Small Business Happenings
Special Features in this Issue:  
  • Special Seminar 7/12 - Federal Grants for Small Business Owners to Fund your Innovations -  $2 Billion to $2.5 Billion Awarded Annually! 
  • Twenty-One Teams Complete the 2018 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition & Receive In-Kind Prizes
  • Record Breaking Prizes Were Awarded in the 2018 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition Thanks to our Sponsors
Upcoming Around HCC: 

-Fourth Annual Salute to Minorities in Construction - HCC MBDA - 7/11
-Small Business Tax Workshop - HCC Missouri City - 7/11
-#BOSSUP Workshop - Entrepreneurial Mindset - HCC Missouri City - 7/12
-Liftoff Houston Start-Up Business Plan Competition - Application Deadline 7/16
-Understanding SBA Certification Programs  - HCC Southeast - 7/17
-Surviving a Business Disruption - HCC MBDA Business Center - 7/17
-Small Business Mentor Matchmaking - HCC Southeast - 7/18
-Online Class - Creating a Successful Business Plan - Class Starts 7/18 - Ends 8/24
-Starting & Running Your Own Business Seminar - HCC Spring Branch - 8/18
-Income Tax Myths & Facts for Small Business Owners -HCC Alief Hayes - 8/25
-Financial Workshop for Small Business Launch & Growth-HCC Alief Hayes- 8/28 

Scroll down for more on each!...including: 

-June Events Bring Funders, Marketers, Filmakers and Procurement Opportunities to Entrepreneurs at HCC NW

Federal Grants for Small Business Owners to Fund your Innovations!
HCC Alief Hayes - Room A319 
Thursday, July 12, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Did you know $2Bn - $2.5Bn is granted each year to support small business innovation? 

This SBIR workshop begins with some basics of the SBIR/STTR programs and then covers the process for developing a competitive proposal, and ends with an awardee panel discussion.  

The workshop is suitable for newcomers to the SBIR/STTR programs, as well as those who have previously submitted proposals but have not received awards.  
The SBIR program (Small Business Innovation Research) is a federal program administered by eleven U.S. federal agencies to provide early-stage Research and Development funding to small technology companies or individuals who will be developing a product and company. The STTR Program (Small Business Technology Transfer) is a similar program that supports small businesses teaming up with nonprofit research entities, such as a university. 

  • SBIR & STTR Program Overview 
  • Developing a Competitive Grant Proposal- How to succeed with the application process

Tim Jeffcoat, SBA Houston District Director   moderates a panel of small business owners who have applied for, won and implemented SBIR and/or STTR grants.  
Featured Speakers & Panelists 
Featured Speakers:  
  • Mark Winchester, Deputy District Director, Small Business Administration, Houston District
  • Debra Mansfield, Owner Debra Mansfield Business Services, Advance Coach SXSW Accelerator, Advisor, TMCx Accelerator
  • Tim Jeffcoat, Panel Moderator, Small Business Administration District Director, Houston District
Entrepreneur Panelists - SBIR/STTR Grant Recipients & Implementers: 
  • Michael Heffernan, PhD, PE- Fannin Innovation Studio
  • Dean Baker, Advanced Powder Solutions
  • Dr. Glauco Souza, Nano3D Biosciences
      Mark Winchester                  Debra Mansfield   
         Tim Jeffcoat                        Michael Heffernan
          Dean Baker                        Dr. Glauco Souza

Hear each entrepreneur panelist weigh in on challenges overcome and successes in leveraging these grants to develop new products and grow their businesses. 

Thanks to our partners and sponsors 

we offer this event for FREE to all attendees!  

Registration is REQUIRED  

 Reserve your seat now and note, 

Don't miss these exciting learning opportunities!


Sandra Louvier

Center for Entrepreneurship
Houston Community College - Northwest

Our awards ceremony and reception celebrated and congratulated the advisers and contestants for all teams who successfully moved through the rigorous competition milestones January through May submitting written plans together!  Cash prizes were awarded.  All completer teams also won in-kind prizes!

Accel Lifestyle - Megan Eddings
Advisors: Chris Gonzalez, Steve Rosencranz & Frank Monachelli
Accel Lifestyle the first ethical fitness apparel brand for people who sweat and want to smell fresh.
1st Place - $12,000

Accountural Services Inc. - Nancy Castillo, Cesar Vasquez Flores, Yahaira Roblero & Valeria Vasquez Flores
Advisors: David Swift & Janet Miertschin
Accountural Services Inc., offers accounting and business services with cultural adaptation for Hispanic SMEs.

Bennett Management Solutions, LLC - DeLeon Bennett, Tamara Bennett, Denean Bennett, Natasha Turner & Vikki McCullough
Advisors: Gary Ferguson & Shushanik Papanyan
Bennett Management Solutions is a professional services company specializing in program and project management.  

Bizitza - Guilermo Elizondo.   Advisors: Frank Carvelli & Dustin Sullivan.   Bizitza offers organically grown, locally produced Ready-To-Drink consumer products by coordinating a core production center with a distribution network of strategic business partners.

Chicks With Class - Margo Baines, Brooke Deleon, Renee Jordon, Christine Vo & Brittaney Gamble.   Advisors: Bill Herman & Monica Hill.
Chicks With Class™ is a social enterprise with a mission to increase and emphasize the importance of positive body image, self-esteem and confidence in children through the products and structured services that we have developed and successfully tested.

