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Anaheim Meeting, Jan. 4-7, 2009, Offers over 100 Informative Sessions
Plus Opportunity to Vie for a Share of Up to $125,000 in Elevator Grants

Springfield, MA – October 31, 2008 – Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Conference of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, to be held January 4-7, 2009, at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. With a theme of “Understanding the Value: Entrepreneurship Education, Economic Development and Fundraising,” the conference will offer over 100 cutting-edge sessions with presenters who are advancing entrepreneurship education and student business incubation at their community colleges.

“The conference is a place where entrepreneurially minded community college professionals gather together to identify opportunities and create positive organizational and community change,” said NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle. “Through sessions on entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurship education, and student business incubation programs, you will learn how your community college can make an impact in your community’s economic future.”

Agenda highlights include:
•  Keynote speaker Paul DiGrigoli is the owner and president of DiGrigoli Salons, Inc., DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology, and DiGrigoli Advanced Academy. He has been a successful salon owner and hairdresser for more than 27 years and currently operates a 24-chair salon in West Springfield, MA. DiGrigoli serves on Advisory Boards for the Springfield Technical Community College’s Scibelli Enterprise Center and Bay Path College, helping students and burgeoning entrepreneurs in the local community. He is a visionary; his passion and persistence are the main drivers that have helped him to achieve significant goals throughout his career, including being the first recipient of the NACCE “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2003.

 •  Plenary speaker Cem Erdem is founder, president and CEO of Augusoft, Inc., the first software company to establish Web-based lifelong learning management systems specifically designed for the educational institutions. Erdem’s foresight and vision to advance and improve the delivery of Lifelong Learning for everyone have been central to the success of Augusoft’s products and services.

•  In the Elevator Grants competition, The Coleman Foundation and The John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Charitable Foundation will award up to $125,000 in grants to support programs that establish or grow entrepreneurship education in community college settings.  The foundations anticipate awarding as many as 20 grants. Registrations to participate in the grant competition are being accepted by The Coleman Foundation between Nov. 17 and Dec. 1, 2008. Full information, including the grant application form, is available at

Conference Fees
Conference registration includes admission to all general and breakout sessions, networking receptions, three full breakfasts, and two full lunches. The cost for NACCE members is $525 for those who register on or before December 5, 2008; $575 for those who register between December 6–31, 2008; and $600 for anyone who registers after December 31 or on-site. Fees for non-members are $625 on or before December 5, 2008, $675 from December 6–31, 2008; and  $700 after December 31 or on-site. To receive the early registration discounts, full payment or purchase orders must be postmarked on or before December 5, 2008.

Pre-conference sessions, to be held on January 4, 2009, cost  $25 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Complete conference and registration information is available at

Scholarships Available
As part of its mission to promote entrepreneurship, the Coleman Foundation is providing conference scholarships for 100 community college professionals. The purpose of these scholarships is to introduce new attendees to the network of community colleges interested in entrepreneurship. In honor of the conference’s host state, 25 of the Coleman Foundation scholarships have been reserved for faculty and staff from California community colleges.

The Coleman scholarships pay for the cost of registration to the NACCE conference. (There is a nominal non-refundable fee of $50.00.) Scholarships are first come, first serve. For information on how to apply for a scholarship, visit 

About the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) connects community college administrators and faculty with knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurship education, and student business incubation. NACCE holds an annual conference, hosts a dynamic listserv, develops Web resources such as shared entrepreneurship curricula and syllabi for faculty, creates guides in beginning and sustaining entrepreneurship and student business incubation programs, as well as, tips for grant proposals specific to entrepreneurial endeavors at community colleges. To learn more, visit

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