Center for Entrepreneurship - West Houston   
April Updates
For Startup and Existing Entrepreneurs, HCC Faculty, Staff & Students 
In this Issue:
Alumni Entrepreneur Success Stories:
  • Derrell Norris Pivots Fresh Tech Solutionz in Response to COVID19
  • Janice Jucker - Three Brothers Bakery Corona Virus Outbreak Worse Than Harvey Says Three Brothers Baker 
  • Megan Eddings - Local Woman Makes Face Masks from Antibacterial Fabric
2020 HCC Business Plan Competition Updates  
  • Training Sessions Go Virtual
  • New Competition Timeline
  • Thanks to our Competition Sponsors
Digital Marketing Clinics Go Virtual  
  • April 8 and April 29
  • May 6 and May 27
HCC Partner Programs
  • Minority Business Development Agency Businesss Center
  • HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
  • Corporate College
Alumni Entrepreneur Success Stories
HCC Alumni Entrepreneur Derrel Norris Pivots Fresh Tech Solutionz in Reponse to COVID19  
HCC TV - Up to the Minute Interview

Sandra Louvier, Director of HCC Northwest's Center for Entrepreneurship discusses how the HCC Business Plan Competition has had to pivot due to COVID-19. Competition alum Derrell Norris, co-founder of Fresh Tech Solutionz demonstrates skills he learned to launch his own company and to develop Apps with resources for local businesses during the crisis. 

I want to learn more on the financial aspects of things because I feel like I have the technical aspects unlock pretty much so I know the business plan was something that I incorporated all aspects of your business and I know how important that is. I just wanted to tighten that up and get my vision on the right path.
For more info on Derrell's Apps:  https://www.freshtechsolutionz.com/
Corona Virus Outbreak Worse than Harvey Says Three Brothers Baker 
ABC13 News Interview and Feature Video
ABC13 News Interview and Feature Video: HOUSTON, Texas -- Janice and Bobby Jucker are the king and queen of disasters. Their business, Three Brothers Bakery, has been through four floods, a fire, and a hurricane. But they have never faced anything like the COVID-19 pandemic...... Click Here for Video Inter
Full Article & Interview: https://abc13.com/6054230/
...Close of Article.......The best way people can help small businesses is buying products. Just one pecan pie from Three Brothers Bakery supports them, the pecan growers, the business that makes the tin, the business that makes the seal around the pie, and the business that produces  the cardboard box. Janice says the biggest priority now is jobs and keeping people employed. If you would like to check out Three Brothers Bakery or order from them, visit their website https://3brothersbakery.com
Janice Jucker is also a graduate of HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a past HCC Business Plan Competition finalist and an advisor in the 2020 HCC Business Plan Competition.

Local Woman Makes Face Masks From Antibacterial Fabric 

KPRC 2 - HOUSTON - Men and women are on the front lines battling the coronavirus in Houston, while there is a major shortage of personal protective equipment. Megan Eddings, a local woman who also uses an antibacterial fabric for her fitness apparel line, is now using the same material to make masks. 
Eddings says you can wash these masks 100 times and they will still be 98% effective against the corona virus. Based here in Houston, she is manufacturing 9,000 masks per day and has the capacity to produce 90,000 masks locally.  She is currently in conversations with MD Anderson and other major medical providers throughout Houston.
Megan Eddings, owner of Accel Lifestyle is also the 2018 Winner of the HCC Business Plan Competition. 
Prema Anti-Bacterial Masks are also on sale to the public.
2020 HCC Business Plan Competition Update
The HCC Business Plan Competition Pivots  
to Respond to COVID 19 Challenges 
2020 HCC Business Plan Competition Training Sessions Go Virtual
Training Session #3 Sales & Marketing Delivered by Austin Tenette

