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Friday, January 25, 2019
From 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon CST

Registration Starts at 10:00 AM
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Houston Permitting Center
1002 Washington Avenue
Houston, TX 77002

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About Us:

SCORE is an all-volunteer group with real-world business experience, dedicated to your success.

Our Mission: Help Small Businesses Succeed.
Our Mantra: We educate, counsel, mentor.

Founded in 1964, SCORE is a non-profit association and a Resource Partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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For individuals over 50 and aspiring new entrepreneurs, SCORE Houston, in cooperation with Small Business Administration, present a workshop on Starting and Funding a Business.

The work shop will stimulate entrepreneurship for the 50+ group.  Encore entrepreneurs, individuals over the age of 50, are one of the fastest growing groups of business owners. Currently there are over 76 million people over the age of 50 in the country, and many of them are interested in and poised to be entrepreneurs. New research has found that one in four Americans between the ages 44 and 70 are interested in starting their own business.

Every Small Business starts with a dream. It takes research, planning, funding and implementation strategies. In this workshop, steps to start a business, choosing the right legal structure and where to look for funding the same will be briefly outlined.

Key Speakers:

SBA Programs and Services – SBA representative - Valerie Maher

Valerie Maher is the Lead Economic Development Specialist for the U.S. Small Business Administration in Houston.  Ms. Maher collaborates with an extensive network of public and private sector partners across 32 counties and represents the SBA at a variety of public functions to educate the small business community and economic development stakeholders about SBA programs and services and other small business topics.  Prior to joining the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Houston District Office in January 2017, Ms. Maher spent the previous 10 years working for the SBA’s National Guaranty Purchase Center in Herndon, VA as a Supervisory Loan Specialist. Ms. Maher was responsible for reviewing the origination, closing, servicing, and liquidation of 7a loans in order to process lender guaranty claims on defaulted small business loans.  Previous experience includes working for residential and commercial lending institutions.  Ms. Maher is a graduate of Texas A&M University.

Business Startup and Funding - SCORE Counselor and Certified Mentor - Lalitha Raman

Lalitha has a PhD. from Michigan State University in Biophysics with over 15 years research experience.  She has numerous papers to her credits.  She changed careers and received MS in Accounting from University of Houston and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with 20+ years in Accounting. She worked for City of Houston for 26 years in various departments of Health, Parks and Public Works and Engineering and was in charge of Revenues, Budget, Information Systems and fixed assets. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Houston teaching Accounting and has been honored by the Business Women of Houston, Federation of Professional Women.

Are you a small business owner that survives

 off of new customers?


It’s important to have a clear understanding of what Google is looking for.  It’s not as hard as it seems but putting it all together can be overwhelming.


This workshop will simplify the complicated and give you some Best Practices on and off your website to help you capture more customers.


Think Who, What and Where along with “Useful Content” 




Presented by:  Ken Mofford, Director of Sales - Houston  

Ken has been helping Small Businesses with digital marketing since 2002 and every day after that. As the Director of Digital - Thryv, Ken loves to see SMB’s succeed and believes it takes an OMNI Channel Approach to digital marketing in today’s world. Ken leads a team of Business Advisors in Houston, Corpus Christi and all the way up to Tulsa Oklahoma and has trained hundreds of Business Advisors along with Thousands of Businesses on best practices for digital marketing.