Center for Entrepreneurship-HCC NW           


Thursday August 28, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM CDT
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HCC Spring Branch, The Commons (by Murphy's Deli)
1010 W. Sam Houston Parkway N.
Houston, TX 77043

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Sandra Louvier
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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


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

Zach Hodges

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.
  • Linda Koffel - HCC Entrepreneurship Instructor, HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Instructor, Entrepreneur, Veteran, U.S. Navy.
  • Tim Scarborough - Procurement Adviser, UH-SBDC PTAC, former entrepreneur, Veteran, U.S Air Force.
  • Kevin Barber - Veteran Energy,  Lone Star Veterans Association -Board of Directors, Veteran, U.S. Armed Forces.
  • Phillip Butcher - Bayou City Bike Tours, Director of Transfer Admissions and Veteran Services, University of St. Thomas, Veteran, U.S. Air Force.

 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!

 Biographies - Round Table Leaders and Presenters 

      Event Partners:


             Amegy Bank of TX blue on white   Wallis State Bank        Constant Contact   

               Biz Connect Small Image      SCORE FTLOYB