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Small Business News & Opportunities

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In this Issue: 


Open for Business - Small Business Success Series by HCC ©

  • Five Modules, One Module Per Week, Two Sessions Per Module, Ten Required Virtual Sessions
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Series starts November 2, 2021
  • This Small Business Success Series by HCC Will be offered at No Cost to Entrepreneurs - Thanks to our Sponsor WELLS FARGO BANK
  • Class Size is Limited - Apply Now!

Digital Marketing Clinic:

  • Make Sure Your Website & Social Media are Ready for the Holidays
  • Featured Presenter - Beth Guide, SEO411
  • Wednesday, October 27, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Success Stories by HCC Business Plan Competition Alumni:

  • Tennille Johnson - Scrubs To The Rescue, LLC
  • Danyelle Templeton - Hair of Nature
  • HCC Honorees - Houston Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Awards
  • Thanks again to our 2021 HCC Business Plan Competition Sponsors, Trainers, Judges and Advisors!
  • LiftFund - HCC Business Plan Competition - Sponsor Spotlight

Upcoming Virtual Events & Classes - HCC & Partners:

  • HCC - Creating a Successful Business Plan - Self-Paced Class
  • HCC - Open for Business - Academia Empresarial para Latinas
  • HCC WHI - Do-It-Yourself Branding for Small Business
  • HCC Corporate College - Skills for Small Business Program
  • Small Business Administration Events
  • SER JOBS - YouthBuild Houston
  • Harvey Economic Development Program - Small Business Grant Program

More News from the Glenda & David Regenbaum Center for Entrepreneurship - HCC Northwest:

  • Junior Achievement High School Program Kicked Off - HCC Hosted Ignite the Spark Event for High Schools City-Wide
  • Video Interview - Mattress Mack Inspires Teen Entrepreneurs
  • 5 High School Teams Win Pitch Challenge - HCC awards $500
  • Alief Early College High School Starts JA Training
  • Liftoff Houston Startup Competition Pitch Training by HCC
  • National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Annual Conference - HCC Presents on Multiple Topics
  • Dr. Zachary Hodges Golfs with Lenders in HAGGL Golf Tournament 
  • Update Snapshot - Another Record Year! - Our Success is Your Success!

Open For Business

Small Business Success Series by HCC©

November - December 2021

Application Period Open - Apply Now

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For More on:

Session Topics

Our Facilitators

Save the Dates Now!

Application Deadline: Monday, October 25, 2:00 pm CST

Apply Now

Applications will be reviewed to choose those accepted into this series.

Applicants will be contacted via the email submitted in the application.

Your completion of the Small Business Success Series by HCC© also fulfills the program/class pre-requisite for applying for the 2022 HCC Business Plan Competition in January!

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

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More About Wells Fargo Small Business Banking

Digital Marketing Clinic

Make Sure Your Website & Social Media are Ready for the Holidays

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To Register Now

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Alumni Success Stories

HCC Business Plan Competition

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Tennille Johnson

CEO and Founder

Scrubs To The Rescue, LLC


$4,000 - 3rd Place Winner

2021 HCC Business Plan Competition

Scrubs To The Rescue is on track be the premier provider for Uniform Program services locally in the Houston area and nationally. We offer a brick and mortar location, online sales and subscription services that deliver customer satisfaction, retention and referrals.

STTR is a 100% women-owned business registered as an LLC. We have over 10 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. We have been in operation since 2019.

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Watch Tennille Johnson's Interview on HCCTV - Up To The Minute with Host Todd Duplantis

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Danyelle Templeton


Hair Of Nature


$1,000 - Honorable Mention Winner

2021 HCC Business Plan Competition

Hair of Nature offers an innovative hair care system that rejuvenates hair growth, hydrates, and strengthen kinky curly hair. Our mission is to provide a no-fuss hair care system that increase follicles stimulation for restoring hair loss, paraben and sulfate free to prevent scalp irritation, and maintaining natural curl integrity.

Hair of Nature is currently a sole proprietorship operated by the creator Danyelle Templeton. The company generates 75% of revenue as a business to customer enterprise and 25% of revenue comes from our business to business enterprise with our wholesale program.

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Watch Danyelle Templeton's Interview on HCCTV - Up To The Minute with Host Todd Duplantis

Congratulations HCC Honorees - Houston Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Awards

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Congratulations to all the women celebrated on October 21, 2021 at the HBJ Women Who Mean Business Luncheon at the Marriott Marquis - Downtown Houston!

