Broward College Starts an Entrepreneurship Institute
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
By Norm Seavers
Institute for Economic Development, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Foundationrecently listed Florida as having four of the five metropolitan
areas nationally with the highest level of self-employment. Broward College is
an urban community college with 60,000 students, three major campuses and eight
centers located in the hotbed of this self-employment, the Fort
Lauderdale-Broward County metro area.
Through the programs
and services of its traditional credit and non-credit areas, Broward College
has a history of supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs. Based on the
present level of entrepreneurship and growth in this area, Broward College
President David Armstrong encouraged an expanded support of entrepreneurship
and small business development.
Administration departments at Broward College’s main campuses were brought
together with department administrators from technical education and continuing
education to develop a plan. Two administrators were sent to the National
Association for Community College Entrepreneurship conference in San Antonio in
January 2008. Information gathered at the NACCE conference was vital in moving
forward with a plan to develop the Entrepreneurship Institute at Broward
The mission of the
Entrepreneurship Institute at Broward College is grounded in the overall community
college mission and takes a 360-degree approach to addressing the needs of
present and future entrepreneurs. We will:
- Articulate an entrepreneurship certificate to
degree process for students moving from the Broward School System (K-12)
to Broward College.
- Offer college certification in entrepreneurship
to address the needs of Broward College graduates.
- Catalog resources in the metro area targeted to
small businesses and entrepreneurs.
- Provide the requisite knowledge to start and
maintain viable small businesses in our community.
- Offer ongoing small business development
workshops, courses, and related services open to the community.
Institute at Broward College has a very strong advisory committee that will
assist in driving the direction of the institute. Representation on the
advisory committee includes entrepreneurs/small business owners, area chambers
of commerce, municipal and county economic development offices, incubators,
small business development centers and Junior Achievement.
Future plans include
the addition of an annual signature event, an operational incubator and related
services to further support and foster continued entrepreneurship in the Fort
Lauderdale metro area.