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Call for Presentations Opens for 12th Annual NACCE Conference

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship is asking for presentation proposals for its 12th annual conference, which will be held in Phoenix, AZ, October 12-15, 2014.

Springfield, MA, February 23, 2014 --( The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, is asking experts in entrepreneurship to submit proposals for presentations for the organization’s 12th Annual Conference, to be held October 12-15, 2014, in Phoenix, AZ. NACCE is looking for engaging and disruptive presenters and content that successfully ties into the conference theme: Entrepreneurship: From Mindset to Meaningful Action.

“The conference theme reminds us that entrepreneurship starts with a way of thinking – whether you are a president, an entrepreneurship center director, a faculty members or a student entrepreneur,” said NACCE President and CEO Heather Van Sickle. "An entrepreneurial mindset helps you craft innovative solutions for local challenges and develop meaningful programming and curriculum for student entrepreneurs and small businesses."

“NACCE views the entrepreneurial community college as a model for igniting economic vitality by developing an entrepreneurial mindset and growing entrepreneurs and small businesses,” added Van Sickle. “We are asking presidents, administrators, faculty, entrepreneurship center directors, and innovative workforce directors to share best practices and entrepreneurial solutions for the problems facing the communities they serve.”

Proposals for dynamic, interactive, and action-oriented sessions are sought with content for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The audience for the presentations will be presidents, administrators, faculty, workforce directors and small business directors. This year’s conference tracks reflect the four primary behaviors of the entrepreneurial community college:

Track One: Using the Entrepreneurial Mindset to Lead a Community College
Track Two: Growing Entrepreneurs and Developing an Entrepreneurial Workforce
Track Three: Linking Traditional Workforce Development with Entrepreneurial Development
Track Four: Growing Entrepreneurs in the Community

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 Friday, March 28, 2014. Experts with accepted proposals will be notified midnight Eastern Standard Time on Monday, April 23, 2014.

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of presidents, administrators, educators, center directors and entrepreneurs, focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals: 1. Empower the college to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset, and 2. Grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem.

Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the "entrepreneurship movement.” Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, regional summits, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars, a dynamic list-serv, and training resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These initiatives and resulting actions advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges. NACCE is a founding member of the White House-led Startup America Partnership. For more information, visit
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