CN Vision Image Consulting LLC - Chelsea Nguyen, Ashley Vega, Seema Joshi & Brandon Munoz
Advisors: Vinay Shah, Ellen Elam & Harry Tallichet.   CN Vision Image Consulting LLC offers image consulting for blind and visually impaired people.

EnvironMENTAL Muse - Richard Klien
Advisors: Mark Sorrell & Michael Granger.
EvinronMENTAL Muse's mission is to create environmentally friendly spaces for students with neurological differences to grow.

e-Vision 1 Productions - Juan Islas
Advisors: Bill Stubbs & Susanne Mariga
e-Vision 1 Productions offers photos, video production and a graphic design studio specialized in businesses.

Hiketron - Aziz Hikem, Tara Hikem, Brandan Muller & Helen Pope
Advisors:  Sherry Barker, Jackie Smyre & John Hartman.   Hiketron Laundry Detergent Hub.
Honorable Mention:  $1,000

InTech - Trish Sparrow
Advisors: Kathleen Bowen & John Meredith
InTech offers marketing insurance products to women using a proprietary software application.

La Boheme-French Cafe & Pantry Shop - Arnaud Acaries, Wendy Acaries
Advisors: John Krebs, David Sakr & Payton Swope.   La Boheme is French Cafe & Pastry Shop offering classic handcrafted artisanal French pastries, innovating french traditional pastries while preserving the classic French cuisine for today's busy modern day generation.

MBCO Engineering - Bonnie Moss, Callie Bletsch, Brock Crenek, Tisha Lund & Onie Benavides.   Advisors: Jeff Wilkinson & Trey Storer.   MBCO Engineering's plan is to create a Construction Engineering & Inspection Business Line.
Third Place - $4,000

Proud Team Solutions, LLC - Ed Bubb, Charles Mbacha, Youletta McCoullough & Kamell Martin.   Advisors: Art Fallon & David Eyre
Proud Team Solutions, LLC is a commercial cleaning company.

Refined Communications,  LLC  - Marina Coryat, Marcia Menefield & Damien Johnson.   Advisors: Sophie Haci & Randy Pineda.   Refined Communications LLC is a Houston-based PR and Consulting firm that offers creative, strategic communications solutions for its clients primarily in the healthcare, environmental and non-profit arenas.

Smitten Box - Camille Guillory, Khaliah Guillory & Cristina. Jones.   Advisors: Todd Bermont & Kathleen Margolis.  Smitten Box offers a premium bridal beauty subscription box for business to business and business to consumers.

Soplix Inc. - Guillermo Barrera Jr. & Marco Morales.   Advisors: Matthew Dibona & Angel Hurtado.  Clinical Trials Management Software for Pharmaceutical Development.

Striker Box - Harper Jones & Michelle Jones
Advisors: Charles Fenner & Mayela Orrantia.   Striker Box® is a patented retail security device that greatly strengthens any standard external door against forced entries.
Second Place - $8,000

Subseapedia - Philip Collins.   Advisors: Brent Gruntbert & Sanat Nileshwar.   Subseapedia is a Wikipedia-like site for deepwater/subsea industry professionals.

Tea in Texas Media, LLC - Lee Garcia Brenda Pruess, Linda Hammon, Helia Forouzan & Elmer Diaz.   Advisors:  Robert Rutherford & David Short
Tea in Texas is an Emerging wholesale B2B manufacturer of specialty tea blends, crafted with purpose to keep the Texas conversation going.
Honorable Mention - $1,000

The Tiny Heights   - Jennifer Drew, Terence Drew & Chanel Melton.   Advisors: Terry Richer & Mike Handel
The Tiny Heights is a tiny house community that utilizes homes under 1,000 square feet to produce more home buyers.

Wellspring Houston  - Edward Pettitt
Advisors: Earl Lambert & Kevin Hodges.
Wellspring Houston is an affordable 40-bed boutique wellness hotel for visitors to the Texas Medical Center.

More News Stories About Our Completer Teams and Finalists in Upcoming Eblasts!
Where & When

Federal Grants for Small Business Owners to Fund your Innovations!
HCC Alief Hayes 
(Room A319 )
2811 Hayes R oad, 
  Houston, TX 77082
Thursday, July 12
Registration & Check-In 
8:30 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Register Now
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About the 
Center for Entrepreneurship
The mission of Houston Community College's Center for Entrepreneurship is to provide education and training for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Our mission fosters economic growth through business and community development.  



Sandra Louvier   

Also Upcoming Around HCC

July 12, 2018:  

July 17, 2018: 

Record Breaking Prizes Were Awarded in the 2018 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition Thanks to our Sponsors

Record breaking prizes  were announced at the 2108 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition Awards Ceremony on May 30. 

$26,000 seed money;
$30,000 i n-kind prizes;  and 
$78,000 in  discounted services  available to finalists and all completer teams for post competition support.  
Newspring competition mentoring and training from February through May, is also valued at $250,000.  
In all, the 2018 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition delivered seed money, and in-kind support and resources during and post competition valued at $384,000, shattering all past competition records!    

Thanks to our 2018 HCC Newspring
Business Plan Competition Leaders, Trainers and Mentors

HCC Newspring BPC

Houston Community College thanks all of our 2018 Newspring mentors for the priceless time and experience they bring to our contestants.  HCC also thanks Robert Westheimer, Jack Barry and Richard Tyler for their deep commitment and dedicated service to our small business community!  

Thanks to Competition Prize Money Sponsors!

Thanks to  
In-Kind Prize Sponsors!

Thanks to In-Kind Reception Sponsors!

Our Events in June Were Excellent!