NRCTC to host Regional Summit on Entrepreneurship Education
[Ghent, W. Va.] New River Community
and Technical College is one of
five community colleges across the nation chosen to host one-day
training sessions this year to promote the growth of entrepreneurship
education in their regions.
The events, called the NACCE Summits, are being sponsored by the National
Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
(NACCE), the nation's leading organization focused on promoting
entrepreneurship through community colleges. The NACCE Summit will be
held at the New River Community
and Technical College Advanced Technology Center in Ghent, W. Va., from
8:50 a.m. to 5: 15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20.
According to Jill Holliday, instructional specialist in hospitality, tourism and entrepreneurship at New River, keynote
will include David Hughes, business development analyst with the
Appalachian Regional Commission; Darrell Akins, founder and CEO of Akins
Public Strategies; and Todd Christensen, executive director of the
Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation
There also will be a multi-media presentation featuring the music of
Option 22, a band based in Princeton, as well as visual
projections and a compelling exchange about how the arts and creativity
can transform a community into a dynamic place to live and how this can
positively impact the local economy.
A panel of artisan entrepreneurs will discuss what they need to
Young and Lori Midkiff, both artisans from Tamarack will be part of the
panel, along with husband and wife artisan team, Brad and Jordie Veneri.
A panel discussion on Best Practices in Supporting Artisanal Small
feature Steve Weir of the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development
Corporation, Timm Mittan of the Los Angeles Regional Small Business
Development Center Network and Nikki Bowman,
publisher and editor of WV Living Magazine.
Northeast State Community College will present a session on community
mapping. A panel discussion of the economic outlook
for tourism in our state will include Todd Christensen; Leslie Baker,
director of operations for the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine; Ron
Magruder, previous chairman of the National Restaurant Association and
former president and COO of Cracker Barrel; and Jackie
Whitley, a Shared Vision project awardee with Southern West Virginia
Community and Technical College.
The day will conclude with a multi-media presentation from Kid in the
Background, a recent Raleigh County entrepreneurship
café winner. The company, formed in late 2012 by founding partners Jamie
Smith and Jason Lockart, assists businesses in the Beckley area with
marketing and promotion via graphic and web design.
Part of the summit is being opened to area high school students. From
10:30 to 11 a.m., students can hear Chris Vaught,
founder of Vaught Inc., speak about the ugly and awesome truths of
entrepreneurship. From 11-11:30, Ron Magruder will address the students,
and they also will attend some of the general sessions.
Participating students will receive an application to submit their
business idea for a chance to win a scholarship for up
to $3,500 to enroll in the Entrepreneurship program at New River. The
two schools that have committed to send students are Greenbrier East and
Greenbrier West. A scholarship will be awarded to one student from
each school. High school wresters from throughout
the region have also been invited to participate in the competition.
lunch will be catered by local entrepreneur Tammy Jordan, owner of
Fruits of Labor
based in Dawson. Fruits of Labor is a corporation designed to marry
Jordan's passion for agriculture and her love of the culinary industry.
She grows much of the food herself for a true farm-to-table experience.
The summit also will feature displays showcasing resources for
entrepreneurs and existing entrepreneurs showcasing their
Through opportunities like the business summit, West Virginia's
visionaries have opportunities to participate in the business
community on every level, whether they are conceptualizing, beginning or
expanding their business ideas. The full summit agenda can be found at
For more information on the agenda, email Jill Holliday at
email@example.com or for registration questions, email Guin
Griswold at Griswold@nacce.com.
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