Small Business open house and events set Nov. 17-19

Published on: November 05, 2009

What small business resources are available at Lone Star College-CyFair? Find out at the open house, campus tour, keynote speaker presentation and more during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

“The goal of Global Entrepreneurship Week activities is to raise awareness among the area business owners and community members just what LSC-CyFair has to offer, not only to help businesses be more successful but to assist those considering starting a business,” said Melinda Becker, lead business faculty and co-organizer of Global Entrepreneurship Week. “We also want to provide real-world insight to our students – they are future business owners and leaders.”

Global Entrepreneurship Week activities begin with a Small Business Open House and tours set 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.  Meet Karen Cavallaro, senior consultant with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in the Conference Center lobby for information and tours.

In addition to confidential experienced business consulting services, Cavallaro provides business plan assistance; market research, analysis and strategy; sales and marketing plan development; loan assistance; cash management and budgeting; professional referral service and more.

The library houses additional electronic business resources as well as printed materials, such as “SBA Loans: a step-by-step guide” by Patrick O’Hara. Learn about electronic resources including databases such as Business Source Complete and Reference USA or software available, such as Quick Books Pro, Business Plan Pro, Marketing Plan Pro and MS Office 2003 and 2007.

Global Entrepreneurship Week continues Wednesday, Nov. 18 with an Entrepreneurship Owner Panel Discussion at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Center and the film and discussion of “Wall Street” at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Building, room102. 

Panelists, including a franchise owner, a lawyer and other business owners from varying businesses, will share how they got their start in business as well as insight into what they know now that they wish they knew then, said Ruben Howard, lead faculty business and event co-organizer. The panel discussion audience will also learn some basics such as accounting, business plan development and marketing. This event includes a question and answer period.

Activities conclude Thursday, Nov. 19 with keynote speaker Mark Bent, Founder of SunNight Solar. Join Bent from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Technology Building, room 102, for his presentation titled “Product Development for the Bottom-of-the-Pyramid Consumer.”

For information on this event or the college’s business department, go to LoneStar.edu or call Becker at 281-290- 3284. For information on SBDC, go to www.lonestar.edu/sbdc or call Cavallaro at 832-482-1057.

About Lone Star College System SBDC
The Lone Star College System Small Business Development Center is a business consulting and training center of the UH SBDC Network. The Network serves 32 counties in Southeast Texas. UH SBDC Network is a program of the UH CT Bauer College of Business and a resource partner of the US Small Business Administration whose services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. SBA cannot endorse any products, opinions or services of any external parties or activities. The University of Houston is an EEO/AA institution.