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.
December 5, 2019
It's been an outstanding year, and we thank you all for your
participation and support all year round!

It makes a difference to learn that together we are building a better future for our
students, entrepreneurs, and community here in Houston,
and we can't make it happen without you!

So, thank you for all that you do in preparing for your business ideas, for your partnerships, or for joining our workshops, competitions, and conferences that enhance the products and services you offer.

We wish you the best in this holiday season,
and we look forward to seeing you next year!
If there are any ideas or workshops you would like for us to offer
at our Center, please don't hesitate to let us know!

Email your feedback to
"Your Business Plan"

December 10, 2019
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Free for the first 10 vets (Promo code VETS) and the first 30 HCC students/faculty/staff
(Promo code HCCS) who register after December 3, 
thanks to a grant from CapitalOne Bank

At the end of this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to meet SCORE certified mentors who are readily available to provide FREE and CONFIDENTIAL mentoring. 
A solid business plan is essential to gaining access to capital and to truly understanding your business today and in the future. 

This Business Plan workshop will walk you through the steps needed for most business plans. It will help remove the confusion and fear and allow you to get started on your business plan today by providing sample questions to answer about your business.

The workshop will give you valuable and powerful tools to help guide you. Of special importance is the uniquely crafted  Business Idea Feasibility Test.  

Other tools will guide you through marketing techniques including the confusing world of digital marketing (e.g., Search & Social Marketing).

Be prepared to leave with more confidence in your ability to write an effective business plan. 
Gesti ó n Empresarial:
La Consolidaci ó n y Crecimiento

Mi é rcoles,
11 de diciembre, 2019

11:30 am- 1:00 pm
HCC Southeast Campus,
Workforce Building I, Rm. 316
Los empresarios en sus inicios, pretenden hacer todo y terminan haciéndolo porque no se rodean de personas especialistas que asesoren en aspectos que el empresario no domina y además no dispone de tiempo.

Los empresarios exitosos se rodean de especialistas (Abogados, Contadores, Mercadeo, Comunicación), en las diferentes temáticas que no dominan, bajo análisis de factores de costo de oportunidad y costo-beneficio.

En consecuencia, los empresarios consideran el pago de tales asesorías como una INVERSIÓN de retorno asegurada. 

Venga y reg í strese a nuestro evento el proximo mi é rcoles para aprender de estrategias que le pueda ayudar como planear, analizar, y delegar estos trabajos dentro de su negocio.
Ready to grow your business?

Join us this Friday, December 6th
For an info session about Ascend Houston, a program designed to help you access public and private contracting opportunities, business coaching,
access to credit and business support to help you grow your business. 

Sign up for a 30 minute time slot to learn more about the program,
its benefits and how to apply. 

Friday, December 6th | Between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM
Houston Community College | 
J.B. Whiteley Building, Room 205
1300 Holman St, Houston, TX 77004
Ready to apply?   Complete an application  today!
For more information, or to schedule a one-on-one consultation please contact Michi Clay at 281.612.1816 or via email at
Join us on December 11
9:00 am- 1:30 pm 
for AWS Startup Day:
This is a day designed for entrepreneurs
ready to take an idea and turn it into a business

If you’re still at the ideation stage of building your startup, Startup Day will help you acquire the knowledge and tools needed to test and validate your approach. For founders who’ve already made progress towards starting their venture, you’ll learn more about how to take your startup to the next level.

At AWS Startup Day, expect to hear from AWS technical experts, your fellow startup founders, and leading figures from the startup community, who’ll offer opinionated advice and recommendations for how to go from intellectual spark to MVP and beyond. You'll get insights into some of the business challenges you'll face early on, and how you should be thinking about problem solving. Most importantly, you'll have the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs, who'll share their stories, ideas, and inspirations to encourage you to keep moving forward.

What to Expect:
AWS Startup Day is a free event aimed at delivering educational content, practical learnings, and networking opportunities for startups looking to accelerate their innovation and growth. 
You’ll hear from subject-matter experts, who’ll talk about:
- The go-to-market programs AWS has available for startups
- How you should be thinking about innovation and company culture
- Technical tools for building your prototype or MVP 
- Fundraising essentials and when it’s the right time to pitch
- Talent and customer acquisition strategies for your startup

Who Should Attend? 
This event is primarily targeted towards early-stage entrepreneurs who are pre-seed or bootstrapped, and interested in learning how to scale their venture through practical business and technical guidance.
Office Hours with Lisa Wang:
The Power of Networking and Building Relationships

December 12, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join SheWorx Founder and CEO Lisa Wang and Maren Bannon, Cofounder and Managing Partner at Jane VC, for an interactive live office hours session on the power of networking and building relationships, brought to you by WomanMade, a PepsiCo initiative.

You'll Learn:
- How to leverage your pre-existing community and find your "superfans" 
- How to build strong relationships with investors before you start fundraising
- How to maintain momentum after initial meetings

About Lisa Wang:
Lisa Wang is a former US National Champion and Hall of Fame gymnast turned serial entrepreneur. She is the Founder of SheWorx, the leading global platform empowering 20,000+ women to build and scale successful companies through access to top mentors and investors. Lisa is a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2018 in Venture Capital and CIO Magazine's Top 20 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017 and 2018. She is a writer for Forbes focused on driving gender parity in entrepreneurship. Lisa is a motivational keynote speaker headlining conferences including Mobile World Congress, World Entrepreneur Forum, Chief Innovation Officer Summit, and more. She is the Executive Producer and host of the 5-Star Enoughness podcast. Lisa is a graduate of Yale University.

About Maren Thomas Bannon:
Maren is an engineer turned operator and entrepreneur who has been building tech businesses for the past 15 years. Previously, she was CEO and Cofounder of LittleLane. Her operating experience also includes leadership roles at a health tech startups as well as leading consumer marketing for a $1B product at Genentech. She is a contributor at Forbes, an Advisor at Pearachute and a Mentor at Stanford StartX. She has an MBA from Stanford and an Engineering degree from Dartmouth.
Join WeWork Labs Houston x NextSeed
on the launch of Houston's first Food Startup Program

As a partner to entrepreneurs all over the world, WeWork Labs empowers early-stage food startups to put their vision in motion through a tailored approach to mentorship, programming, community building, and innovation.
Join us on Thursday, December 12th, at 6:00 pm
To celebrate our upcoming opening with an exclusive evening of food, drinks, and thought-provoking discussion amongst a close-knit group of Houston's most esteemed industry leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

We will be joined by Masroor Fatany, owner of The Hala Guys Houston, Eric Chiang, owner of Perfect Fit Meals, Lisa Pounds, Co-Founder & CEO of Green Plate Foods, Purav Patel, Founder & Investor of Bagel Dots/Village Liquor/Buena Vista Angels, and the WeWork Labs & NextSeed team.
Food and beverage to be served complimentary.
Enjoy samples at their Pop-Up Market. 
The HCC Entrepreneurship Club is created to assist students enrolled at HCC to provide a conduit by which students can access relevant entrepreneurial resources, network with prominent community entrepreneurs, and share ideas. 

Students will engage in discussion with other student clubs of similar interests, and collaborate and brainstorm together, as well as get feedback on business workshops, speaking engagements, seminars, competitions/hackathons and other related activities. 

The Entrepreneurship club is dedicated to furthering understanding about new or small businesses, and learn the tactics, tips, and skills to become an entrepreneur, and/or learn an entrepreneurial mindset.

  • Open to any student who is currently enrolled at HCC.
  • Must be enrolled in (2) or more classes.

To register and to find out more details on how you can engage, please register below:
Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives
and Community Relations
Entrepreneur in Residence
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