Southeast Texas small business owners have opportunity to grow with new symposium

The Small Business Development Center at Lamar State College in Port Arthur is hosting its first Small Business Symposium on Thursday.

The event, which will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., will take place at the Robert “Bob” Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur.

The SBDC covers Jefferson and Orange counties, but invites all small businesses in Southeast Texas to pre-register at or at the door.

The $30 registration fee includes lunch in addition to all breakout sessions. Participants can sign up for half-day or full-day sessions.

Companies serving small business owners and managers are invited to showcase their services at the event, which is an opportunity for attendees to “find resources and help develop B2B relationships,” according to Dana Espinal , Executive Director of the SBDC.

Contact the center at 409-984-6530 for more information on becoming an exhibitor.

The one-day symposium will offer morning and afternoon breakout sessions covering a range of topics, including – Small Business TOOL BOX Ready Disaster Planning, How to Do Business with Government Entities, presented by the Center technical assistance in supply; How to Secure SBA Secured Loans, presented by the Small Business Administration; Business plan basics; Cybersecurity for small businesses; Insurance Requirements for Small Business and Marketing 101.

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Some sessions will be offered in Spanish and Vietnamese.

The keynote speaker for the lunch, sponsored by Motiva Enterprises and Golden Pass LNG, will be Jenn Gregory presenting a talk titled, “Retail Update: How Consumer Shifts Have Created a New Playground for Small Businesses and Cities.”

“We are delighted to host this event to help local small businesses develop their skills and grow their business at an affordable cost,” Espinal said. “I am delighted that we have presentations in Spanish and Vietnamese to welcome various owners and business leaders.”

The Lamar State College Port Arthur Small Business Development Center is a business consulting and training center in the Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network of the University of Houston, Texas, serving 32 counties in southeast Texas, funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration.

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