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.
July 5, 2018
July 17, 2018
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Check-in: 10:00 am
Understanding SBA
Certification Programs
This workshop designed to help small businesses not only survive but thrive in the current economy. You will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a SCORE certified mentor and representatives from SBA and various government and private entities to discuss your unique situation and network with other small businesses who are facing similar challenges.
July 18, 2018
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Check-in: 8:30 am
Meet a FREE Business Mentor! Small Business/ Mentor Matchmaking event
Aspiring and current business owners will meet one-on-one with mentors and advisers from SCORE, CFO (Center for Entrepreneurship - Southeast), and the WBC (Women’s Business Center) in 20 minute sessions. Find out how these organizations can help with your business plan, financials, marketing, legal, or any other general business advice! This event provides the stepping stone to building a continuing relationship with a mentor and a pathway to more entrepreneurial training and resources.
July 25, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Website Development Workshop
You just started a business and now you need to build a website? 

Make sure you have the basics covered with our Website Development workshop on July 25th 2018 presented by Tammy A Kannal of
HCC Center for Entrepreneurship – Southeast
¿Cómo crear un plan para que tu negocio tenga éxito? ¿Cuál es la mejor forma de establecer la misión, objetivos y estrategias del negocio que quieres empezar?

Aprende a planear para el éxito y participa en el seminario “Crea el plan para tu negocio,” este 26 de julio de 4:30p.m. a 6:00 p.m. Nuestra presentadora del día es Sandra Fernández, estratega digital y fundadora de Big Oak Tree Media. Ella es reconocida como una de las personas con mayor influencia en el área de Houston, así que únete a nosotros. ¡El éxito de tu negocio esta en tus manos!

También asegúrate de venir a los próximos seminarios:

“Networking exitoso: La importancia de establecer buenos contactos”
30 de agosto (4:30- 6:30 pm)

"Blogueo para hacer crecer tu negocio"
27 de septiembre (4:30- 6:30 pm)
Application Deadline:
July 16th at 2:00 pm
The application for the Liftoff Houston Start-Up Business Plan Competition is now open!
Houstonians are encouraged to apply for more than $30,000 in cash and prizes during the 6 th  annual Liftoff Houston Start-Up Business Plan Competition, sponsored by Capital One Bank, and in partnership with the City of Houston's Office of Business Opportunity (OBO) and the Houston Public Library (HPL).
11811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX 77027
July 11 , 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

4th Annual Salute to
Minorities in Construction

The event will honor minority-owned construction firms and the advocates and organizations that support them. All proceeds support the vital work of MBDA in the Houston region.
2302 Fannin Street, 2nd Floor, Houston, TX 77002

July 17, 2018
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Surviving A Business Disruption

Let Houston MBDA Help You continue your recovery from Hurricane Harvey and prepare for the next business distrption

Lunch will be provided
2303 Fannin Street, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77002
July 31, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Attend and walk away with an understanding of:
  • Basic accounting needed for creating your financial statements
  • The three main financial statements all businesses use
  • How key ratio analysis (KPIs) can predict the state of your business
  • Top indicators to watch for business stability

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.
July 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
HCC Alief Hayes Campus
Did you know $2Bn – $2.5Bn is granted each year to support small business innovation? This SBIR workshop begins with some basics of the SBIR/STTR programs and then covers the process for developing a competitive proposal, and ends with an awardee panel discussion. The workshop is suitable for newcomers to the SBIR/STTR programs, as well as those who have previously submitted proposals but have not received awards.
Workshop Houston
Workshop Houston was built on the belief that learning is more than just what happens in a classroom. Founded by four Oberlin College graduates in 2003 as a community bike repair shop in Second Ward, Workshop Houston has grown into a well-established youth development agency and important neighborhood resource.

Using a hands-on, arts-based educational philosophy to respond to the needs of our community, they have served thousands of youth through after school and summer programs that help students to build technical skills, develop a meaningful creative practice, and gain academic confidence.
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HCC Corrosion Technology Forum Day
"Corrosion: Sleepless Worldwide Impacts"
June 28, 2018
The Material Sciences Center of Excellence and the Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives hosted the HCC Corrosion Technology Forum Day on June 28, to highlight the opportunities for students and entrepreneurs in this field.

We thank our speakers for presenting the importance of corrosion and nano-technology, and the business services that surrounds this industry. Amongst our speakers for this Forum: Jane Brown, CEO of Brown Corrosion Services, Thomas Stenbeck, Director of TRC Solutions, Mahesh Patel, CEO of ShayoNano. We also thank Professor Jerry Ratliff, Program Coordinator for Corrosion Technology, and Professors Dr. Sujit Mondal and Dr. Reni Abraham.

If you missed this event, and would like to learn more, please visit our livestream link here.
Starting and Running Your Own Business
June 9, 2018
Our second seminar of the year, SCORE provided the "Starting and Running Your Own Business" seminar this summer, to provide prospective entrepreneurs this powerful program that's packed with information, tips and techniques needed to start a new business as well as improve an ongoing enterprise.

The seminar included men and women professionals, each with over 20 years of business experience, and who have created this seminar to thousands of potential and existing business owners. Topics include: Personal Factors & Management, Business Opportunities, Marketing, Organization/Regulation/ Insurance, Cash Requirements & Sources of Funding, Cash Management & Record-keeping, and Business Plans.

Stay tuned for more of these seminars this Fall and Spring 2018-2019.

Youth Pitch Competition
June 16, 2018
HCC Center for Entrepreneurship- Southeast, in partnership with Solel International hosted the first Youth Pitch competition, where 15 young entrepreneurs from Cuney Homes 3rd Ward, took center stage in pitching to a panel of judges from Morgan Stanley, HCC and Crow's Eye Studios.

Amongst our guest speakers, Ms. Shareca Vallaire shared her family's inspirational story; Brice Everhart her 11-year old son started Vallaire's for Men, after witnessing his sister Brooke's haute couture fashion design business when she was barely 14 years old. Brice Everhart has been spotlighted by Small Business Today Magazine, and recognized by Mayor Sylvester.

The first workshop started with so much excitement where participants learned how to develop their pitch ideas with Professor Ravi Brahmbhatt, Director of Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The workshop was followed by Mr. Aaron Mosley, who presented the importance of marketing when developing a business at a young age. Professor Paralee Shivers from HCC's Business Center of Excellence brought a refreshing boost of energy and taught the children the skills that sharpened their pitch for their individual presentations.

After the judges reviewed and scored all presentations, the top 3 winners were selected. First place winner was Muhammed Nelson, 12- year old social entrepreneur and Founder of Yung Blak Warrior who wore his product which was an inspirational t-shirt. He explained to the judges that the money he receives from his t-shirts he gives to help the homeless. The second place winner is Mahlah Freeman and third place winner is Destiny Daniels and Blake Afuye. All of the participants received certificates and other prizes during the event. The event was a great success and will become an annual event at the Southeast campus.

We thank our sponsors: Kroger's, Chick-Fil-A, Papa John's Pizza, and Alonti Catering Kitchen for their support and ongoing contribution.
5 Things You Need to Know
Still interviewing for that dream job or maybe just the job to pay the bills? 
Have you had no luck in your interview process lately? 

Join the 5 things you need to know FREE webinar and come out and learn the process. You’ll leave more confident and ready to dust yourself off and try again!
Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives
and Community Relations
Entrepreneur in Residence
Reception Assistant

Manager, 713-718-5243