Meet our volunteer- Pilar sanchez

By Diana Garcia

Meet Pilar Sanchez. In 2000, she was responsible for starting another Housing Authority City of Austin (HACA) subsidiary, SHCC, from the ground up. SHCC now generates the revenue to fund the social services provided by Austin Pathways, the non-profit she currently leads at HACA. 

Sanchez’s entrepreneurial spirit was instrumental in co-founding a business incubator in East Austin in 2008. Sanchez brokered a three-tiered partnership between her employer, the Housing Authority (HACA), the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC), and the Hispanic Technology Institute of Austin (HTIA) to start an incubator that would help small to medium business thrive and create new jobs during the recession. This became the Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI), which spun off as its own independent non-profit in 2010. HACA still supports EGBI in many ways; they provide the space at Eastland Plaza, and have provided over $1 Million in funding for operations since 2010.

 

As a co-founder and lifelong EGBI volunteer, Pilar hopes that EGBI can encourage others to not only support themselves but to also support their families, friends, and community through the value of philanthropy. 

Pilar shares a quick fun fact about herself. “While my mother taught me to be a strong, independent, and caring person, she never taught me to bake. My daughter asked me to make her a castle made of cupcakes for her 4th birthday. John, my husband, knew we were in trouble when I could not find a box of cupcake mix in the cake-mix aisle.  Don’t ask me to bake for you; you might regret it. ” Although we may not ask her to bake for EGBI, her unwaivering commitment to EGBI and the local community is evident through all the areas she has volunteered for the organization. She has served on the board, various committees, and different projects throughout the years.

In 2020, EGBI volunteers put in more than 130 hours to help EGBI support and serve over 400 small businesses. Volunteers like Pilar make this possible and continue to help EGBI pursue their mission of training ,coaching, and supporting aspiring and existing business owners who face barriers to growing a successful business. 

Want to get involved too? Contact us to find out how you can get involved.

Meet Our Volunteer – Mike Lancaster

By Diana Garcia

Meet Mike Lancaster. Mike was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, but later moved to Round Rock with his wife and kids. He attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and earned a degree in Business Management.  Mike is a 25-years veteran in the banking industry. He is currently a Middle Market Business Banker at Wells Fargo Bank.  Mike has held many leadership positions in the consumer and business lending division of Wells Fargo across Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana.  Mike also is a mentor to many junior bankers.  

He is on the board of EGBI and a Board Member of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce.

Mike shares his experience as a volunteer with EGBI and how you can get involved too. 

Hi Mike! To get started tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I am a graduate of Leadership Round Rock class of 2014. In my free time I Coach YMCA Soccer, and love to travel around trying out new restaurants. 

How have you volunteered for EGBI?

I have taught classes, attended events and have been an active board member for the past 7 years. I just love to hear the stories from our clients of what inspired them to start a small business and how they went about accomplishing their goals. 

Why do you think it is important to support and volunteer with EGBI?

EGBI helps individuals fulfill their dream of starting and running a small business. EGBI provides clients the coaching and support they need to accomplish their goals. 

“You should support EGBI because they provide the coaching and support to small businesses to help them succeed financially.” Mike Lancaster

Why is it important for EGBI to help small businesses in Central Texas? 

EGBI helps build the foundation and provide ongoing coaching support for business owners to help them be successful. So many businesses fail because they don’t have the support or knowledge about how to run a small business.   EGBI helps bridge those gaps and provide a support network to help clients to be more successful. 

In 2020, volunteers put in more than 130 hours to help EGBI support and serve over 400 small businesses. Volunteers like Mike make this possible and continue to help EGBI pursue their mission of training ,coaching, and supporting aspiring and existing business owners who face barriers to growing a successful business. 

Want to get involved too? Contact us to find out how to get involved.  

Meet Our Volunteer – Mary Lou Lugo

By Diana Garcia

Meet Mary Lou Lugo, an Austinite unicorn (someone born and raised in Austin, Texas). For the last 10 years Mary Lou has dedicated her life to the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, graduated in their Hispanic Leadership class of 2020, and has volunteered at EGBI.

Mary Lou shares her experience as a volunteer at EGBI, and how you can get involved too. 


Hi Mary Lou! To get started tell us a fun fact about yourself that many people may not know. 

I was a HUB certified business owner; the name of my company was 4D Printing. My biggest customer was the Texas Lottery where I printed for them for 20 years. 

How have you volunteered for EGBI?

I have volunteered as a committee member for Celebrating Success.

Why do you think it is important to support and volunteer with EGBI?

