NACCE 2021 Preconferences


Date/Time: Sunday, October 3 from 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM CT

Title: Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund 2.0

Description: In this session, you will learn about the Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund 2.0, a partnership between NACCE,  the Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund (EEVF) and community colleges. The combined goal is to address one of most urgent needs of our country – that of supporting local economies via entrepreneurship. 

The goal of this session is to equip community college faculty and leaders with the framework to launch an EEVF program in their communities with a pathway and toolkit for success. NACCE is working to expand the funds available to everyday business startups that are engaged with local community colleges in credit and non-credit entrepreneurship programs. In 2022, NACCE’s EEVF fund will offer up to $250,000 in $5,000 grants as well as a to be determined number of no-interest loans. NACCE encourages and supports community colleges to prepare students to apply and to grow their own EEVF funds locally. The training will provide steps and action plan to get started. NACCE will continue to work with private foundation and donors to build a multi-million-dollar national fund for future years.

This session, led by two veteran community college fundraising professionals will lay out the critical steps necessary for any community college to prepare itself to raise the local matching funds to launch this program.  


  • $59
  • Includes 2.5-hour workshop, coffee, snacks and a boxed lunch.


Joseph April | Partner | Forty-One Consulting

Joe has more than 30 years of experience in community college resource development programs as a staff member and consultant. His professional expertise includes major gift campaigns, planned giving, and strategic planning for foundation boards and advancement teams. As a consultant, Joe has led more than 55 feasibility studies, development assessments, foundation strategic plans, community summits, industry forums, and alumni strategic planning efforts. Since 2012, he served as a partner and executive vice president for two consulting companies where he was the lead consultant on over 30 projects, including 13 major gift campaigns, all of which exceeded their funding goals.

Dr. John Rainone | President | Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (VA)

Dr. John J. Rainone is in his 7th year as President of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Virginia. Prior to this role, Rainone served as executive dean of Institutional Advancement; dean of Workforce Development; interim dean of Finance and Administration; and interim dean of Academic Programs all for York County Community College (Maine); Assistant Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development, Manchester Community College (New Hampshire); and has served as an adjunct professor at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the past 30 years.


Date/Time: Sunday, October 3 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CT

Title: Mindset Trek Elearning for Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Description: In this session, you will learn about Mindset Trek, an elearning program that focuses on developing the optimal mindset for entrepreneurial success. It takes your students step-by-step down a path that reveals how to make crucial mental shifts. Increasing their understanding of what innovation and entrepreneurship requires of them, and helping them develop the habits of highly effective innovators. Along the way, the Innovator Mindset® assessment gives them detailed personalized feedback, based on research with hundreds of entrepreneurs.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the crucial role mindset plays in entrepreneurial success
  • Learn how Innovator Mindset provides a unique research-based intervention you can easily adopt and integrate into your instruction and coaching
  • Experience Mindset Trek elearning content

For more information, an introductory video and a Mindset Trek syllabus, go to:


  • $59
  • Includes 3-hour workshop, coffee, snacks and a boxed lunch.

Presenter: Dennis Stauffer | Entrepreneur, Researcher, Founder |Innovator Mindset, Producer of Mindset Trek

Dennis Stauffer is an internationally recognized expert in what makes people personally innovative.

Dennis has done innovativeness research in cooperation with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and worked with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute to develop innovativeness in students, under a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation. He is the author of Thinking Clockwise, A Field Guide for the Innovative Leader, and led the creation of Mindset Trek. His materials are used to teach innovation and entrepreneurship in universities around the globe, and recently at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.


This session will fulfill a portion of the requirements to become certified in Innovator Mindset®. Certification is recommended but not required to begin using the Innovator Mindset and Mindset Trek materials. A half-day virtual session will be offered from 1:00-4:00 PM CT on Friday, October 15 (and on other future dates) to complete certification, at an additional cost of $99. Some self-paced work is also included. Click here for more details.