Six Table Stories:Valdes, Pi, and Pie By James D. Fischer

February 21, 2018

This is the seventeenth episode of Six Table Stories. “Six Table Stories” are completely mythical, and all involve the people in a completely mythical small community known as Six Table. All the stories were written by James D. Fischer. Some of the stories began as short plays, some have been wrestled into reading shape from short stories. A few have been published, in small anthologies. The players are a gracious volunteer outfit, the site you’re listening to is put up by the Independence, Kansas Public Library, which continues to be an adventurous outfit whose adventures have been nationally recognized.

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Blog: The Entrepreneurial Minute, Inspiring Youth Interest in STEM, by Jim Correll

February 20, 2018

Jim Correll is the director at Fab Lab ICC at Independence Community College. He can be reached at (620) 252-5349 or by email at jcorrell@indycc.edu.

Biographical Information: Jim Correll

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Blog: The Entrepreneurial Minute, Avoiding The Commodity Trap by Jim Correll

February 5, 2018

Avoiding the Commodity Trap
Jim Correll is the director at Fab Lab ICC at Independence Community College. He can be reached at (620) 252-5349 or by email at jcorrell@indycc.edu.

Biographical Information: Jim Correll

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Blog: The Entrepreneurial Minute, More Robots Are Coming and They’re Getting Smarter by Jim Correll

February 5, 2018

More Robots Are Coming and They're Getting Smarter

Jim Correll is the director at Fab Lab ICC at Independence Community College. He can be reached at (620) 252-5349 or by email at jcorrell@indycc.edu.

Biographical Information: Jim Correll

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Artist Interview: Eclectix Art Gallery, New Artist, Daniel Ashford

February 5, 2018

Daniel Ashford is a new artist at the Eclectix Art Gallery, 311 N. Penn Ave, Independence, KS 67301, (620) 779-9048. Here is a link to their website where you can find out more about Daniel Ashford and view some of his works.

Artist Daniel Ashford

Eclectix Art Gallery

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Author Interview: Jim Correll (Text Only)

February 2, 2018

Jim Correll Biography

Email:  jcorrell@indycc.edu;  Phone: 620-252-5349

“Change the Mindset, Change the World”

Jim Correll just may have figured out the biggest secret to business success, and it didn’t require an advanced business degree to do it. Instead, it’s been a matter of following his instincts, sponging up knowledge from thought leaders, making mistakes and pursuing passions in a wildly diverse 25-year career working in small business, manufacturing, entrepreneurial ventures and post-secondary education. What has he learned? When your mind is open to possibility rather than pessimism, amazing things can happen.

In his work as a business coach, entrepreneur mentor and the director of Fab Lab ICC and the Successful Entrepreneur Program at Independence (KS) Community College, Jim teaches aspiring entrepreneurs to challenge the archaic models of conventional business thinking and education and explore new paths for solving the world’s problems through innovation, creativity, trial and error. A former professional photographer, Jim encourages his proteges to first look at the world through a wide-angle lens, then focus their efforts where they believe they can make a difference and take the shot. “The environment may not be perfectly composed, you may not have just the right angle on your first try, and you certainly may feel over exposed when you put yourself out there and launch an idea,” he analogizes. “But so often, the raw, candid moments we capture are the most representative of real life, the ones that draw us in, take our breath away and haunt our memory.”

Such are the lessons of entrepreneurship, says Jim. There’s no script, precise formula or lesson plan. Success requires a willingness to try something unconventional and to redefine failure as learning. It’s all about the mindset, and anyone can achieve it.

Jim regularly shares his insights through multiple channels, including regional and national public speaking engagements, local print columns and radio features, classes at the community college, weekly community roundtable discussions and one-on-one consultation. His goal is to build a growing circle of “entrepreneurial thinkers" with a limitless ripple effect.

Jim has served on boards and committees for several local and state economic development and business organizations (highlights below), and his most recent work as the director of the Fab Lab maker space in Independence, Kansas, has garnered multiple accolades. In May 2017, he was named among the “50 Kansans You Should Know” by Ingram’s magazine.

Speaking Highlights:

