Dallas, TX - The Dallas District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) graduated 14 small business owners that participated in the Emerging 200 (“e200”) class on November 8, 2010 at Dallas City Hall. The e200 class is designed to deepen each entrepreneur’s understanding of business strategies and prepare them for future growth. Requirements for each participant were to commit their efforts over a 13-week period evaluating their business against best practices. Lin O’Neill, strategy consultant, of Futures Consulting, led the class and said of her group, “This has been a red hot class. It’s been exciting to see our group commit their time and build a vision for their businesses.”
U.S. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson offered opening and supportive remarks to small business owners stating that with businesses merging, going overseas and laying off people, the SBA must offer any support to small businesses. Also on the agenda was Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, Pauline Medrano who quoted her late father, civil rights activist, Pancho Medrano, “From day to day, until the day you die, you must always be involved in politics.”
Their final challenge was to construct a comprehensive three-year strategic growth action plan focusing in the areas of goals and objectives, value proposition, three –year outlook, financial management, marketing, sales and resources. After each presentation, expert panelist evaluated the plans and offered feedback in their respective fields. Expert panelists that provided feedback for the entrepreneurs were: Annie Fairchild, CPA (AFairchild, PC), Jack Howe (Qigong for Business, Inc.), Stephen Reiter (SCA), Stella Oefinger (Bedrock Marketing), Nancy Navarro (Navarro Law Office, P.C.), Tommi Homuth (American Business Lending), Perry Espie (Small Business Administration), Marcia Southall (MLS Designs), Karen Rogers (Karen L. Rogers) and Tom Pryor (Automation & Robotics Research Institute).
Ms. O’Neill went on to say, “An added benefit for a group of this caliber is that they can refer business to one another. And a few did just that.”
Participating members of the 2010 Emerging 200 class were:
Michelle Moncibias President Ariba Industries
Ayub Sandhu President ARS Engineers, Inc.
Steve Cardwell President Brenco Industries
Javier Huerta President Carrco Painting Contractors, Inc.
Afra Cobb President Cobb Professional Services, Inc.
Gregory Cody President GCC Enterprises, Inc.
Rene’ La Bel President J.M. Le Bel Publishers
Darren James President & COO KAI Texas, LC
Elrie Freeman President Office Clean America, Inc.
Laura Rodriguez President Payless Home Repairs
Elizabeth Ponce President Ponce Contractors, Inc.
Charles Barrague President ProSecure Inc.
Renee Dutia President Regali, Inc.
Marlon Rollins President Rollins Construction
Partner organizations joining SBA District office to bring e200 to Dallas were:
· City of Dallas
· North Texas Small Business Development Center Network
· Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce
· Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce
· Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
· Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce
· SCORE, Dallas Chapter 22
· State of Texas