2021 HCC Business Plan Competition
Announces Winners! 

Congratulations to our Winners

The 2021 HCC Business Plan Competition celebrated a 92 percent graduation rate on Thursday, June 10, after four months of training and advising, with twenty-four teams completing the competition. Seed money was awarded to the top five teams.    

  • 1st Place - $12,000 - McVicker Hospitality Group: John Wesley McVicker Jr. & Desiree Worrell; Advisors - Chuck Weiser & Jim Nordhaus - McVicker Hospitality Group is a Houston-based restaurant group focusing on providing quality vegan food and beverage products. It was consciously constructed to offer quality food choices with health in mind. We operate as a ghost kitchen model, only offering pick-up and delivery. We are working relentlessly to change the narrative about maintaining a happy, healthy lifestyle. Our vegan food and beverage restaurant concepts are in alignment with the nationwide health trends and demand for convenient quality foods as individuals seek to build and maintain healthy lifestyles.  Opened in January 2021, this startup business team sought the competition training and food & beverage advising to create a focused actionable plan to launch and implement three concepts Clean Vegg Kitchen, Vegg Tacos and Vegan to Pieces; with a fourth concept called Jack It Up coming soon.  Based in the Galleria area, McVicker Hospitality Group Concepts offer meals for curbside pickup or for delivery through Uber Eats, Door Dash and other similar platforms. The team will allocate half of their winnings towards marketing efforts and the remaining to payroll, operating reserve and inventory.
  • 2nd Place - $8,000 - Big Oak Tree Media: Juan Alanis; Team Members: Sandra Fernandez & Anjelica Cazares; Advisors: Leeanne Aguilar & Ahsen Khan - Big Oak Tree Media is a full-service integrated communications firm specializing in creative storytelling and multicultural marketing.  Through the competition training and advising, our  team is implementing our plan to launch a new Content Creation Division that produces original content for clients such as podcasts, live-streams, and other videos.  We will use our prize money to purchase additional equipment, expand our network of qualified audio/video editors, and invest in the lease of our new studio space in Houston's East End.
  • 3rd Place - $4,000 - Scrubs To The Rescue, LLC: Tennille Johnson, Team Member: Keosha Austin; Advisors: Wande Adedeji & Sheila Patterson - 
    Scrubs To The Rescue is on track to be the premier provider for Uniform Program services locally in the Houston area and nationally. We plan to shift the paradigm in the medical uniform industry one healthcare professional at a time. The competition helped us create a plan to grow from a traditional brick and mortar and online retailer.  Think of us like the "Door Dash" of Medical Uniforms, where we bring the product directly to individual customers and healthcare providers at the right time, offering a convenient customized experience through our innovative Uniform Program and Scrub Subscription Plan. Our prize money will be used for inventory and marketing.
  • Honorable Mention - $1,000 - True Vision Aerial Solutions: Yolanda Watson; Team Members: Therion Watson & Marcus Bulls; Advisors: Jim Field & Kimberly Penn - True Vision Aerial Solutions will be a Drone Service Provider (DSP) using both traditional photography and drones to capture aerial photographs and videos for listing agents seeking to increase their competitive edge in residential and commercial property sales.  The competition training and advising regarding the drone industry and financial management allowed this team to create an actionable plan with a scheduled opening date in Fall 2021.  Prize money will be used for training, website development and marketing. 
  • Honorable Mention - $1,000 - Hair of Nature: Danyelle Templeton; Advisors: April Jones & Austin Tenette  - At Hair of Nature we offer quality hair care products that rejuvenate hair growth, hydrate, and strengthen the unique needs of women of color. Our mission is to provide an innovative, no-fuss hair care system that addresses our customers' hair needs with follicle stimulation, restoring hair loss using natural and skin safe ingredients for adults and children.  The competition helped me create a written plan, further define and target my B2C and B2B customers, practice my pitching skills and make connections regarding production. The prize money will go towards inventory and marketing.  

