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Location, Location, Location – Leases, Permits and Financing for Small Business Owners

November 3, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Secure Your Location, Finish Build Out On Time and Finance It

open-with-textNavigating Leases, negotiations with commercial landlords and permitting can be less stressful for small business owners if they plan right, are aligned with experts and make the right connections along the way.  Obtaining financing can move more swiftly if small business owners have connections in all three areas.  Come hear from experts to learn how leases, landlords, permitting and financing are connected in a way that can facilitate your progress.

Small business owners planning openings, expansions and/or relocations now must also reset their plans to respond to the impact that recovery from Hurricane Harvey is having on the greater Houston area.

Houston Community College presents a collaborative event to assist our small business community.  Come join HCC, the Houston District Office of the Small Business Administration, and local experts on commercial leasing, permitting and financing, to get some insights on how to move plans for your business forward.  

Speakers and Topics:  

  • Featured Speakers
    • Leases – Connie Rankin – Owner, CRES & Associates, Commercial Real Estate Services – Navigating dealings with your landlord, considering your lease and insurance situation and status relating to opening, expanding and/or relocating. Connie has also invited attorney John Barnes to this portion of the event to give added input and participate in Q&A.
    • Jalil Malik, representing Zawadi Bryant, Night Light Pediatrics – This week Night Light Pediatrics held grand openings for their six and seventh locations, while also underway with Hurricane Harvey repairs for location five and in the midst of lease negotiations for location eight in Katy!
    • Permits – Helen Callier – Owner, PermitUsNow – Navigating permitting in planned openings and expansions, and/or repairs.
  • Financing Panel  
    • Panel Moderator – Mark Winchester, Deputy District Director, Small Business Administration Houston District
    • Panelists: 
      • Richard Gianni – President, East Texas Region, President, Houston Market, LiftFund
      • Nasr Khan – Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, Wallis State Bank
      • Peter Ellen – Senior Vice President, Amegy Bank 

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

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

Veterans: FREE for first 10 Veterans after October 27, Thanks to Capital One Bank. (Code: VETS)

Also FREE for HCC College Credit Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni.  (Code: HCCS)

Registration and Check – In:  9:30 am – 10:00 am

Location:  HCC Alief Hayes, Room A319/A320, 3rd Floor, Around the corner from the elevators.

More About Our Featured Speakers:

Helen Callier LargeHelen Callier is the owner of Permit Us Now, LLC, the one stop building permit expediting and consulting firm that helps Architects, Contractors, and Project Owners to save time and money plus start construction in a timely manner.   We realized a problem where Architects and Contractors are losing time and prefer to focus on their core services and use their internal design and construction staff more efficiently.  And compounded with Owners wanting to open their establishment on time, Permit Us Now provides a convenient and fast solution.   From ground up, renovations and major repairs on commercial, industrial, government, churches and multi-family projects, we take the frustrations away for our clients.  After one-year of being opened, we expedite building permits across the state of Texas for grocery stores, retail, and restaurants.  Ms. Callier, is also President and Owner of Bradlink, LLC, an award winning technical services firm that provides building design, project management, construction oversight and facilities support services primarily to government agencies. Helen’s core values are life-long learning and to remain open to new ideas to grow in business.  This mindset and behavior have been key to Bradlink’s success over the past 13 years and continue to play a key role in her company growth.   She was also 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, and she encourages others to take advantage of the opportunities and continued learning available through HCC.  In the 2016 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition, Helen created her plan to launch PermitUsNow.com.  As of Fall 2017, PermitUsNow is ramping up to four employees. Major growth has come from permitting activity in over 100 HEB projects throughout Texas and through work on retail and restaurant tenant projects at HAS and other big box stores.  Helen also serves as a State Commissioner on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Commission.  Helen is a contributing journalist to the Huffington Post.  For one of her articles published September 18, 2017: How to Obtain City Building Permits to Rebuild After Hurricane Harvey.

Connie Rankin 61-otu7fXoL._UX250_Connie Rankin is the founder and President of Customized Real Estate Services (CRES) an award-winning Commercial Real Estate firm that is the Houston affiliate of ITRA Global with over 45 locations worldwide.  She began her career in Real estate back in the 1980’s by taking real estate classes at HCC.  She has since become a nationally-recognized leader in empowering and motivating others. Connie has also participated in both the HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and the 2013 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition (BPC).  She believes that both programs gave her the additional tools to expand her career even further.  In 2013, she was recognized by the Houston Business Journal in two areas: Houston Fast 100 Growing Private Companies and the #1 Fastest-Growing Woman-Owned Businesses.  In 2014, she used her business plan competition experience to write a book proposal; that resulted in her landing a top literary agent and a publisher for her 1st book.   In 2015, Connie had the opportunity to participate in the Innovate Her competition offered by SBA. The only drawback – she had to prepare a full business plan within five days to meet the deadline. “Connie said, no worries, I can do this – because I participated in the 2013 HCC Business Plan Competition!”  Released in April 2017, Connie’s book, God Gave Us Wings has since become an Amazon bestseller in her category.  Connie is also making a donation from her book sales to the the HCC Center for Entrepreneurship when anyone purchases a book and shares it on Facebook with their copy holding the book and using the hashtag #HCC and #GGUW.  Congratulations Connie and thank you!

Special Thanks!

Special thanks to LiftFund, Wallis State Bank and Amegy Bank for their recurring sponsorship of the annual HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition!  Both PermitUsNow and CRES also became prize money sponsors of this competition in 2017.  Helen Callier and Connie Rankin have committed to sponsor the competition again in 2018!  HCC thanks both Helen and Connie for being outstanding examples of the success that can be attained by leveraging the learnings and connections offered through HCC’s small business offerings and for “paying it forward” by sponsoring BPC prize money to seed other entrepreneurs!  Deep thanks as well to our lenders for their ongoing support and commitment to empowering the the BPC alumni  to open and grow their businesses through the HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition!

This event is brought to you by the HCC NW Center for Entrepreneurship and strategic partner SCORE:
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November 3, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 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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