HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition Partners and Sponsors
Newspring is a faith-based non-profit dedicated to making positive social and economic impact in the Spring Branch area of Houston. Newspring Visual Arts programs support academic achievement and career opportunities for high school and college students from Spring Branch. Newspring’s Business Plan Competition supports social entrepreneurship and economic development in the Spring Branch area.
Newspring Business Plan Competition, co-sponsored with the Houston Community College (HCC), is an annual five-month business plan competition designed to nurture new and existing Spring Branch businesses. Newspring couples HCC’s training and resources with accomplished business leaders who serve as advisors on business planning, market strategies, operational improvement and customer connections. The top-five winners receive a cash award to invest into their enterprises. Since 2008, over 250 teams have competed for more than $230,000 in business plan competition prize money.
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PRIZE MONEY SPONSORS
For over twenty years LiftFund has provided millions of dollars in microloans and other small business loans to deserving entrepreneurs who are planning to start, stabilize or expand a business. LiftFund is a designated community development financial institution, or CDFI. CDFIs are working in neighborhoods across the United States to provide affordable, responsible credit, create and sustain jobs, and to stabilize communities. CDFIs finance community businesses, including small businesses, microenterprises, nonprofit organizations, commercial real estate, and affordable housing. We have the highest rating (four stars) awarded by Charity Navigator, an online charity evaluation database, and we are a member of the Opportunity Finance Network and Association for Enterprise Opportunity. In addition, LiftFund is a regionally recognized U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 CDC (Community Development Corporation) and is a designated 7A Community Advantage lender with the SBA.
Wallis State Bank is a full service community bank with the ability to serve the smallest rural customers to the largest international customers while still maintaining the highest level of personal service.
Amegy Bank has more than $14 billion in assets, and more than 80 banking centers in the greater Houston, Dallas and San Antonio metropolitan areas. Small business is big business at Amegy Bank. Amegy offers sophisticated business banking products, services and advanced technology that save time and money for small businesses. That means you can concentrate on what you care about most – your business. Amegy has the capability to make decisions locally so you can take advantage of opportunities and solve problems quickly and decisively.
Legacy Rags – Khurum Choudry
2011 HCC Newspring BPC, 3rd Place Winner – “ Legacy Rags is a textile recycling company. We buy clothes from charities in bulk and ship to other countries in Africa and South America. For instance, we buy 40,000 pounds of bulk clothing; sort it into categories in our warehouse and ship according to desired specifications (categories of clothing) to countries like Angola, Kinshasa, Daressalaam, Honduras and Bolivia. I never would have dreamed back in 2011 when we entered the competition that I would be running a multi-million dollar business by 2013 and approaching the $10 million dollar mark in 2017! The competition mentors and trainers changed our lives forever!”
MetroNational is a privately-held real estate investment, development, and management company headquartered in Houston, Texas. Each MetroNational property – spanning office, retail, healthcare, restaurant and hospitality, and land development- fully integrates MetroNational’s best-of-class services, providing the highest quality and enduring value. The company, which was founded in 1954, owns and manages more than 8.5 million square feet of commercial real estate properties primarily located in greater Houston. MetroNational’s largest development is Memorial City located in west Houston.
Constant Contact helps small businesses do more business. We have been revolutionizing the success formula for small businesses, nonprofits, and associations since 1998, and today work with more than 600,000 customers worldwide. Constant Contact is headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts in the USA and has an office in London. The company offers the only all-in-one online marketing platform that helps small businesses drive repeat business and find new customers. It features multi-channel marketing campaigns (newsletters/announcements, offers/promotions, online listings, events/registration, and feedback) combined with shared content, contacts, and reporting; free award-winning coaching and product support; and integrations with critical business tools – all from a single login. The company’s extensive network of educators, consultants/resellers, technology providers, franchises, and national associations offer further support to help small organizations succeed and grow.
