CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
SOUTHEAST
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.
September 5, 2018
SOUTHEAST- NEW EVENTS
September 7, 2018
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Workforce I, Building E, Room 316
Am I an Entrepreneur?
For all proposed, startup, and existing business owners who want to know what it takes to create and run a successful business. What are the key traits of successful entrepreneurs? This workshop is created for you to perform a self-analysis of your psychological preferences and help you to accommodate your entrepreneurial ambitions to propel you to sustainable success. 
September 8, 2018
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Pitching the Business (Session 1)
This session will consist of business pitch coaching. Attendance is mandatory for all contestants, and attendance will be taken and recorded.
Location: Workforce I, Building E, Room 316
September 11, 2018
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The workshop will also cover sources of equity and how to use equity as an alternative to borrowing funds
Financing your business is on eof the most important issues facing small businesses today.

Learn about various sources of funds in the marketplace, the best place to start, what the lenders look for when reviewing a funding application and they key ingredients for success when borrowing money.
Location: Workforce I, Building E, Room 316
September 13, 2018
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Pitching the Business (Session 2)
This session will consist of business pitch coaching. Attendance is mandatory for all contestants, and attendance will be taken and recorded.
Location: Workforce I, Building E, Room 316
September 15, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Check-in begins at 9:00 am
This class is intended for girls ages 7-17 and their parents.

Volunteers also needed! More details in the Community Events section below.
HOUSTON
ROBOT EXPO
Black Girls CODE is thrilled to bring to Houston an exciting workshop that's all about ROBOTS! Join us for a fun and captivating educational experience where girls will learn about robots and how they communicate in an engaging atmosphere. They will combine hands-on activities using Lego WeDo/NXT kits with live demonstrations from area robotics organizations where the girls will interact with sophisticated robots, and learn real-world/business applications and use for robotics.
Location: Workforce I, Building E, Room 317
September 15, 2018
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Pitching the Business (Session 3)
This session will consist of business pitch coaching. Attendance is mandatory for all contestants, and attendance will be taken and recorded.
Location: Workforce I, Building E, Room 316
September 15, 2018
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
HCC students get a discounted price!

Location : Learning HUB, Room 108
ATTENTION ALL
SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS!!

Learn how to develop a dream team, know when to grow your business, create success over survival and effective customer communication at this half day event you don't want to miss!

Session Topics Includes:
1. Developing A Dream Team  
2. Knowing When Its Time To Grow  
3. Success Over Survival
4. Effective Customer Communication  

SECCIÓN EN ESPAÑOL
Blogging para Negocios
27 de septiembre
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Hay muchos sitios en el internet que ofrecen sugerencias y trucos para vender tu negocio a través de un blog.

¿Qué blogs puedo tomar como ejemplo y de cuáles debo mantenerme alejado? ¿Cómo escribir un blog exitoso para vender un negocio? ¿Cómo saber si la estrategia que sigo es adecuada?

Aprende sobre esto y mucho más en nuestro seminario “Blogging para Negocios,” este 27 de septiembre de 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Presentador: Juan Alanis, estratega digital y Director de Relaciones Públicas de Big Oak Tree Media. Reconocido como uno de los blogueros en Houston con más influencia.

¡El mercadeo de tu negocio está en tus manos!  ¡No pierdas esta oportunidad!
COMMUNITY EVENTS
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
September 15, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Black Girls Code:
Robot Expo

Sign-up to volunteer for the Houston Chapter’s Robot Expo at Houston Community College.

Join us for a fun and captivating educational experience where girls 7-17 years will combine hands-on activities using Lego WeDo/NXT kits with live demonstrations from area robotics organizations where the girls will interact with sophisticated robots, and learn real-world/business applications and use for robotics.
GIVE TIME – GIVE BACK & HAVE A GREAT TIME!
Volunteer at the Food Bank
In partnership with the Houston Food Bank, HCC is helping to ensure that food is provided to children in need. Through the Backpack Buddy program, food sacks are distributed to students every Friday during the school year. Since December 2017, approximately 600 HCC volunteers have helped assemble over 65,400 food packs for K-12 students.

Sign up for a Saturday afternoon to give your time, give back and have a great time! Bring your family and friends!
Volunteer Opportunity Dates:
Saturday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  •  September 8, 2018
  •  September 22, 2018
  •  September 29, 2018
  •  October 20, 2018
  •  November 17, 2018
  •  December 15, 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018
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  www.hccs.edu/10ksb  or call (713) 718-8348 for more information.
StartHereNow 2018

Go from idea to prototype at the premiere women's startup weekend!
$10k first prize. 
$40k+ in prizes. 

September 29 & 30, 2018 
2327 Commerce Street, Houston TX

Use the discount code "City_of_Houston" for 20% off! 
Steps to Take Now to Get a Jump on Next Year's Taxes
The IRS is encouraging everyone to do a Paycheck Checkup to make sure your withholding is correct and to avoid owing at tax time. 
The link to  Steps to Take Now to Get a Jump on Next Year’s Taxes  is on the new Tax Reform webpage
EVENTS FROM CENTERS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
NORTHWEST & SOUTHWEST
Sharpen your Marketing Message
Location:
HCC Missouri City  
1600 Texas Parkway
Missouri City, TX 77489
September 12, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Whether you are starting a new business or expanding an existing one, developing a marketing plan is a must. This workshop will help you develop or sharpen your marketing message.