Special Spotlight on these HCC Women

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Outstanding Business Leader in Nonprofit Honoree:

Arneisha Sadler

Founder & CEO

Emeniss Call Center

Honorable Mention Winner

2020 HCC Business Plan Competition

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Outstanding Business Leader in Professional Services honoree:

Helen Callier


Bradlink and PermitUsNow

Alumni, 2016 HCC Business Plan Competition Recurring Competition Sponsor

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Outstanding Business Leader in Professional Services honoree:

Nannette Ray

President & CEO

TNR Accounting & Management Consulting

Facilitator, Small Business Success Series by HCC

Thank You Again to our

2021 HCC Business Plan Competition Sponsors

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More About Each Competition Sponsor

LiftFund - HCC Business Plan Competition

Sponsor Spotlight

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Supporting Diverse Entrepreneurs

Building Successful Businesses

LiftFund supports thousands of small businesses through microloans, small business loans, and resources with dignity and respect.


LiftFund supports hard-working small business owners like you access money and resources you need to grow your business. We believe you deserve a path to success and we’re here to close the small business finance gap thousands of small businesses face daily. We provide loans and resources to budding and established business owners. Our clients are diverse, minority owned, women owned, veteran owned, and come from all walks of life. We provide loan solutions that include SBA micro-loans, SBA 504 Loans and the SBA Community Advantage.


Services In Houston - LiftFund provides small business loans for women & minority entrepreneurs and startups in Houston, Texas:

·        Small business loans in Houston, TX up to $500,000

·        Startup loans up to $50,000

·        SBA &a Community Advantage & 504 loans

·        Business & financial training


HCC deeply thanks LiftFund for your recurring sponsorship of the annual HCC Business Plan Competition and for your team’s support in offering one-on-one advising and training in our competition and as panelists in our training events throughout the year. Special thanks to Michi Clay, Richard Gianni, Jennifer Dale-Flores, Linda Toyota, Anthony Lopez and Francisco Gonzales for your support throughout the years! Your ongoing collaboration and partnership with our Glenda & David Regenbaum Center for Entrepreneurship is truly making a difference in our combined impact and to our ever growing base of HCC alumni entrepreneurs, who are in turn making a difference throughout Houston!

Upcoming Virtual Events & Classes

HCC & Partners

Creating a Successful Business Plan Class

6 Weeks Access - 24 Course Hours

Online - Choose Instructor Led or Self-Paced Class

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Turn your business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. Committing your idea to paper in the form of a business plan not only increases your chances of obtaining financing, but also in keeping your business strategically focused. You will work through all the major components of writing a business plan and emerge with your first draft in hand. And most importantly, you will have completed the first-and most difficult-step on the path to small business success.

This class also fulfills the program pre-requisite for applying for the Spring 2022 HCC Business Plan Competition in January. If the Small Business Success Series by HCC© program above does not meet your schedule, this class can be taken instead. Note: The Self-Paced Class below is the most flexible of all. Start anytime, finish quickly for over three months.


Instructor Led Class - 6 Weeks Access - Class Starts November 17


Self-Paced Class - 3 Months Access - Start Anytime.


Register Now

Academia Empresarial para Latinas

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Do-It-Yourself Branding

for Small Business

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This November, Houston Community College’s West Houston Institute will offer a free course, “Do-It-Yourself Branding for Small Business,” to business owners in the Greater Houston Area.

This hands-on course teaches owners how to work with images, text, colors, and layout to define their brand and promote their business through print and online marketing. Sessions will be taught twice weekly over three weeks starting November 8th!

This offering is part of HCC’s Crisis to Opportunity (C2O) Consortium supporting business recovery in response to the current pandemic and resilience for future challenges.

Please share with your networks!

Here is a direct link to learn more and register:



Small Business Administration - Events


OSHA 10-Hour Construction Class

Wednesday, October 27-Thursday, October 28 | 8:30am CDT | REGISTER

Classes cover OSHA standards and requirements as they apply to construction industry, and safety awareness to help in recognizing and reducing the risks of job site hazards. Participants who successfully complete all of the two-day in person or three-day online course will receive an OSHA 10-Hour Construction class completion card (typically within six to eight weeks).

Small Business Export Workshop

(Houston/South Florida District Office Joint Event)

Wednesday, October 27 | 10:00am CDT | REGISTER

Want to start exporting your products or services globally? Join the SBA Houston and South Florida District Offices to hear from export experts about various related export topics. SBA has made it a priority to help small business exporters with several export loans specifically designed to expand into export activities.

COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loans

and Grants for Houston Small Businesses

(in collaboration with City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity)

Monday, November 1 | 11:00am CDT | REGISTER

In the webinar, learn from subject matter experts from your local SBA Houston District Office as we explain the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL), the Targeted EIDL Advance and Supplemental Targeted Advance Programs. These COVID Relief Programs are focused on helping hard-hit small businesses and non-profits—especially those in low-income communities.

Program Ends December 31, 2021.

NVSBW Boots to Business Reboot

Wednesday, November 10 | 8:00am-4:00pm CDT | REGISTER

B2BR is a one-day entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), Veterans of all eras, and spouses are eligible to participate at no cost.


