Thursday, October 22, 2009

The most cost-effective way to build a business, especially in a tough economy.

"Once again, thank you so sincerely." Yeboa Amoa, Managing Director, Ghana Stock Exchang

Services Cooperative Association is a unique business development organization founded by a group of small business men and women who recognized the value in fostering individual initiative in the free enterprise system at grass roots levels of emerging enterprises.

Created from research by the Houston Chamber of Commerce - Small Business Council from 1980 to 1982, the cooperative held its first meeting on March 15, 1983, with 14 companies represented. As of October 21, 2009, more than 43,691 companies have attended SCA business building programs, more than 34,913 referrals for new business items have been generated, multiple SCA Chapters have operated throughout Houston and the cooperative has received national and international acclaim for its accomplishments in economic development and entrepreneurship education.

The methodology of the co-op is to teach entrepreneurship in a synergistic environment,

Check it out.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Thinking About Starting Your Own Business?

  • The entrepreneurial bug has bitten you?
  • You are in a period of transition and starting your own business is an alternative?
  • You've finally had enough of working for someone else?

You've got questions?

We’ve got answers!

And . . . more hands-on business experience in teaching people how to start businesses than anyone else in Texas. We’re the place for growth in Houston for people who want to make things happen.

How do I get my questions answered?

Attend the Friday Forum or the Business Building Breakfast for a wealth of information.

Need immediate response with a burning issue? Contact us by phone at 713-932-7495 ext. 13 or email

Saturday, August 22, 2009

How I Developed and Found My Brand

Speaker: Kamina Richardson - Program Manager
Business of Ambition - Co-Curricular Activities, Programs & Services
Drexel University, LeBow College of Business
Women’s Business Assistance Forum Conference Call
Monday, August 24th - 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Women's Business Assistance Forum
"Sharing the '6 Ms' of Business Success for Women"
Management - Marketing - Mentoring - Methodology - Money - Motivation
Brought to you by: Womens Business Center

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

How to Start a Business Incubator

The Incubator Self-Sufficiency Group is a service bureau to the small business incubation industry for economic development corporations, communities, universities, consultants, career professionals and others interested in establishing or investing in small business incubators and for currently established incubators wishing to upgrade client development methodologies or transfer from not-for-profit to for-profit status.

Startup companies spent $102,236,640,000 in 2006. (Breakdown by states is available by clicking here.)

The ISSG was the first such in the nation to provide the comprehensive range of consulting services and technologies required for the diversity of the industry.

Friday, July 31, 2009

What is a Professional Development Coach

Why "professional development?" This is how you present yourself in your professional environment so that you are appreciated, admired and respected by all those who come in contact with you.

Unfortunately, sometimes, even in the most favorable of circumstances, it is virtually impossible for you to do whatever it is you want to do just by yourself. It simply can't be done, no matter how much you want it, how hard you try or how important you know it to be.

When you find yourself in that situation, look to an external influence - a coach, guide, mentor or advisor. More than anything else this person is to keep you mindful of things to be done, knowledgeable of how to do them, and motivated to get them completed.

Friday, July 17, 2009

We are celebrating!

We are celebrating the successes of the many companies we have worked with since our beginning in 1985.

Our client companies have won virtully every award in Houston for emerging businesses!

You can celebrate with us. Let's celebrate your success. How do you measure your success?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Oldest in Texas !!

The EDC pioneered business development and entrepreneurial education programs to accelerate business growth for entrepreneurs in emerging businesses without using public funding.

The EDC is the first incubator in the nation designed to be totally self-sufficient, based entirely on client fees for services rendered and not public funding, grants, gifts, donations or contributions

Neither the EDC, nor its sponsor, the SCA, have taken the first dime of public money, focusing instead on creating value for clients in such a way as to grow their companies faster than they could possibly do it on their own and fulfill a niche in the marketplace. (A fundamental process for any successful business, eh?)

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