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.
May 4, 2018
It's National Small Business Week and as a way to celebrate your hard work, we are quite excited to be launching a couple of initiatives to help you, students, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and business supporters, find the resources and network to help you grow!

If you haven't already, please check our Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives & Community Relations, Brenda Rios, and Ravi Brahmbhatt, Director of Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship, talk more about these initiatives.

Also make sure to check our website , and announced events below, to join us!
May 18, 2018
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Check-in: 10:00 am

What Business Owners Must Know When Starting or Expanding the Business
The three primary considerations are; (a) Choosing a legal business structure, (b) Understanding government rules and regulations, and, (c) Buying business insurance.
May 23, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

How Businesses Obtain Credit
The three primary considerations are; (a) Choosing a legal business structure, (b) Understanding government rules and regulations, and, (c) Buying business insurance.
En HCC Southeast, estamos orgullosos de proveerle mas servicios y programas en español, para nuestra comunidad hispana. Déjenos saber sus ideas, y sugerencias en eventos que necesiten para empezar o crecer su negocio. Estamos a su disposición. Nuestro personal también habla español! Pregunta por nuestra Directora, Brenda Rios.

Sabia usted? Esta es la semana "Nacional de la P equeñas Empresas," y reconociendo que la ciudad le puede proveer con mas información consolidado en un lugar, PeopleFund, Baker Ripley, HCC (entre otros socios) están presentando talleres en español este viernes, 4 de ma yo. Ve n y vis í tanos!

Para mas detalles y registració n gratis: 2018 Innovation Week
May 16, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Legal Lunchtime Forum
with Cokinos Young

Subcontract Contingent Payment Clauses (Also known as: "Pay if Paid")

2303 Fannin Street, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77002
Fall Session due to start September 12, 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.
With over 20 years as an established business, Kaffeine Coffee has provided with outstanding customer service along with great food! They are known in the community as the best spot for "Southern Hospitality with a Twist of Charm."

“Our business model was created by the same daily affirmation that has kept our business afloat: good deeds, good spirits, and good coffee are the key ingredients,” says Kaffeine Coffee Internet & Café owner Orgena Keener. “We’ve been told that our comfy, cozy décor reminds many of their grandmothers’ houses.”

Kaffeine Coffee was selected as one of Wells Fargo's Small Business Neighborhood Renovation Program Contest Finalists in 2017, to grow her online marketing presence, and increase her equipment for her business, allowing Kaffeine Coffee becoming a 24-hour coffee shop.

Would you like your business to be showcased in our monthly newsletter? Email your story to
I'm Certified, What's Next?
April 6, 2018
The City of Houston's Office of Business Opportunities held the "I'm Certified, What's Next" workshop at HCC to discuss with those business owners already certified, the various types of solicitations available on how to pursue and further your business. Overall city-wide goals, and an introduction of the Strategic Purchasing Division, as well as HCC Procurement vendor requirements were introduced.
Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable Future
April 14- 15, 2018

Mentoring was also a large component of this weekend affair, where HCC manufacturing staff and students mentored the teams prior to their pitching presentations on Sunday evening. The strong spark and interest from both our college-bound students and high schoolers has now officially launched a new HCC Manufacturing Club, to continue generating momentum on the mentoring and support for these innovative ideas, shaping them become a reality.

The top winners are:

1st Place:
SkyPrint- A cross-platform desktop application that saves paper by preventing unnecessary content from being printed. It has a user-friendly Graphics User Interface that uses browser automation to remove the unnecessary content.
By: Saran Chockan (10 th  Grade - Clements High) and Vibhor Kumar (9 th  Grade - Clements)

2 nd  Place:
Bike Energy - Device you can put on a bike to replace the brakes. It will regain the energy lost while braking.
By: Raymond Nguyen (Memorial High), Varun Dixit (Memorial High), Bill Rolph (Memorial High)

3 rd  Place:
Energized Exhaust - The Energized Exhaust stores C02 produced by cars to produce ground-breaking energy through a chemical reaction between the C02 and Lithium Nitride.

4 th  Place
Fields Award (Dedicated to Mr. Roland Fields):
Jolt – a battery that charges itself!
By: Manan Bhatia (James E. Taylor High), Ibrahim Elsharkawy (James E. Taylor High), Elyas Stephens (James E Taylor)

Watch the live stream of presentations and awards on our HCC YouTube channel .
Lemonade Day
April 25, 2018
Lemonade Day is a fun, experiential program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their very own business - a lemonade stand.

Each year, in participating cities, youth have the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship by setting up their business during their city's community-wide Lemonade Day. 

Our HCC Center for Entrepreneurship Southeast supported Mading Elementary School in Third Ward, to teach students from Pre-K to 5th grade the importance about managing money, how to make and sell lemonade, all while having fun!

The City of Houston will host Lemonade Day across the city, this Sunday May 6th. Support and help these young entrepreneurs in the making, by visiting their stands this weekend. Check here for available locations in your area.
HCC Weld-A-Thon 2018
May 19, 2018
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Check-in: 8:30 am
Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities. Welding also is used to join beams in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries.
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Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives
and Community Relations
Entrepreneur in Residence
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Manager, 713-718-5243
Kayonna Williams
Workstudy Staff
Carmen Negrete
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