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The upcoming Governor’s Small Business Forum: Growth Strategies for a Global Economy in Houston on October 7th will feature a day full of workshops by top companies and experts geared towards helping small businesses at all stages of growth and expansion. Government representatives from federal, state, and local agencies will also offer guidance on programs and contracting opportunities.

The forum is sponsored by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, the Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce, Insperity, the Texas Governor’s Office, Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions of the Gulf Coast, and other local partners and companies. The event is expected to attract between 300 to 400 small business owners.

After a general morning session with the Texas Workforce Commission and Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast on programs offered to help hire and train a skilled workforce, attendees are encouraged to attend breakout sessions aligned with their current stage of growth: Getting Started, Taking Off, Managing Growth, and Going Global.  Attendees can attend sessions from any track throughout the day.

The “Getting Started” workshops are geared toward aspiring entrepreneurs in the early stages of development and operation. Experts will be on hand to answer questions on startup funding options and legal, accounting, and insurance requirements. There will also be procurement specialists from the city and state present to address how to get involved in the millions of dollars in contracts the will be issued in the coming year. Roger Kemper of the University of Houston will also give a talk on “Excellence in Selling”.

“Taking Off” workshops address the next stage of growth, and introduce small business owners to experts in online sales, marketing, and payment solutions with featured workshops by top companies including Google. Attendees will also learn about financing solutions available to help small businesses grow. The “Launching from Houston” panel will explore the future of Houston as the top export city in the country and how small businesses can take part.

Designed for small business owners trying to navigate substantial growth, “Managing Growth” sessions will teach the key elements to increasing revenues, gaining market share, and managing a growing company. Featured workshops include those from Goldman Sachs 10, 000 Small Businesses on improving operations, “Fundamentals of Strategic Growth” by Insperity, and how to write press releases and give interviews with Drummond Public Relations. The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will give more in-depth training on winning government contracts.

The “Going Global” track can help businesses at all stages of growth interested in selling your products or services abroad. Find out firsthand on the mechanics of international trade relations with Texas from representatives of Mexico, China, Germany, Korea, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Likewise, US government agencies and a team of top international business experts will be on hand to help answer exporting questions.

Throughout the day, there will also be plenty of time to network with the local businesses and top companies attending. The business expo will feature local business and chambers of commerce and will be available throughout the day. During lunch, the State of Texas Small Business Awards will be presented to eight outstanding small businesses from the area. The end of the day will have a networking break from 5:30 to 7pm to allow businesses and speakers to mix and connect.

The forum will also provide accommodation to provide deaf and hard of hearing entrepreneurs with the opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of this forum.

Houston Community College, in partnership with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, is offering Greater Houston area small business owners access to a practical business and management education.  Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall cohort.  Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2013.  For more information, please visit us at

Accepted applicants will receive a scholarship from Houston Community College, which is funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation.  The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and program materials.

Tickets are $25 for the breakout sessions only, $40 for the luncheon and keynote only, and $50 for all day. To register, go to or call (281) 943 7800

Media Contact:

Wendi Goodwin

(281) 685 2500

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