Center for Entrepreneurship - West Houston   

Small Business  News 
& Upcoming Opportunities
In this issue:  

HCC Alief Hayes & Nearby
  More Featured Events: 
More Around the HCC District 
Recent News From The Center for Entrepreneurship West Houston:
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2020 HCC Business Plan Competition is Off to a Great Start!
    • Record Number of Applications!  
    • Outstanding 2020 BPC Advisor Cohort! 
    • 26 Top Teams Selected to Compete
    • 2020 Competition Sponsors On Board
    • Competition Group Training and One-on-One Advising is Underway
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Financial Workshops for Small Business Launch & Growth Offered at Multiple HCC Campuses Prepared Proposed, Startup and Existing Entrepreneurs for a Great 2020.  Missed one?  More Coming in April. Scroll down for more.

Junior Achievement Student Entrepreneurs from the Alief Early College High School Sold Their Products at the JA Trade Fair at Memorial City Mall.  Team 3D Wonders Sold Out!  Scroll down for full article.

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Join SCORE and HCC for 
Women's Entrepreneur Conference   

Check out our speakers and a bit more information about the WeThrive Conference this March 5th!

Discounted tickets ends tomorrow, so don't miss out!
For HCC students with current student ID's, please make sure to use  HCCS
 as part of your promo code.

Join HCC & Partner Exhibitors at HCC WHi Building

"Access to HCC" Procurement Expo

HCC Procurement Expo - Celebrating 5 Years 
Free Monthly 
Digital Marketing Clinic   
Wednesday, March 11,  6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
HCC Alief Hayes, Main Building, 3rd Floor, Room A319  

Focus on continuous improvement of your company's digital marketing effectiveness.  Choose one date or come every month. Workshops are scheduled for every second Wednesday. 

Remaining Spring Dates:  March 11, April 8 and May 13. 
Our Format:    Open Discussion - Ask questions of our expert relating to your business about various digital marketing topics, including but not limited to those listed below.  
Each clinic will focus on learning a bit more about one topic, but also allow for questions on the other topics.
Clinic Topics: Social Media, Web Design, Videos, Local Search Engine Optimization, Convertible Key Words - How to Make Sales, Analytics & Conversion Management. 
Clinic Expert & Facilitator:    Beth Guide President, SEO411
SEO 411 is a leading provide of Search Engine Optimization and Internet Marketing services,including organic results as well as social media and ppc options.


Create Your Own Website From Scratch 

Join HCC, SCORE, the SBA and Wells Fargo Bank 
at HCC Alief Hayes for the

Small Business Success Series by HCC

Five One-Day Workshops to Start & Grow Your Business

For more information, contact (713) 718-6650 or c4e@hccs.edu
More Featured Events 
Around Houston  
1st Annual Business Matchmaker - Houston

Export Academy

For more information, conatct (713) 718-8974 or MBDA@hccs.edu
Shark Tank - HCC IDEAS Pitch Competition

IDEAS Pitch Training Sessions at HCC will be live-streamed. 
Video recordings of each session will also be available after the session. 

Wednesday March 4 - Ideation Training 
Featuring Accenture's Innovation Director, Summer Reeves  

Thursday March 26 - Presentation Training
Featuring David Regenbaum, Chairman of the Board, HCC Foundation

Bold Ideas Pitch Competition

Recent News From the 
Center for Entrepreneurship -  West Houston

2020 HCC Business Plan Competition Update

We are off to a great Start! 
    • Record Number of Applications!  
    • Outstanding 2020 BPC Advisor Cohort  
    • 26 Top Teams Selected to Compete
    • 2020 Competition Sponsors On Board
    • Competition Group Training & One-on-One Advising is Underway

  • Competition Group Training is Underway -  All 26 teams had perfect attendance at Training Sessions 1 & 2 on February 25 and March 3. Next up, sessions 3 through 5 on March 24, April 7 and April 21.  Plans are Due May 6, Finalists Present to Judges May 21. Prize Money is Awarded May 28.  
  • One-on-One Advising is Also Underway Thanks to Over 55 Volunteer Advisors in the 2020 HCC Business Plan Competition Advisor Cohort - Each team in the competition has been paired with two advisors, so teams can vet their business assumptions one-on-one with their advisors in interactive exercises during the group training sessions and in between sessions.  
  • Thanks to our 2020 HCC Business Plan Competition Sponsors: LiftFund, Wallis Bank, HAGGL, Allegiance Bank, ProVideo Systems, Tracy & Ken Janda,  PermitUsNow and HD2Menus.    


 More 2020 HCC Business Plan Competition Updates in Upcoming Newsletters! 

 Financial Workshops for Small Business Launch & Growth 
Were Held Across the HCC District to 
Prepare Entrepreneurs for a Great 2020

This all-day interactive workshop is designed to prepare entrepreneurs for  the "why, how & what's next" in understanding their numbers numbers: past, present & how to analyze & estimate numbers needed by each entrepreneur & and their funders in order to propel the business to sustained success.  The workshops were a great way to work on their numbers and strategy to start and/or grow their businesses in 2020.   

On January 14 at HCC Southeast  - More Great Photos

Yet Again! - January 25 at HCC West Loop -   More Great Photos

On February 1 at HCC Alief Hayes.  More Great Photos 

  Many in attendance were applying for the 2020 HCC Business Plan Competition.  
The Workshop's Funding Panel was Excellent!   It was m oderated by Mark Winchester, Deputy Director, Houston District, Small Business Administration.  The panel closed out the day with lots of Q&A and one-on-one relationship building with the funding panelists: Francisco Gonzalez, LiftFund, Steve Peters, Amegy Bank, Sheila Cunningham, Wallis Bank and Rebecca Schultz, Synerlock.  

This financial workshop is stand alone excellent!  Missed it?  Financial Workshop for Small Business Launch & Growth - Thursday, 4/23:   For More & to Register

This workshop is also part of  the Small Business Success Series by HCC; a five day series of workshops offered on Thursdays this Spring at HCC Alief Hayes, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm,  3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/23 and 5/14.   For More & To Register for the Series .  Or you can register for each Workshop Individually.  

Trade Fair Showcases Junior Achievement 
High School Student Companies at Memorial City Mall

HCC is particularly proud of the two high school teams from the Alief Early College High School (AECHS) who are involved in Junior Achievement's city-wide year long program. Twenty-seven high schools are participating from September 2019 through May 2020.  The Center for Entrepreneurship - West Houston provided training and mentors to assist the students and teams as they planned their companies last Fall. Instructor, Brian Stephenson from the AECHS has also been providing invaluable guidance to our two high school teams. They began selling in February and all of the participating high schools were show-cased at the Trade Fair in Memorial City Mall on February 8.  


AECHS team P.A.C. (Protection and Customization) designs cell phone case covers and produces them at the Maker Space IDEAS Studio at HCC Alief Hayes.

HCC entrepreneurs intersected, when it just so happened that a past HCC Business Plan Competition winner, Raya Guruswamy, EnergyFundz, came by shopping with his children and stopped at our booth!    Team PAC landed pre-orders throughout the fair. 

Next came Team 3D Wonders.
They designed and produced wooden key rings strategically positioned to be affordable Valentines gifts. 3D Wonders also designed and produced their products in HCC's maker space on the HCC Alief Hayes campus in our West Houston Institute, in cooperation with IDEAS Studio Director, Jordan Carswell.  3D Wonders sold out! They attribute their success that day to their Valentines Day product positioning and to their inexpensive price point!  Congratulations to our Alief Early College High School and to all the JA high schools for a great day!    More Great Photos  
About the HCC Center for Entrepreneurship - West Houston

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.

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