BPC ALUMNI CIRCLE – $1,000 CONTRIBUTORS
2013 BPC Contestant: Connie Rankin, a lifelong learner, credits HCC in helping her become an entrepreneur, philanthropist and author. From the 1980s through now, Connie has come to HCC for numerous HCC real estate courses, the HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, the HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition, the SBA’s InnovateHER Competition and HCC writing courses. This all became a springboard for pursuing and accomplishing her dreams. With the help of HCC and others, Connie has launched and grown her award winning company Customized Real Estate Services. She has also established Bridge Literacy Now, a non-profit entity dedicated to helping poverty stricken women attain their GED and improving children’s reading skills by 4th grade. She has also authored God Gave Us Wings, which was released April 2017. Full Article
2015 BPC, 3rd Place Winner – Hussain Ali is the founder of HD2Menus.com, an all-in-one digital menu solution. He started the company after having worked in a broad-based digital signage company to get practical experience and then go out on his own. “I was a totally different business man with a deeper understanding of how we were going to launch our business thanks to the competition training and mentoring. Since the 2015 competition, our company has created four new jobs and we exceeded our projections of $500,000 in sales for 2016.”
2016 BPC Contestant – Helen Callier has been selected to participate in several small business training programs at Houston Community College, including the HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and the HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition. She used our BPC competition experience to create and refine a plan to launch and grow PermitUsNow.com. “Since we launched, we have landed HEB as a client. To date, we have permitted about a dozen stores in Houston and surrounding areas, with a task order for 17 more stores beginning January 2017; and we received a task order for 25 to 30 HEB stores in Austin and surrounding areas. We are simply thrilled! It is our goal to build our permit expediting team to 5 and we have different angles to make this occur by mid-2017 based on rising demand.” More on Helen
IN-KIND PRIZE SPONSORS
Houston West Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic and active networking organization dedicated to building economic prosperity for the rapidly growing West Houston business community. The Chamber enhances and leverages the talents and resources of its members to improve economic opportunities for all. The Chamber is an advocate for its broad and diverse member businesses, creating a climate of growth and success that benefits all. The Chamber provides unique opportunities for individuals and businesses to make a difference by connecting them to important community issues. The Chamber helps build stronger communities by staying focused and involved in the top business, civic, and social priorities.
Presentation Power’s unique curriculum teaches you how to master the human elements that drive business outcomes. Your organization will see an increase in productivity, profitability, and customer loyalty and will be led by a clear vision that permeates the company.
Small Business Today Magazine is a monthly publication for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners with 3000 hard copies distributed through all area 300 Chase Banks, 51 Bank of Americas, 7 Members Choice Credit Unions, 14 SBDC (Small Business Development Center) locations, Houston Minority Suppliers Development Council and the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance. In addition there are currently over 92,000 on-line subscribers. Small Business Today Magazine Talk Show broadcast each Monday, Wednesday & Friday (at 4pm) on the SBT Magazine Radio Network.
IN-KIND PROMOTION & RECEPTION SPONSORS
Truecolor GRAPHICS/FASTSIGNS -University & East End is a printing and graphics provider with over twenty years of printing experience in the Houston area. We specialize in quick turnaround, top quality and great customer service. Our job is to make you look great on paper so we understand the importance of each and every job, whether big or small. Whether it’s marketing materials, meetings and events or business materials, at truecolor GRAPHICS we bring you vision to life in true color.
Three Brothers Bakery has been making sweet memories for 65 years. The family baking traditions began in Poland circa 1825. The family’s imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps, and ultimately their liberation and subsequent move to Houston, brought Eastern European scratch baking traditions to Texas. Perfecting the process for almost 200 years, each day the fifth generation bakers create award-winning breads, pastries, cookies, specialty dessert cakes, pies, custom cakes as well as wedding, groom’s and other lifecycle cakes using only the highest quality ingredients. They truly are “memory makers who happen to be bakers.”