Liftoff Houston Business Plan Competition

Liftoff Houston Business Plan Competition Liftoff Houston! is the City of Houston’s first business plan competition. The competition is a collaborative effort between Capital One Bank, Houston Public Library and the Office of Business Opportunity.
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The competition is a collaborative effort between Capital One Bank, Houston Public Library (HPL) and the Office of Business Opportunity (OBO), and is designed to engage and empower Houstonians seeking to start a business using the robust resources available through HPL and OBO. The competition will take place in over a 6 month period. Applicants will participate in workshops ranging from business plan basics to presenting capital requests to financial institutions, as well as information sessions on essential City of Houston business resources available through HPL and OBO. The goal is to enable individuals to successfully research and develop their business plan. Applicants will also receive additional support from professional business coaches/mentors and personal financial advisors to further refine the business plan for submission and presentation. A mandatory orientation will be offered at select libraries across Houston to provide interested individuals with detailed information about the competition and the process to participate. This entrepreneurial initiative aims to encourage Houston residents to achieve their goals of business ownership while contributing to the local growth and sustainability of the Houston economy. The path to launching a business starts with Liftoff Houston! CONTACT Houston Business Solutions Center 611 Walker St, Lobby Houston, TX 77002 Telephone: 832-393-0954 [email protected]

Mission: To encourage Houston residents to achieve their goals of business ownership while contributing to the local growth and sustainability of the Houston economy.

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Who will win $10,000 this Saturday to jump-start their business? Find out by joining us this Saturday, November 7, 2020,...
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Who will win $10,000 this Saturday to jump-start their business? Find out by joining us this Saturday, November 7, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., to hear pitches from our nine finalists and also be present as we announce the winner from each category of this year’s LiftOff Houston start-up business plan competition, sponsored by Capital One. RSVP today by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/.../2020-liftoff-houston-pitch....
Product:
ABES Co. – Megan Hageney
Lil’ Munchkiinn – Nneku Ukegbu
GOAT + BEAR – Wendell Matthews
Service:
Heal Every Day – Amy and Stephen Lin
Kairos Chemical and Distribution – Jerome Vielman
Black Pearl Blue Hope Project – Nicole Goodman
Innovation:
Brandedby Bushell – Deniece Bushell
Cosmetic Concierge Nurses – Kimberly Jones
Crowns Plant Based Icecream LLC – Tia Green

These eight judges have worked to help us find our three $10,000 prize winners. Find out who was selected by joining us ...
11/06/2020

These eight judges have worked to help us find our three $10,000 prize winners. Find out who was selected by joining us this Saturday, November 7, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., to hear pitches from our nine finalists and also be present as we announce the winner from each category of this year’s LiftOff Houston start-up business plan competition, sponsored by Capital One. RSVP today by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-liftoff-houston-pitch-day-tickets-124337485767

These eight judges have worked to help us find our three $10,000 prize winners. Find out who was selected by joining us ...
11/02/2020

These eight judges have worked to help us find our three $10,000 prize winners. Find out who was selected by joining us this Saturday, November 7, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., to hear pitches from our nine finalists and also be present as we announce the winner from each category of this year’s LiftOff Houston start-up business plan competition, sponsored by Capital One. RSVP today by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-liftoff-houston-pitch-day-tickets-124337485767.

Who will win $10,000 this Saturday to jump-start their business? Find out by joining us this Saturday, November 7, 2020,...
11/02/2020

Who will win $10,000 this Saturday to jump-start their business? Find out by joining us this Saturday, November 7, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., to hear pitches from our nine finalists and also be present as we announce the winner from each category of this year’s LiftOff Houston start-up business plan competition, sponsored by Capital One. RSVP today by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-liftoff-houston-pitch-day-tickets-124337485767.

Product:
ABES Co. – Megan Hageney
Lil’ Munchkiinn – Nneku Ukegbu
GOAT + BEAR – Wendell Matthews

Service:
Heal Every Day – Amy and Stephen Lin
Kairos Chemical and Distribution – Jerome Vielman
Black Pearl Blue Hope Project – Nicole Goodman

Innovation:
Brandedby Bushell – Deniece Bushell
Cosmetic Concierge Nurses – Kimberly Jones
Crowns Plant Based Icecream LLC – Tia Green

Join us for the Innovation Specialized Workshop on Tuesday, September 29th  at 6:00 pm -7:30 pm, as we welcome Oana Borc...
09/24/2020

Join us for the Innovation Specialized Workshop on Tuesday, September 29th at 6:00 pm -7:30 pm, as we welcome Oana Borcoman, EVOKE CEO / Founder. This workshop focuses on common practices for the innovation's industry businesses inclusive of how to remain creative and sustain businesses through challenges like the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Want to know how to ACCESS CAPITAL for your BUSINESS? Join us for one of the Access to Capital workshops on September 21...
09/18/2020

Want to know how to ACCESS CAPITAL for your BUSINESS? Join us for one of the Access to Capital workshops on September 21st | September 23rd | September 26th. RSVP at
www.liftoffhouston.smapply.org to hear presentations from Capital One, LiftFund, PeopleFund, HBDi, and SBA.

