Our goal is to build and sustain the Houston business community and student body, through effective educational & programmatic initiatives, and to help businesses grow in revenue, personnel, and business opportunities.
August 10, 2018
August 22, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Food & Finance Workshop Series:
Session 1- Banking Basics
This is the first of the "Food & Finance Workshop Series" where you get to understand the value of creating a budget, and learn strategies to build a simple budget and pay off debt. You will also learn some core habits to practice and maintain financial health.

Come and join us during your lunch hour!
Lunch will be provided.
August 19, 2018
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Monthly Informative
Network Luncheon
Learn of Business Opportunities to Make Money

288 Project, City of Houston DBE Certification and Texas Department of Criminal Justice presenting partners.

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"Blogueo para hacer crecer tu negocio"
27 de septiembre (4:30- 6:30 pm)

August 7, 2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Contract Bonds & Surety Bond Guarantee Program Webinar

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Surety Bond Guarantee Program can help your small business obtain contract bonds up to $10 million!

August 13, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

2nd Chance Job Fair at Emancipation Park Cultural Center

The Second Chance Job Fair will provide opportunities for individuals who are unemployed, underemployed, or have dropped out of high school, and are in need of a second chance.

Contact to register:
Workforce Solutions- Employer Service

Knights of Columbus
2320 Hartfield Rd., Pearland, TX 77581
August 14, 2018
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Don't Hire the Walking Lawsuit and What To Do When Things Don't Work Out!
Labor Law Attorney A. Kevin Troutman will demonstrate Innovative HR Solutions:
  • Identifying Problem Employees
  • Smart Hiring Procedures
  • ADA Applicants and Reasonable Accommodations
  • Retention of Applications
  • Legal Interview Questions
4400 West 18th Street, Houston, TX 77092
August 15, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Subs & Sandwiches with HISD

This month we will have the opportunity to meet with HISD. We’ll learn about upcoming opportunities and which certifications HISD accepts to qualify a firm as minority or women owned.
Register and attend:

Aug. 15, 2018

Aug. 16, 2018

Where:  Via  email distribution  for those who subscribe and online at the 

IRS promotes mid-year
"Paycheck Check-up"

The web conferences will cover the following topics:
  • Understanding how to conduct a paycheck checkup.
  • Why do a paycheck checkup?
  • Who should do a paycheck checkup?
  • How to do a paycheck checkup using the IRS Withholding Calculator.
  • Plus, a live Q & A.
Spring Session due to start January 16, 2018 at the Alief Hayes Campus
Apply today for the program at Houston Community College and gain valuable, actionable skills, the opportunity to access capital, powerful networking opportunities and more. It works with your busy schedule and it’s available at no cost to you.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to step away from the day-to-day operations of your business and focus on growth. To learn more about the curriculum and application process, visit our website at  or call (713) 718-8348 for more information.
Building Better Credit and Managing Cash –
HCC Braes Oaks
HCC Brays Oak Campus  
8855 W. Bellfort Avenue, Brays Room 204, Houston, TX 77031
August 15, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Part 1 Topics: Building Better Credit:
This workshop will provide an overview of concepts necessary to understand the correlation between personal and business credit.

Part 2 Topics: Cash Management:
  • Keep Records – a notation of each transaction
  • Establish Procedures
  • Conserve cash and reduce cash needs
  • Learn to read and evaluate performance with
  • Financial Statements
  • Cash Flow Projection – a forward looking tool to predict future cash needs
Starting & Running Your Own Business Seminar – HCC Spring Branch

HCC Spring Branch - The Commons (next to Murphy's)  
1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N., Houston, TX 77043
August 18, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Don't miss out!

This award winning 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.

Seminar leaders are professionals, each with over 20 years of business experience, who have created this seminar and presented it to thousands of potential and existing business owners.
Hi, I'm  Briana, founder of La Verte. Though I am a licensed professional Civil Engineer, La Verte was born from my love for spa days and my desire to find healthy, natural skincare options. 
I began my journey in natural bath and body products when I decided to research alternatives to skincare because of my son's (4 year's old at that time) severely dry skin and my sensitivity to many store bought skincare products. I did not want to continue to put those harmful ingredients on our delicate skin.

My eyes had been opened to ALL of the harmful ingredients contained in those products. After several batches of body butter, I was able to formulate a product that not only provided aromatherapy but was nourishing to our skin. 
From that point, my passion grew into a desire to create an in-home spa experience in the form of natural skincare. So I created La Verte which means "The Green". 
 La Verte where "green" is not just a color but a way of life. 
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Understanding SBA certification programs
July 17, 2018
In this seminar, contractors learned how to prepare for their matchmaking event to meet one-on-one with representatives from government agencies and prime contractors. For some large contracts that can’t be awarded directly to small businesses, the government requires a small business subcontracting plan as part of the award.