Our 2020 HCC Business Plan Competition Training Session #3 wrapped up with nearly 100 contestants and advisors VIRTUALLY on April 1, no joke!  The Topic was Sales, Marketing & Pivoting Your Business & Plans in Response to COVID 19.  It was Part 3 of Session 3 which was delivered over five days as follows: 1) Recorded video lessons and questions for each team to apply to their businesses; 2) mini virtual team meetings (3-6 persons each) with contestants and their advisors to discuss and apply learnings to their businesses; and 3) two virtual WebEx Group Sharing/Q&A sessions for 1/2 of the 2020 Contestant teams and Advisors to share about how their marketing and sales is playing out now, and plans for the future.  We had an evening session for ½ the teams and advisors on 3/31 and a daytime session for the other half on 4/1 to allow for time preference and a manageable group sharing size of 50 for each session which allowed more time for each participant to share. We applaud our entrepreneurs! Thanks to all who are assisting them in staying focused & making needed pivots in such unprecedented times!  
Revised Competition Dates:   
Pre COVID19:  
  • Opening Reception - January 7
  • Financial Workshop Prerequisites - January 14 & 25, February 1
  • Application Deadline - January 30
  • Advisor Orientation - February 11
  • Training Sessions 1 and 2 - On Campus
    • Session 1 - 2/26 - Roles & Responsibilities
    • Session 2 -3/5 -- Leadership
  • Spring Break - March 9-13 HCC Closed for Spring Break
HCC Closes Due to Pandemic-Begins Remote Work From Home-Competition Goes Virtual: 
  • Training Sessions 3 through 6 - Online 
    • Session 3 - 3/31 & 4/1 - Marketing & Sales
    • Session 4 - 4/21 & 4/22 - Financial Management
    • Session 5 - 5/5 &5/6 - Putting it All Together - Written Plan
    • Session 6 - 5/19 & 5/20 -Putting it All Together - Slide Presentation & 1-Minute Video
  • Written Plans Submitted - May 18
  • Presentation Slides and 1-Minute Videos Submitted - May 26
  • Plans Reviewed May 26 - June 4
  • Finalists Announced June 4
  • Finalists Present Live (Virtually) to Judges June 10 and June 11.
  • Awards Ceremony - June 18
Thanks Again to our 2020  
HCC Business Plan Competition Sponsors! 
Digital Marketing Clinics Go Virtual
Beth Guide and SEO411 Partners with HCC and SCORE to Deliver Drop In Zoom Digital Marketing Clincs Admist Pandemic  
Free Zoom Digital Marketing Clinics 
HCC Partner Programs for Small Business 

Minority Business Development Agency Business   Center  - The Houston MBDA Business Center is part of a national network of centers established to assist existing minority-owned businesses. Our services are designed to improve your access to capital, procurement opportunities, and domestic and international markets, make your business more profitable, create jobs, and make your company sustainable.   Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and operated by Houston Community College, the Center is committed to working with qualified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) needing assistance in expansion, and sustainability. Our staff have years of business and financial experience to help meet your needs and offer a wealth of resources that fully address all of your business requirements.
You built your business. We'll help you grow it.  Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a program for small businesses that links learning to action. Through the program, participants will gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing, and employee management that can immediately be put into action. In addition, they will receive the tools and professional support to develop a strategic and customized growth plan that will take their business to the next level.
Pre-Qualify to Apply:  1)  Are you the owner or co-owner of your business?; 2)  Has your business been in operation for at least two years?; 3)  Has your business done a minimum of $150,000 (or more) in revenue in the most recent fiscal year?; 4)  Do you have at least four (4) employees?; and 5)  Does your business have strong growth opportunities?

Training and Development Solutions - The Corporate College at HCC delivers customized, contract training to Houston's commercial business, industry, and government employers. Our training and development solutions are high-quality, competitively priced, and relevant. Classes can be scheduled during the day, at night, or on the weekend; at your worksite, online or at one of our world-class facilities.
About the HCC Center for Entrepreneurship - West Houston

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