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Financial Workshop for Small Business Launch & Growth

November 30, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

For all proposed, startup and existing business owners who know it is time to plan now to understand the numbers that create success for their business.  This workshop prepares you for the “why, how and what’s next” when it comes to understanding your past, knowing where you stand now and what you need to do to analyze and estimate the numbers you and your investors/lenders need to know to back you and propel you to sustainable success.  Use this day to change your future!

For all proposed, startup and existing entrepreneurs.  Especially for those considering competing in the 2018 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition (BPC).  Completion of this workshop qualifies existing business owners to apply for the 2018 HCC Newspring BPC in January.  Are you a proposed or startup business owner?  Take this workshop and a quick online class, and you can apply for the competition too.  The 2018 HCC Newspring Competition offers free one-on-one mentoring and five 2-hour Tuesday evening group training sessions from February 27 til plans are due on May 7.  Finals are on May 24.  $30,000 in seed money and in-kind prizes are awarded on May 30.   

Featured Topics

Session 1 – Understanding Cash Needs


  • Understanding how much money you need
  • Negotiating to save money – a framework
  • Collecting money and making a profit – its a learn-able art
  • Forecasting for success

Entrepreneurs often learn in hindsight what is actually needed to successfully launch a company. The goal of this session is to set the stage for getting a clear and measurable picture of what you really need. Participants will walk through examples of how to identify needs, and put together a realistic forecast for what it will take to launch a successful venture.

Session 2  – Loans – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly  

  • Finance ChalkboardUnderstand how much you should borrow
  • What loan type is best for you
  • Loan sharks: How to avoid predatory lenders

Finding money to help establish or grow your company is a complicated topic many avoid. Knowing what you really need in the form of capital, and what you have to pay to get it can be the difference between succeeding in business or failure. Participants walk through real examples of the cost of borrowing money, and how it impacts business operations.

 Session 3 Topics:  “Are You Doing a Good Job?”  

  • Steps to SB SuccessThe basics for measuring your hard work
  • Importance of understanding your financials
  • Building a real asset
  • Connections: Relationships for success

Most business owners think having positive cash balance in their accounts at the end of the month means success. In reality, success is knowing you are creating a valuable asset for the future. Participants will learn how to measure financial success of their business, and how to ensure future success through the right financial partnerships.

Bonus feature for this session is meeting people that can change your life!  Hear from and network with financial resource partners from Houston’s entrepreneurial eco-system, including:

  • Small Business Administration;
  • LiftFund;
  • Wallis State Bank; and
  • Amegy Bank.

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Fee:  $25.00 on line, $35.00 at the door.  Includes Refreshments and Snacks!

This event is offered at this reduced cost to the Houston area,
thanks to our Center for Entrepreneurship Partners and Sponsors

FREE to HCC Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni  (code: HCCS)

Veterans: FREE for first 10 Veterans after November 23, Thanks to Capital One Bank. (Code: VETS)

Registration and Check – In:  8:30am – 9:00 am

Location:  HCC Alief Hayes, A319, 3rd Floor

 Featured Presenter

Rebecca Schultz

Rebecca Schultz

Rebecca Schultz has two decades of lending experience, with a focus on commercial lending and business banking. Schultz has dedicated a majority of her time assisting business owners with access to capital and business growth.  As an experienced entrepreneur, Schultz owned two businesses for many years, a retail store and a full-service day spa.  In 2014, both businesses were sold and Schultz returned to her passion, helping small business owners. As a commercial loan officer for TDECU, Schultz’s goal is to develop valuable relationships that support both the clients she serves and the community that depends on them.  Schultz serves as a financial educator to the community focused on building better credit for entrepreneurs. As a certified credit counselor and financial analyst, she provides energetic and engaging seminars for individuals that are serious about securing their future and gaining access to capital.

“I have been on both sides of the table in business. Having been a banker for over 20 years dedicating my energy to helping consumers and business owners manage their assets to achieve financial goals. Like participants, I have also worked through the challenges of building, managing, and exiting my own small business ventures. I wanted to create a financial program that shared bits of wisdom entrepreneurs could use to cut through obstacles that minimize financial success. My goal is to provide valuable insight and training that will launch participants into a whole new realm of success quickly.”  Rebecca Schultz

Featured Resource Providers   

SBA_logoThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

SCORESCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.  Supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and in operation over 50 years, 320+ SCORE chapters hold events and workshops locally across the U.S. and its territories, and match up entrepreneurs with local, volunteer mentors.  SCORE is our strategic partner and mentors entrepreneurs at HCC Alief Hayes.

bizconnect-logo-bwThe HCC Northwest College Center for Entrepreneurship provides education and training for startup and existing small business owners and their employees.  Our mission fosters economic growth through business and community development.  We offer: workshops, seminars, summits & boot camps; continuing education classes; college credit classes, certificates and degrees; mentoring through a wealth of resource partners; and the annual HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition.



November 30, 2017
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


HCC Alief Hayes Campus-Ctr. for Entrepreneurship-3rd Floor – Room A319/A320
2811 Hayes Rd.
Houston, TX 77082 United States
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