Action Steps Checklist

Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP) Commitment Checklist

As the first step in the process, identify a “champion” on campus to begin identifying other talent on and off campus to support the activities of the college.  The internal champion must be committed to including everyone so that all groups are invested in the process, and ensures that entrepreneurs are at the table and driving these conversations to ensure relevancy of the activities and resources to the end users.

Five Action Steps for Creating Economic Vitality Through Entrepreneurship

1. Form teams to focus on entrepreneurship
  • INTERNAL— NACCE Membership Team (10 seats + President). Appoint NACCE membership team representative of entrepreneurship education in the classroom, workforce and economic development, Board of Trustees, marketing, foundation, entrepreneur(s), etc.
  • INTERNAL— Expand the NACCE Membership Team to include representatives from every area of campus to meet on a regular basis and discuss all activities related to entrepreneurship
  • EXTERNAL—Identify entrepreneurs and other groups outside of the college (SBDC’s, Women’s Business Centers, Universities, Business Incubators, Chambers, Economic Development Organizations) that are interested in supporting entrepreneurship in your community
  • EXTERNAL—Develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem mapping an easily navigated landscape of resources available to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the college’s community
2. Connect with entrepreneurs in the community 
  • Include entrepreneurs and small business owners on academic program advisory boards
  • Develop a directory of college alumni who are small business owners in the community
  • Identify, engage, and convene at least five entrepreneurs in your community
  • Build student internship and off-campus student employment opportunities with entrepreneurs and small business owners
3. Collaborate with industry in your region
  • Internal and external team agendas and meetings include local and regional industry trends
  • Hold industry focused entrepreneur & small business events (i.e. arts, tourism, auto, health care, etc.)
4. Focus on business and job creation
  • Identify People (intellectual capital, human capital, skills, expertise, networks, designers)
  • Identify Place (equipment, space, accelerator, incubator, co-working, meet-ups)
  • Identify Materials (facilities, equipment, FabLabs)
5. Share stories through events and the media
  • Internal team includes college marketing and public relations
  • Submit content to NACCE weekly e-news, blogs, quarterly journal to promote work nationally
  • Include entrepreneurship activities and accomplishments in annual reporting to constituents

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