Entrepreneurship Soars at HCC NW-Small Business Happenings – Fall Activities Thru December – More Upcoming!

Fall 2016 – September & October Came In Like A Roar! November & December Continue the Momentum…

HCC knock oout logoEntrepreneurial activity is growing at HCC Northwest through expanded facilities, added services, staff and partners, and cross collaboration with other disciplines.

Read on for a summary of amazing recent and upcoming activity.  For more on each, just click on GREEN TITLES & other GREEN LINKS.

Still Happening in November and December  

2017 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition – Apply Now – Free Mentoring & Training in Spring for Business & Growth  Plans – Chance to Win Prize Money

JV1_6514Free Mentoring and Training in Spring for Business and Growth Plans – Chance to Win Prize Money and Connect with Funders.  Application period runs through January 18, 2017.  Are you qualified to apply now?  Apply Early –  some teams will be accepted into the competition prior to the application deadline!   Read More

Lender Borrower Matchmaking Event – December 9

03-110828For Small Business Ownership and Growth – Register to meet with local lenders to pitch your finance needs. Borrowers will have the opportunity to meet with multiple lenders for 15 minutes each, similar to a speed dating format.

Take Creating a Successful Business Plan Class  – Start December Class Now or by December 27, or Sign Up for January Class

Completers 2016 Banner JV1_6509This Class Qualifies you to apply for the Spring 2017 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition – Your Chance to Win Prize Money!  Takes 24 hours of your time over 6 weeks, 12 lessons.  Flexible Requirements -Just finish all 12 lessons in six weeks and take the online final at the end.  The lessons help you develop and refine your business assumptions for your plan and get feedback from your instructor along the way. Sign up in 3 minutes.


Featured Recent Cross Collaborative Entrepreneurial Events

fftsyob-crowd-2-26-150717From Freelancing to Starting Your Own Business in Media Arts & Technology Draws 65 on October 27

Houston Community College’s “From Freelancing to Starting Your Own Business in Media Arts and Technology (MA&T) Disciplines” workshop drew 65 attendees to at HCC Alief Hayes.

eng-ent-vasselli-in-front-09-161857Engineering Entrepreneurs-Turning Ideas Into Wealth-November 9

Engineering and Entrepreneurship converged at HCC in an action-packed gathering of more than 70 forward-thinkers interested in commercializing their ideas and designs.

Real Estate Investment and Brokerage Seminar – September 30

re-seminarOne hundred gathered at our largest seminar to date to learn more about pursuing real estate investment and/or real estate brokerage or another real estate profession.    Event contributes to 28% increase in enrollment in HCC’s Fall 2016 real estate classes […]

Scroll down for a summary of more recent activity and for more on resources available through the HCC Northwest Center for Entrepreneurship!

HCC Entrepreneurship Showcased Nationally at the Innovate Now – 2016 Annual NACCE Conference

nacce-conference-2016“Igniting Entrepreneurship by Cross-Collaborating with Multiple Disciplines”  was presented by a team of five from HCC Northwest on Sunday October 9.  “Innovate on Your Campus & Attract the Community!” was presented by a team of two from the Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives on October 10.   See links to presentation slide decks and more. The […]

Design Lab Open House – Where Students Innovate!

desgin-lab-3A Symbol of More Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship To Be Ignited in West Houston The Design Lab at the HCC Alief Hayes Campus (B130) had an exciting Open House on Wednesday October 5th from 12:00pm-3:00pm! The event was open to all HCC students, faculty and staff, as well as anyone from the community who wants […]

KHOU Channel 11 TV – Contest Helps Local Entrepreneurs Get Businesses Off the Ground – News Spot Features Businesses Launched and Grown Through the HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition

img_2651You know the popular TV series Shark Tank, where budding entrepreneurs try and get big moguls to invest in them? Houston has a something similar, but without the bite. With an idea and hard work, businesses can become a reality thanks to this local contest. Desiree Worrell-Moseley pointed proudly to her budding young daycare, Sproutstart […]

