News Release
For Immediate Release 
15 February 201
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Connecticut Community Colleges Support National Entrepreneurship Week
The CCCs prepare future business owners with diverse entrepreneurship programs


The Connecticut Community Colleges (CCCs) are supporting National Entrepreneurship Week on February 19-26, with special activities offered in partnership with Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT). This is the fifth year of the annual National Entrepreneurship Week, which encourages support for the growth of entrepreneurship education as a lifelong process.  The Week is promoted by The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, whose mission is to incorporate entrepreneurship education within all disciplines, to encourage the entrepreneurial mindset, and support its members in working together to create educational opportunities to meet the demands of a global economy.  The CCCs are members of the national Consortium. (For up-to-date information on entrepreneurship activities, visit http://www.entre-ed.org <https://www.mail.commnet.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.entre-ed.org> .)

In his proclamation declaring the special week in the State of Connecticut, Governor Dannel P. Malloy emphasizes that
entrepreneurship is vital to Connecticut’s growth and prosperity, and that encouraging Connecticut’s youth and adults to be successful entrepreneurs is crucial to the long-term growth of local communities, the state and the nation.

With unemployment in Connecticut at nine percent, entrepreneurship education provides an alternative for individuals to create their own jobs,” said Theresa Janeczek, associate professor of entrepreneurship and business at Manchester Community College. “Entrepreneurship education is vital to today's economic situation.
 
Pamela Pirog,
associate professor of accounting at Housatonic Community College, agrees. “Our students listen to small business owners with excitement and ask questions that get to the heart of how small businesses survive and succeed,” she said.  “This annual event is another great chance for our students to get the knowledge they need to be successful entrepreneurs.”
 
Young people continue to be enthusiastic about one day becoming entrepreneurs, according to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, citing an August 2010  Harris Interactive® online poll of 5,077 young people conducted on its behalf. “Forty percent of youth ages eight to 24 would like to start a business at some future point, or already have done so,” the Foundation reports.

The Connecticut Community Colleges educate new entrepreneurs through both credit and non-credit programs and courses, ranging from Associate Degree and Certificate Programs in Entrepreneurial Studies to specialized programs, such as Arts Entrepreneur, a credit certificate program offered by Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC). Emerging artists at QVCC promote their future career growth through learning useful business management skills in a pragmatic and flexible interdisciplinary curriculum.
 
Numerous workshops and seminars in business planning, marketing, and small business finance are also offered by the CCCs throughout the state.

Other Connecticut Community Colleges are developing similar Small Business Centers.

The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education in its announcement of National Entrepreneurship Week 2011 wrote: “Entrepreneurship is a driving force of the U.S. economy. During the past 15 years, businesses less than five years old have accounted for about 70 percent of the net job creation in the United States. However...there are clear signs of massive economic competition from abroad. More Americans in the future will need to be generating more ideas and better innovations if the United States is to stay ahead of the large populations of educated citizens in emerging and globally savvy economies.”
 
For more information on business and entrepreneurship programs at the Connecticut Community Colleges, visit www.commnet.edu <http://www.commnet.edu> .
 
National Entrepreneurship Week events at the Connecticut Community Colleges:
The Connecticut Community Colleges invite the public to celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week through various free events they are offering throughout the State: Events at Housatonic Community College are as follows:

 
In the “Lessons in Excellence” events presented by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), with the Connecticut Community Colleges, the panelists, who are Business Owners and Budding Entrepreneurs, will share their success stories and answer questions. The panel events are also free and open to the public:

February 22, 2011 (Tuesday), 11:00am-12:30pm
Housatonic Community College (Bridgeport)
Location: Beacon Hall Events Center, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport
 Moderator: Pamela Pirog, associate professor of accounting, Housatonic CC

Panelists:
Manish Chowdhary is the founder & CEO of GoECart. Since its inception in 2000, GoECart has become a worldwide
leader in on-demand ecommerce solutions. The company empowers retailers of all sizes with innovative, ecommerce
solutions that address the needs of the ever-changing web.
Clodomiro Falcon is president and CEO of La Guia Spanish Yellow Pages and Falcon Advertising, both
businesses he co-founded with his wife Aida in 1997. The small businesses that were started in the basement of
his home in Trumbull now operate from a corporate office building in Stratford, CT with a combined staff of
14. Since its beginning, La Guia has emerged as the Leading Spanish Yellow Pages in Connecticut and
Westchester County, NY. Today, the company prints three directories with a combined circulation of over
130,000 copies and has a customer base of more than 1,000 clients.
Dr. Jennifer Lynne is a chiropractor and businesswoman whose practice is located in Bridgeport, CT.
Following her graduation from the University of Bridgeport, Dr. Lynne joined the downtown community with
the opening of her practice and Gift Boutique in 2000. Today, she employs several licensed massage therapists
and the Backstroke Boutique is one of the pillars of the new downtown retail scene in Bridgeport.

February 23, 2011 (Wednesday) 6:30pm-7:50pm
 Housatonic Community College (Bridgeport)
Location: Room 365, 900 Lafeyette Boulevard, Bridgeport
Event: “How to Start a Business”
Presenter: Sandra D. Carmichael, owner, Sandie's Sweet Success
Reservations required:
Call 203.332.5124
For more information: Pamela Pirog, associate professor of accounting, 203.332.5124