circled back and interviewed a number of them in more detail, to better determine how and when to use their knowledge. Of course the closing question in each interview was "will you continue to help us"? Our long term goal is to have a number of mentors ready for action.

Because the ASK has been in person and conversational we are better able to judge enthusiasm and commitment... important qualities of co-creators. Further, with the personal connections made, the door is open to asking for additional help in the future. We also better understand the interests of each person and what resources they bring into co-creation. With regard to faculty, several NEW prospects emerged for a cross campus/cross college team to be formed this Fall.

 The initial survey served a really useful purpose in the identification of prospects for follow up. What we have learned throughout our effectuation journey is that the personal one-on-one talks are the most productive. Larger group settings are fine for setting the stage and for introducing the principles of effectuation, but not much more. The one-on-one ASK draws out commitments and co-creators.

Tags:  ASK  Best Practices  Co-Creators  effectuation  entrepreneurship  Kaskaskia College 

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Four Creative Ways To Build Your College's Brand

Posted By Leah Deppert, Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Updated: Friday, July 31, 2015

What words come to your mind when you hear your campus' name? When students chat to their peers about their school, what images are conjured up in their heads? Your college's brand and reputation are of utmost importance to the success of your institution. Take a moment to read through these four creative ways to build your college's brand:

  • Make people laugh. Take a moment and think of a recent funny story or commercial that you have seen or heard. Creating marketing that makes people laugh will make your campus memorable, fun and inspiring. Read this article for tips on infusing humor into your higher education marketing.
  • Upend customer expectations. Have you tried integrating competitions, awards or exclusive information into your marketing strategy? Students love to receive free promotional items and be "in the know" before everyone else.
  • Create high profile collaborations. Does your campus have influential, famous or prosperous alumni? Reach out to these folks to feature them as success stories and generate buzz about your college.
  • Seek advice about branding from individuals in different industries from your own. When you open yourself up to new opportunities and ways of thinking, your creative juices will start to flow!

Do you notice a common theme in all of these links? Are you ready for an exciting conference sneak peek? We are so thrilled to announce that Johnny Earle, owner of Johnny Cupcakes, is keynoting at #NACCE2015! Register by July 31st to receive our super early bird savings--you don't want to miss this!


Tags:  13th Conference  branding  Houston Community College  NACCE2015 

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