Small Business / Entrepreneurship

Who We Are

The Office of Entrepreneurial 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 opportunities.  The Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives leads and coordinates all business and entrepreneurial initiatives by providing system wide support, and leadership to fulfill HCC’s Strategic Agenda to “Cultivate and Entrepreneurial Culture Across the Institution.”


Teen Entrepreneur College

‌Entrepreneurship is a profound international, national and local imperative. Houston Community College is deeply committed to supporting and growing entrepreneurial initiatives that enrich and strengthen our community.

The new Teen Entrepreneur College is a credit-based program that blends classroom instruction with interactive activities, creativity, self-sufficiency, business development, and financial literacy, all supported by mentoring and strategic benchmarks.

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Highlights: 2015 Teen Entrepreneur Summit 

Community College Consortium Grant

In a global society, HCC prepares students to address issues that transcend national boundaries while fostering good citizenship. We consider international awareness and experiences to be essential aspects of today's curriculum.

Lorin Banja
Program Coordinator
Phone: 713-718-2684
Cell: 713-240-1249
Email: lorin.banja@hccs.ed


HCC IDEA Pitch Competition

The HCC IDEA Pitch Competition, previously titled as HCC Elevator Pitch Competition, is a platform for any HCC student to share their creative ideas.  The competition is designed to explore innovative approaches to answering pressing societal needs and to foster an atmosphere of social dialogue.

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Hackathon Competition

  • Inventathon@HCC - Learn More
  • VeX Robotics Competition
  • APIathon & APIfest - Coming Soon

InnovateHER Competition

Houston Community College in collaboration with the City of Houston-Office of Business Opportunity announces the InnovateHER Competition, sponsored by the SBA (Small Business Administration.)

InnovateHER 2016 is designed to help identify products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families.
Note: 11/17/2015 - Registration for the 2016 InnovateHer Competition is closed.

InnovateHER 2017: Innovating for Women Business Challenge, a nationwide business competition to drive attention and resources to innovative products and services that make our lives easier and longer.
Note: June 5, 2017 - Deadline for Business Plan Submission by 11:55 pm

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Opportunity Workshops 

  • Innovation Thinking (or IDEAS Generation) - Learn discovery skills to be innovative.
  • Design Thinking Workshop – A creative process that helps you design meaningful solutions.
  • Idea Validation Workshop – is your idea commercialize, what problem are you really solving?
  • IDEA to Prototype! – Have a product idea? Make it into a prototype!
  • Business Plan Workshops – how to create a successful business plan.
  • Presentations - Best Practices when making presentations and when presentation.
  • Create a Word Press Website – a walkthrough of the WordPress dashboard and management tools
  • Accounting 101 – For non-business majors, learn to manage money.
  • Marketing 101 – For non-business majors, learn to new marketing.
  • LinkedIn – a walkthrough of LinkedIn and best practices to promote your profile
  • Social Media 101 – Essential tools and overview of popularly used social media platforms.
  • Excel 101, Advanced - Intro level – Definitions, layouts, and tables. Advanced – pivot tables and cloud sharing.
  • Word 101, Advanced – Intro level – Formatting, Layouts, Ribbon, and styles. Advanced – Mail Merge
  • Access 101 – Intro Level – Introduction to Tables & Queries, Advanced – Forms & Reports.
  • Smartphones 101 – Discover top tools and apps for collaboration, sharing, organization, and making!
  • Raspberry Pi – Introduction to Mini Computers
  • Robotics 101 – 4-hour hands-on workshops to build your own car, code it and test it! Introduction to autonomous driving.
  • Learn to Code: Python Coding - Learn about a widely used programming language.
  • Learn to Code: Codefest - Create a web page by coding into notepad.
  • Let’s make Apps: Android Apps - introduction to android app platforms, templates, and activities/modules.
  • Let’s Make Apps: iOS Apps - introduction to iOS app platforms, templates, and activities/modules.
  • VR/AR – Learn to paint in the air with augmented reality.
  • Storytelling – Create a video story, using Adobe Premier Pro
  • YouTube 101 – Learn to upload and editing of videos on YouTube
  • Snapchat 101 – Quick workshop on uses of Snapchat
  • Twitter & Facebook Marketing 101 – Workshop on marketing on Facebook and twitter.
  • Tech Faire (Maker Faire) -
  • Google Analytics – Learn how to implement Google Analytics on your website and understand your data
  • Google Apps – Introduction to Google Apps for non-profits
  • #Slack – demonstration of an online collaboration tool used to manage team projects
  • BaseCamp – demonstration of a team project management tool for teachers and students.

See past or upcoming trainings and workshops on Eventbrite

/C@deFest// Workshops - Create Your Own Website

Create your own website from scratch! Students will get hands-on experience to develop a website on their laptops and publish live on the web. This is a “hands-on” workshop using laptop computers (bring your own laptop!).

Programming is a unifying language across cultures and geographic divides. Technology in general and coding specifically are a critical part of today’s globalized economy and an important aspect of any international business or marketing global studies program. Students will learn the basic concepts of declarative vs procedural languages with JavaScript and HTML used to explain the difference.

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How to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Awesome! Inspired by TED Talks

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Centers for Entrepreneurship

BIZCONNECT - Center for Entrepreneurship - HCC NW

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Bi-lingual Small Business Development Training

The Corporate College at HCC delivers customized, contract training to Houston’s commercial business, industry, and government employers. Our training and development solutions are high-quality, competitively priced, and relevant. The Workplace English program is built on the premise that language learners become more motivated if their learning experience correlates to immediate life application. In this program the English learning activities are centered on the employees’ specific job functions. Focus is given in building workplace vocabulary, conversational practice is centered on relevant industry topics, and the mix of literacy skills practiced is tailored to the skills most necessary for the environment in the employee’s current workplace.

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Entrepreneurship AAS & Certificates

Marketing - Innovation and Enterprise Specialization - AAS

The AAS in Marketing provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to pursue a career in marketing, marketing research, advertising, retailing or sales. The degree offers a wide spectrum of courses in all aspects of marketing including marketing services. The program is designed for anyone seeking entry-level employment in the field of Marketing as it evolves into market driven innovation and enterprise solutions.

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Marketing - Social Enterprise - Certificate Level I

This Certificate provides students an understanding of varieties of innovation and the commercialization of technology, the changing basis of competitive advantage over time, and the modern approaches to adding value to products and services, including user interfaces, user experience, and consumer branding.

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Marketing - Enterprise Development - Certificate Level I

Enterprise development is a systematic approach to controlling growth, development and improvement of a purposeful or industrious activity organized to provide a service or product within an economy.

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Business Administration Entrepreneurship - Certificate

The Business Management-Entrepreneurship certificate provides students with instruction in entrepreneurial skills, business principles, accounting, and real life experiences through cooperative education. The program is designed to assist students in starting their own businesses.

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Entrepreneurial Skill Building and Training

Business Coaching and Mentoring - contact: Ravi Brahmbhatt

Student Clubs

Entrepreneurs Club at HCC Central

Contact Professor Philip Tussing ( or Ravi Brahmbhatt (

Student Innovation Club (District)

Advisory Council
Roland Fields
Ravi Brahmbhatt
Susan Thompson
Jordan Carswell
Philip Tussing
Ruben Duran
Sean Otmishi

Club Leadership
Mohammed Almani (President) 
Omer Tarik (Vice President)

  • For More, Contact Professor Ravi Brahmbhatt (


Small Business Resources

Maya Durnovo

Chief Entrepreneurial Initiatives Officer

12E14 3100 Main, Houston, TX 77478