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Miami Dade College’s Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center to Host NACCE Regional Summit Series


Miami, November 5, 2013 - The Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center (MEEC), a major outreach center of Miami Dade College’s North Campus, will host the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Summit Series Conference on Monday, Nov. 18. The conference will convene entrepreneurs, faculty, students, administrators, funders/philanthropists, bankers, and entrepreneurship support organizations throughout South Florida for a day-long event titled Growing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.   

The MEEC is one of five institutions around the country selected to collaborate with NACCE to host these regional summits to focus attention on the ways community colleges contribute to the entrepreneurial vitality of their communities.

“We have been members of the NACCE since its inception and are delighted to partner with them on initiating regional conversations on this very important topic, “said Malou C. Harrison, interim North Campus president.  “We have a highly charged group of faculty and administrators throughout our academic and student services departments dedicated to fostering an entrepreneurial culture throughout all of our curricular and co-curricular activities, and inviting our community partners into our work in meaningful ways by becoming coaches, mentors and advisors to our student entrepreneurs. Our slogan for this effort is Entrepreneurship is Everyone’s Business.”

The Summit Series kicks off the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Week. Matt Haggman, Miami Program Director for the John S. and James L. Knight Center, will open the conference by sharing his perspective on the Miami’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem; followed by a keynote address by Gary Schoeniger, author of Who Owns the Ice House, a national education curriculum focused on helping colleges and communities inspire an entrepreneurial mindset in young people. Doan Winkle, NACCE Fellow from the University of Illinois, will talk on the intersection between entrepreneurship and economic development. Felecia Hatcher, local retail and tech entrepreneur, will headline the luncheon with a talk about her company, Feverish, and her unlikely route to entrepreneurship.  The conference will also feature an Entrepreneurship EXPO featuring private and nonprofit entrepreneurship support organizations and lenders from throughout South Florida.

“This conference is the ideal launch for our Global Entrepreneurship Week activities and we look forward to hosting our colleagues from throughout the region,” said MEEC Executive Director H. Leigh Toney. “Miami Dade College and its surrounding partners serve a population of students that must be prepared to be our community’s future employers.”

MDC’s Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center to Host NACCE Summit Series Conference

  • WHEN: Monday, Nov. 18, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC North Campus Conference Center, Room 3249 11380 NW 27 Ave.

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