The HCC Office of Entrepeneurial Initiatives was established to build and sustain the Houston business community through effective and relevant educational initiatives to help businesses grow in revenue, personnel and business opportunites. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Minority Business Development Agency Young Entrepreneurs Academy 2014 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition Winners Centers for Entrepreneurship Veteran Entrepreneurship Workshop Inspiration, Funding, Business Plans, Counseling and Resources For veterans who want to start a small business and for veterans who are solopreneurs or micro-preneurs and want to grow. Be inspired by entrepreneurs who have used their military discipline to thrive and grow in small business. Come learn about how the Small Business Administration, lenders, SCORE, HCC and Women Veterans Business Center can help you refine and acheive your small business goals! Opening Remarks 9:00am-9:05am Dr. Zachary Hodges, Acting Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, has served 20 years as president for the college's Northwest region. Dr. Hodges has been a champion of entrepreneurship at HCC and he was named 2013 Entrepreneurial President of the Year by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). He continues to be actively involved in entrepreneurial outreach and activities. Veteran Entrepreneur Round Tables 9:05am-10:30am Meet Veteran Entrepreneurs - Each will share their stories briefly and tell how their entrepreneurial and military backgrounds have created success and allowed them to help others. Next, progressive round tables will allow you to share a table with each entrepreneur, meet them, ask questions and hear others' questions and answers. Be inspired and connect with those who have gone before you and those who are gearing up to pursue their entrepreneuial dreams! Veteran Entrepreneur Line-Up: • Kevin Doffing - Sam's Safety Equipment - Winner of the 2013 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition and Graduate of HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, Veteran, U.S. Armed Forces •Marylyn Harris - Women Veterans Business Center - Recognized by the White House for her efforts in assisting veterans, past contestant in HCC Newpsring Business Plan Competition, HCC Entrepreneurship Instructor and Veteran, U.S. Armed Forces. •Jack Barry - CEO, Author, Consultant, Master Trainer (Past HCC Newspring Business Plan Competitions and Sales Immersion Course-Richard Tyler International); Veteran, U.S. Navy. •Rich Ashe - Veteran Franchise Advisers - An entrepreneur and veteran himself, Rich assists veterans interested in franchising in selecting the franchise that best suites them. Veteran, U.S. Marine Corps. •Sheryl Smith - HCC Entrepreneurship Instructor, Toastmasters District Governor, Veteran, U.S. Army Reserves (also Army Spouse and Army Parent). Pathways to Small Business Success 10:30am-12:00pm •U.S. Small Business Administration, Veteran, Reserve, Guard and Family Business Development Assistance - Presenter: Stephen Curry, Veteran Business Development Officer, SBA, Houston District Office; Veteran, U. S Marine Corps. •SCORE - Veterans Fast Launch Initiative - A combined package of free software, services and mentoring in order to accelerate the ability of veterans and their families to start and succeed as successful small business owners. Presenter: Ron Consolino, incoming Chairman, SCORE Houston •HCC NW Center for Entrepreneurship - Classes, Certificates, Workshops, Seminars and Resource Connections to empower veteran small business owners. Sandra Louvier, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, HCC NW and Mahnaz Kolaini, Lead Counselor, HCC NW. •Women Veterans Business Center - Presenter: Marylyn Harris Lunch and Exhibitor Networking 12:00pm-1:00pm Network With: SBA, SCORE, HCC Center for Entrpreneurship, HCC Veterans Affairs Office, Amegy State Bank, Wallis State Bank, Constant Contact, HCC entrepreneurship instructors and veteran entrepreneurs!