HCC Thanks our 
2021 HCC Business Plan Competition (BPC)
Cash Prize Sponsors

2021 HCC Business Plan Competition
Graduating Teams & Advisors

Congratulations to our 
2021 HCC Business Plan Competition Graduates! 

The goal of the HCC Business Plan Competition is to empower all teams accepted into the competition training and mentorig and through the opportunity to build that into the refinement and polishing of written plans that are submitted in May.  

Twenty-four teams completed six competition training sessions, participated in one-on-one advising with their advisors, and met deadlines to submit written plans, presentation slides and one-minute videos in May!    

2021 HCC Business Plan Competition 
24 Graduating Teams
 and the Competition Delivery Team  

Graduating Teams & Their Advisors 
  • 6 Inch Heals - Kimberly Jones; Advisors: Herbert Kalman & Rich Hall
  • A Splice of Hair - Jeanette Wright; Advisors: Akilah Glaspie & Lalitha Raman
  • Achieving Knowledge Advocacy Center - Myrta Torres; Advisors: Dr. Ruth Ollison & Francisco Gonzalez 
  • Alexander Center for Autism - Netra Ford, Latasha Fontenot; Advisors: Princess Mokolo & Anthony Lopez  
  • Camp Shield - Maggie Peterson, Melissa Smith; Advisors: Karen Yeates & Gerald Merfish   
  • Centricity Training and Management Solutions - Patricia Francis; Advisors: Reda Hicks & Irsan Tisnabud
  • Christine Hinze - Christine Hinze; Advisors: Aaron Hines & Vinay Shah 
  • Daisies and Pancakes - Brandi Allen, Tominique Roots; Advisors: Dave Eisen & Steve Rosencranz          
  • Fancy Spring - Anna Wei; Adivsors: Bruce McMordie & William McMordie
  • Heaven on Earth LLC - Cashuna Anthony; Advisors: Chrisnatha Derosier & Juan Crawford          
  • Mammoth Murals LLC - Kendal Larson, Gretchen J Larson; Advisors: Kris Solie-Johnson & Nini Gutierrez 
  • Millennial Truck Driver Staffing - Carolyn Mitchell; Advisors: Shawn Lacagnina & Jorge Mora             
  • My Home Boutique - Ashley Nichols; Advisors: Sarah Kim & Landi Spearman  
  • Omni Language Professionals Network LLC - Esther Hernandez Gutierrez; Advisors: Kathleen Margolis & Alexis Rios                         
  • SOLAR SISTERS - Pursuit of Brilliance, LLC - Cshenal Jackson, Trenal Jackson, Mia Jackson, Maxine Lenford; Advisors: Christina Meade & John Harris
  • The US Space - LaGina Harris; Advisors: Leahjean Denley & Katherine Glasser
  • UpBrainery Technologies - Ghazal Qureshi, Vernee Hines, Shazia Viceer; Advisors: Alex Santander & Bin Feng
  • Velvet Rope Experience, LLC (DBA VRE Training Solutions) - Tiffany Hicks, Glynda Hicks, Jerlerick James, Taylor Hicks, Renatta Wallace; Advisors: Khalil Memon and Jim O'Sullivan
  • Xochi Sorbet - Brian Najera; Advisors: Ana Boa-Ventura & Dale Konicek
  • Thanks also to our Lead Advisors and Additional Advisors: With the onslought of Covid 19, we needed additional assistance and advisors when some advisors, particularly lenders, were immersed in COVID19 assistance to Houston entrepreneurs. Additonal thanks to: Kimberly Penn, Austin Tenette, Arturo Henriquez, Derek Gilboe, Michelle Chenault, Jim Cutler, Ray Lindsey, Orlando Saldano and Winston Labbe. 
The greatest prize has already been set in motion by all finalists and graduating teams with: the training, advising, group inspiration, galvanizing team work, lessons learned and milestones achieved.  The experience and connections can keep on giving as well. 
We celebrated all twenty-four teams and their advisors on June 10th.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, 
in-kind prizes were also awarded to all graduating teams! 

HCC Thanks our 
2021 HCC Business Plan Competition
In-Kind Prize Sponsors

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

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

March 25, 2021:  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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