Smart Business Decisions Workshop by Wallis State Bank & the SBA Celebrates Houston Money Week

06-120731Wallis State Bank and the Small Business Administration hosted a complimentary “roll up your sleeves” workshop on Saturday, May 6 at HCC Spring Branch to celebrate Houston Money Week.  Houston Money Week (HMW) is a community-wide financial education initiative that empowers families and individuals to be successful in making financial choices. HMW serves individuals, families, veterans and small business owners across the greater Houston area, offering free financial education events and raising awareness of community resources.


Asif Dakri, CEO of Wallis State Bank, opened the workshop.  Speakers included Aziz Rahim and Roshni Fifadra from Wallis State Bank and Mark Winchester, Deputy Director, Houston District SBA.

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Topics included:

  • Is Small Business Ownership a Good Fit for You?
  • Planning for A Healthy Business
  • Banking Services for Small Business Owners
  • HCC Northwest Center for Entrepreneurship Resources
  • SBA Loans and Resources

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Both startup and existing entrepreneurs attended; participants took stock of themselves as business owners and their business plans as they are now. Then they applied workshop learning to their own circumstances to further consider where they want to go next with their businesses.  They also made important one-on-one connections with loan experts who can provide guidance and feedback to help them qualify for the funding that will move their businesses to next level.

HCC thanks strategic partners Wallis State Bank and the Houston District Office of the Small Business Administration.


Special Congratulations


32401813933_9fdc452160_o-300x200Special congratulations to Asif Dakri, CEO of Wallis State Bank, for his recent appointment to the prestigious FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporations) Advisory Committee on Community Banking.  Asif Dakri was also recognized in April by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding contribution to Houston’s entrepreneurial community.


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Houston Money Week Rising Star Award Goes to HCC Financial Coaches:  At the Houston Money Week Wrap Up event, Erika Jones, the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Public Affairs Specialist, opened up the awards portion of the program by declaring, “if you can get over 500 students to come to a workshop about budgeting, you deserve an award.”

Jones’ declaration, based on preliminary data, highlighted why not only HCC, but also all of its financial coaches were recognized with the Houston Money Week Rising Star Award.

As a 2017 Houston Money Week Partner, the HCC Financial Coaches hosted over 20 campus/community events and gave over 40 classroom presentations that reached over 2,000 students.    Congratulations to HCC Financial Coaches:

  • Shanell Foster
  • Chris Ardoin
  • Joel Philistin
  • Dominique Brown
  • Shalandria Williams

Houston Money Week Scholarship recipientsWe also congratulate our five HCC Student Winners of the 2017 Houston Money Week Scholarship Contest:

College students who attended Houston Money Week financial literacy events at HCC were asked to share what their “big takeaway” was from the program. Those who responded were entered into a drawing for a $250 scholarship. This year, 50 percent of the scholarship recipients are from HCC. Below are the winners for the Houston Money Week 2017 The BIG Takeaway College Scholarship Contest.

  • Jennifer Rocha – HCC Southeast
  • Mario Aguilar – HCC Northeast
  • Marilyn Enofe – HCC Southwest
  • Charles Bellow – HCC Northwest
  • Ashley Debose – HCC Central

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Posted May 15, 2017

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