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HCC Featured Opportunities 

HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling Onsite Evening Series - Application Deadline 7/22 and 07/29

  • FREE to all accepted applicants who graduate from the program thanks to the generosity of our Sponsor Jim McIngvale and Gallery Furniture.
  • Class Size is Limited - Apply to be Chosen
  • Held Onsite at Gallery Furniture
  • Application Deadlines:
  • For applicants interested in the Expanded Program AND the Paid Apprenticeship, apply by July 22
  • All other apply by July 29

Upcoming Virtual/Onsite Events and Classes - HCC & Partners

  • Minority Business Development Agency:
  • Virtual Subs & Sandwiches with Port Houston
  • Houston MBDA supports HCC’s Small Business Success Series in Spanish
  • Digital Marketing Clinic – Virtual Event on Zoom.
  • Business Shower – HCC Open for Business
  • Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs!
  • Free Event Sponsored by Wells Fargo
  • Friday, August 5, 2022 – 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Location: HCC Central Campus, 1300 Holman St, Learning Hub, Room 100
  • Small Business Administration Events
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HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling©

Evening Series Onsite At Gallery Furniture


Offering More Customer Service Training

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.

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 22.

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:

Upcoming Virtual/Onsite Events and Classes

HCC & Partners

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

Virtual Subs & Sandwiches

Register Now

Director Turner and the Houston MBDA supports HCC’s Small Business Success Series in Spanish. For more information and to register please visit https://hcc.idloom.events/academia-empresarial-para-latinos

Empezando en agosto y septiembre, en colaboración y patrocinado por University Of Houston Texas Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center,, ¡HCC ofrece la Academia Empresarial para Latinos!

Esta academia es perfecta para cualquier empresario o propietario de una pequeña empresa que necesita ayuda para iniciar su negocio o llegar al siguiente paso en el proceso.

Tendremos clases sobre herramientas estratégicas de gestión, modelo de negocios, ventas, finanzas, y mercadeo.

Academia para Latinos: Taller de éxito para pequeñas empresas

  • Módulo 1 - Evalúa tu empresa – Son mi ideas lucrativas?
  • Módulo 2 - Descubre al emprendedor que hay en ti!
  • Módulo 3 - Finanzas para el lanzamiento y crecimiento de pequeñas empresas
  • Modulo 4 - Ventas y Mercadeo
  • Modulo 5- Minimiza el riesgo – Proteja sus bienes, su negocio

La Academia Empresarial para Latinos será ofrecida completamente gratis - virtualmente en agosto 2022 y en persona durante septiembre 2022. 

Desplácese hacia abajo para obtener más información sobre las diferentes sesiones.

Academia para Latinos: Taller de éxito para pequeñas empresas

agosto 2022 - Programa Virtual 

Cada martes y jueves de Agosto tendremos una sesión virtual de 12:00pm-2:00pm! 

Horario de clases

  • martes 8/2 y jueves 8/4 -12:00pm. - 2pm - Modulo 1
  • martes 8/9 y jueves 8/11 - 12:00pm - 2pm - Modulo 2
  • martes 8/16 y jueves 8/18 - 12:00pm - 2pm - Modulo 3 
  • martes 8/23 y jueves 8/25 - 12:00pm - 2pm - Modulo 4 
  • martes 8/30 y jueves 9/1 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm - Modulo 5 

Como parte de las sesiones, habrá tiempo los miércoles para consultas con los presentadores de la serie. 

  • miercoles, 3 de agosto, 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
  • miercoles,10 de agosto, 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
  • miercoles,17 de agosto, 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
  • miercoles, 24 de agosto, 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
  • miercoles, 31 de agosto, 12:00pm - 1:00pm 

Registrese aquihttps://hcc.idloom.events/academia-empresarial-para-latinos

Para cualquier pregunta, por favor póngase en contacto con la directora del programa, Susie Molina, susie.molina@hccs.edu.

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Digital Marketing Clinic

Strong Website Strategies

for Effective Ecommerce

This Month's Special Topic: The how’s and whys of what should be done on your website to get the most out of selling your products and services.

Our Format: Open Discussion – Ask questions of our experts relating to your business about today's special topic or these other Clinic Topics: 

  • Social Media 
  • Web Design  
  • Videos  
  • Local Search Engine Optimization 
  • Convertible Key Words – How to Make Sales 
  • Analytics & Conversion Management

To Register Now

Join Beth Guide and Sandra Louvier with the Glenda & David Regenbaum Center for Entrepreneurship at Houston Community College Northwest and SCORE for our Monthly Digital Marketing Clinics; running now for over two years and building a loyal following of entrepreneurs seeking to continuously improve their digital marketing effectiveness.

Join us in a celebration of Women Entrepreneurship!

Friday, August 5th, 2022, 9am - 12pm

Location: HCC Central Campus

1300 Holman St, Learning Hub, Room 100

HCC Open for Business is hosting a business shower to honor and showcase women entrepreneurs that have gone through the program. This celebration is meant to highlight the achievements and successes of the women entrepreneurs in our Open for Business program! 

Come and join us in support of women entrepreneurs! We will have food, music, vendors (featuring Open for Business participants!), discussion panels, and an award ceremony! We invite you to come and network with fellow Open for Business participants.

As part of the festivities, we will feature special guest speakers (to be announced) and representatives from the different programs at HCC, such as Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and Houston MBDA Business Center.

This event is free and open to the community!

HCC Open for Business for Women Entrepreneurs

is sponsored by Wells Fargo. 

We hope to see you there!

For more information and to RSVP, please visit our website:


Small Business Administration


Boots to Business Reboot

Wednesday, July 20-Thursday, July 21 | 8:30am-12:30pm CDT

LOCATION: Lamar University SBDC - 5091 Rolfe Christopher

(CICE Building, Room 113 A-B) - Beaumont, TX 77705

The 2-Half Day course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Veterans of all eras, Active-Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), and spouses are eligible to participate. REGISTRATION STEPS: To gain access to this class, you must follow this TWO-STEP Process - 1. Register for this exact class through the https://sbavets.force.com/s/ portal. 2. Contact UTRGV VBOC at 956-665-8931 / vboc@utrgv.edu to confirm class registration.

Houston Programs to Help Your Business Grow

Thursday, July 28 | 11:00am CDT | REGISTER

Join us for this panel discussion to learn about the various business development programs throughout Houston that are available to small businesses. Panel will include representatives from: City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity Build Up Houston Program, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, Port Houston OpPORTunity U Program, and the University of Houston SURE℠ Program. This session will include Q&A.

Lender Matchmaking Event - Pitch Your Businesses

Wednesday, July 27, 8:30am to 12:00pm

Houston Community College - Northeast Campus

Register Now

More SBA Events

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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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Houston Community College Wins 2022 Bellwether Award for Entrepreneurial Initiatives

Houston Community College has won the 2022 Bellwether Award for its outstanding and innovative workforce development program: HCC’s Entrepreneurial Initiatives. The Bellwether Awards are widely regarded as one of the nation’s most competitive and prestigious recognitions for community colleges. Dr. Maya Durnovo, HCC’s chief entrepreneurial initiatives officer leads HCC’s mission of helping entrepreneurs start and grow businesses to bolster the local economy, create jobs and build Houston’s ecosystem by starting and growing small businesses, including minority-, veteran- and women-owned businesses. Dr. Durnovo said. “I am so fortunate to have a highly motivated and passionate team that strives for excellence in everything they do.”

Houston Community College Receives 2021 Diversity In Business Award from the Houston Business Journal!

Congratulations to all students, faculty, staff, entrepreneurs (aspiring & existing); and to all our community participants, supporters, volunteers, partners and sponsors who collaborate with us to make awards like this possible! Congratulations also to all of the other honorees and awardees! 

#WeAreHCC # HoustonStrong #HBJDiversity

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Houston Community College 

2020 Entrepreneurial College of the Year

The Houston Community College System was selected as the winner of the 2020 Entrepreneurial College of the Year award by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) at NACCE's annual conference, where entrepreneurial colleges from across the U.S. gather to share best practices. On behalf of all of our entrepreneurial programs and staff, we thank all of the entrepreneurs, partners, sponsors, volunteers, students, and HCC faculty and staff who have contributed to our efforts! Without your support and dedication to our programs, this wouldn't have been possible!