More SBA Events

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More News From

Junior Achievement High School Program Kicked Off

HCC Hosted Ignite the Spark Event for High Schools City-Wide

Mattress Mack Video Interview Inspires Teen Entrepreneurs

Click, Watch & Listen to Mack - Smile, Get Inspired, Motivated and Rededicated to Your Entrepreneurial Dreams & Goals.

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Jim McIngvale was the keynote speaker at Junior Achievement's (JA) HCC hosted "Ignite the Spark" Event on Saturday September 25, 2021.

Tania Daniel, Sr. Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives, Jr. Achievement of Southeast Texas, opened the event and introduced JA sponsors including HCC, Worley, Veritex, Microsoft, & LyondellBasell.

Dr. Maya Durnovo, Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, HCC District, welcomed the crowd, which includes 40-50 JA high school teams participating this year from around the greater Houston area.

Next up, was Jim McIngvale, interviewed by Sandra Louvier, Director of the Glenda & David Regenbaum Center for Entrepreneurship.

Click Here to Watch Video

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Jim wowed everyone in the event, with his well known upbeat, fast-paced energetic style, backed up with years of success and giving back to Houstonians.

Just a few quotes from Jim in the interview:

"Work is life's greatest therapy, Once you find a job you love to do, you'll never have to work a day in your life"....

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

"Going from Victim to Victor"......

"If it is to be, it is up to me/we"....

"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....

Jim Recommends a Book..."Key fabric in life is the relationships you have"...

Need a Boost Today? Click Here for Jim McIngvale's Advice & Inspiration

HCC Awards $500 in Prize Money to Five High School Teams

Microsoft Innovation Pitch Challenge Winners 


The Glenda & David Regenbaum Center for Entrepreneurship – HCC Northwest awarded $500 in prize money to five high school teams who pitched and won the Microsoft Innovation Pitch Challenge at our JA Ignite the Spark Day Event. Congratulations Winners!

·        First Place - Episcopal High School 

·        Second Place - Elkins High School

·        Third Place – Three way tie: Dulles High School, Harmony School of Innovation Sugarland and Katy High School 

The JA high school teams continue to pitch and compete to improve and win funding throughout the Fall at more pitch competitions delivered by HCC, The Ion and Rice University. Best wishes to all high school teams!  

Alief Early College High School (AECHS) Class Starts Junior Achievement Training to Plan, Pitch, Launch and Sell

HCC Business Plan Competition Alumni Teach JA Lessons & Mentor

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Thanks to Alief ISD Instructor Brian Stephenson who is moving his AECHS Entrepreneurship & Economic Development class through the Junior Achievement program again this Fall. We thank some special HCC Business Plan Competition Alumni volunteers and mentors for delivering the JA lessons.

Lead Mentor, Arneisha Sadler, Founder & CEO, Emeniss Call Center, began delivering the earlier lessons and she also volunteers her time coaching the teams for pitch events. Thanks also to Erik Calderon, Producer, FMLC Films, and Dr. Juan Crawford, Broker, Owner, Leak Properties for delivering more lessons, as the teams plan their businesses and prepare to launch. 

Best wishes to these freshmen and sophomore high school students as they plan, launch and sell! 

Liftoff Houston Startup Competition Pitch Training by HCC

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HCC Supports the City of Houston's Annual Liftoff Houston Startup Competition by delivering three Pitch Training Sessions to help prepare the entrepreneurs to pitch their plans within the competition and later to potential funders.  


David Regenbaum and Sandra Louvier presented along with competition alumni, Megan Eddings, Founder & CEO, Accel Lifestyle and Lyndsey Brantley, Founder & CEO, Camellia Alise, delivering interactive training sessions with Liftoff team support on September 20, 22 & 25.  


Participants learned how to develop a compelling pitch and had time to work up brief pitches. Several entrepreneurs did their pitches in the session to get feedback from their peers and from training facilitators. Plans were submitted in the Liftoff Startup Competition on October 8 and finalists pitch to judges to win prize money on November 6. Best wishes to all contestants! 

HCC Presented at the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Annual Conference October 3-6

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The annual NACCE conference was both onsite in Minneapolis and held digitally October 3 - 6. Houston Community College was featured in multiple segments throughout the week:


  • HCC’s Entrepreneurial Signature Programs – Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives
  • How to Develop Sustainable Entrepreneurial Programs with External Donations & Deliver! – HCC NW
  • IDEAS@HCC-Integrating Entrepreneurial Education into the Classroom Panel–HCC SW
  • Closing the Digital Divide for Micro-Entrepreneurs – HCC SE
  • How to Support Small Businesses by Developing Customized Training Programs Utilizing State Funding – HCC Corporate College
  • Appathon@HCC - Virtual Student Hackathon - Practical Guide – HCC SW

Congratulations to all the presenters!

