National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship honors CPCC alumna

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The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced the winners of its 2013 Impact Awards, Alumni Entrepreneur Awards and Entrepreneurial President Award. The annual awards, which were made today NACCE's 11th Annual Conference in Charlotte, are sponsored by Community College Week.

“This year our awards honor two leaders in entrepreneurship education and an outstanding college president who has built a culture of entrepreneurship on his campus that benefits the whole community,” said NACCE President and CEO Heather Van Sickle. “These dedicated individuals have championed entrepreneurship, bringing colleges and the communities they serve together to promote entrepreneurship while powerfully impacting how students and community partners think about entrepreneurship.

“We’re also pleased to honor three community college alumni who have gone on to achieve entrepreneurial success and who are supporting their local entrepreneurial ecosystem in important ways,” added Van Sickle. “We are always inspired by seeing people who have gotten their entrepreneurial start at a community college and gone on to achieve the American dream of business ownership.”

Among the  2013 Impact Award Categories and Winners was:

Fabi Preslar, owner of SPARK Publications, Charlotte, NC – A graduate of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. Preslar owns and manages SPARK Publications, a 15-year-old graphic design and creative publications firm, whose staff of six full-time employees serves over 150 entrepreneurial (local and national) companies, universities and associations. Preslar has received numerous recognitions, including the Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award from Central Piedmont Community College in 2009. SPARK Publications has received more than 80 industry awards for their creative and effective client projects. Preslar shares her time and energy as a mentor and advisor and serves as an award selection judge for several national entrepreneurial competitions. Since 2009, she has served on the Central Piedmont Community College Advisory Board for Advertising + Graphic Design and among other positions serves as a mentor in the Pride Entrepreneurial Education Program.


The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs, focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals: 1. Empower the college to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset, and 2. Grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem.

Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the "entrepreneurship movement.” Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, regional summits, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars, a dynamic list-serv, and training resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These initiatives and resulting actions advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges. NACCE is a founding member of the White House-led Startup American Partnership. For more information, visit