Topics you will learn:
  • Research Industry resources
  • Identify and profile target market
  • Understand your competitors, your strengths, weaknesses
  • Develop your Unique Value Proposition and Marketing Message
  • Prepare marketing materials to attract customers
  • Develop methods to measure results
Sales & Marketing Powered up for Small Business Launch and Growth
Location:
HCC Alief Hayes  
2811 Hayes Road, A319, 3rd Floor
Houston, TX 77082
September 20, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Featured Topics: 

  • The Basics of Traditional Marketing.
  • Sales Toolbox
  • Being Profitable, Memorable and Meaningful
  • Why Go Digital? Well, that’s where today’s consumer is! To authentically engage with any audience it is imperative that we dive into uncharted waters. You must seek out and maintain an online presence and connections that wouldn’t occur organically.
Real Estate Investment & Brokerage Seminar

Location:
HCC Spring Branch-Commons
1010 W. Sam Houston
Houston, TX 77043
September 28, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Are you considering pursuing real estate investment and/or real estate brokerage? Our featured presenter and guest speakers will cover some basics and they’ll weigh in with their experience on key real estate issues. You will also learn more about HCC pathways to pursue additional knowledge and resources designed to build your real estate investment and brokerage expertise.

Houston Community College’s Real Estate program provides students with the knowledge and specialized skills required for career opportunities in residential sales, commercial real estate, mortgage lending, appraisal, inspection, or property management.
BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
ECULENT: MODERN FARM TO TABLE EXPERIENCE
Have you heard of this innovative restaurant in Southeast Houston?

Before the food at Eculent ever makes it to your plate, it's tested in a lab. An actual, honest-to-goodness lab. Esteemed Executive Chef David Skinner and Sous Chef James Scheurich create gastronomic innovations for the diner's benefit. And the chefs aren't using just their hands and some measuring cups—they have centrifuges, rotary evaporators, liquid nitrogen systems, and plenty of other toys that sound like they'd be found in the lair of a comic-book villain. Their precise experiments have led to some remarkable innovations, from 5,000-flavor soup to edible soil, to strawberries that taste like meat.

During one nightly seating, guests have the chance to taste these innovative creations for themselves. Evenings begin with guests enjoying small bites and concoctions they make using personal chemistry sets. A tour of the food lab and then a first course that levitates on the table start the culinary journey. Next, servers explain the meal's proceedings as the lights dim. A series of 20 courses follows, with each one highlighting meticulously sourced ingredients from across the state and around the country. The choreographed experience doesn't stop at your taste buds, though: custom-created scents waft through the air, lights change to set the mood, local artwork dances in and out of the room, and music ripples throughout the space, creating a unique, multi-sensory dining experience.
Would you like your business to be showcased in our monthly newsletter? Email your story to brenda.rios@hccs.edu
STUDENT CORNER
Inventathon@HCC
September 22-23, 2018
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
HCC Stafford Workforce Building
13622 Stafford Road
Stafford, TX 77477
Come and Join Us for the First
InvestH20 Youth and Student Water Resiliency Hackathon!

The INVENTATHON@HCC is essentially a  hackathon , with a twist!

This is a two-day weekend gathering of high school, community college, four-year and graduate student teams organized to address specifically defined challenges for urban water-related resiliency. Using a fast-paced "hackathon” process and methodology, teams will be introduced to the overall issues of water management and resiliency by subject matter experts, choose a challenge to address, receive mentoring and feedback in generating technologies and integrated solutions, and present their “products and services” to a set of judges for awards and recognition during the InvestH2O 2018 Forum on September 26th, 2018.

InvestH2O 2018’s topic was chosen in response to the ongoing threat of storms and floods in one part of the state, drought and depleting sources of water in other parts of Texas. Too much water one day, not enough the next.

So at the INVENTATHON@HCC, you can do anything from coding an app, building a robot, or making something uniquely creative based on a given theme of Water Resiliency this Fall 2018!

Teams can consist of 2-5 members and you will have approximately 16 hours to create something amazing! and yes, you can do it by yourself, but it won’t be the same!

Hackathons, like the INVENTATHON@HCC are a one in a lifetime experience! You can learn something new, make something that the world has never seen before, and win some amazing cash prizes!
LOOKING BACK
Blogging for Your Business
August 8, 2018
On a second seminar presented, Tammy Kannal, from Tak-Ful.com 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 ( Fiverr.com 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.
BBVA Food & Finance Workshop Series:
Personal Credit
August 22, 2018
In this workshop, many students and individuals got the chance to learn about the variety of account types available for their needs and receive a primer on how to open a simple account. They also touched on the importance on how to manage your personal finances, grow your wealth, and safeguard your money.
THE CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP- SOUTHEAST TEAM
Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives
and Community Relations
713-718-2263
Entrepreneur in Residence
713-718-7079
Reception Assistant
713-718-2614






Manager, 713-718-5243