NACCE Announces Keynote Speakers for Annual National Conference in Chicago October 7-10
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Posted by: Kristina Moy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Heather Van Sickle
306-3131 ext. 303
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NACCE ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS FOR
ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN
CHICAGO OCTOBER 7-10
Early Bird Discount Available for Registering Before Sept. 14
MA – August 9, 2012 -- The National
Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)
has added additional keynote speakers to its annual conference October 7-10.
The three-day conference, which marks NACCE’s 10th year as a major force in
entrepreneurship education, is expected to draw 500 community college
administrators and faculty to Chicago’s Hyatt Regency O’Hare. An early-bird
discount of $100 is available for all who register before September 14.
According to NACCE Executive Director Heather
Van Sickle, there will be over 50 learning sessions and workshops that will
highlight the pivotal work being done at community colleges across the country
to support the entrepreneurial aspirations of the people they serve.
The three speakers
just added to the stellar lineup of keynoters who underline this year’s
conference theme, "Committed to
• John Harthorne, founder and CEO of MassChallenge. The world’s
latest startup accelerator and competition, MassChallenge provides $1 million
in funding annually to high-impact start-ups from around the world, along with
providing the resources they need to launch and succeed.
Christopher, founder and chairman emeritus of The Pampered Chef, a business
she started in the basement of her home with a $3,000 loan. Today, The Pampered
Chef is part of Berkshire Hathaway with more than 60,000 consultants worldwide.
• Thom Ruhe, vice president of Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion
Kauffman Foundation, which is a long-time supporter of NACCE. Ruhe manages the
Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Education programs.
Previously announced keynoters are:
• Johnny Earle, founder of Johnny Cupcakes, who turned a simple idea
into a multimillion-dollar business using nontraditional business strategies
and innovative marketing techniques.
• Steve Mariotti, founder of the Network for Teaching
Entrepreneurship (NFTE), and an expert in education for at-risk youth, who has reached
more than 450,000 young people through his programs in the U.S. and abroad.
• Ray Charles Robinson Jr., author, entrepreneur and founder of the
Ray Charles Jr. Foundation for America, a non-profit corporation dedicated to
helping vulnerable children and families.
Also featured during the three-day conference:
Entrepreneur Business Showcase
The showcase offers cash
prizes to three students who capture the most "investment” money during a
presentation of their innovative business idea or small business. Presentations
will be October 8 during the conference, with winners announced later that day.
Nominations are due September 18.
NACCE is sponsoring an essay
contest for entrants to express how entrepreneurship education at community
colleges benefits students. The winner will win a travel stipend and free
admission to the conference to read his/her essay to conference attendees.
Deadline for entries is September 18.
- "Creating Community
Partnerships in Support of Entrepreneurship”
Sunday October 7 10:00 a.m.-4:00
"How to do it” Workshops
- "Marketing Blender: Online
and Offline Strategies”
Sunday, October 7, 7 a.m.-12
- "An Entrepreneurial Approach
to Funding Entrepreneurship”
Sunday, October 7, 1-4 p.m.
Conference fees are $695 for NACCE members,
$795 for non-members. An early bird discount of $100 is available for those
registering before September 14. Full conference registration includes
admission to all general and breakout sessions, networking groups, and three
breakfasts and two lunches. Symposium charges are $149 for members, $169 for
non-members. Workshops are $79 for members, $99 for nonmembers. Discounts are
available for groups of five or more. For more information, visit the
conference web site at http://www.nacce2012.com.
The National Association for Community College
Entrepreneurship (NACCE), which celebrates its 10th anniversary this
year, is an organization of educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished
business development professionals providing quality programs and services in
entrepreneurship education and serving as advocates community-based
entrepreneurship. Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the
Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, a quarterly journal,
monthly webinars and podcasts, a dynamic list-serv, and other resources, NACCE
serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and
successful practices regarding entrepreneurship education and student business
incubation. These programs and courses advance economic prosperity in the
communities served by its member colleges. NACCE is a founding member of the
White House-led Startup
For more information, visit http://www.nacce.com. Follow
NACCE on Twitter at @NACCE and
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