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NACCE Initiatives Overview

NACCE is the premier organization for identifying best practices in high-impact entrepreneurship education within community colleges and the entrepreneurial ecosystems they serve. We work with select partners who share our vision for developing the entrepreneurial mindset through dynamic communities of practice that inform the larger NACCE community as well as the national conversation on economic vitality through entrepreneurship. The following list represents our current and past initiatives and partners.

If your organization is interested in partnering with NACCE, click the button below! 



Current Initiatives & Partners


Opening the Door for Entrepreneurship in Appalachia

NACCE has partnered with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to promote the efforts of community colleges in a three-state region and to ensure college efforts become a priority and a solution and lend their leadership in opening the door wider for entrepreneurship in Appalachia.

For more information on this program, please click here.


Bellevue University

Bellevue University is a non-profit, accredited university with more than 50,000 graduates. The University is recognized as a national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top transfer institutions, the University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission through the U.S. Department of Education. Bellevue University’s Premier Partner Network is the nation’s largest partnership network for community colleges, connecting 50-plus network institutions with opportunities ensuring students are ready for lifelong leadership in their community. Students can transfer associate degrees to Bellevue University, accelerating bachelor degree completion and enabling affordability.

To learn more, please click here.


Burton D. Morgan Foundation

NACCE has partnered with the Burton D. Morgan Foundation to support  Northeast Ohio community college teams by providing scholarships to attend our national conference.

To learn more, please click here.



Direct Selling Entrepreneur Foundation (DSEF)

Did you know that more than 20 million individuals in the U.S. are involved in direct selling? The direct sales channel is more often recognized by the company brands in the industry than as a proven method for low-barrier-to-entry self-employment. The Direct Selling Entrepreneur initiative, developed by the Direct Selling Education Foundation and NACCE, seeks to increase the awareness of direct selling as an entrepreneurship strategy and a viable pathway for any individual to start their own business.

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Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI)

NACCE has partnered with ELI, a global thought leader dedicated to expanding human potential through entrepreneurial mindset education, and their Ice House Student Success Program, a student success course that inspires and engages new students during their first semester in college with the perseverance and determination of an entrepreneurial mindset needed to succeed academically and in life, to grow their Student Success Campaign.

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4GenNow is a new model to create and fund startups in America and Europe.

By combining the experience, knowledge and skills of four generations of entrepreneurs (Gen Z, Millennial, Gen X and Baby Boomer) we help solve America's 'entrepreneurship deficit' plus Europe's youth unemployment challenges. As an educational non-profit corporation, our vision is an America and Europe in which intergenerational entrepreneurship is fully understood and realized for the benefit of individuals, economies and society.

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Government Procurement Innovators (GPI)

NACCE has partnered with Government Procurement Innovators to increase the number of Community Colleges that participate in the Federal Government procurement process and to maximize the numerous service contract opportunities afforded to federal contractors.

The opportunity to gain real-world experience as a Federal contractor will be combined with rigorous training to help prepare community colleges, students and small businesses access to billions of dollars of contracts awarded by the U.S. Federal government.  

To register or learn more, please click here.



NACCE has partnered with GrowthWheel, a visual and cloud-based toolbox for decision making and action planning for entrepreneurs. GrowthWheel offers, in partnership with NACCE, a Certification and Training Course where participants learn how to use the GrowthWheel Toolbox and integrate it in an entrepreneurship training program. The course is a mix of presentations, open discussions, case studies, independent work, and group work activities. GrowthWheel is a visual way of looking at areas of business that entrepreneurship educators already teach and on which entrepreneurs are already working. For the instructor, the absolute flexibility of the toolbox means that it can be fully adapted to an existing curriculum.

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HP LIFE e-Learning

Since 2013, NACCE has brought HP LIFE e-Learning resources and insights to the community college campus and researched how this free online learning tool can be utilized to foster innovation, enable business starts and create jobs. HP LIFE e-Learning is a peer-reviewed Open Educational Resource for students, entrepreneurs and small business owners around the world who want to gain real-life business and IT skills to learn about, start or grow a businesses. 

To help you implement this free tool in your classroom, contact our NACCE representative here.

For more information on this program, visit here.



Indiana University Center for International Business and Research (IU CIBER)

NACCE has partnered with IU CIBER to promote their goal of increasing the country's capacity for international understanding and trade competitiveness. To that end, IU CIBER is providing NACCE members who are looking to internationalize their curriculum with the current best practices in international education. Resources include: free videos, classroom pedagogy and more!