Newspring Continues to Make Positive Social and Economic Impact in Spring Branch

14463296_10154759393928984_7656096864733409743_nHCC Northwest is a proud sponsor of Newspring, and celebrate our partnership and their success. Here at the annual fundraiser with Texas State Representative Dwayne Bohac, District 138; Dr. John Hansen, HCC, Board of Trustees, District VI; Council Member Jack Christie, At Large Position 5; Dr. Butch Herod, HCC, West Houston Institute; David A. Wegner, […]

Richard Tyler

Richard_Tyler_V4_PressRichard Tyler is “America’s Corporate and Entrepreneurial Business Expert”™ and is the world’s top expert on sales and management. Richard Tyler is a two-time Best Selling Author, an Expy® Award Winner, a two-time Quilly® Award Winner, a two-time Editor’s Choice Award Winner a C-Suite Book Club featured best selling author and an Executive Producer.  Richard is a […]

One-on-One Small Business Mentoring Appointments Available at HCC Alief Hayes Center for Entrepreneurship

29-110026Mentoring Appointments Were Booked Solid for the Bonus Day of Small Business Advising that Wrapped Up the Four Day Sales and Marketing Boot Camp at the Center for Entrepreneurship at HCC Alief Hayes.   Three offices were staffed from 9:00 am through 5:00 pm on Thursday September 29, 2016, with HCC Partner Mentors from SCORE, […]

Visual & Performing Arts Center of Excellence Grand Opening at HCC Alief Hayes

coe-visual-perf-arts-g-o-photo-img_2663HCC Helps Students Visualize Careers in the Arts Sep 30, 2016 The Houston regional creative economy is a $26 billion industry that employs nearly 180,000 highly skilled workers according to Jonathon Glus, president and CEO of the Houston Arts Alliance. But Glus claims there’s room for improvement. “Of that nearly $26 billion, we produced about […]

Sales Dominance – The Key to Creating and Sustaining Success Featured Richard Tyler and a Visit from HCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado

9-28-16-chancellor-tylerGuest Entrepreneur Speaker Helen Callier, Owner of Bradlink, LLC and PermitUsNow.com also Wowed the Crowd! September 28, 2016:  Day 3 of the Sales and Marketing Boot Camp, featured best-selling author, Richard Tyler, a globally known sales and leadership trainer and expert.   Small business owners Helen Callier and Nina Youngers had guest spots throughout the […]

Taking Your Business Online Seminar Attracted Aspiring and Existing Entrepreneurs, Faculty, Staff & Students

9-22-16-cerrato-hodgesSeptember 22, 2016:  Attendance numbers grew on Day 2 of the Small Business Marketing Boot Camp, as others jumped on board to join the momentum building.  Day 2 featured Marco Cerrato, Business Logix and Guest Entrepreneur Speaker Hussain Ali, owner of HD2Menus.com.  Dr. Zachary Hodges, President, HCC Northwest, also stopped in to show his support […]

Marketing Plan Workbook & Toolkit Lays Out Next Steps for Small Business Owners

9-21-16-smiling-crowd-excerptSeptember 21, 2016: Day 1 of the Small Business Marketing Boot Camp Series featured Jeff Jones, of SCORE, Toni Harris of Constant Contact, and Guest Entrepreneur Speaker, Bruce McMordie of Texas Swim Academy.  Jones provided a marketing plan workbook to each attendee and covered the essentials for a solid sales and marketing plan.   Toni […]

Summer 2016 – Sizzled with Action!

Helen Callier Launches PermitUsNow.com

PermitUsNow logo smallFive Months After Completing Houston Community College’s 2016 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition. Helen Callier completed the 2016 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition (BPC) this past January through April.  She used the competition experience to create and refine a plan to launch and grow PermitUsNow, LLC.  In August, 2016, the company’s new website, PermitUsNow.com went live. […]

HCC Holds Pitch Training for Liftoff Houston Business Plan Competition Contestants

31-191131On Wednesday evening August 31, 2016, the City of Houston’s 2016 Liftoff Houston Business Plan Competition contestants gathered at HCC Spring Branch to prepare for their verbal business plan pitches in the finals, and beyond. Topics covered tips and techniques for effective presentation and communication skills.  The experts also focused on relaying market uniqueness and numbers […]

