Kaskaskia College has been awarded a $13,000.00 grant by the Coleman Foundation to expand its entrepreneurial programs. The grant, which runs from November 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014 will be utilized by the Small Business Development Center and the South Central Illinois Growth Alliance.
The competition was announced late summer and 38 entries were received from community colleges around the country. Art Borum, Steve Groner and Mike Loomis joined together to write the grant.
After the initial written submission 18 were chosen to compete in two rounds of live presentations of the grant proposal. After the first round KC was in the top 13 and they awarded 11 total grants nationwide.
The three new programs KC will be starting are: 1) "Peerspective" which brings owners together to discuss common problems and work collaboratively on solutions. 2) "Entrepreneur Boot Camp" which will be a two day event next summer to provide many educational opportunities for small business owners. 3) Two "Entrepreneur Clubs" will be started in Greenville and Salem. They will be pilots for the rest of our district. This will entail monthly meetings with educational components as well as networking and our students will be invited to participate.
Art Borum says, “Most of the new jobs in our region come from small businesses and this grant provides us a great opportunity to work closer with our businesses to assist them in their success.”
NACCE’s mission is to help institutions like Kaskaskia College develop the most effective delivery of services, education and programs possible. The organization seeks to position the national community college network as the entry point for effective entrepreneurial education and the resulting economic impact of business starts and job creation. The theme of this year’s conference was “Fueling the Local Economic Engine”. The Coleman Foundation has been an enthusiastic booster of NACCE and offered this grant competition only to community colleges.
This is a wonderful accomplishment that will greatly assist our efforts to expand entrepreneurial interest and education in District 501.