Houston District Office – November 2022

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Illustration of a trophy with text, 2023 National Small Business Week Awards. Now accepting nominations. The SBA logo is included.

Submitting an Award-Winning Nomination 
for SBA National Small Business Week Awards

For more information, join us for an Upcoming Webinar that will explain the details. Click Here for District Guidelines and Information.

Wednesday, November 30
11:00am CST | REGISTER

Monday, December 5
11:00am CST |

Greater Houston Business Procurement Forum: Growing and Scaling Your Business
Through Access to Capital

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Tuesday, November 29 | 8:00am-11:00am CST

LOCATION: The United Way
(50 Waugh Drive – Houston, TX)
Join SBA Houston at this month’s event for networking and panel presentations focused on access to capital.

Born Global Venture Lab

Tuesday, November 29 | 5:00pm CST | REGISTER
LOCATION: University of St. Thomas
Center for Science and Health Professions


BORN GLOBAL VENTURE LAB is an entrepreneur-centered program for founders to showcase their startups, update their business progress, share their best practice with fellow founders, and seek feedback and resources from investors, experts, partners, and members of the Born Global Community. The goal is to help foreign-born and native-born founders with storytelling, problem-solving, product development, testing marketing, decision-making, talent acquisition, business development, and fundraising, etc.

Meet the BUyer

City of Houston 14th Annual
Meet the Buyer Purchasing Forum

Thursday, December 1 | 8:15am CST | DETAILS

Meet the Buyer is the ultimate opportunity for small businesses to learn about upcoming contract opportunities and how to do business with the City of Houston and other government agencies, as well as connect and network with procurement agents, prime contractors, and business support service agencies.

Regional Opportunity Forum

Regional Opportunity Forum Hosted by the Tri-County Regional Black Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, December 1 | 10:00am-3:00pm CST | REGISTER
LOCATION: Lamar Institute of Technology – Multicultural Center
(855 E. Lavaca – Beaumont, TX)
ENGAGE, SUCCEED, AND PROSPER! Let’s talk “Texas” business with partners and supporters at this end of the year business conference. Valuable business information, resources, and tools for business owners to achieve entrepreneurial parity and economic prosperity will be shared. Topics will include: SBA & preferred lenders presentations, State of Texas HUB Program Training, Alliance Program Training with TXDot, Getting to the Money with Marketing, Developing a Plan for Success and so much more.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

COVID Economic Injury Disaster
Loan (EIDL) Repayment Overview

Thursday, December 1 | 11:00am CST | REGISTER
Tuesday, December 6 | 1:30pm CST | REGISTER
Wednesday, December 14 | 12:00pm CST | REGISTER
With the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) first payment date fast approaching, it is important for borrowers to know and understand the payment process. Join the SBA Houston District Office for a webinar on important information and resources to help you monitor, repay, and get servicing help for your COVID EIDL.

Marine Corps Systems Command Contracts
Industry Day – HYBRID

Thursday, December 1 | 10:00am-11:30am CST | DETAILS
Join the MCSC Contracts Office for their quarterly Industry Day! This event is hosted to further communication with industry on current and future requirements. The MCSC Small Business Office will also be in attendance at the event. Limited in-person space available. Industry partners are limited to one RSVP per entity.  

HDO Monthly Information Sessions

Houston District Office Monthly Information Series

Attend these monthly virtual sessions to learn about federal contracting, access to capital, business basics, and to connect with local support resources! 

Federal Contracting Fridays
Friday, December 2 | 10:00am CST | REGISTER
Hosted By: Lead Business Opportunity Specialist Miguel Ruiz
Session Topic: Certifications: Women, Veteran, HUBZone – oh, my!


Talk Small Business Thursdays
Tuesday, December 8 | 10:00am CST | REGISTER

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Business Plan Basics

Monday, December 5 | 10:00am-12:00pm CST | REGISTER
(4201 Main Street, Conference Room 28 – Houston, TX)
December is National Write a Business Plan Month! December is the ideal time to start or review your business plan and strategy and strengthen your business for the year ahead. Entrepreneurs with business plans are twice as likely to obtain capital and more likely to grow than entrepreneurs who do not. This workshop will take you through the key elements of developing a business plan.

Recursos de la SBA que todas pequeña
empresas deben conocer

Lunes, 5 de deciembre | 2:00pm CST | REGISTRARSE
LOCALIDAD: Cámara de Comercio de Conroe/Lake Conroe
(505 West Davis Street – Conroe, TX)
¡Únase a la oficina del distrito de Houston de la SBA para conocer los recursos de la SBA disponibles para usted como pequeña empresa! Esta sesión incluirá una descripción general de nuestros servicios de la SBA, el Centro de aprendizaje de la SBA, nuestro sitio web de la SBA en Houston y una breve descripción general de nuestros socios de recursos. Esta sesión incluirá tiempo para preguntas y respuestas. Este evento será en colaboración con la Cámara de Comercio de Conroe/Lake Conroe y Cámara Hispana del Condado de Montgomery.