Entrepreneurs Sharpen Their Small Business Tax Know-How at HCC Alief Hayes

NThe seminar is conducted by the Center for Entrepreneurship at HCC Northwest and SCORE, longstanding strategic partners. The seminar trainer, Dr. Mo Tehrani is a full time instructer at HCC and a SCORE counselor.early 40 attendees gathered at the Center for Entrepreneurship at HCC Alief Hayes on Saturday August 27 for Tax Myths and Facts for Small Business Owners.  The diverse group was from all age ranges and ethnic backgrounds.  Web Photo Album Dr. Mo Tehrani, an experienced CPA and owner of multiple businesses, delivered the training, speaking […]

Online Continuing Education Courses for Small Business Owners & Their Employees

HCC Entrepreneurship Suite small 15776also offers focused, affordable online small business classes in shorter time segments than traditional college credit classes.  For example, take the Creating a Successful Business Plan Class and get 24 hours of online learning over six weeks.  Or, choose the three-class Entrepreneurship Series Package.  Register online in just a few minutes!  Classes start each […]

Shops at The Deluxe

IMG_7148This event is over, and it was a great success!  Read on for an update on how it went and some photos: August 25, 2016:  Great Turnout for “Shops at The Deluxe” Spurs Plans for More –  On August 20, 2016, nearly twenty vendors assembled for the Fifth Ward’s first pop-up shop event, held at The Deluxe Theater.  Products on sale included everything from cacti to jewelry to cigars.  The event attracted about 400 shoppers.  As a result, vendor interest is […]

Starting and Running Your Own Business Seminars on August 13 and September 10 Start the Fall Right

sryobThe Commons and the Center for Entrepreneurship at HCC Spring Branch were bustling with activity on Saturday, August 13, 2016 as sixty-four aspiring and existing entrepreneurs gathered for an all-day seminar covering the seven key areas of focus when starting and running a small business. The Center for Entrepreneurship attracts adults from [….]

Funding Opportunities to Start and Grow Your Business – Workshop and Mini-Trade Fair

funding-workshopSmall business owners gathered to join the HCC NW Center for Entrepreneurship and our strategic partner SCORE as we hosted Funding Opportunities to Start and Grow Your Business – Workshop and Mini-Trade Fair.  Aspiring and existing entrepreneurs connected with key representatives with the SBA, Liftfund, Amegy Bank of Texas, Wallis State Bank and the Houston Angel Network. Key Session Topics Included:  Crowdfunding – How does it work?  What are the pros and cons?  How do I pursue this?  Micro-Loans – Not ready yet to […]  Photos

Monday June 13, 2016 11AM: Rick Schissler, interviewed Winners of the 2016 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition on The Weekly Business Hour –  Each winner was interviewed about their business ventures.  Rick also had guests outline the pathway into into the classes and programs at HCC that propelled these winners to and through the competition, so that listeners could pursue […]  Listen to the Show

How to Plan and Access Financial Resources for Your Business – Fifth Ward – Community Outreach Event

Fifth Ward June 9 event attendees 09-194351The Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation was pleased to host a seminar for aspiring and existing small business owners presenting financial and business planning experts from the following institutions:  Amegy Bank, SCORE, Liftfund, Houston Community College’s Center for Entrepreneurship and the Small Business Administration.   This event was made possible through the generosity of the entities involved and thanks to the support of The Simmons Foundation and Neighborworks America. […]  Photos

Center of Excellence in Media Arts Grand Opening-HCC Alief Hayes

Houstonmatech-go-08-113757 is home to more than 2,600 computer-design firms and many of them hire computer animators to handle the promotions and design aspects of dozens of products. The Media Arts & Technology Center meets the need for multimedia artists and animators to create animation, web development, and visual effects for television, movies, video games, internet and advertising, as well as industry simulation training used in energy, medical, marketing, social media, and industrial settings.  Employment for animators and multimedia artists is[…]  Photos

Business of Success: HCC Opens a new Center of Excellence

25-112223“I was determined to be my son’s role model. As a young mother, I was determined to put an end to the struggle,” said Elisabeth Galvan, a recent Houston Community College (HCC) graduate who returned to celebrate the grand opening of the Business Center of Excellence.  Galvan, a high school dropout, started at the HCC […]

Posted October 7, 2016