Mid - October
Small Business Opportunities 
In this Issue: 
  • Small Business Success Series by HCC
    • October - November Cohort - APPLY by Noon - Oct 13
    • August - September Cohort Just Graduated
  • Upcoming Virtual Events & Classes - HCC & Partners
    • Small Business Survival Webinars 
    • HCC Southwest  Free Online Workshops
    • Forbes Next 1000
    • Creating a Successful Business Plan Class
    • Jobs Now Houston
    • Starting and Running Your Own Business Seminar
    • Digital Marketing Clinic
Small Business Success Series by HCC©
October - November 2020 Cohort 
Apply Now - Application Deadline Is
October 13, 12:00 Noon

This series is offered at no cost to entrepreneurs thanks to our sponsor
Wells Fargo Bank.
Apply for an 
opportunity to be 
chosen for a cohort.

Program Topics and Facilitator
Small Business Success Series by HCC©     
October - November 2020 Series - We are Going Virtual! 
One Module is offered Each Week in Two Afternoon Online Sessions
Monday 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm and Thursday 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

  • 10/19 & 10/22 - Vet the Venture - Are My Ideas Lucrative? - Assists entrepreneurs in determining the financial viability of their business idea or growth plan. Covers competition, market need, price positioning, differentiators, revenue projections, start-up costs & more.
  • 10/26 & 10/29 - Ignite the Entrepreneur in You! - Understand key traits of successful entrepreneurs; your leadership style & problem-solving skills to negotiate, sell & achieve goals. 
  • 11/2 & 11/5 - Sales & Marketing Powered Up - Insights & tactics to improve your organization's ongoing market research process, messaging, strategic planning, budget & spending, digital marketing, analytics & measurement and loyalty & brand advocacy. 
  • 11/9 & 11/12 - Financials for Small Business Launch & Growth - Prepare for the "why, how & what's next" in understanding your numbers: past, present & how to analyze & estimate numbers you & your funders need to know to propel you to sustained success.
  • 11/16 & 11/19 - Minimizing Risk - Protect Your Assets, Your Business & Your Future! Minimize risk considering: Liability and tax requirements in business organization; insurance; hiring employees & independent contractors; operational processes & contract negotiations.
Featured Facilitators:  

Be prepared to work and leave from each module with strong takeaways applicable to your business! As each day progresses, you will apply learnings to your business with guided exercises and peer interaction facilitated by our workshop leaders.
APPLY NOW to Be Chosen for the 
October - November 2020 Cohort of the 
Small Business Success Series by HCC©  
Class Size is Limited

Apply ASAP - The Cohort Starts October 19

Application Deadline- 12:00 noon, Tuesday October 13.


Applications will be reviewed to choose those accepted into this series.

Applicants will be contacted via the email submitted in the application.

Chosen applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program later in the week in preparation for starting the class, which begins on October 19.

Your completion of the Small Business Success Series
also fulfills the program/class pre-requisite for applying
for the 2021 HCC Business Plan Competition in January! 
Congratulations to the Graduates of our August  - September Cohort  of the Small Business Success Series HCC©  

On September 24, we celebrated 31 Graduates of the August - September Small Business Success Series (SBSS) Cohort.  Dr. Zachary Hodges, President, HCC Northwest and Dr. Maya Durnovo, Chief Entrepreneurial Officer congratulated all involved, along with David Regenbaum and Sandra Louvier who lead the SBSS program Delivery Team.  The program is delivered by six primary facilitators and features panels of experts and resource partners from the local Houston entrepreneurial eco-system. 

The graduation ceremony also featured two class representatives, Carolyn Mitchell and Mary-Jane Buschlen who addressed the crowd.  The Zoom chat feature revved up as class mates cheered on Carolyn and Mary-Jane while they spoke and as they gave shout outs to fellow classmates they had gotten to know in our general sessions, small breakout groups, office hour-sessions and networking sessions throughout the five-week program. 

We thanked our facilitators and guest speakers from the Houston entrepreneurial eco-system, including the Small Business Administration, SCORE, various sources of funding, and legal, tax, insurance and cyber security experts. Wells Fargo Bank participates throughout the five week cohort providing resources and panelists, while sponsoring funds to provide this tuition free program to the entrepreneurs accepted into our program!   

The class of entrepreneurs makes the magic happen as they engage, absorb and actively participate throughout the program and after it to apply what they are learning to their businesses.  This leads to a cohort like this one of graduating entrepreneurs aligned with others continually reinvigorating their dedication to adaptability and the pursuit of success! 

