National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Seeks Experts in Entrepreneurship Education to Present at 10th Anniversary Conference

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship has issued its Call for Presentations for its 10th anniversary conference, to be held in Chicago, IL, in October.

Springfield, MA, February 29, 2012 --( The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is asking experts in entrepreneurship to submit proposals for presentations to be presented at the organization’s 10th Anniversary Conference, to be held October 7-10, 2012 in Chicago, IL. NACCE is looking for engaging presenters and content that successfully ties into the conference theme: Committed to Entrepreneurship.

Proposals for dynamic, compelling, and interactive sessions are sought with content for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. “When it comes to the best ideas and getting results, community colleges are more often than not, the answer,” said NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle. “We need presenters with strategies and solutions in entrepreneurship to make this, our 10th anniversary conference, worthy of such a milestone event.”

Those wishing to submit proposals, get more details on the conference theme and content and understand how their proposals might fit into the conference tracks can learn more at: All submissions must be made online and completed by midnight Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, April 6, 2012.

This year’s conference tracks will focus content within four key areas:

- Entrepreneurship Education: How do we educate entrepreneurs? What are the innovative approaches community colleges are taking? How are programs structured? How are they funded? How are they marketed? What is the nature of the content/curriculum? How are we demonstrating results?

- The Entrepreneurial Community College: How are community college presidents and leadership (trustees, senior administrators) creating an entrepreneurial culture at their college? How are community colleges presidents and leadership demonstrating and encouraging entrepreneurial thinking in serving their local communities?

- Community Partnership: How do we leverage the community college as an anchor of the community-based entrepreneurship movement? What strategies are community colleges employing to be a strong partner in growth with entrepreneurs, the businesses they’re creating and political and civic organizations? How are events, activities, relationships and deals structured?

- The Impact of Entrepreneurship: How do we measure, understand and improve the impact entrepreneurship has in our communities? Are jobs being created? Are useful products, services, and technologies emerging? What is the impact on local economies? What are community colleges doing to make the connection between entrepreneurship and their community’s viability tangible?

Experts with relevant ideas can submit them immediately.

Also this year, educators who have a particular challenge that they would like to receive new ideas on from the many entrepreneurship education experts who will be at the NACCE conference are invited to submit proposals for a 15-minute “Guinea Pig” session in which they will present their challenge to an assembled NACCE expert panel. Full information is at the Call for Presentations page of the NACCE website.

Experts with accepted proposals will be notified on a rolling basis. Questions about proposal preparation should be addressed to Heather Van Sickle at or (413) 306-3131 x303.

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
Jeanne Yocum