Case Studies

Independence Community College Case Study

Fab Lab ICC Makes a Big Impact in a Small Community     Location: Independence, Kansas Fab Lab ICC launch: March 2014  Total visitors: 35,000  Size: 15,000 square feet    Entrepreneurial Mindset course: Offered once per year   OVERVIEW: In rural southeastern Kansas, agriculture and manufacturing dominate the local economy. However, there are still vestiges of the hard adjustments that residents had to make as coal mining and oil industry jobs disappeared several decades ago. The…

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Missouri Small Business Development Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Case Study

Prompting a Powerful Shift in Mindset to Spark Small Business Startups Location: Kansas City, Missouri Number of new businesses in 2021: 57  Amount of increased sales in 2021: $28.5 million  Number of participants in most recent Entrepreneurial Mindset Training: 18    OVERVIEW: People reach out for a wide range of services from the Missouri Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Some have an idea for a startup but aren’t sure…

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Johnson County Community College Case Study

The Evolution of a Pioneering Entrepreneurial Mindset Program   Location: Overland Park, Kansas Number of degree-seeking students: 16,000  Number of continuing education students: 12,000    Years offering entrepreneurial mindset courses: 15   OVERVIEW: The metro Kansas City area straddles two states, Missouri and Kansas. It is home to a wide range of industries, neighborhoods, and populations. Johnson County Community College, located on the Kansas side in the state’s wealthiest county, attracts a diverse cross-section of students…

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Hampshire County Sheriff’s Department Case Study

Entrepreneurial Mindset as a Tool for Persevering After Incarceration Location: Northampton, Massachusetts  Number of employees trained in Ice House facilitation: 10 Number of inmates in the facility: 120 Participants per session: 6-8   OVERVIEW: Because promoting reintegration is central to the mission of the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Department, educational programming is a high priority. The typical sentence length in its correctional facility is two and a half years. During that time, the department encourages and…

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Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County Case Study

Mindset as the First Step to Small Business Success Location: Hillsborough County, Florida Number of consultants: 5 Number of subject matter experts: 8 Number of workshops in the first six months of 2022: 100+ Total number of people who attended: 1,300  Number who complete each 8-session Ice House series: 10-12 Number who have completed the 39-hour Self-Employment Workshop Program since it launched in 2021: 30    OVERVIEW: Each year, thousands of Tampa-area entrepreneurs and small…

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Nashville Public Library Case Study

A New Library Resource for Solving Problems and Pursuing Passions Location: Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee Number of branches: 21 Launch of NPL Means Business: 2021   OVERVIEW: Nashville is booming, and the ripples affect everyone. These include the public library system, which serves the city and surrounding Davidson County. Planners expect the metro area to grow by 140,000 people in the next 20 years, up from 700,000 today. Its residents are predominantly English-speaking, with…

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St. Vrain Valley School District Case Study

Entrepreneurial Mindset Projects Branch Out from This Colorado District’s STEM Program   Location: Longmont, Colorado Number of schools and programs: 60  Total students: 33,000  High school students in entrepreneurship courses since 2019: 500 High schools served by Innovation Center program: 7   OVERVIEW: St. Vrain Valley School District extends across 411 square miles, from the Continental Divide to the Colorado plains, with a population that’s just as diverse as the landscape. As such, the district’s…

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East Central University Case Study

This Oklahoma Program Equips Students with the Confidence and Skills to Pursue Opportunities and Win Awards Location: Ada, Oklahoma Number of students: 3,600 Number of full-time employees: 440 Countries represented on campus: 30 Students who’ve completed Introduction to Entrepreneurship: 600    OVERVIEW: With 17,000 people, the city of Ada is a big destination for students from small towns and rural areas in south-central Oklahoma. For many, the 3,500-member student body is larger than their hometowns.…

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Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce Case Study

The Benefits of Keeping the Ice House Model Running in the Background   Location: Fresno, California Number of employees: 11 Small businesses and entrepreneurs served in 2021: 360 Number of members: 511      OVERVIEW: The Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce engages, educates, and empowers small business owners and entrepreneurs of color. They provide technical assistance to start, scale, or restart a business and help them access capital. Some of its programs are very intentional…

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