Recognizing Entrepreneurs BY CC TIMES,Published October 28, 2009
Community colleges are not only being recognized more widely for their programs to retrain dislocated workers in the current economy, but they are also garnering attention for serving as hubs for business entrepreneurs.
Last week, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) recognized some of the top entrepreneurs and the colleges that helped them get their start at NACCE’s annual conference in Chicago. Two entrepreneurs—both educated at community colleges—and a faculty member were recognized for their achievements, as was an entrepreneurial center known for its innovative programs.
Noelia Urzula Vasquez, a student at Dakota County Technical College in Minnesota, was co-winner of the association’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 1999, working with her husband, Enrique Garcia Salazar, Vazquez founded the La Loma Coffee Shop at Mercado Central, a Latin American marketplace that was just opening in Minneapolis.