For Immediate Release
Successful Entrepreneurship Summit Held
The National Association For Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and Catawba Valley Community College recently partnered to hold the first ever regional summit focusing on developing strong community outreach programs.
The summit drew attendees from more than 20 community colleges across the southeast. It included a variety of speakers, workshops, panel discussions and tours of two of CVCC’s most innovative programs: the ValleySim Hospital and the Manufacturing Solutions Center.
Karen-Michelle Mirko of NACCE gave an enthusiastic talk on sustaining an entrepreneurship culture on campus.
CVCC President Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw spoke about creating iconic campus transformation. Had he listened to skeptics who doubted its viability, CVCC’s ValleySim Hospital would never have become a reality, illustrating that strong leadership requires not only vision, but internal fortitude.
Alan Jackson, successful local entrepreneur and president of the Jackson Group, spoke about commitment to creating partnerships that foster entrepreneurship.
Dr. John Enamait, Dean of CVCC’s School of Business, Industry and Technology, spoke about the Job Creation Center, a support system CVCC established to foster entrepreneurship. Rather than a physical place, the Job Creation Center is a concept that coordinates the services of multiple college service areas, including, curriculum programs, Small Business Center, Manufacturing Solutions Center and Workforce Development.
Sheena Lindahl, co-founder of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour and one of Business Week Magazine’s top 25 entrepreneurs under the age of 25, conducted an interactive workshop on engaging students.
Tim Putnam, Associate Director of John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa, led a presentation on the importance of identifying areas of emphasis in developing community outreach programs.
The panel discussion focused on ways to establish strong, lasting relationships. Panelists included Lindahl and Putnam as well as the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce President Danny Hearn, SBTDC Regional Director Bill Parrish, CVCC student entrepreneur Jonathan Williams, and the first Manufacturing Solutions Center incubator entrepreneur E.J. Martin, whose business is Symtegra.
Pictured are (from left) are Dr. John Enamait, Dean of CVCC’s School of Business, Industry and Technology; Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, CVCC president; Tim Putnam, associate director of John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at North Iowa Area Community College; Sheena Lindahl, co-founder of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour and one of Business Week Magazine’s top 25 entrepreneurs under the age of 25; and Gary Muller, department head for CVCC's Business Programs.