Nancy Gilligan turned a major setback into a beautiful career path. As a high school dropout, Nancy didn’t think college would be a part of her future. Once the factory where she worked closed, college helped guide her in a new direction. Nancy credits Marty Phillips, an NSCC instructor, with connecting her to First Call for Help. An internship there cemented Nancy’s desire for a career helping others. Nancy graduated from the human services program in 2012 and is now the coordinator for the partial hospitalization program at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon.
Tanya Brunner is a 1993 business management graduate of NSCC (then Northwest Technical College) and the office manager of the Defiance County Veterans Office. Tanya is a nationally-accredited service officer with over 25 years experience on the job. She is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served from 1988-1996, including time in a unit dedicated to underwater surveillance to uncover drug smuggling operations. Tanya earned the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004 and shares her experience in this video. We greatly appreciate Tanya’s service to our country, as well as that of all veterans.
The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced that President Michael Thomson of Northwest State Community College 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.
With the economy still lagging in many regions of the United States, more than 200 community colleges throughout the country have signed the entrepreneurship pledge, and by doing so, have committed 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,” said Dr. Michael Thomson, NSCC President. “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 [student organization] 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. We are NSCC Proud to take the ‘Presidents’ pledge,” Thomson continued.
About the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge
The Presidents for Entrepreneurship 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 most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders.
According to NACCE President and CEO Rebecca Corbin, the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge is a way for community colleges to advance entrepreneurship and create jobs across the country. Community college presidents who take the pledge commit to these five action steps:
• 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
• Create broad exposure to their college’s commitment to entrepreneurship.
“The five action steps were developed based on NACCE’s observations of what was working best on member campuses,” said Corbin. “After observing the entrepreneurship-related activities of our members over a period of years, we started to see commonalities among the more successful institutions,” she said. “One of the major things that clearly makes a difference is the commitment by leadership to entrepreneurship.”
The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business development professionals providing quality programs and services in entrepreneurship education and serving as advocates for community-based entrepreneurship. Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the “entrepreneurship movement.” Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars and podcasts, a dynamic list-serv, and other resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These programs and courses advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges. For more information, visit http://www.nacce.com. Follow NACCE on Twitter at @NACCE and like the NACCE – National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship page on Facebook.
Francisca Franklin had a full plate before coming to Northwest State, working full time and raising a family. NSCC’s flexible scheduling options, including online classes, helped Fran fulfill her educational goals while achieving the important work-life-school balance she needed. Fran is now the human resources director at Heartland of Wauseon, a facility that specializes in outpatient rehabilitation, short-term care, memory care and long-term care.
Learn more about the business programs available at Northwest State.
Abby Hornish graduated from Paulding High School then went straight to NSCC where she earned a degree in banking in finance in 2002. While affordability and proximity to home were immediate draws, Abby also earned a Presidential Scholarship and local scholarship that made Northwest State an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. Prior to graduating, Abby landed a job at First Federal Bank where she has worked her way up to being the community banking center manager in Paulding. She loves that her job allows her to help families she has known for years and provides an opportunity to give back to the community by volunteering.
Amy Moore graduated from Northwest Technical College in 1987 with a degree in computer programming and a foundation that would help open doors in her career. Thanks to her skill set, Amy has always been the computer and technology “go-to” in her office. Now, she works as a SWAT conservationist with Fulton Soil & Water Conservation District.
Like many others, Abigail Wurm’s educational and career paths weren’t in straight lines. After high school, Abigail attended the University of Toledo for a year before transferring to Northwest State. After graduating from the paralegal program at NSCC in 1998, she went to work in the insurance industry. Eventually, Abigail decided to return to legal studies, landing back at the University of Toledo to finish what she had started. Now, she owns and operates a general practice law office in Montpelier. Abigail has also shared her knowledge as an adjunct instructor at Northwest State.
In celebration of the spirit entrepreneurship and the power of small business, NSCC is proud to host its fifth annual Entrepreneurship Forum on Tuesday, November 6 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Voinovich Auditorium. The event is open to all residents of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams Counties with an idea, concept or business plan, as well as those who simply want to attend and enjoy the presentations and discussion.
This year’s event includes two new features.
- One presenter will earn some investment cash! Thanks to the generosity of First Federal Bank of the Midwest, start-up money will be given to one presenter during the event.
- Jim Weaner of Weaner, Yoder, Hill & Weber, Ltd. has generously provided use a commercial real estate property in Defiance. As an attorney, Weaner is able to also assist the entrepreneur with the proper business setup.
“There are a lot of great ideas generated by innovative entrepreneurs in our area,” said Lisa Becher, business faculty at Northwest State. Becher is also the State of Ohio Small Business Development Center consultant and a local business owner.
She has created the event to help aspiring business owners by removing barriers to market. “The Entrepreneurship Forum at Northwest State encourages those innovative thinkers and risk-takers to bring their ideas to the table, where our panel of experts will carefully listen to the concepts and provide real-time, valuable insight to help those ideas succeed,” Becher continued.
Panelists for this year’s event include:
- Darrell Handy, president/CEO at Defiance Chamber of Commerce
- Matt Gilroy, executive director of Fulton County Economic Development
- Joel Miller, executive director of Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Denise Dahl, executive director, Henry County Economic Development
- Jerry Zielke, executive director of Paulding County Economic Development
- Matt Davis, executive director of Williams County Economic Development
- Northwest State Community College: Michael Thomson, president; Janet Delcamp, dean of business; and Lisa Becher, business faculty, State of Ohio Small Business Development Center advisor, local business owner
- Dave Dorner, mentor and consultant to start-up businesses, former director at Rocket Ventures and executive director at Oregon Economic Development
- Dave Figley, commercial lender at First Federal Bank
- Ray Meiers, intellectual property attorney at Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh LPA
How to Regiser
Register by contacting Lisa Becher at 419.267.1264 or emailing lbecher@NorthwestState.edu. The event is free to attend, but registration is required for everyone.
Please note: because of the change in event time, lunch will not be provided to attendees. Guests are encouraged to visit the NSCC Café (2nd floor ‘C’ building) for meal and snack options.