National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Invites Community Colleges to Submit Proposals to Host Regional Entrepreneurship Education Summits

$40,000 in funding available for 8 community college summits on entrepreneurship education in 2013; proposals due December 14, 2012.

Springfield, MA, November 15, 2012 --( As part of its celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) announced today that it is requesting proposals from community colleges to host regional NACCE Summits in 2013 centered on the topic of entrepreneurship education. These NACCE-sponsored, one-day training sessions will seek to bring together key stakeholders who are essential in building a sustainable, high-impact entrepreneurship program at a community college and the area it serves. NACCE is the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges.

Proposals in response to the NACCE Summit RFP available at must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on December 14, 2012, to be considered.

“The NACCE Summits will extend the learning and networking opportunities that NACCE members have long enjoyed at our annual conference,” said NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle. “Thanks to $40,000 in funding generously provided by our partners, Sam's Club and the Coleman Foundation, we will be able to hold up to eight NACCE Summits in 2013. Each selected college will receive a minimum of $3,500 to organize and host the event. NACCE will also provide key support such as speakers, content and online registration. Colleges can also join together regionally to make a proposal to host one of these events.”

“All applying colleges must have demonstrated their leadership in entrepreneurship education by being organizational members of NACCE and by the college president having signed onto the commitments of our Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum,” said Van Sickle. "The NACCE membership and presidential sign-on must be in place by the end of Global Entrepreneurship Week on November 16, 2012. These requirements will also be in place in future years for the NACCE Summit program, so colleges that are interested in participating in this program beyond 2013 are encouraged to become members of NACCE and the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum now."

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is an organization of educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business development professionals providing quality programs and services in entrepreneurship education and serving as advocates community-based entrepreneurship. Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the "entrepreneurship movement.” Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars and podcasts, a dynamic list-serv, and other resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These programs and courses advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges. NACCE is a founding member of the White House-led Startup American Partnership.
National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
Jeanne Yocum