Small Business Center offers entrepreneurial mindset program

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The Wilson Community College Small Business Center has formed a partnership with the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative to provide the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program to ignite the entrepreneurial mindset and cultivate an entrepreneurial culture.

The partnership also includes the Wilson County Public Library where the college’s SBC director, Melissa Evans, will facilitate and instruct for the program in the library’s assembly room on Wednesdays from Sept. 4 to Oct. 23.

Ice House redefines entrepreneurship as more than an academic discipline, reaching beyond the concept of traditional business creation and small business management.

The center is offering “Ice House Entrepreneurship-From Joblessness to Business Ownership” to offer a pathway to self-sufficiency for those who are unemployed or underemployed. Additionally, local business owners will be invited to share insights as role models for the participants.

The Ice House program is an experiential, problem-based learning program designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset. ELI is the creator of the Ice House Program and ELI founder Gary Schoeniger is the co-author of the program’s companion text, “Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur,” a story that captures the essence of an entrepreneurial mindset and the opportunities it can provide.

“An entrepreneurial mindset shifts everyday thinking into a new framework, empowering people to identify problems and deploy solutions using creative and critical thinking, effective problem-solving, communication and teamwork. And, in today’s rapidly changing, highly complex world, the need for entrepreneurial thinkers at all levels of society has never been greater,” Schoeniger said.

Visit the Small Business Center at Wilson Community College or the Wilson County Public Library to complete the registration by 1 p.m. on Sept 4.. For questions, call 252-246-1232 or 252-246-1209.