Project: Vertical Sector: Small Business & Entrepreneurship


Cost: $200,000

Number of colleges participating: 2

Lead: Madeline Grant, , Santa Ana College

Participating Colleges: Santa Ana College ($163,580) , Rancho Santiago Community College District ($36,420)

Sectors: Small Business

  • Program TOPS Codes: Small Business and Entrepreneurship (050640), Undefined TOP Code
  • Metrics: Number of Enrollments

Brief Narrative: As the vast majority of employers in Orange County are small businesses, the small business sector is the core of our regional economy and the driver for employment growth. Every industry sector consists almost entirely of small businesses. The Scope of employment in Orange County small businesses, including small business employment in priority and emerging sectors, accounts 40% of small business in the region, as represented in Table 2. Table 2: Number of Employees in OC Small Businesses - by Sector Sector 1 to 4 5 to 9 10 to 19 <20 20 to 99 100 to 499 Total Small Business 185,960 40,409 15,801 242,170 12,175 2,119 498,634 Retail 31,007 13,353 4,4530 48,890 4,163 713 102,656 *Customized report by the Orange County Small Business Development Centers market research specialist. The goal of this project is to develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset Across Disciplines in CTE fields, as well as STEM, that have the potential to yield business ownership, partnerships, and corporate entities. There is a gap in contextualized small business/entrepreneurship certificates and degrees and a lack of experiential learning by doing. Students who desire business as a career and starting their own businesses need more opportunities for work-based learning. There is opportunity for each campus, across disciplines to: • Embed and infuse small business/entrepreneurship curriculum into their programs/courses • Create certificates and degrees with emphasis on small business/entrepreneurship • Have work based learning opportunities through small business/entrepreneurship Students, faculty, and community members enrolling in entrepreneur and small business certificates and programs are the target of this project. The driving force in this project is the promotion of self-empowerment, personal development, the value of team - all strengthened by one's role in planning and executing the entrepreneurial vision that meets the global needs of the twenty-first century. This broad-based academic discipline approach will serve as a preparation for life and career. The challenges of the new century demand these new perspectives, regardless of whether the sector is private or nonprofit, in the general academic or in the skilled pre-professional. The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program will focus as a problem-based learning program designed to inspire and engage the region in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset. It will also serve as an outreach to a variety of enrollment targets and faculty in the classroom: •Students – K-12 -High School Business Academies -Dual Enrolled – 9th-12th grades •College -CTE department students -STEM & Other Disciplines that promote business ownership •Faculty -Across All Disciplines •Community -Introductory Workshops to promote campus programs/courses Infused entrepreneurial mindset as an The design of this program is: •Assessment of Entrepreneurial Mindset Index (EMI) measures •Strategies for Small Business/Entrepreneurship enrollment growth •Three-part training and professional development series for Students, Faculty, and Community members •Entrepreneur Summer Camp for high school and college students •Training Institute development to help aspiring entrepreneurs to meet a tangible goal toward operating a successful business •Community College to University pathway promotion •Professional development activities such as the National Association for community College Entrepreneurship, Ice House Entrepreneurship Program/Facilitator Training, Online Entrepreneurship course for advancement education in the classroom and community •Entrepreneurs events, workshops, summit, conferences for High School & College Youth, Counselors, Faculty, Administrators, and Industry professionals.

Status Update

Total Funded: $200,000.00


Madeline Grant
Santa Ana College