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NACCE Initiatives Overview

NACCE is the premier organization for identifying best practices in high-impact entrepreneurship education within community colleges and the entrepreneurial ecosystems they serve. We work with select partners who share our vision for developing the entrepreneurial mindset through dynamic communities of practice that inform the larger NACCE community as well as the national conversation on economic vitality through entrepreneurship. The following list represents our current and past initiatives and partners. If your organization is interested in partnering with NACCE, please click here.


Current Initiatives & Partners

Opening the Door for Entrepreneurship in Appalachia 

NACCE has partnered with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to promote the efforts of community colleges in a three-state region and to ensure college efforts become a priority and a solution and lend their leadership in opening the door wider for entrepreneurship in Appalachia. For more information on this program, please click here.

Burton D. Morgan Foundation

NACCE has partnered with the Burton D. Morgan Foundation to support  Northeast Ohio community college teams by providing scholarships to attend our national conference. To learn more about the Foundation, please click here.

Direct Selling Entrepreneur Foundation (DSEF)

NACCE has partnered with DSEF to create a thirty-hour, non-credit course designed to provide direct sellers with the small business management and entrepreneurial skills that will allow them to run more successful direct selling businesses. This curriculum is available as a packaged set which includes the instructor’s materials, 20 student books, and social media and industry support from DSEF. To learn more, please click here.

Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI)

NACCE has partnered with ELI, a global thought leader dedicated to expanding human potential through entrepreneurial mindset education, and their Ice House Student Success Program, a student success course that inspires and engages new students during their first semester in college with the perseverance and determination of an entrepreneurial mindset needed to succeed academically and in life, to grow their Student Success Campaign. To learn more, please click here.

HP LIFE e-Learning

Since 2013, NACCE has brought HP LIFE e-Learning resources and insights to the community college campus and researched how this free online learning tool can be utilized to foster innovation, enable business starts and create jobs. HP LIFE e-Learning is a peer-reviewed Open Educational Resource for students, entrepreneurs and small business owners around the world who want to gain real-life business and IT skills to learn about, start or grow a businesses. To help you implement this free tool in your classroom, contact us. For more information on this program, visit here.

Indiana University Center for International Business and Research (IU CIBER)

NACCE has partnered with IU CIBER to promote their goal of increasing the country's capacity for international understanding and trade competitiveness. To that end, IU CIBER is providing NACCE members who are looking to internationalize their curriculum with the current best practices in international education. Resources include: free videos, classroom pedagogy and free registration at NACCE2016 in Sacramento, CA. To learn more about IU CIBER, please click here.

Intuit QuickBooks software 

NACCE has partnered with Intuit to provide our members with Intuit's popular QuickBooks software. To learn more about this program and to download this offer, please click here.

The League for Innovation in Community College 

NACCE has partnered with the League for Innovation to amplify their mission to cultivate innovation in the community college environment. To learn more about the League, please click here.

National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD)

NACCE has partnered with NISOD, a membership organization, to amplify their mission of promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. To learn more about NISOD, please click here.


NACCE has been invited to participate in TechHire, a national initiative created by the White House to get more Americans rapidly trained for well-paying technology jobs through innovative training programs offered by universities and community colleges. NACCE is partnering with the California Community College’s Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and Economy initiative to provide New World of Work 21st Century Employability Skills training to 50 TechHire communities. NACCE has 58 member colleges in these communities, serving 1.1 million students. Together we will offer three train-the-trainer webinars on techniques for accessing open source (free) curriculum for use by faculty in community colleges. TechHire instructors will have access to lesson plans, training videos, slide decks and assessment tools. Instructors will also be offered coaching and materials to implement and strengthen workplace programs. For more information, click here.

United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)

NACCE partnered with USASBE, a membership organization, to amplify their mission of advancing knowledge and fostering business development through entrepreneurship education and research. To learn more about USASBE, please click here.

United States Fab Lab Network (USFLN)

NACCE partnered with USFLN, a membership organization, to amplify their mission of being a connected network of Fab Labs who exchange knowledge, ideas, and resources to collectively empower people of all ages and backgrounds to experiment and invent new products to solve real world problems at local, national, and global levels. To learn more about the USFLN, please click here.

Past Initiatives & Partners

Virtual Incubation Network

In 2011, NACCE and AACC worked with 11 community colleges across the country to test-drive new delivery mechanisms that included support provided at the business site and hybrid in-person and technology processes in order to create a toolkit for colleges in geographically isolated, depressed and hard-to-serve communities where they are needed most. You can access this free toolkit and lessons learned from this project here.

NACCE Entrepreneurial College in Action (ECIA) Grant Competition, Powered by The Coleman Foundation 

As part of the 11th Annual NACCE Conference, The Coleman Foundation and NACCE conducted the ECIA Grant Competition to advance the importance of implementing NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship action steps by funding 11 community colleges to create or expand internal and external teams or engaging entrepreneurs on their campus. For more information on this program, visit here.

Shared Vision for Small Business 2014 Cohort

Seven colleges are working with NACCE and Sam’s Club in 2014 to provide local microenterprises with training and services to help them (1) gain capabilities through new skills, processes, or technologies; (2) view community college as a support system for continued success, and (3) have the knowledge to recognize and address skill gaps.  For more information on this program, please visit here.

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