The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced that Northwest State Community College President Michael Thomson has taken its Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge.
Through the pledge, presidents of community colleges throughout the country pledge to take five action steps that will increase their focus on entrepreneurship and the impact these colleges have on the economic well being of the communities they serve: develop transparency of community college and community assets; create internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship; increase entrepreneurs’ engagement in community colleges; engage in industry cluster development; and create broad exposure to the college’s commitment to entrepreneurship.
More than 200 community colleges throughout the country have signed the entrepreneurship pledge, committing themselves to playing a greater role in stimulating economic development in the communities they serve.
“The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in northwest Ohio, especially on the campus of Northwest State,” Thomson said. “Our Entrepreneurship Forum is a highly-anticipated event each year, bringing in some of the best ideas and expertise in the spirit of collaboration. Our Dean’s Leadership Cluster provides students with a unique opportunity to study business practices from multiple levels. We are also a host site for the Ohio Small Business Development Center, facilitated by one of our business faculty members.”
The pledge is in response to the Obama administration’s Startup America call to action to stimulate economic growth state by state by encouraging entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. NACCE is a founding affiliate of the Startup America Partnership, an alliance of the country’s entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders.