wednesdAY, november 7, 2018


Join us in San Antonio on November 7 for PeopleTalk with Elijah May of The Experience Firm.

Elijah May is co-founder and managing partner of The Experience Firm, a customer experience consultancy focused on building brands and driving word of mouth. Elijah’s career as a brand strategist spans over two decades and began at his alma mater, the University of Southern California, where he managed the University’s appearance in commercials, TV shows and movies. Since moving to Austin in 2006, he has launched numerous startups, lectured at every college and University in town, and designed customer experiences for some of the world’s most famous brands. His personal mission is to help companies realize the ROI of investing in people.

When: Wednesday, November 7 from 11:30am – 1:00pm

Where: PeopleFund San Antonio, MAUC Center  

2300 W. Commerce St. #309

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Certification 101: Overview and Application Forms Review

Thursday, November 15, 2018


The City of Austin’s Small & Minority Business Resources Department (SMBR) invites for-profit business owners interested in working with government contracts are invited to learn more about small and minority business enterprise certifications and how they can be used as a marketing tool for businesses that are qualified.

  • Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) for City of Austin funded contracts and projects
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) for federally-funded aviation, transportation, and highway projects such as Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Cap Metro), Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE) which is a race and gender neutral certification for single scoped construction projects.

The City also has an agreement with the State of Texas to review applications for Historically Underutilized Business Enterprise (HUB) certification when application is submitted with MBE/WBE or DBE application. If approved, qualified HUB candidates will receive their certificate from the State of Texas.

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Corridor Construction Program Workshop for Businesses

Tue, October 16, 2018 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM


Mobility, safety and connectivity improvements are planned for nine major Austin roadways. The City of Austin Corridor Program Office and the Austin Chamber of Commerce are hosting workshops for businesses located along those roadways to request their input in preparation for construction. The improvements are funded in part by the voter-approved 2016 Mobility Bond and are part of the Corridor Construction Program that Austin City Council adopted in spring 2018. Attendees will also have an opportunity to review improvements coming to each corridor and speak with project team members.

Join us for one of the three Sessions on October 16. The same information and input opportunities will be available at each of the three times listed below. Please RSVP by selecting the ticket cooridinating to the session you plan to attend so we can adequetly prepare.

SESSION 1: 10-11:30 a.m.

SESSION 2: 2-3:30 p.m.

SESSION 3: 5:30-7 p.m.

The corridors in the Corridor Construction Program are:

  • North Lamar Boulevard from US 183 to Howard Lane/I-35
  • Burnet Road from Koenig Lane to Mopac Expressway
  • Airport Boulevard from North Lamar Boulevard to US 183
  • East MLK Jr. Boulevard/FM 969 from US Hwy. 183 to Decker Lane
  • South Lamar Boulevard from Riverside Drive to Ben White Boulevard/US 290
  • East Riverside Drive from Riverside Drive to SH 71
  • Guadalupe Street from MLK Jr. Boulevard to West 29th Street
  • William Cannon Drive from Southwest Parkway to McKinney Falls Parkway
  • Slaughter Lane from FM 1826 to Vertex Boulevard

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PeopleFund will be hosting a series of free workshops called Financial Education Fridays under BBVA Compass Center’s Pilot Program. The goal of this program is to provide free financial education, which includes classes on small business and personal finance.

We will be offering a series of workshops in different PeopleFund offices, including:

  • Austin -2921 E. 17th Street Building D Suite 1
  • Dallas – 2801 Swiss Ave. Suite 120
  • Fort Worth – 1150 South Freeway, Suite 129
  • Houston – 2101 South Street Suite 127
  • Edinburg – 300 S. Closner Blvd. Ste. 1

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Strategic Pricing

Tue, October 30, 2018 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Pricing is the fastest and most effective way for companies to increase profitability. Studies show that a 1% increase in pricing has a greater positive impact on profitability than does a 1% increase in sales volume or a 1% decrease in costs. Unfortunately, too many companies do not think tactically about pricing and do not effectively price for profitability. This workshop is designed to help small business owners and managers to understand common mistakes that companies make in pricing and learn best pricing practices that will enable them to maximize company profitability.

This class is taught by a University of Texas Instructor and counts toward the 6 course requirement needed to earn your Business Skills Certification.


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PowerUp Austin! City of Austin & Wells Fargo

Thu, Oct 11, 4:00 – 6:30PM at LCRA Red Bud Center



The PowerUp Austin! series engages in conversation around “hot topics” to drive your success.

This Power Up Austin! event will bring together two dynamic topics presented by industry experts.

Managing Business Credit

Good credit is one of a business owner’s most valuable assets. Building credit is an active, ongoing process that takes careful management. Wells Fargo Bank’s Business Banking Manager Mike Lancaster and Senior Business Relationship Manager Eeva Carr will focus on the credit and financing needs of businesses like yours. They’ll cover how credit and lending work, explore access to capital and cash flow analysis, and show you how to make the most of your credit opportunities – both traditional and nontraditional.

7 Ways to “Get It Right” in Improving your Workplace Dynamics

Companies in the Austin region work hard to operate at peak performance by focusing on the fight to retain talent, alternative ways to get work done, and perfecting lean and fast operations. David Hughen will share his experiences working with hundreds of companies and how they ‘get it right’. Come learn how employers are addressing the evolution of workplace dynamics.


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Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation | Verdad, Sanación, Tranformación

October 13 & 14, 2018

En español abajo

Facilitators: Gail Christopher, ND and Jamie Harvey, PE
“Our work is overcoming a great divide… the hierarchy of human value.” –Dr Gail Christopher

Austin Health Commons is fully committed to a new paradigm shift to conscious health care and affordable access for everyone to holistic healthcare.

