Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Seeking a super entrepreneur

March 2012

In an effort to recognize the entrepreneurs on campus, the JCCC Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization is seeking nominations for its first-ever Emerging Entrepreneur Award

The award will be given to a JCCC student who operates his or her own business. All JCCC students are eligible, regardless of the student’s major or the size of business. 

Barbara Millard, adviser, Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization, said the JCCC chapter of CEO has attended for the past three years a local ceremony that recognizes small businesses. 

“Knowing that a many JCCC students operate small businesses while attending school, the CEO club decided they wanted to establish an award to recognize entrepreneurs on our own campus,” Millard said. 

The award winner will be recognized at the April 18 luncheon featuring Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline.com. Hoffman will present the award to the winner along with a prize package valued at $500 that includes:

  • A check for $200
  • A $75 gift certificate to be used toward any class at the Kansas Small Business Development Center at JCCC
  • A one-hour consultation with a small-business attorney
  • A one-hour consultation with Entrepreneur Advertising Group
  • Publicity at JCCC for the business  

Nominations may be made by anyone for any eligible student, and self-nominations are encouraged. Email the business owner’s name and email address to eenomination@gmail.com. Nominations are due Friday, March 30. 

Though this is the first year for the award, CEO members hope to make the recognition an annual event. Attention, would-be entrepreneurs eyeing next year’s award: the college offers numerous classes and certificates to help entrepreneurs succeed.

Donna Duffey, chair, entrepreneurship, said a study of recent college graduates found that 70 percent would like to one day own their own business, regardless of what their majors might have been.

Recently, the department added three new certificate programs and a new class, Entrepreneurial Mindset (ENTR 130).

The curriculum of Entrepreneurial Mindset is based on the book “Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Lessons Learned from an Unlikely Entrepreneur.”

The three new certificates are offered in direct sales, franchising and family business.

These certificates accompany the existing 34-credit-hour entrepreneur certificate, the 7-credit-hour business plan certificate and the associates of applied science degree in entrepreneurship.