Tag - Entrepreneurship

SCORE Fort Worth Women’s Business Forum IGNITE!

Experience the 5th Annual Women Business Forum IGNITE! hosted by Score Fort Worth. Get ready to ignite innovation, engage with influential women, excel in your industry and celebrate the immense potential of women in the business world. This extraordinary event promises to be a captivating experience, inviting women entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals from all professional backgrounds to come together and embark on a transformative journey. September 14, 2023 >> 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Registration will start at 8:00 AM) Venue: Hurst Conference Center Stay for social event from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (included in your registration) Your entire day will...

SBA 8(a) program

What you will learn: Provide fundamental information on the 8(a) Business Development program Benefits of being an 8(a) certified entity Explain the basics you need to register in the 8(a) Business Development program Resources available for 8(a) registration assistance. Meet the presenter: James R. (Jim Bob) Rollins currently works as a Procurement Counselor for the University of Texas at Arlington Cross Timbers APEX Accelerator. He is a native of Texas and veteran. He began a career with the Procurement Technical Assistance Program as a Part-Time Procurement Counselor, Senior Procurement Counselor, and Director at the Angelina College Procurement Assistance Center, until it was closed by Angelina College...

Lending for New Small Businesses

Not all lenders provide the same services. You will want to narrow your search to those that offer the type of financing you are looking for and will be likely to approve your loan application based upon you and your business creditworthiness. Ryan will discuss the factors that determine creditworthiness. Ryan Melendez serves as the Assistant Vice President, and Market Leader for BB&T at the Crestview Banking Centers. His career has included experience in Small Business lending at the branch and district level for IBC Bank. He has 15 years of experience in retail banking and small business lending, where he...

3 Lessons from a PeopleFund Borrower

PeopleFund is a CDFI = Community Development Financial Institution and is a non-profit lender. A CDFIs’ goal is to broaden economic opportunity by providing access to financial services. CDFIs provide a range of financial products, like mortgages for low-income and first-time home buyers and commercial loans for small businesses (PeopleFund). About 1,000 CDFIs are in operation across the country. One of the amazing things about CDFIs is that they offer technical assistance and training programs to small businesses to help them get started and grow sustainably. Some offer mentoring and advisory services (That’s ME!).  We know that learning and growth requires support. To apply for financing, small-business owners...

How Do We Begin Restarting Fort Worth’s Economy?

As our cities begin to slowly re-open from the COVID pandemic, we are all concerned with the economic instability the lockdown placed on our hometowns. One of the most effective ways of pushing our local economy into rapid recovery is by supporting local small-businesses and startups.  In 2013, Forbes Magazine listed six ways to create economic growth. The number one way is through innovation and encouraging entrepreneurship. The article states that “innovation and start-ups fuel our economic growth” and that they are the “ultimate job creators who start with ingenious ideas, take risks and create value for the American consumer.” This approach to...