  • “The Entrepreneurial Mindset: A Competitive Edge for Workforce Development” National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), 15th Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, October, 2017 (Co-presentation with Bree Langemo, president, Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative)
  • “Rural Opportunity Through Entrepreneurial Mindset and Fab Lab”, WSOS Entrepreneurial Communities Initiative All Community Meeting, Northeast Ohio, August, 2017
  • “The Surprising Results of a Young Fab Lab Experience”, (NACCE), 14th Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA, October, 2016
  • Panel member “Entrepreneurship and Innovation,” Kansas Rural Opportunity Conference, Dodge City KS, April 2016
  • “Top Ten Tips on Building Fab Lab,” USA Fab Lab Network Annual Symposium, Bentonville AR, March 2016
  • "Building Fab Lab,” National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), 13th Annual Conference, Houston TX, October, 2015
  • “Building Fab Lab,” 2015 Kansas Innovation Summit, Independence, KS, April, 2015
  • "Entrepreneurial Mindset and Self Efficacy,” Kansas Association of College Counselors, Manhattan, KS, March, 2014
  • "Technical Programs Should Produce Entrepreneurial Thinkers, not Just Technicians,” NACCE, 11th Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, October, 2013
  • "Top 10 Myths of Business Incubation,” Kansas League of Municipalities, Spring Conference, Wichita KS, May 2012
  • "Providing Flexibility in Helping New, Growing and Re-Inventing Businesses,” NACCE, 9th Annual Conference, Portland, OR, October 2011
  • "How to Market You! (Your Book),” Kansas Authors Club, State Convention, Coffeyville, KS, October 2011
  • "Innovation on Main Street,” 2nd Annual SEK Innovation Summit, Independence, KS, September, 2011
  • "E-Commerce Suppliers Perspective,” Boeing E-Commerce Working Group Conference, Seattle, WA, May 1999
  • "Keeping Integrity in Your Database,” Epicore Software Corporation, International User Conference, Las Vegas, NV, May 1999

Community Service:

Independence Main Street

Economic Restructuring Committee

Member; 2012 – present

 

Downtown Coffeyville, Incorporated

Board member; 2007 – 2012

Board chair; 2011 – 2012

Coffeyville KS

The mission of Downtown Coffeyville, Inc. is to strengthen the downtown economy and preserve the historic character of its buildings.

 

Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners

Non-veterinary Member; 2008 – 2012

Wamego KS

Agency Mission:

To promote public health, safety, and welfare relative to the practice of veterinary medicine.

 

Cooperative Credit Union

Board member; 2006 – 2012

Board chair; 2008 - 2012

Coffeyville KS

Volunteer position to implement policies and strategy for the Cooperative Credit Union.

 

Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce

Board member; 2006 – 2009

Treasurer; 2008 - 2009

Provide policy and strategy for Chamber activities.

Blog: The Entrepreneurial Minute, Let’s Play Ball After 12 Years of Study by Jim Correll

February 2, 2018

Let’s Play Ball – After Twelve Years of Study

Jim Correll is the director at Fab Lab ICC at Independence Community College. He can be reached at (620) 252-5349 or by email at jcorrell@indycc.edu.

Biographical Information: Jim Correll

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Blog: The Entrepreneurial Minute, The Contractors Are Coming, by Jim Correll

February 2, 2018

The Contractors Are Coming

Jim Correll is the director at Fab Lab ICC at Independence Community College. He can be reached at (620) 252-5349 or by email at jcorrell@indycc.edu.

Biographical Information: Jim Correll

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Oral History: Marge Warren, centenarian, by Suzanne Vining

January 31, 2018

This oral history interview was conducted by Suzanne Vining with Marge Warren, age 100, a resident of Eagle Estates, Independence, Kansas, in May, 2017.

These are Marge's hands:

 

Marge_Warren_-_Her_Hands.jpg

 

 

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Six Table Stories: The Wheelchair Is A Body Part, Just Not A Very Interesting One By James D. Fischer

January 31, 2018

This is the sixteenth episode of Six Table Stories. “Six Table Stories” are completely mythical, and all involve the people in a completely mythical small community known as Six Table. All the stories were written by James D. Fischer. Some of the stories began as short plays, some have been wrestled into reading shape from short stories. A few have been published, in small anthologies. The players are a gracious volunteer outfit, the site you’re listening to is put up by the Independence, Kansas Public Library, which continues to be an adventurous outfit whose adventures have been nationally recognized.

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Six Table Stories: A Fine Fit by James D. Fischer

January 31, 2018

This is the fifteenth episode of Six Table Stories. “Six Table Stories” are completely mythical, and all involve the people in a completely mythical small community known as Six Table. All the stories were written by James D. Fischer. Some of the stories began as short plays, some have been wrestled into reading shape from short stories. A few have been published, in small anthologies. The players are a gracious volunteer outfit, and the site you’re listening to is put up by the Independence, Kansas Public Library, which continues to be an adventurous outfit whose adventures have been nationally recognized.

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Six Table Stories: His Legacy by James D. Fischer

January 26, 2018

This is the fourteenth episode of Six Table Stories. “Six Table Stories” are completely mythical, and all involve the people in a completely mythical small community known as Six Table. All the stories were written by James D. Fischer. Some of the stories began as short plays, some have been wrestled into reading shape from short stories. A few have been published, in small anthologies. The players are a gracious volunteer outfit, and the site you’re listening to is put up by the Independence, Kansas Public Library, which continues to be an adventurous outfit whose adventures have been nationally recognized.

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