Small Business Happenings April & May


April & May – Small Business Happenings

In this Edition:

HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition-Home Stretch to Victory!

    • April 10 – Plans Due
    • April 27 – Finalists Present to Judges
    • May 2 – BPC Celebration – Seed Money & In-Kind Prizes Awarded
    • Thanks to Newspring Mentors, Judges and Sponsors!

More Opportunities

    • How to Succeed in Fashion Retailing
    • Entrepreneur Village
    • Lender Matchmaking
    • Smart Business Decisions
    • SBA SCORE – Small Business Awards
    • ChallengeHER Women in Federal Contracting
    • Creating a Successful Business Plan
    • Start and Operate Your Own Home-Based Business
    • IDEAS Pitch Competition

HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition Update


Congratulations to the 2017 Finalists and Good Luck!

Finalists Present to Judges April 27

  • Accelerated Quality Solutions – Dana Bigler, Mercy Nthiga, Advisers Janet Miertschin and Earl Lambert
  • SpenDebt – Kiley Summers, Advisers Heather Bain and Frank Monachelli
  • Stem Cell Security – Lourdes Chacon Alberty, Doris Taylor and Luiz Sampaio, Advisers Charles Fenner and Jarrett Price
  • Summer Creek Dance Studio – Heather and Daniel Galloway, Advisers Sherry Barker, Jackie Smyre and John Hartman
  • Wanderlust Houston – Deidre Mathis, Advisers Carolyn Moore and Bill Herman


Let’s Celebrate! Prize Money Awarded
May 2

  • Top Five Teams Win Seed Money
  • 24 Completer Teams Win In-Kind Prizes
  • HCC Celebrates With Newspring, BPC Sponsors and Houston’s Entrepreneurial Eco-System
  • $30,000 in Seed Money & In-Kind Prizes!


Thanks to Newspring and our BPC Sponsors
You Make it All Possible!

Thanks to Newspring Celebrating 10 Years of Service

  • HCC Newspring BPCPlatinum Sponsors: LiftFund, Wallis State Bank
  • Gold Sponsors:  Amegy Bank, Legacy Rags
  • Silver: MetroNational, Constant Contact
  • BPC Alumni Circle Sponsors – $1,000 Contributors: PermitUsNow, HD2Menus, CRES Real Estate
  • In-Kind Prize Sponsors: Houston West Chamber of Commerce, Presentation Power, Small Business Today
  • In-Kind Reception Sponsors – True Color Graphics, Three Brothers Bakery
  • More on our BPC Partner and Sponsors

More Opportunities

How to Succeed in Fashion Retailing – 2017 & Beyond

Saturday April 29, 10:00 am-2:00 pm – HCC West Loop

Thinking about opening your own online or brick and mortar boutique? Attend this workshop and let our experts offer practical tips for success as the road to retail success isn’t always smooth.  Hear from five experts and a fashion panel.  Agenda Topics, Panelists & Speakers.  Fee: $25 online, $15 HCC Fashion Students, $30 at the door.  To Register

Entrepreneur Village – Houston’s Entrepreneurial Eco-System

Wednesday May 3, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Leonel Castillo Center

Get in touch with the vibrant and diverse entrepreneurial eco-system in Houston.  Meet fellow business owners, get connected to local resources, and innovate your business. Light refreshments will be provided.  Entrepreneur Village is a part of Innovation Week Houston.  Click for more on the schedule and to register for any or all of it!  To Register

Lender Borrower Matchmaking

Friday May 5, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm – HCC Spring Branch, The Commons

Speed-Dating for Money!!   Join the Houston SBA at a FREE lending matchmaking event.  Spend 15 minutes at a time with multiple lenders to find the one perfect for YOUR small business.   This Event is Now at Maximum Capacity!   The good news is, you can still sign up for our Smart Business Decisions event on Saturday May 6.  Come connect with the SBA and Wallis State Bank and we will connect you further from there.

Smart Business Decisions – Plan for a Healthy & Successful Business

Saturday May 6, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, HCC Spring Branch, Eagle Room 

Learn from and connect with the Houston District Small Business Administration and hear from Wallis State Bank representatives – one of Houston’s top SBA lenders.  This workshop will help you take stock: of yourself as an aspiring or existing business owner; of your plan as it is now; and of where you will go next.  Make 1-on-1 connections with loan experts who can help you get funding that takes you to the next level in your business.  To Register

SBA SCORE Small Business Awards Luncheon, Expo and Exporting Forum

Thursday, May 11, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm, Westin Houston Memorial City

Please join SCORE and the U.S. Small Business Administration in honoring outstanding small business owners and champions in Houston.  The event includes an Export Forum, an Expo and a Celebratory Luncheon. Agenda:  8:30am – 9:00am – Registration & Check-In;  9:00am – 11:00am – Export Forum (Gain an in-depth understanding of how to start or grow your export business); 9:00am – 11:30am – Small Business Exhibitor Expo; 11:30am – 1:30am – Awards Luncheon.
HCC Wins 2017 Award for Home-Based Business Champion!  We won it through collaboration with amazing internal and external entrepreneurial eco-system partners and, of course, because of all of the courageous existing and startup home-based business owners who have come together through HCC programs to pursue launch and growth!  To Register

ChallengeHER Women in Federal Contracting

Tuesday, May 16, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, HCC Southeast, Learning Hub

Successfully navigate the federal contracting industry and win federal contracts by knowing the rules and understanding the strategies.  ChallengeHER works specifically with the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) federal contracting program as a tool to assist women business owners leverage federal awards, learn the federal procurement process, and to connect them with the right people.
With this knowledge, you are much better positioned to grow your business and increase your revenue.  To Register

Creating a Successful Business Plan – Class Starts May 17

12 lessons, online, 24 hours of your time over six weeks

Enroll in the class that starts May 17 and runs through June 23.  The lessons help you develop and refine your business assumptions for your plan and get feedback from your instructor along the way.  Completion of this class also qualifies you to apply or the 2018 HCC Newspring BPC!  Class Fee: $109.  Sign up online in less than three minutes!

Start & Operate Your Own Home-Based Business – Class Starts May 17

12 lessons, online, 24 hours of your time over six weeks

Starting a home-based business is the hottest trend in today’s challenging business environment!  Learn how to develop the entrepreneurial qualities – motivation, discipline, creativity – that you will need to succeed! This class is a great way to start your own business or enhance the one you already have.  For More Information & To Enroll

IDEAS Pitch Competition – Apply through May 21

Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives

Presentations to Judges – May 26, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The HCC IDEAS Pitch Competition for Spring 2017 is a platform for any HCC student to share their creative ideas and social innovations.  Awards: First Prize: $1000; Second Prize: $500;Third Prize: $250; and 2 Honorable Mentions. The competition is designed to explore innovative approaches to answering pressing societal needs and to spark an atmosphere of social dialogue and community. Students must complete a simple application and upload a two-three minute video on YouTube (include a link in application).

About the HCC 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. More 

Posted April 28, 2017