SBA 8(a) Business Development Program

Tuesday, December 6 | 9:30am-11:00am CST
WANT TO GROW? This program can be one of the most powerful tools a small business uses. This up to nine-year-term business development program aims to grow and prepare socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses to be more competitive in the federal marketplace. If you’re registered in SAM.gov and completed your DSBS profile and thought about applying to the 8(a) program but aren’t sure whether to take the next steps, this workshop is for you. Also, learn about assistance provided by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

METRO Small Business University:
SBA Resources Every Small Business Should Know

Wednesday, December 7 | 10:00am-11:30am CST | REGISTER
In collaboration with METRO! Join to learn how to navigate through all the resources on the NEW and improved SBA Houston website! SBA Houston will provide an overview of the 4 main areas of service that the SBA provides to small businesses: sources of counseling, sources of capital, developing your business via federal contracts, and disaster assistance. This discussion will also include resource partners information and a brief overview of the SBA Learning Center. This session will include Q&A.

Small Business Export Workshop – Galveston

Wednesday, December 7 | 1:00pm-3:00pm CST | REGISTER
LOCATION: Marmo Plaza (2121 Market St. – Galveston, TX)
Join the Galveston County SBDC in collaboration with the SBA Houston District Office, U.S. Commercial Service and the Port of Galveston – to hear from export experts about various related topics. Find out how you can find and meet your export foreign buyer from U.S. Commercial Service, explore financing options, and learn how the SBDC can help your business with training and advising and learn more about how you can work with the Port of Galveston for exporting. Session will include networking and Q&A.

Money Smart Series: Risk Management –
Planning for the Unexpected

Wednesday, December 7 | 1:00pm CST | REGISTER
After completing this module, you will be able to identify the common risks associated with a small business, identify the external and internal factors which affect risk for a small business, identify situations that may cause risk for a small business, identify the common warning signs of risk for a small business, and implement, monitor, and evaluate a risk management plan for a small business.

WOSB Pathway to Federal Contracting
and Matchmaking – Virtual

Thursday, December 8 | 8:00am-2:30pm CST | DETAILS & REGISTER
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) has partnered with the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USWCC) to host a virtual women-owned small business session. The USWCC and USAID collaborate to unify the collective strength of women to leverage their position as influential economic partners worldwide. The session will address how to partner with the Agency, Fiscal Year 2023 acquisition priorities, and an afternoon matchmaking session with agency officials.

Pitch Your Business’ Financial Needs
to SBA-Approved Lenders!

Thursday, December 8 | 8:30am-12:00pm CST | REGISTER
LOCATION: HCC Eastside Campus – Learning Hub, Room 108
(6815 Rustic Street – Houston, TX 77087)
Traditional lenders, credit unions, microlenders, and certified minority development institutions will be on hand to meet with existing and start-up business owners to discuss funding for small businesses. Attendees will have the opportunity to pitch their financing needs to multiple lenders in scheduled, one-on-one 15-minute sessions! Meet SBA Houston representatives, engage with SBA’s Resource Partner network (who provide free one-on-one business advising), and meet community partners HCC, METRO, and Port Houston.

Fifth Ward Small Business Series: Get to Know the
SBA Resource Partners Panel Discussion

Thursday, December 8 | 11:30am-1:00pm CST | REGISTER
LOCATION: The DeLuxe Theater (3303 Lyons Avenue – Houston, TX)
SBA enables several sources of counseling and training for small business. Join SBA Houston and the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation to hear from a curated panel of SBA resource partners who will discuss the programs/services that they provide and share success stories.

Money Smart Series: Organizational Types of Business

Thursday, December 8 | 1:00pm CST | REGISTER
The class is designed to help participants to identify general characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of each of these organizational types for small businesses such as Sole proprietorship, Partnerships (general partnership, Limited Partnership and limited liability partnership), Limited liability company (LLC) and C-corporations.

MBDA Pandemic Recovery Center:
Think Like an Entrepreneur

Wednesday, December 14 | 11:00am-1:00pm CST | REGISTER
This thought-provoking and powerful workshop will explore the mindset and key attributes of successful entrepreneurs. Facilitated by HCC’s Entrepreneur in Residence, David Regenbaum, you will gain the business acumen needed for your entrepreneurial journey. Whether you plan to launch a new venture, transition from side hustle to full-time entrepreneur, or enhance your career, this 2-hour workshop is for you!

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Building a Buzzworthy Business
with Social Media

Friday, December 2 | 8:00am CST | REGISTER
LOCATION: SHSU SBDC at The Woodlands (3380 College Park Dr., Room 150 – The Woodlands, TX)

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Thursday, December 1 | 1:00pm CST | REGISTER
LOCATION: Houston Community College
(1600 Texas Parkway – Missouri City, TX)

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How to Get WBENC WBE Certified

Friday, December 2 | 1:00pm CST | REGISTER

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Executive Presence

Monday, December 5 | 12:00pm CST | REGISTER



Government Certification Programs A-Z

Wednesday, December 7 | 9:30am CST | REGISTER

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Want to learn more about SBA Programs & Services?

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