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Challenges And Strategies for Women-Owned Businesses


Wednesday, March 27, 2019
From 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM CDT
Registration starts at 9:00 AM

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Palm Center, Technology Center
5330 Griggs Road
Houston, TX 77021

(3rd right turn from Griggs after MLK; 1st entrance into center after Harris Health System sign)

Located in Houston Business Development Inc. office building - Training Room 1 (TR1)

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Lalitha Raman 
SCORE Houston 

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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Women are starting businesses at a faster pace than their male counterparts. Do they face the same challenges? 

Join SCORE for our first women-focused workshop to learn about the differences facing women-owned versus male-owned businesses as well as strategies to navigate through business ownership. Leave this workshop inspired by one of our clients as she shares her journey to entrepreneurship.

Part 1:  What differentiates a Female-Owned Business from Male-Owned?

In Houston, the percentage of female-owned businesses is 39% vs. 52% male-owned. What differentiates them?

  • Is Funding easier to obtain for male-owned vs. female owned?
  • How much emphasis is placed on risk-taking?
  • How much emphasis on winning?
  • How much on work/life balance?

Join us to hear how women can grow their business . . . including a dash of inspiration from notable female leaders.

Presented by:  

Tim Jeffcoat, Houston District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration. Tim oversees the delivery of SBA programs and services in Houston and the surrounding 32 counties of Texas.  Most of Tim’s career has been in private sector leadership roles in international business, marketing and business development. His career has required international assignments and global responsibilities.

Valerie Maher is the Lead Economic Development Specialist. Valeire 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.

Part 2:  Work/Life Balance, is it real?

Do you constantly struggle to find a good Work/Family balance? What are the feelings associated with the pressures of having family and work at the same time? Where do these pressures come from?

During this part of the workshop, you will learn:

  • A new conceptual framework
  • Tools to manage the pressures

Presented by:  Nelliana Acuņa, Life Coach

After more than 12 years of experience in therapy and entrepreneurship, Nelliana founded her private practice and is developing a new concept to integrate family and work pressures and spread tools around the world.  

Nelliana is versatile, passionate and bilingual; fluent in both English and Spanish. Her multiple postgraduate degrees and professional experiences with different  cultures makes her always look for creative ways to integrate differences and to  make change happen. 

Part 3:  Are you aspiring to become a successful Woman Entrepreneur?

The journey to successful entrepreneurship is paved with challenges and great reward. Come find out how to position yourself and your business for success and learn the following:

  • How to to get out of your own way and build a sustainable business model? (Mindset & Planning)
  • How to communicate your organizational impact and vision? (Communication & Leadership)
  • How to build strategic relationships to ensure business growth? (Networking & Resource)
  • How to begin with the end in mind?

Presented by:  Tiffany Taylor-Hicks, Chief Experience Officer, 
Velvet Rope Experience

Tiffany Taylor Hicks, CEO and Co-Founder, respectively of Velvet  Rope Experience Training Solutions and Non Profit Networking  Cafe'. Tiffany is a training consultant and facilitation expert with 15 plus years’ of Business Management, Marketing and Training  Development experience. She has worked with Fortune 500  brands such as Samsung and Verizon Wireless and has developed and facilitated training classes for several  organizations to help small business owners improve their bottom line such as PeopleFund and SCORE.

Tiffany has extensive content development expertise having developed from inception to execution multiple customer service training programs and technical support new hire classes. She is an entrepreneur, lifestyle blogger with a flair for storytelling, and assisting clients with improving customer and employee experiences via training to change mindsets, increase performance and revenue, and retain customers and employees.