Griggs Center Hosts Workshop for Community LeadersPosted October 10, 2011
ACU’s Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy hosted a regional workshop on Oct. 3 to train rural communities about how to provide or improve support for aspiring entrepreneurs. The Griggs Center partnered with the Texas Center for Rural Entrepreneurship to deliver the training.
Big Country leaders who were interested in providing more training for local entrepreneurs were invited to participate in the session.
The workshop was interactive and focused on creating or enhancing action plans for communities to move forward in entrepreneurial support and training. It also included a custom community assessment tool for attendees.
“We believe it is extremely important for communities to get involved with and encourage entrepreneurs in order for them to succeed. This event was designed to help enhance those efforts,” said Dr. Jim Litton, director of the Griggs Center.
The Griggs Center is a part of the West Texas Innovation Network (WTIN), a new regional collaboration established to promote entrepreneurship and provide additional resources to entrepreneurs throughout the Big Country.
Andres Alcantar, Commissioner of the Texas Workforce Commission, spoke at the event and presented a $200,000 check to WTIN. He also presented funds to the Big Country's community colleges to provide additional courses focused on entrepreneurship.
“One of the most beneficial economic development endeavors a community can undertake is providing training for people interested in launching business ventures,” said Litton.
The Griggs Center will also provide a two-day Entrepreneur Bootcamp for aspiring entrepreneurs on November 4 and 5.
About the Griggs Center
ACU’s Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy offers a unique learning experience through its commitment to encourage students to include philanthropic goals in their entrepreneurial pursuits. Through classroom instruction, mentoring opportunities and hands-on experience, the Griggs Center equips students to imagine and launch new ventures. The Griggs Center encourages integrating faith with the entrepreneurial journey in a way that positions the successful to give back along the way. The Griggs Center is a program of ACU’s College of Business Administration.