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Join us for the PRODUCT INDUSTRY specific workshop with Tamala Austin of Jive Juice. This specialized workshop will focu...
09/04/2020

Join us for the PRODUCT INDUSTRY specific workshop with Tamala Austin of Jive Juice. This specialized workshop will focus on small business owners and how to prepare for unforeseen disasters like COVID-19; including general practices for product industry businesses.

The workshop will be offered on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 6PM. This session is FREE and OPEN to the public; however, seating is limited, so please RSVP early at www.liftoffhouston.smapply.org.

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Pitching the Business Workshop will be presented by the Sandra Louvier from the Houston Community College, Center for En...
09/04/2020

Pitching the Business Workshop will be presented by the Sandra Louvier from the Houston Community College, Center for Entrepreneurship will provide participants with additional assistance in refining their final business pitch, so that it is engaging for judges and future investors.

There are 3 opportunities to attend this workshop on September 14th | September 16th | September 19th.

The workshops are FREE and OPEN to the public; however, seating is limited, so please RSVP early at www.liftoffhouston.smapply.org.

Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce
HoustonArea Urban LeagueGuild NAACP Young Adults (Houston-OFFICIAL) NAACP Houston Branch Houston Small Business Networking Houston Small Business Marketing WBEA- Womens Business Center

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Join us for the the Personal and Business Credit Workshop presented by Start Smart. The workshop will help participants ...
08/28/2020

Join us for the the Personal and Business Credit Workshop presented by Start Smart. The workshop will help participants have a better understanding of both personal and business credit, and how both affect ways to secure funding for their business. It will also cover the process of building business credit without putting personal credit at risk. There are 3 opportunities to attend this workshop on September 2nd | September 9th | September 12th.
The workshops are FREE and OPEN to the public; however, seating is limited, so please RSVP early at www.liftoffhouston.smapply.org.

Join us for the Service Industry specific workshop with Linda Nguyen of Roostar Vietnamese Grill. This specialized works...
08/21/2020

Join us for the Service Industry specific workshop with Linda Nguyen of Roostar Vietnamese Grill. This specialized workshop will focus on small business owners and how to prepare for unforeseen disasters like COVID-19; including general practices for service industry businesses.

The workshop will be offered on Tuesday, August 26, 2020 at 6PM. This session is FREE and OPEN to the public; however, seating is limited, so please RSVP early at www.liftoffhouston.smapply.org.

ARE YOU READY TO LIFTOFF?! The Business Financials Workshop presented by @LiftFund will cover the understanding of busin...
08/21/2020

ARE YOU READY TO LIFTOFF?! The Business Financials Workshop presented by @LiftFund will cover the understanding of business financial data, including start-up cost, funding sources, cash flow and income projections, and financial history. There are 3 opportunities to attend this workshop on August 26th | August 29th | August 31st.
The workshops are FREE and OPEN to the public; however, seating is limited, so please RSVP early at www.liftoffhouston.smapply.org.

Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce
HoustonArea Urban LeagueGuild NAACP Young Adults (Houston-OFFICIAL) NAACP Houston Branch Houston Small Business Networking Houston Small Business Marketing WBEA- Womens Business Center

#LiftOffHouston #SmallBusiness #Entrepreneurs #LiftOffHouston2020 #LiftFund #LiftOffHouston2020 #BusinessPlanCompetition #EducationalPathway #StartingABusiness #BusinessFinancials #BusinessMarketing #PersonalandBusinessCredit #PitchingABusiness #BusinessCoaching

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Green Houston Tx

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ARE YOU READY TO LIFTOFF?! The Business Marketing Workshop presented by the The Kyra Company will focus on business marketing strategies, including the best approaches to selling their product, determining the best location for their business, as well as pricing, buying and promotion. Sales forecasting will also be discussed. There are 3 opportunities to attend this workshop on August 19th | August 22nd | August 24th.
The workshops are FREE and OPEN to the public; however, seating is limited, so please RSVP early at www.liftoffhouston.smapply.org.

Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston Black Chamber Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce HoustonArea Urban LeagueGuild NAACP NAACP Houston Branch Houston Small Business Community Houston Small Business Marketing Women's Business Enterprise Alliance

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Count Down to LiftOff Houston Application Deadline - 1 Day Left

Peter F. Drucker once said, “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” Now, it's your turn to take a bold step in turning your dream into a reality. Take the first step one and apply for LiftOff Houston Start-Up Business Plan Competition for a chance to win $10,000 for your start-up business or business idea. You only have 1 more day remaining. APPLY NOW! www.liftoffhouston.smapply.org.

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Let the count down begin! The 2020 LiftOff Houston Start-Up Business Plan Competition Application closes in 5 days. APPLY NOW at www.liftoffhouston.smapply.org.

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BakerRipley

Since March, we have helped 684 #entrepreneurs and small business owners through virtual coaching. One initiative, developed by our #SmallBusiness Program and HOPE Clinic’s Bite of HOPE Program, has helped small restaurant owners stay afloat during this crisis. In this test run, eight women-owned businesses participated in the pilot program. The program focuses on using this time to reignite and implement strategies to allow for quick recovery. Learn more about the program: https://bit.ly/3gdkQZ8

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Liftoff Houston 2020 - Mayor Sylvester Turner's Message

Mayor Sylvester Turner invites you to apply to the #LiftoffHouston2020 Business Plan Competition! The application deadline is on Monday, Aug. 10! Go to www.liftoffhouston.smapply.org to learn how you can win $10,000 for your business idea or startup!

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Mayor Sylvester Turner invites Houstonians to apply for Liftoff Houston, the city's annual business plan competition. Contestants can win $10,000 for their s...

The application deadline is quickly approaching, SUBMIT your application TODAY for a chance to WIN $10,000 for your star...
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The application deadline is quickly approaching, SUBMIT your application TODAY for a chance to WIN $10,000 for your start-up business or idea! https://liftoffhouston.smapply.org

Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce
HoustonArea Urban LeagueGuild
NAACP Houston Branch NAACP Young Adults (Houston-OFFICIAL) Namc Houston Houston Small Business Community Houston Black Owned Businesses WBEA- Womens Business Center

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ARE YOU READY TO LIFTOFF?! The Starting A Business Workshop presented by PeopleFund will cover business plan basics. Par...
08/04/2020

ARE YOU READY TO LIFTOFF?! The Starting A Business Workshop presented by PeopleFund will cover business plan basics. Participants will learn what a business plan entails, and how the plan can help determine the overall success of their business. There are 3 opportunities to attend this workshop on August 12th | August 15th or August 17th.

The workshops are FREE and OPEN to the public; however, seating is limited, so please RSVP early at www.liftoffhouston.smapply.org.

Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce
HoustonArea Urban LeagueGuild NAACP Young Adults (Houston-OFFICIAL) NAACP Houston Branch Houston Small Business Networking Houston Small Business Marketing WBEA- Womens Business Center

#LiftOffHouston #SmallBusiness #Entrepreneurs #LiftOffHouston2020 #PeopleFund #StartingABusiness
#WinnerPanel #LiftOffHouston2020 #BusinessPlanCompetition #EducationalPathway #StartingABusiness #BusinessFinancials #BusinessMarketing #PersonalandBusinessCredit #PitchingABusiness #BusinessCoaching

The application deadline is quickly approaching, SUBMIT your application TODAY for a chance to WIN $10,000 for your star...
08/03/2020

The application deadline is quickly approaching, SUBMIT your application TODAY for a chance to WIN $10,000 for your start-up business or idea! https://liftoffhouston.smapply.org/

Ready to LIFTOFF?! Join us for ORIENTATION for the LiftOff Houston Start-Up Business Plan Competition by signing up TODA...
08/02/2020

Ready to LIFTOFF?! Join us for ORIENTATION for the LiftOff Houston Start-Up Business Plan Competition by signing up TODAY. Remember, you must attend orientation to be eligible to participate in the Business Plan Competition and the Educational Pathway. Orientation will be offered on August 3rd, August 5th, August 8th and August 10th. Reserve your spot NOW at https://liftoffhouston.smapply.org/ or via Liftoff Houston Business Plan Competition events!

A very special thank you to our Liftoff Houston winners who took time to share their success stories at yesterday evenin...
07/30/2020

A very special thank you to our Liftoff Houston winners who took time to share their success stories at yesterday evening's #LiftoffHouston2020 Winner's Panel. Don't forget application deadline is on Monday, Aug. 10! Apply at liftoffhouston.smapply.org.

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Hi! when are you opening the registration for this year?
Hi! when are you opening the registration for this year?
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