Ilona M. Figat has been named a 2011 Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator.
Ilona M. Figat, an enterprise consultant for the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development (DCED) at Delaware State University, has been named the 2011 Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator at the 29th annual Entrepreneurship Education Forum held recently in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Ms. Figat received the award in recognition of her outstanding service in the field of entrepreneurship education.
Since joining the DCED in 2000, Ms. Figat has been engaged in numerous entrepreneurship education endeavors. She created the Child Care Business Training Program at the DCED, and its success made her a key player in April 2011 among other child care stakeholders in the convening of the first-ever Child Care Business Conference at DSU that attracted more than 150 caregivers.
She is currently the director of a new initiative, the Mobile Entrepreneurship Training that is designed to transport a Mobile Training Classroom into rural and underserved areas to provide entrepreneurship training. This new initiative will be unveiled in January 2012.
In addition over the years, Ms. Figat has provided entrepreneurship training at the House of Pride of Dover, the Morris Correctional Facility, Coverdale Crossroads, and has conducted workshops and one-on-one consultant for the benefit of many in the state of Delaware. She has also given presentations to various agencies of throughout the First State, including the Financial Literacy Institute and the Money School.
Ms. Figat also established and directs the Small Business Institute – a program matching students with small business owners to develop case studies. She is also intimately involved with the DCED’s Junior Entrepreneurship in Training youth program.