Planned to be a public trust, the Austin Health Commons shifts ownership of health care from corporations back to community, and cultivates root cause community healing.

In October, we will welcome Dr. Christopher and Jamie Harvey as our facilitators. Dr. Gail Christopher, formerly Senior Advisor at the Kellogg Institute & architect of Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation circles, for our Austin Health Commons 2018 Vision in Creation gathering: Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation. Jamie Harvie, PE is the Executive Director of Duluth, MN based Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF) and is nationally recognized for his extensive experience at the intersection of health, community, environment and healthcare.

Join us as we bring together diverse groups of Austinites to share our stories to create connection and understanding. That sharing is healing, and once we heal from our collective past, it is transformative for our city.

Event Details

Location: Huston-Tillotson University
10/13 King-Seabrook Chapel
10/14 Davage-Durdon Student Union

  • Cost – FREE
  • Childcare provided upon request (contact us @ austinhealthcommons@gmail.com)
  • Lunch and snacks provided
  • Please register for each day separately

October 13: Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation Circles

On Day 1, we will gather in circles of 25 diverse community members and respond to questions designed to foster authentic exchange and affirm our shared human experience. This deep relational process will help us build capacity for listening and a deeper sense of connection to folks ‘different’ than us, which allows us to begin to address root cause healing in our community.

October 14: Austin Health Commons: Racial Healing in Action

On Day 2, we will build on our newly created capacity to collectively envision a Healthy Healed Austin, map assets, and set priorities. We will deepen together, co-create, and define what we Conscious Health Care to look like in Austin – ending the economic segregation of healthcare.

Are you ready?

It takes a village. To keep our momentum moving forward, we need administrative and communications support, event planners, fundraising and legal entity development, childcare, and community participants to grow the vision. Please let us know if you have a skill you would like to bring to our work – email austinhealthcommons@gmail.com.

Together, we can transform the culture of health care.

With love and with gratitude,

Amina Haji, MD and Simel Bey, LAc, DAOM, and Jamie Harvie
Co-Founders, Austin Health Commons

Austin Health Commons: Verdad, Sanación Racial, Transformación –
13 y 14 de octubre de 2018

Creadora y facilitadora: Gail Christopher, ND

“Nuestro trabajo es superar una gran brecha… la jerarquía del valor humano.” –Dr. Gail Christopher

En Austin Health Commons estamos totalmente comprometidos a cambiar el modelo de salud hacia una atención médica consciente y a tener acceso a los cuidados de salud holísticos al alcance de todos.

Planeado para ser un fideicomiso público, Austin Health Commons transfiere la propiedad de la atención médica de las empresas de vuelta a la comunidad, y cultivaremos el proceso curativo basándonos en las raíces profundas de la problemática comunitaria.

En octubre, daremos la bienvenida a la Dra. Gail Christopher, ex asesora principal del Kellogg Institute y arquitecta de los círculos de la Verdad, Sanación Racial, Transformación, para nuestra reunión de la Visión en Creación de Austin Health Commons 2018.

Únase a nosotros mientras reunimos a diversos grupos de residentes de Austin para compartir nuestras historias para crear conexión y comprensión. Compartir esto es sanador, y una vez que sanamos nuestro pasado colectivo, será transformativo para nuestra ciudad.

Detalles del evento

Huston-Tillotson University
10/13 King-Seabrook Chapel
10/14 Davage-Durdon Student Union

  • Gratis
  • Cuidado de niños proporcionado si lo solicita (contáctenos @ austinhealthcommons@gmail.com)
  • Habrá almuerzo y bocadillos para todos
  • Por favor regístrese para cada día por separado

13 de octubre: Círculos de Verdad, Sanación Racial y Transformación

Nos reuniremos en círculos de 25 miembros diversos de la comunidad y responderemos a preguntas diseñadas para fomentar un intercambio auténtico y afirmar nuestra experiencia humana compartida. Este profundo proceso para relacionarnos promueve la igualdad racial y empezará a abordar la curación de la problemática en sus raíces dentro de nuestra comunidad.

14 de octubre: Reunión de la Visión en la Creación de Austin Health Commons

  • Compartiremos nuestro trabajo de atención de la salud consciente: poner fin a la segregación económica de la atención médica.
  • Profundizando juntos


Juntos, podemos transformar la cultura de la atención médica.

Para hacer esto necesitamos a todo el pueblo. Para continuar avanzando, necesitamos apoyo en la administración y la comunicación, planeadores de eventos, recaudación de fondos y desarrollo de una entidad legal, guardería para los niños y participantes que nos ayuden a hacer crecer nuestra visión. Por favor déjennos saber si tienen una habilidad para colaborar en nuestra labor – envíe un email a austinhealthcommons@gmail.com.

Juntos podemos transformar la cultura de los cuidados de salud.

Con amor y gratitud,

Amina Haji, MD y Simel Bey, LAc, DAOM y Jamie Harvie
Cofundadores, Austin Health Commons

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How to Write a Business Plan

Thu, October 18, 2018, 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Entrepreneur Center of Austin / 4029 S. Capital of Texas Hwy. Suite 110 Austin, TX 78704


This course provides a practical, step-by-step instruction in how to develop a business plan for a small start-up business or the expansion of an existing business. A business plan can be submitted to a financial institution or private investor for funding or used for implementation. Emphasis will be placed on a plan’s components, format, marketing and financial projections and analysis. This class will teach you how to review all the various components of a business plan and apply learned concepts in developing a plan for your own business.

This class is taught by a University of Texas Instructor and counts toward the 6 course requirement needed to earn your Business Skills Certification.