Intuit QuickBooks Software

NACCE has partnered with Intuit to provide our members with Intuit's popular QuickBooks software.

To learn more about this program and to download this offer, please click here.


The League for Innovation in Community College

NACCE has partnered with the League for Innovation to amplify their mission to cultivate innovation in the community college environment.


The Michelson 20MM Foundation

NACCE is partnering with the Michelson 20MM Foundation to launch an intellectual property education pilot through ten community colleges across the country. IP curriculum covers the essentials of patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets. IP comprises 45 percent of the country’s total GDP today and represents 80 percent of the market value of all publicly traded companies in the United States. The goal of the pilot is to identify early IP champions in the form of one lead and nine supporting community colleges that will incorporate IP education content into new or existing courses. The pilot’s lead college will be responsible for developing a master syllabus and corresponding learning objectives, readings, assignments, and assessments that successfully incorporate IP education into 15-20 percent of the overall course content. The nine supporting colleges will then adopt and/or adapt these materials for their respective courses. The pilot program began in December 2016.


The National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education

NACCE and The National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education (Entre-Ed) have partnered through Entre-Ed’s America’s Entrepreneurial Schools Initiative (AES), a national school designation designed to drive K-12 entrepreneurship for Every Student, Every Year. The designation recognizes outstanding K-12 schools (public, private and career centers) that deliver entrepreneurship education to all students and provides best practice professional development and support across all grade levels for schools to attain this goal. NACCE is working with our community college partners who will help with outreach and implementation for schools they serve.  To learn more about the AES initiative, click here.


National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD)

NACCE has partnered with NISOD, a membership organization, to amplify their mission of promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges.


Rural RISE Summit

Rural RISE is the first-of-its-kind gathering of leaders that aims to embolden dream-seekers in their own communities, driving opportunity across rural America. Rural RISE is bringing together passionate and proven ecosystem builders and NACCE is proud to help support this event. For more information, please click here. 


United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)

NACCE partnered with USASBE, a membership organization, to amplify their mission of advancing knowledge and fostering business development through entrepreneurship education and research.


United States Fab Lab Network (USFLN)

NACCE partnered with USFLN, a membership organization, to amplify their mission of being 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.



Verizon Innovative Learning is encouraging more girls to get involved with science and technology. Together with educational nonprofits, we have created programs that inspire their passion for building and learning. Because we need more creators. For more information, please visit

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Past Initiatives & Partners 


Virtual Incubation Network

In 2011, NACCE and AACC worked with 11 community colleges across the country to test-drive new delivery mechanisms that included support provided at the business site and hybrid in-person and technology processes in order to create a toolkit for colleges in geographically isolated, depressed and hard-to-serve communities where they are needed most.

To access this free toolkit and lessons learned from this project click here.


Base 11

NACCE and Base 11 have teamed up to accelerate the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs through Base 11’s STEM Entrepreneur Program. This 16-week turn-key curriculum, not only teaches students to use the equipment in the Fab Lab and build a digital portfolio, but it also covers the entrepreneurial mindset, 21st century leadership skills, marketing and sales strategies, how to develop a business plan and how to secure funding. 

To learn more, please click here. 


NACCE Entrepreneurial College in Action (ECIA) Grant Competition, Powered by The Coleman Foundation 

As part of the 11th Annual NACCE Conference, The Coleman Foundation and NACCE conducted the ECIA Grant Competition to advance the importance of implementing NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship action steps by funding 11 community colleges to create or expand internal and external teams or engaging entrepreneurs on their campus. For more information on this program, visit here.



Shared Vision for Small Business 2014 Cohort

Seven colleges are working with NACCE and Sam’s Club in 2014 to provide local microenterprises with training and services to help them (1) gain capabilities through new skills, processes, or technologies; (2) view community college as a support system for continued success, and (3) have the knowledge to recognize and address skill gaps. 

For more information on this program, please visit here.



NACCE has been invited to participate in TechHire, a national initiative created by the White House to get more Americans rapidly trained for well-paying technology jobs through innovative training programs offered by universities and community colleges. NACCE is partnering with the California Community College’s Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and Economy initiative to provide New World of Work 21st Century Employability Skills training to 50 TechHire communities. NACCE has 58 member colleges in these communities, serving 1.1 million students. Together we will offer three train-the-trainer webinars on techniques for accessing open source (free) curriculum for use by faculty in community colleges. TechHire instructors will have access to lesson plans, training videos, slide decks and assessment tools. Instructors will also be offered coaching and materials to implement and strengthen workplace programs.

For more information, click here.

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