CBBIC Celebrates National Small Business Week with Free Workshops for Local Small Business Owners

Published: May 05, 2017

CBBIC Celebrates National Small Business Week with Free Workshops for Local Small Business Owners

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Making up the majority of employment opportunities, small businesses are a major part of the Texan economy. During the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) National Small Business Week, the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (CBBIC) celebrated small businesses. More than 300 local entrepreneurs attended the Innovation Center’s events from May 1-5.

“We provided a full week of events that outlined business resources available locally, as well as funding sources for various types of businesses,” said Russell Franques, Associate Director of Client Relations at the CBBIC. “This empowers the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Coastal Bend. That is a primary mission of The Center.”

Part of the CBBIC’s mission is to help local entrepreneurs with innovative ideas start their own ventures. The Center works to provide high-value information to these clients. This high impact information includes sales training, “C Suite” consulting and brand building.

Other ways the CBBIC upholds their mission is through providing events during National Small Business Week. During the 2016 Small Business Week, the CBBIC hosted the inaugural “Where Is the Money” event. This year, the event expanded to include five panels over the entire week.

“National Small Business Week has been celebrated for over 50 years and is spearheaded by the SBA,” said Franques. “With the assistance of our many great partners, we look forward to continuing to provide a meaningful impact on small businesses throughout the Coastal Bend.”

2017 Small Business Week panels included:

  • “Running a Successful Family Business,” addressed succession issues in family business and how to create successful transitions. Members of successful family businesses, Susser Holdings Corporation and Adame Commercial, were present to speak at the panel.
  • “The Entrepreneurial World Around You,” allowed small business owners to meet the organizations that support small businesses in the Coastal Bend as well as learn how to capitalize and leverage the existing resources available for entrepreneurs.
  • “Entrepreneur Night & Small Business Awards,” was a networking event. It informed small business owners and other entrepreneurial-minded individuals of the resources available to them in the region. Local South Texas businesses were also awarded for their achievements and impacts to the Coastal Bend area.
  • “Where is the Money?” discussed where to find funding to start or grow businesses. It also discussed some of the best funding alternatives.
  • “A Closer Look at SBA Programs,” provided an overview of multiple topics including the SBA, economic development and resources, capital opportunities and federal government contracting opportunities. There was also a question and answer session.

The Innovation Center is a small business incubator that nurtures the development of innovative companies. Staffed by a team of well-qualified individuals, the CBBIC provides strategic guidance, access to investors, business mentors, access to a workspace environment and many other resources. 

To learn more about the CBBIC or Small Business Week, visit cbbic.tamucc.edu.