Dr. Zachary Hodges Golfs with Lenders in HAGGL Golf Tournament Along with Some of our HCC Business Plan Competition Sponsors

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The Houston Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders

HAGGL Golf Tournament is a great way to play a round of golf with lenders from around Houston and to share some time and thanks with those that sponsor our Annual HCC Business Plan Competition.


Dr. Zachary Hodges, President HCC NW, played with his foursome and is pictured here with Harry Leach, Capital CDC, Regional Manager Houston. Harry is also 2021 President of HAGGL. HCC welcomes Capital CDC as a new sponsor of the 2022 HCC Business Plan Competition!  

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Wallis Bank had a foursome led by Nasr Khan and Gary Owens. HCC Thanks Wallis Bank for being a recurring sponsor of our competition for many years and for providing judges & advisors! 


Allegiance Bank was represented by Gary Henderson there with his foursome. Gary is Treasurer of HAGGL and Allegiance Bank is now a recurring sponsor of the HCC Business Plan Competition!


HCC also thanks HAGGL for their past sponsorship and ongoing support of our competition! 

Update Snapshot - Our Success is Your Success!

Glenda & David Regenbaum Center for Entrepreneurship

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We’ve just completed our first full academic year with our new name, thanks to Glenda and David Regenbaum and their generous $100,000 endowment of our Center at HCC Northwest. Thank you David for dedicating your time and experience to help us develop and grow our programs.  

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Thanks to Dr. Zachary Hodges, President, HCC Northwest for starting entrepreneurship at HCC and remaining one of our strongest leaders and ongoing champions! Thanks to the HCC Northwest Leadership Team and all staff and faculty supporting our offerings and spreading an entrepreneurial mindset to and through our community.  


Thanks to Dr. Maya Durnovo, Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, HCC, for being there from the start to launch our center and for supporting and growing entrepreneurship over the years throughout the HCC system. With 14 signature programs in all now, our national award for 2020 Entrepreneurial College of the Year from NACCE and our new Open for Business grant, we are looking forward to more great accomplishments together with all of our internal and external partners. 

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  • 2020-2021 Fiscal Year – It’s been a record breaking year, yet again for our Center with: three cohorts graduated from the Small Business Success Series by HCC© ; our 14th Annual HCC Business Plan Competition, and the roll out of the HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling in March, and yet again this August!  
  • Fall 2020 - 33 events with 1,163 in attendance.
  • Spring-Summer 2021 - 47 events with 4,134 in attendance. 
  • HCC Business Plan Competition – A series of 13 events from January through June – Awarded $26,000 in prize money to the top five teams, and in-kind prizes valued at $ 43,700 to 24 graduating teams.  
  • Small Business Success Series by HCC© - We graduated Cohorts 2, 3 & 4 and are currently delivering Cohorts 5 & 6. Applications being taken now for Cohort 7, which is also an inaugural offering in our new Open for Business grant program.
  • HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling© - Rolled out new 6-session series, delivered twice with total attendance of 1,209 in March and 1,178 in August. 
  • Total Attendance - Fiscal YE 2020-2021: 80 events 5,300. 
  • The above includes our three signature programs and other small business events, such as our Digital Marketing Clinics with Beth Guide.
  • Since 2016, our Glenda & David Regenbaum Center for Entrepreneurship has delivered entrepreneurial training events attracting 12,750 attendees in collaboration with 30 strategic partners.
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  • Star Staff - Special thanks to Sabiha Dholkawala and Flora Renteria who joined our team last year during the pandemic and hit the ground running! You are entrepreneurial, open-minded and have an outstanding ability to pivot, develop and implement solutions and come to work ready to have fun, deliver results and shine!
  • Star Facilitators, Entrepreneurs in Residence and Volunteer Advisors & Alumni: Special Thanks to: David Regenbaum, Austin Tenette, Ned Mueller, Kimberly Penn, Dr. Kimberly Burroughs, Thea Goldin Smith, Nanette Ray, Rebecca Schultz, Ashely Small, Leeanne Aguilar, Beth Guide and all the volunteer advisors, alumni and panelists who support our programs and give invaluable advising and training to our proposed, startup and existing entrepreneurs!  
  • Special Thanks to our Sponsors and Partners: We have more than 30 in all and you’ll see them mentioned throughout the year in our newsletters. Special thanks to our recurring sponsors Wells Fargo Bank, Wallis Bank, LiftFund, Allegiance Bank, Tehrani and Associates, LLC, our Business Plan Competition Alumni Circle Sponsors and our internal and external entrepreneurial eco-system partners such as the SBA Houston District, SCORE Houston, City of Houston-Mayor’s Office of Business Opportunity, local management districts and chambers and so many others…. Our success is your success!
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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.

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

NACCE Award 2

Houston Community College 

2020 Entrepreneurial College of the Year

October. 6, 2020: 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!

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