A small business subcontracting plan directs the prime contractor to subcontract out parts of the award to small businesses. A subcontracting plan is required when these conditions are met:
  • The contract is worth more than $700,000 (or, more than $1.5 million if it’s for construction)
  • There are capable small businesses who could do subcontract work at a fair market value, without significantly disrupting performance
The rules that govern subcontracting plans are set forth in  Subpart 19.7 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation  (FAR).

To participate in any of the SBA’s small business contracting assistance programs, you’ll first need to  qualify as a small business . The SBA’s  size standards  determine whether or not your business qualifies as small.
Most of the socio-economic programs require some form of certification. Many programs use the  website to let you certify or do a preliminary check to see if you’re qualified.
Small Business/ Mentor Matchmaking
July 18, 2018
The business matchmaking in partnerships with the Small Business Administration (SBA), allowed for small business participants to meet one-on-one with a SCORE certified mentor and representatives from  SBA  and various government and private entities. In a 30 minute roundtable, they shared their unique situations with mentors, to find quick solutions they could implement in their daily activities, and to improve their business operations. Businesses also had the chance to network with other small businesses who are facing similar challenges.

You may qualify for specific  SBA  federal procurement enhancement programs based on a variety of factors including location and/or being socially and economically disadvantaged. For more information, please be sure to visit their website:
Website Development
July 25, 2018
Tammy Kannal, from provided insights and tools on how to start a website for your business. Some of the platforms available and discussed were Wordpress, Wix, and Squarespace. However, it's all about how appealing your website is, how concise and informative your page is and the resources that you provide to your customers, and the consistency of your information posted that best suits your business audience.
HCC Bootcamp Empresarial: Level Up!
July 23-27, 2018
HCC's Center for Entrepreneurship- Southeast in collaboration with HCC's Upward Bound Southeast Campus program, and sponsored by the Morales Foundation, launched "HCC Bootcamp Empresarial: Level Up!" on Monday, July 23rd.

Twenty high school students from the East End learned from entrepreneurs in the area about the opportunities and challenges of being your own boss, and how education overall helped them with the life skills and networks needed to launch their businesses. Students were also engaged in a team-building exercise, using the Business Model Canvas, to come up with a business idea and designing their strategic management and execution tools and processes to bring this idea to fruition.On the last day of the bootcamp, students visited the Blue Bell Ice Cream facility in Brenham, TX, to learn more about their business model.

Did you know?
Blue Bell started out selling butter in the 1900's, and learned that their market was ready for something innovative as ice cream. Blue Bell is now the 4th highest-selling ice cream brand in the United States as a whole.
2018 HCC Computer Science Summer Camp For Girls
In partnership with Apple
July 1-27, 2018
HCC's Center for Entrepreneurship- Southeast in collaboration with HCC's Digital and Information Technology Center of Excellence.

A select group of middle and high school students from Houston, Stafford and Fort Bend school districts were among the first to benefit from the new HCC-Apple collaboration that features the Swift Curriculum.
At HCC Southeast Campus, 25 middle school students from the 6th and 7th grades, participated and learned the basics of the SWIFT curriculum through interactive activities for a month.

The camps helped students ignite a passion for the STEM careers, and prepares our these students for the skills needed in our thriving economy.

Please stay tuned for a similar program in collaboration with "Black Girls Code" September 15th!
Blogging for Your Business
August 8, 2018
On a second seminar presented, Tammy Kannal, from shared the opportunities and benefits of starting a blog to create leads for your business. Not only is branding important, but make sure to be consistent in posting your blogs for at least one or two days a week.

If writing is not a strong skill, business owners can hire freelancers online ( for example ) to ensure content and photographs are captured to draw the specific market you want to reach for your business. Also, look through your social media analytics to understand the trends and interest from your audience, and adjust according to your social media reports.
Become the Next CEO: Information Session
August 21, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Come and Join Us for our Luncheon Info Sessions to learn more about the Aspiring CEO course (BUSG 1315)

The Aspiring CEO program is now available through our HCC Business Management Department. You can register for the class under BUSG 1315 for 3.0 credit hours. The class will be a student-centered approach that emphasizes project-based collaborative model, and is an innovative program that replicates the functions of a real start-up business and utilizes the guidance of a teacher-facilitator who acts as a business partner. 

This opportunity will transform students into business professionals and entrepreneurs by bring the workplace and real-life scenarios into the classroom. Students will get to create a start-up company with seed money and then choose their CEO within their classmates. They will then choose their leadership team and create their various departments (Operations, Marketing, and HR). 

Students will complete these tasks in a state of the art lab at Southeast campus that will give students access to other virtual start-up companies around the world. In addition, laptops will be provided with presentation software, and hardware to provide the students with all the resources they need to succeed.

If you are interested in learning how to start a company and get college credit while gaining real world experience, register now under Business Management BUSG 1315.  Permission codes and on-site registration support will be provided in this information session.
Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives
and Community Relations
Entrepreneur in Residence
Reception Assistant

Manager, 713-718-5243