Congratulations to our August - September Cohort Graduates! 

Applications are currently being accepted for the upcoming Small Business Success Series Cohort
 which runs October 19 - November 19.

Your completion of the Small Business Success Series
also fulfills the program/class pre-requisite for applying
for the 2021 HCC Business Plan Competition in January! 
Upcoming Virtual Events

Current Resources for Disaster Relief

Tuesday, October 13, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm  

Robert Carlson
Herb Hildebrand
Herb Hildebrand is a graduate of Baylor University with degrees in accounting (BBA) and law (JD). Current admissions: State Bar of Texas; U.S. Tax Court. He has more than 50 years of extensive and varied experience in business matters involving finance, banking, domestic and international taxation, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, employment, regulatory and environmental issues. Herb serves as the Director for San Jacinto College, Small Business Center.

Robert Carlson has extensive U.S. domestic and international business experience with corporations, universities and government agencies. He is well versed and in general management, project and business development, relationship building, synthesizing, problem resolution, im
porting and exporting. Additionally, he is fluent in oral and written Japanese. Carlson is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds BA in Economics. He also attained his Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Rob serves as an advisor for San Jacinto College, Small Business Development Center.

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The Resilient Mind Set 

Thursday, October 15, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Austin Tenette is an Executive Leadership Coach with the FocalPoint Coaching organization and serves as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence to the HCC Northeast campus. In coaching middle-market businesses to success, Austin focuses on the three drivers of strategic growth- Strategic Direction and Execution, Customer Experience, and Team Dynamics. Previously, Austin was a successful business development executive with two of the world's largest professional services firms and earned his leadership stripes turning around a $40M business unit with over 300 client relationships, 1,700 employees and 15 managerial direct reports.
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Forbes' Inaugural Next 1000 Initiative Will Spotlight and Accelerate Rising Entrepreneurs Forging The Path Forward To Redefine The American Dream

Forbes' Next 1000.  Click on the links below to download the article and application form. 
In other news, got a business idea you've been working on after hours? Or maybe you've already put pen to paper and have technically been in business for at least a year? Either way, you'll want to check out the Next 1000: a first-of-its-kind initiative that will spotlight bold and inspiring entrepreneurs on their way to success.  
Applications are open now through October 31. The final product? One thousand new faces with a running start to one day land on the cover of Forbes. 

Creating a Successful Business Plan Class
6 Weeks Access - 24 Course Hours
Online - Choose Instructor Led or Self-Paced Class 


Turn your business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. Committing your idea to paper in the form of a business plan not only increases your chances of obtaining financing, but also in keeping your business strategically focused. You will work through all the major components of writing a business plan and emerge with your first draft in hand. And most importantly, you will have completed the first-and most difficult-step on the path to small business success.
This class prepares you to apply for the Spring 2021 HCC Business Plan Competition! 


Instructor Led Class - 6 Weeks Access - Class Starts October 14


Self-Paced Class - 3 Months Access - Start Anytime.


Register Now 

SCORE Houston Presents:

Starting & Running Your Own Business Virtual Seminar

This 2-part seminar is a must for prospective entrepreneurs and a proven benefit to many already in business. It is a powerful program that's packed with information, tips and techniques needed to start a new business as well as improve an ongoing enterprise.
October 10 & 17  |  9:00am CST  |  Register Here   

Monthly Digital Marketing Clinic
October - Putting your Business  
on the Digital Map 

About the Glenda & David Regenbaum Center for Entrepreneurship - HCC Northwest

OUR MISSION:  To help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. We do this by offering workshops, seminars, summits, classes and competitive training and advising, while also providing practical knowledge, resources and connections.
Contact us at [email protected] or 713-718-6650

We are committed to furthering the cause of social justice in our community and beyond...

Houston Community College is committed to furthering the cause of social justice in our community and beyond. HCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. I fully support that commitment and, as such, will work to maintain a positive learning environment based upon open communication, mutual respect, and non-discrimination. In this course, we share in the creation and maintenance of a positive and safe learning environment. Part of this process includes acknowledging and embracing the differences among us in order to establish and reinforce that each one of us matters.  I appreciate your suggestions about how to best maintain this environment of respect. If you experience any type of discrimination, please contact me and/or the Office of Institutional Equity at 713-718-8271. 
From all of us to all of you In all our offerings! 
Sandra Louvier, Director
David Regenbaum, Entrepreneur in Residence
Flora Renteria, Reception Assistant
Sabiha, Dholkawala, Administrative Assistant