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NACCE 2023 National Conference

NACCE 2023 National Conference

The Beat of Collaboration

Sunday, October 29, 2023 at 12:00 AM (EDT) to Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

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NACCE Annual Conference

The Beat of Collaboration

October 29 - November 1, 2023

Join with your peers from community colleges across the country at the 2023 NACCE Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.  Engage in activities and networking in entrepreneurial mindset and innovative action with a special focus on arts and interdisciplinary areas such as STEM, Workforce, Entrepreneurship, Business Administration, and Development.

See 2023 Conference Photos on Flickr


A Nod to the Artrepreneur

Nashville In the Round

Don't miss this rare opportunity to get up close and personal with three of Nashville's top singer-songwriters, playing their hits and "misses" while sharing the fun and often surprising stories behind them. 

This one hour show features three top songwriters from the past 20 years: Billy Yates  Karen Staley and Michael Peterson.

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Rock Photographer Mark Weiss

Watch Mark and NACCE VP Andy Gold chat about upcoming conference.

Growing up in Matawan, New Jersey, Mark made a deal with a neighbor at thirteen years old to mow his lawn for the summer in exchange for a 35-mm camera. He filled his teenage nights sneaking into concerts to shoot the biggest acts of the 70’s. After being arrested for selling photographs outside a KISS concert in 1977, he walked in to the offices of Circus magazine with his portfolio and landed his first published photo a centerfold of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and soon became the staff photographer; Weiss still in his teens.

Hear more about Mark's story on Wednesday during the final session.


Annual Award Presentations

Lifetime achievement award College of the Year President of the Year

NACCE Awards honor and celebrate the entrepreneurial thinkers and doers by providing a platform to be recognized nationally for their importance and achievements to their college and local economy. The awards also shine a spotlight on the role of the community and technical colleges in fostering economic vitality through entrepreneurship in their communities.


View Past Winners

Amazing Speakers

pic of a microphoneSpeakers at this year's conference include some of the most innovative and successful entrepreneurs, educators, and community leaders in the country. Their insights and experiences will inspire you and provide valuable insights into the latest trends and best practices in entrepreneurship education and economic development.

New speakers are being added everyday, check back often.


$150,000 Up for Grabs!

 Pitch for the Skilled Trades Competition

Pitch for the Skilled Trades is a competition opportunity for faculty, staff, administrators, and presidents from NACCE member colleges to pitch to a panel of judges and potentially win funding! Competitive projects are those that demonstrate “greatest” economic impact on the local level with respect to jobs created, employment obtained, income earned and businesses launched. A benefit of your project may be the creation of one or more businesses, but it is not necessary to participate in Pitch for the Trades.

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Song Writing Competition

🎵 Attention all aspiring songwriters 🎵

Everyone is welcomed to take part in this fun competition that highlights the conference theme of The Beat of Collaboration where we are looking for a great NACCE Collaboration theme song. 

This is your chance to showcase your songwriting skills and have your song heard by industry professionals Michael Peterson & Larry Butler. Faculty, staff, administrators and students may enter.

Let's Play Together

In a nod to Music City, the annual NACCE conference in Nashville will feature a Jam Session room where musicians of various types (and ability levels) can play with other attendees. The Jam Session room will also serve as the venue for the Pop-Up events that will take place throughout the conference. The Host is NACCE’s VP of Strategic Engagement, Dr. Andy Gold. Andy will serve as host and emcee for the Pop Up events.

Explore Nashville

In addition to our educational programming, attendees will have plenty of opportunities to explore Nashville, one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in the country. From live music to world-class dining, Nashville offers a unique blend of culture and entertainment that is sure to leave you energized and inspired.


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Know Before You Go

A letter from our NACCE President, Dr Rebecca Corbin.

As a NACCE member, you can take advantage of the many available resources to help your college accelerate growth, increase enrollment, and support aspiring entrepreneurs in your local community. Membership provides you and your colleagues with access to valuable tools, access to funding, and proven approaches that will help vitalize your entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

Tickets include all in-person general sessions, breakout sessions, evening receptions, breakfast buffets and lunch buffets, and daily snacks and coffee.

Not a member, join today and save $400 (early bird pricing) on conference registration.

Registration Fee Tuesday, August 1, 2023 and after.

Member: $949 USD

Non-Member: $1,349 USD

Group Discounts

Available During Registration Process for Groups of 3 or more Registrants

Room Rate at the Loews Vanderbilt Nashville

Room Rate: $219.00 plus tax

Group Block Closes: October 6, 2023

PreConference Workshops

FROM PAGE TO STAGE, Engaging Audiences with Your Story and Music 


Click HERE for additional information.

Note: If you cannot reserve a room the evening before the Pre- Conference, rooms are available at the Hyatt House.

Offsite Field Trip

New Offering! Entrepreneurship and the Future of Work Learning Journey

Sponsored by the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF)


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Conference and Event Cancellation Policy

For Information Contact:

Darcie L. Tumey, EdD.

Director of Events and Programs

DIRECT: (828) 310-5421    MAIN: (413) 306-3131

Engage Track:  This track is designed to explore various ways in which organizations, colleges and foundations engage their credit and non-credit faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders to achieve their goals. This track provides attendees with valuable insights and practical strategies for success through engagement.
Engage Track sessions may cover topics such as developing a culture of engagement, effective communication strategies, creating a sense of purpose, and fostering a sense of belonging. These sessions could also explore how technology can be used to improve engagement, and the role of leadership in developing a culture of engagement.  Additional topics may include corporate social responsibility, community outreach, and the role of community colleges in addressing social and environmental issues.
Mindset Track:  This track is designed to inspire attendees through 10 minute “Impact Talks”. 
Using the format of a TedTalk, presenters are encouraged to inspire attendees through stories of how they were impacted, or how they impacted their community.  Topics may include student achievement and success, creative problem solving, or unlikely alliances.  Note, there are a limited amount of Impact Talk opportunities available.  Apply early to secure one of 20 slots!

Innovative Action Track. This track is designed to explore and demonstrate the latest trends and best practices in innovation and how to turn ideas into action with a special focus on the arts and interdisciplinary education.  This track provides attendees with actionable strategies for turning innovative ideas into action.

This track may cover topics such as creating a culture of innovation, fostering creativity, and generating new ideas. Sessions could also explore how to effectively brainstorm, prioritize and evaluate ideas, and how to turn those ideas into actionable plans. In addition, the importance of empathy, prototyping, and effectuation.