HCC – Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives – September 2020 Newsletter
CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Our goal is to build and sustain the Houston business community and student body, through effective educational & programmatic initiatives, and to help businesses grow in revenue, personnel, and business opportunities.
September 4, 2020
Houston Community College will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of Labor Day holiday.
In a world that everything is becoming a virtual existence, it’s important to organize your business systems, and establish procedures.
Join this panel of Silver Fox Advisors that will be discussing the vital need for the right systems to use, and how to establish processes and procedures to make your company more efficient, reliable, and scalable for growth!
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Ideas Pitch Competition
By Germaine Washington, MBA
OCOM had the pleasure of interviewing scholarship recipient winners for the Ideas Pitch Competition. These Houston Community College (HCC) students presented innovative ideas that help people. The opportunity to hear about their wonderful ideas coincide perfectly with the beginning of the academic school year for HCC. This episode featured students Luisa Nadarajah, Mac Woods, and Joe Carpenter. The show also featured Ravi Brahmbhatt, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship at Southwest and competition manager. The Ideas Pitch Competition focuses on our students pitching their unique and creative ideas. Each participant must not only present their business idea but the ideas have to be inclusive towards helping the community. The competition is typically presented in person but due to the pandemic, the HCC team and participants pivoted to offering it virtually.
Luisa Nadarajah was my first guest featured on the show and she is a talented fashion designer. She is also an HCC student under the Fashion department. The COVID-19 pandemic allowed her to come up with an idea to help people stay safe and look good at the same time. Luisa’s idea was to create a stylish mask that can be worn multiple ways. In addition, the mask can be washed and reused with the ability to change the filter inside. The masks are made of Peruvian fabric and can be worn as a headband, placed around hats for an added flair and hangs around the neck so you won’t lose it. The masks can be purchased on her website at www.luisanadarajah.com along with her other fashion designs.
Our second guest was a wonderful HCC student, Mac Woods. She is an “empty-nester” who has taken her new life goals to the next level. Mac realized that her current home was too large after her grown children moved out on their own. She came up with an idea where people can have smaller but luxurious smart homes to downsize but still have all the amenities that come with homeownership. Mac calls her home idea “Petite Homes” and she wants to move in one herself. Mac is also an aspiring fashion designer and will be debuting her fashion line soon for women over 50 years of age. She is a student in the construction management department and loves her HCC professors. Mac was very enthusiastic about her participation in the HCC Ideas Pitch Competition. She discussed how due to the pandemic, it forced her to improve her technological skills. She said that because the competition was virtual it gave her an opportunity to ensure her computer skills were excellent. She talked about her plans to launch the her Petite Homes idea next year, as well as her new fashion line.
Our final guest was Mr. Joe Carpenter, who developed a company to help bring employers and employees together. Due to the global pandemic, he realized that many meetings, transactions, and other tasks can be done online. His company allows unemployed people who may have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, an opportunity to post their skills online for potential employment. He also ensures that potential workers or contractors have all of the resources setup for them to be paid and to showcase their business. For more details, Joe can be contacted at joe@ServUShub.com to find out more information.
Ravi Brahmbhatt, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, Southwest College discussed the origins of the Ideas Pitch Competition and how you can enter the next competition. You can find all of the information about the Pitch competition at: hccs.edu/pitch. This is a great resource and opportunity for our students and also of great help to the community. You can still check out the show on HCC-TV on Friday nights at 7 p.m., or you can see the video recording on our website at www.hccs.edu/smallbusiness anytime.
Los últimos 6 meses han desafiado todos los rincones de la economía estadounidense. Esto es especialmente cierto para las empresas creados por mujeres y minorías, que representan mas del 40% de todos los empleadores. ¿Cómo les va a las pequeñas empresas latinas a nivel nacional? ¿Cómo han afrontado los propietarios de empresas y cuales son los desafíos o cómo han aprovechado las oportunidades? ¿Qué es lo que nos espera?
Estás invitado a una conversación virtual en vivo con dos propietarios de negocios latinos y líderes de pequeñas empresas, Ramiro Cavazos de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de EE. UU., Noel Poyo de la Asociación Nacional de Constructores de Activos de la Comunidad Latina y la presidenta y directora ejecutiva de LiftFund, Janie Barrera.
Esta presentación será en ingles y moderada por Robert Rivard del Informe de San Antonio. Únase a nosotros el miércoles 16 de septiembre desde el mediodía hasta la 1:15 p.m. CST para tener una conversación profunda y obtener más información sobre cómo puede impulsar a las pequeñas empresas durante estos tiempos económicos difíciles.
Charla con SBA (Q&A in Spanish)
¡Únase a la SBA para obtener respuestas a sus preguntas sobre los programas de la SBA, incluyendo la condonación de préstamos PPP y otros temas relacionados con su negocio! ¡Estamos aquí para ayudar! Únase con los líderes de la SBA en esta sesión interactiva.
Do you want to start or grow your Woman-Owned Small Business? SBA Resource & Lending Partners can help you do just that! Attend this September webinar series to learn how each organization can help your business, hear from a business owner who has leveraged these resources, and ask your small business questions!
The final event will include an informational webinar on the WOSB federal contracting program.