For Proposed, Startup & Existing Business Owners
Preparing to Launch and/or Grow their Businesses

$30,000 in Cash and In-Kind Prizes Awarded in May – Prepare Now to Apply

Houston Community College and Newspring are offering five free 2-hour group training sessions and 1-on-1 mentoring February through April to proposed, startup and existing entrepreneurs preparing to start or grow their businesses. It’s an opportunity to fully develop your launch and/or growth strategy, implement it in 2018 and seek funding if you need it. The 2018 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition also awards $30,000 in cash prizes on May 30 to the top five accepted applicants who have moved through the free competition mentoring and training from late February through April. A one-day financial workshop should be taken prior to the start of the competition training. Proposed and startup entrepreneurs should also take a quick online class that assists in preparing business assumptions to be further developed in the competition.

  • Qualifications To Apply:
    • Proposed & Startup Entrepreneurs – 3 Steps: Workshop, Quick Class, Apply
      *Startup=not yet achieved 6 straight mos net profit.
    • Existing Entrepreneurs – 2 Steps: Workshop and Apply
    • 10,000 Small Business Alumni – 1 Step: Apply
  • Class for Some – Creating a Successful Business Plan-Online Class-24 hrs over 6 wks-
    Option 1: December Class You can sign up for the class that started 12/13 until 12/26. Complete twelve two-hour lessons and finish the class by January 19.
    Option 2: January Class – Starts January 17, finish by February 25. More on Class
  • Workshop for Many-Financial Workshop for Small Business Launch & Growth – 1-Day – Understanding Cash Needs, Loan & Business Financials –HCC Ctr. For Entrepreneurship-9a-4:30p. Your Workshop Date Choices: – 1/20, 1/30 or 2/10. BPC Applicants Sign up for the workshop prior to submitting BPC Application! More on Workshop
  • 2018 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition Timeline:
    • February 16 – Accepted Contestants Notified
    • February thru April – Competition Training Sessions & 1-on-1 Mentoring – Five 2-Hour Tues Evening Sessions 2/27, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17
    • May 7-Plans Due
    • May 24-Finalists Present to Judges
    • May 30-Celebrate All Plans Completed and Award $30,000 in Cash & In-Kind Prizes

For More on Class, Workshop, Competition, & to Take Action:

Center for Entrepreneurship – HCC NW [email protected] 713-718-6650

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