Case Studies

Metropolitan State University of Denver Case Study

Infusing a Small-Business Focus at a Self-Described Entrepreneurial University   Location: Denver, Colorado Number of undergraduate students: 16,400 Average age: 25  Percent who work while pursuing their education: 80% Number of majors: 90+ Number of certificate programs: 40 Center for Entrepreneurship established: 2020   OVERVIEW: One of the words that the Metropolitan State University of Denver uses to describe itself on its website is entrepreneurial: “We don’t settle for walking well-worn trails. We reimagine what…

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Saint Paul College Case Study

Learning Entrepreneurship By Living It in Minnesota’s Twin Cities     Location: St. Paul, Minnesota Number of staff: 192 Number of full-time faculty: 127 Number of part-time faculty: 109  Student enrolled for credit: 8,365 Students enrolled in non-credit courses: 2,206    Certificate, degree, and diploma programs: 100+   OVERVIEW: Saint Paul College stands out within the Minnesota State system for its unique demographics. It’s one of the most diverse schools among the system’s 26 colleges, 7…

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Richland Community College Case Study

EnRich Program Brings a Trauma-Sensitive Lens to Entrepreneurship Education   Location: Decatur, Illinois Enrollment in 2019 (credit and non-credit): 5,435 Part-time students: 73% Continuing education students: 36%    Number of EnRich training program participants since 2018: 1,500   OVERVIEW: In central Illinois’ Macon County, the unemployment rate for African Americans sticks stubbornly at around three times higher than the rate for white residents. Recognizing that the reasons for this extended beyond the sheer number of unemployed,…

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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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