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Growing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Through Partnership

“Partnership is the engine that will take us skyward.”

-Edwin Massey, President, Indian River State College, FL & NACCE Board Chair

At NACCE, our vision is to create economic vitality through entrepreneurship. We are proud to be a catalyst and resource in entrepreneurial ecosystems across the country. We know that to ignite economic vitality, we need to partner with a wide range of organizations so that all ecosystems can thrive.  

NACCE co-creates with its partners to both empower the college to approach the business of leading a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset; and grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem. We partner in three ways:

  • Co-creating new programs for community colleges;
  • Promoting thought leadership across the year through membership; and,
  • Bringing innovative solutions to our members through our annual conference. Click here for prospectus.

For more information, contact Karen-Michelle Mirko at mirko@nacce.com.

NACCE is proud to have support from the sponsors and companies listed below. We hope you'll take advantage of the exceptional offerings from these companies to improve and advance your entrepreneurship education programs!

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts. Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs; improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses. arc.gov

The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grantmaker focusing primarily on the Midwest. Foundation resources support Cancer diagnosis, treatment and support; Disability Services; and Education - with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship. In 1981, the Foundation began to question why individuals are encouraged to "get a job" rather than to create one. Since that time the Foundation has committed over $40 million to promote the option of self-employment, improve the quality of entrepreneurship education, and help create a new generation of business owners. Colemanfoundation.org


 

Entrepreneurship is a mindset and in today's world it’s a mindset everyone needs. Serving academic institutions, government agencies, and community organizations, the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative is a global thought leader and provider of entrepreneurial mindset education programs Our flagship Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, developed in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, is redefining how entrepreneurship is taught in classrooms and communities around the world. WhoOwnsTheIceHouse.com.


HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society.

By combining the expertise of our people and the industry’s broadest technology portfolio, we are in a unique position to create solutions that make lives better in a world that is sustainable, where people are healthy and the economy is thriving. We collaborate with others on technology-driven innovations to solve the world’s greatest challenges, focusing on areas where we can have the greatest impact - education, the environment, health and the community.

HP has a long tradition of supporting innovation in education. We work with education leaders, institutions and governments to develop classroom and ‘beyond the classroom’ solutions, and to scale them globally for the benefit of millions of teachers and students. Our areas of focus are:

  • Empowering entrepreneurs
  • Transforming STEMx (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and other 21st Century skills)
  • Education
  • Driving the shift toward personalized learning

life-global.org


 

 Founded in 1983, Intuit Inc. provides an ecosystem of desktop and online business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals. Our flagship products and services, including QuickBooks, TurboTax, Quicken and Mint, help customers solve important business and financial management problems, such as running a small business, paying bills, filing income taxes, or managing personal finances. Demandforce offers marketing and communication tools for small businesses, while ProSeries and Lacerte are Intuit's leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants.

No longer confined to the desktop or laptop, we create products with a mobile-first mentality ideal for those who want anywhere, anytime access to their personal or business finances. We're stretching our markets beyond the traditional North American boundaries, with a growing presence in Europe, India and Australia. 

Beyond the easy-to-use technology solutions we offer to small businesses, Intuit also strives to partner with government and small business leaders to support entrepreneurship around the globe. intuit.com 


"At HP, we envision a world where jobs are plentiful and economies are growing. Our goal for HP LIFE e-Learning is to make this highly respected business and IT skills Open Educational Resource widely available to supplement curriculum, vocational training and business training. NACCE has been instrumental in significantly increasing the awareness and use of HP LIFE e-Learning, providing business experts for HP LIFE webinars and creating tools to help integrate HP LIFE into curriculum and other programs.  Thanks to NACCE’s thought leadership, HP LIFE e-Learning is now used by over 530,000 users." 

  -Debbie Ledbetter, HP LIFE Partnership Manager at HP


"Intuit enjoys partnering with NACCE to meet entrepreneurs and those who educate them, connect startups with our products & training tools, and share innovation practices.” 

  -Katherine Den Boer, Issue Manager & Policy Analyst at 


"The reason why Venture Highway partners with NACCE is because they truly understand how to help community college entrepreneurship programs and instructors.  We focus hard on being of great value to these programs, so reading the material that NACCE publishes and going to the conferences really helps us to provide better products for our community college customers. The NACCE partnership has put our products and our people in front of the right audience time and time again.  We've been helped to tell our story about how our products are better and cheaper than traditional textbooks and are what the students are asking for.  New customers clearly affect our bottom line. For Venture Highway, the ROI has been excellent. For these reasons, I would highly recommend partnering with NACCE. 

 -Kevin Gadd, CEO at 


Non-Profit Partners

 The League for Innovation in the Community College (League) is an  international nonprofit organization dedicated to catalyzing the community  college movement. CEOs from the most influential, resourceful, and  dynamic community colleges and districts in the world comprise the  League’s board of directors and provide strategic direction for its ongoing  activities. These community colleges and their leaders are joined by more  than 800 institutions that hold membership in the League Alliance.  


 

 Created in 1978, NISOD is a membership organization committed to  promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership.  We support these efforts by providing high-quality professional development  resources for faculty, administrators, and staff at our community and  technical college members.

 


 The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as  an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and  protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive  enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our  nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery  and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States  compete in today's global marketplace.


 

 USASBE is the largest  independent, professional, academic organization in  the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of  entrepreneurship. With  over 1000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses,  nonprofit organizations, and the public sector, USASBE is a diverse mix of  professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial  attitudes and behaviors. 

   


 

 The USFLN is 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.

 

 


 

 

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts. Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs; improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses. arc.gov
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts. Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs; improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses. arc.gov
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