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Cayuga CC to co-host a SUNY conference on entrepreneurship in April

DATE: 02-12-2013

Cayuga Community College is pleased to be co-hosting with Broome Community College, the State University of New York Office of the Vice Chancellor for Financial Services, Syracuse University, and the Lumina Foundation, SUNY ENGINE Out Front and Pulling Away: Bypassing Roadblocks on Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn.

The conference is focused on how to successfully implement entrepreneurship programs while responding to practical challenges of budgetary and resource constraints.  

“Community colleges have always worked within the framework of limited resources, and the recent cuts to funding at both the state and local levels have made us tighten our belts even more,” said Cayuga Community College President Daniel P. Larson. “However, we cannot stop pursuing opportunities when they present themselves. I believe community colleges have been given the opportunity to update their storyline within higher education and society. We can really step into the spotlight on the local, regional, and national stages and play the leading role in revitalizing the economy. That’s what we’re doing through our SUNY Engine initiatives such as this conference.”

The one-day conference will provide ideas on how to establish and integrate entrepreneurial thinking into curriculum and beyond the classroom. Sessions will focus on creating an entrepreneurial campus culture and best practices in starting and sustaining entrepreneurship education.

“Broome Community College is proud to be a partner in the SUNY ENGINE conference with Cayuga Community College, SUNY, and Syracuse University,” said Broome Community College President Kevin Drumm. “We have a long history of working with local entrepreneurs through our Continuing Education Department's Entrepreneurial Assistance Program, and are pleased to be offering credit programs in entrepreneurship as well.  We are developing internal as well as external relationships that are bringing new ideas and perspectives to our budding entrepreneurs.”

Conference organizers are currently reviewing keynote speaker nominations and workshop proposals, which have been submitted by educators from across the state. They expect to announce the agenda in the coming weeks.

The SUNY Educational Network to Grow Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Engine) sprung from Spring 2011 conversations of a small group of faculty and administrators from Cayuga Community College, Broome Community College, Syracuse University, and the SUNY Leadership Institute as well as a few non-profit organizations that support economic growth across the state looking for ways to collaborate and support and educate entrepreneurs.  

In fall 2011, the conversation expanded to include more higher education institutions, economic development organizations, and venture capitalists. They met for a one-day workshop to:

  • learn what entrepreneurial initiatives colleagues are developing
  • share ideas and best practices
  • consider the feasibility of developing a consortium with a structure to formalize information-sharing and collaborative ventures
  • discuss the perimeters of the consortium and the benefits and responsibilities of its members create an action plan to advance the idea of a consortium

For more information about the upcoming SUNY Engine conference, visit