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HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling©

Evening Series Onsite At Gallery Furniture


Offering More Customer Service Training

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Houston Community College (HCC) is collaborating with WorkTexas to offer an expanded onsite program. WorkTexas offers Customer Service Training. HCC offers six three-hour onsite sessions based on the Mattress Mack philosophy of sales practices in collaboration with Jim McIngvale.


Evenings, Monday - Thursday 8/8 - 9/27 at Gallery Furniture 6006 North Frwy:


  • 16 hours - Boot Camp - WorkTexas
  • M, Tu, W, Th, August 8, 9, 10 & 11, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • 54 hours - Customer Service Training - Work Texas
  •  M, W, Th 8/15 - 9/26, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • 18 hours - HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling© - Houston Community College
  • Tuesdays 8/23, 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 5:00pm - 8:00pm


The Expanded Program can also include the opportunity for a paid apprenticeship at Gallery Furniture or another employer during this time frame. This program is designed to empower individuals seeking a better job and/or career by improving their skills in these areas. Expanded Program applicants will be given highest priority. We will also allocate a limited number of seats to proposed and start up entrepreneur applicants wanting to attend just the HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling© dates.

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More about the HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling©

Session Presenters:

  • Kimberly Burroughs, Ph.D
  • Austin Tenette, MBA

Session Topics:

  1. The Art of Listening,
  2. Persistence,
  3. The Ability to Say No,
  4. Caring Customer Service,
  5. Building a Book of Business
  6. What You Learn After You Know It All.

For more about the expanded program, Click here

We encourage early applications!

For applicants interested in the

Expanded Program AND the Paid Apprenticeship, apply by July 21.

All other applicants apply by July 29.

To Apply Now at No Cost

For questions call 713-718-6650 or email c4e@hccs.edu

Thanks to Our Sponsor!

Thanks to the generosity of

our sponsor Gallery Furniture,

this program is offered at

NO COST to accepted applicants

who complete the program!


Refundable Deposit Upon Graduation - A note from the WorkTexas Training Center at Gallery Furniture - This program is free to all Graduates. However, all chosen applicants selected for participation in the class will be required to submit a $100 deposit before the class starts, which will be returned in full to the participant if/when the participant fulfills all program requirements.

Event Partners:

Jim McIngvale's Partnership with

Houston Community College

HCC honored Jim McIngvale on May 14

Click to hear from Jim and HCC about our

outstanding programs and partnership

Hear from Mattress Mack himself, his son, our partners from WorkTexas and others who are a part of this collective effort to empower Houstonians seeking better jobs and more fulfilling careers. 

Mack's programs empower people to love their work and find work they love. As Mack puts it, "Work is life’s greatest therapy, work gives meaning to our life, we are all responsible for our destiny."

Just a few more quotes from Jim:

"If it is to be, it is up to me. That's called the great American virtue of self-reliance"....

"Get up, go to work and make something of your life!"......

"Chaos is huge opportunity".....

"Stay relevant and be active in your community"...

"We're all selling whether you are a teacher, lawyer, preacher, policeman....selling our ideas, learning to compromise and come up with solutions to problems."......

"Practice pitching your ideas"....

The HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling© sessions are based on the Mattress Mack philosophy of sales practices. Jim McIngvale's philosophy for career success and community empowerment is modelled throughout the entire program. The energy onsite at Gallery Furniture in the WorkTexas training center is uplifting, motivating, and inspiring!

For more about the expanded program, Click here

Are you willing and ready to go for it? 

We encourage early applications!

For applicants interested in the

Expanded Program AND the Paid Apprenticeship, apply by July 21.

All other applicants apply by July 29.

To Apply Now at No Cost

For questions call 713-718-6650 or email c4e@hccs.edu

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About the Glenda & David Regenbaum Center for Entrepreneurship

HCC Northwest


OUR MISSION: To help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.

We do this by offering workshops, seminars, summits, classes and competitive training and advising, while also providing practical knowledge, resources and connections. We are also known for three Signature Programs: the Annual HCC Business Plan Competition, now in its 15th year; the Small Business Success Series by by HCC©; and the HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling©More About Us

Contact us at c4e@hccs.edu or 713-718-6650

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