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Open For Business

Small Business Success Series by HCC©

November - December 2021

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HCC Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives is thrilled to announce the Open for Business Program designed to empower and accelerate the growth of women owned businesses. This initiative is funded through the generosity of Wells Fargo Bank.

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The Small Business Success Series by HCC© is a 5-Module program that is specifically developed for proposed, startup and existing entrepreneurs who are actively pursuing launch and growth of a specific business concept.

Five modules, One Module Per Week

Two Sessions Per Module

Ten Required Virtual Sessions in All - on Zoom

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

  1. 11/02 & 11/04 - Vet the Venture - Are My Ideas Lucrative?
  2. 11/09 & 11/11 - Ignite the Entrepreneur in You!
  3. 11/16 & 11/18 - Financials for Small Business Launch & Growth
  4. 11/30 & 12/02 - Sales & Marketing Powered Up
  5. 12/07 & 12/09 - Minimizing Risk - Class Graduation also on 12/09!

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

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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!

Scroll down for more on session topics & facilitators. 

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

Schedule & Session Topics

One Module is offered Each Week in Two Afternoon Sessions

Tuesday 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm and Thursday 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm  

Session Topics - 10 Required Virtual Sessions in All - on Zoom

  • 11/02 & 11/04 - Vet the Venture - Are My Ideas Lucrative? -  Assists entrepreneurs in determining the financial viability of their business idea or growth plan. Covers competition, market need, price positioning, differentiators, revenue projections, start-up costs & more. 
  • 11/09 & 11/11 - Ignite the Entrepreneur in You! - Understand key traits of successful entrepreneurs; your leadership style & problem-solving skills to negotiate, sell & achieve goals. 
  • 11/16 & 11/18 - Financials for Small Business Launch & Growth - Prepare for the "why, how & what's next" in understanding your numbers: past, present & how to analyze & estimate numbers you & your funders need to know to propel you to sustained success.
  • 11/30 & 12/02 - Sales & Marketing Powered Up -  Insights & tactics to improve your organization's ongoing market research process, messaging, strategic planning, budget & spending, digital marketing, analytics & measurement and loyalty & brand advocacy.  
  • 12/07 & 12/09 - Minimizing Risk - Protect Your Assets, Your Business & Your Future! - Minimize risk considering: Liability and tax requirements in business organization; insurance; hiring employees & independent contractors; operational processes & contract negotiations. Cohort Graduation Ceremony also on 12/09, 4:30 pm-5:00 pm on 12/09 immediately following session! 

Added Bonus - Optional Office Hours - Wednesdays 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - on Zoom

Our program also offers optional weekly virtual office hours. This is designed for participants who would like to interact with the facilitators and ask questions in between sessions. 

Wednesdays 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - On Zoom: 11/03, 11/10, 11/17, 12/01 & 12/08.

When the schedule start date approaches, applicants who have been chosen for possible acceptance in the cohort will be contacted on the via the email address you provided in this application. Each applicant will then have two days to reconfirm their commitment to the schedule, before we confirm those that are accepted into the cohort.

Facilitators - We also have great facilitators! For pics, names and qualifications scroll down! 

Class Size is Limited 

Put some good thought into your 

application and submit a strong one! 

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

Save the Dates Now!

Apply Now

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

Featured Facilitators

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Modules: 1) Vet the Venture; 2) Ignite the Entrepreneur in You; 3) Financials for Small Business Launch & Growth; 4) Sales & Marketing Powered Up; & 5) Minimizing Risk.

Featured Facilitators:

  • Austin Tenette - Entrepreneur in Residence, HCC Northeast, Executive Leadership Coach, FocalPoint Coaching, Silver Fox Advisor.  
  • Ned Mueller - Entrepreneur in Residence, HCC Southeast, Owner, Mueller Consultants, LLC, Silver Fox Advisor, Retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Thea Goldin Smith - Faculty, HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Chief Possibilideas Guide for Level VII Resources.
  • Nanette Ray - Faculty, HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Owner TNR Accounting & Management Consulting, LLC, Serial Entrepreneur.
  • Leeanne Aguilar - Chief Executive Officer, Empire Creative Marketing.
  • David Regenbaum - Entrepreneur in Residence, HCC Northwest, Chairman of the Board, HCC Foundation, Former Owner, AMI Institute, LLC, "Retired" Entrepreneur.

HCC Thanks Sponsor

Wells Fargo Bank

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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! 

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