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Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center to Host Inaugural ‘Where is the Money?’ Event for National Small Business Week

April 26, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center is set to host its first “Where is the Money?” event on Thursday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Business Innovation Center, 10201 South Padre Island Drive, Suite 100, to celebrate National Small Business Week. The event is free and open to the general public; however, pre-registration is required.

The event will offer opportunities for local small businesses and startups in the region to learn more about funding resources available to them; and allow for organizations to make themselves known to small business owners seeking funding. The event will feature a panel of nearly 20 different traditional and non-traditional funding and financing sources that will pitch their programs to the audience.

“We are excited to offer this first-of-its kind event in our community,” said Dr. John Gamble, Dean of the College of Business at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  “The availability of reliable funding sources is essential to any rapidly-growing new business.”

Each panelist will be given three minutes to present their program to the audience. The audience will have the opportunity to meet individually with representatives of the funding sources upon the conclusion of the panelist presentations.  Dr. K. Mark Weaver, Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at TAMU-CC, and Dr. Kent Byus, Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing at the College of Business at TAMU-CC, will facilitate the event.

Small businesses and startups are encouraged to attend. Register for this event, which includes appetizers and refreshments, at http://www.innovation4texas.com/WhereIsTheMoney/. For more information about the event or questions, call Chau Hoang at 361.825.3519; or email chau.hoang@tamucc.edu.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi established the Business Innovation Center in 2009 to promote higher education, research commercialization and economic development. A key component of the Center is its proven programs that assist companies at different stages of development to accelerate their growth and ensure long-term success. Since its inception, the Business Innovation Center has helped more than 135 companies and, in 2015, current clients reported 780 full-time job equivalent, over $2.7 million dollars in annual salaries, and $6.5 million in annual revenues. To learn more about the Business Innovation Center, go to http://www.innovation4texas.com/.