EGBI is a tremendous advocate of helping people become entrepreneurs. Supporting EGBI in turn supports new small businesses.

“EGBI is a strong advocate of helping small businesses which helps stimulate the local economy and create and sustain jobs.” Mary Lou, Volunteer

Why is it important for EGBI to help small businesses in Central Texas? 

Small businesses are the heart of Central Texas and need our support. 

In 2020, volunteers put in more than 130 hours to help EGBI support and serve over 400 small businesses. Volunteers like Mary Lou make this possible and continue to help EGBI pursue their mission of training ,coaching, and supporting aspiring and existing business owners who face barriers to growing a successful business. 

Want to get involved too? Contact us to find out how to get involved.

Meet Our Volunteer – Nayeli Gallegos

By Diana Garcia

Meet Nayeli Gallegos, the President and Co-Founder of Red Carpet Productions, a brand management agency. Nayeli has 15 plus years of experience in marketing, communication, event planning, and business development, through her previous jobs at the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC) and EGBI. Nayeli graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration and holds an MBA on Entrepreneurship from CEPADE Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. A champion of women empowerment, in 2019 Nayeli was recognized as the Hispanic Female Entrepreneur of the year by the GAHCC. 

Nayeli Gallegos shares her journey at EGBI, and how you can get involved too.


Hi Nayeli! To get started tell us a fun fact about yourself that many people may not know. 

Well, I’m originally from Mexico. In 2002, I did something crazy and married my high school sweetheart. I left my country and moved to Austin, I was only 19 years old. We have grown up together, have two beautiful girls, and co-founded a business in the liquor industry. In this journey, almost 19 years after moving to Austin, I finally became a US citizen this year.

How have you volunteered for EGBI?

I feel like I’ve always been a part of EGBI. When I was Director of Economic Development at the GAHCC, EGBI was an important component of our initiatives. Then, I went to work for EGBI for about 6 years, and when I left my job to focus on my business, I continued to stay involved with the marketing and the Celebrating Success committee.

Why do you think it is important to support and volunteer with EGBI?

I’ve always believed in the importance of giving back to the community, and aside from the financial support, one of the best ways to help is by volunteering time and talent to EGBI. 

“ Volunteers are key in helping EGBI accomplish its mission.” Nayeli Gallegos

Why is it important for EGBI to help small businesses in Central Texas? 

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, if we have healthy businesses that are producing and creating jobs, families will prosper, and our entire community will benefit from it.

In 2020, volunteers put in more than 130 hours to help EGBI support and serve over 400 small businesses. Volunteers like Nayeli make this possible and continue to help EGBI pursue their mission of training ,coaching, and supporting aspiring and existing business owners who face barriers to growing a successful business. 

Want to get involved too? Contact us and find out how to get involved.

Meet Our Volunteer – Amber Kani

By Diana Garcia

Meet Amber Kani, a passionate nonprofit executive and corporate citizenship leader.  Amber serves as an advocate for financial mobility, and has held past roles with the American Red Cross, Texas Stars Foundation, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. She works at DreamSpring, a nonprofit community development finance organization that assist underserved entrepreneurs access to their piece of the American Dream. Actively engaged in her community, Amber recently served as Board Chair of the Financial Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, and has volunteered her time with EGBI’s marketing department, Celebrating Success Committee, and as an instructor. 

Amber Kani shares her experience as an EGBI volunteer and how you can get involved too. 

Hi Amber! To get started tell us a fun fact about yourself that many people may not know. 

I am a vegan, but I absolutely adore vegan junk food. I have an instagram account dedicated to my Austin food finds and at-home creations: @vegantrashmonster

How have you volunteered for EGBI?

I’ve served on the marketing and events committees and taught small business workshops. I’ve also participated in matchmaking events where entrepreneurs ask market research questions and learn more about potential clientele. 

Why do you think it is important to support and volunteer with EGBI? 

Small businesses need help now more than ever. EGBI provides entrepreneurs with the tools and support they need to grow and thrive. Empowered with expertise, mentorship, and access to subject matter experts from EGBI, small business owners can create new jobs and offer critical products and services. Volunteering allows me to connect directly with emerging entrepreneurs and keep my skills fresh while helping create new opportunities in my own backyard. 

“EGBI makes the American Dream a reality and you can be a part of helping a neighbor in need. Support for EGBI is support for your favorite small business – the taco shop you couldn’t live without, the mechanic who always fits you in, the hair stylist who gives you the perfect bangs. These businesses make our community vibrant and by supporting EGBI, we are ensuring their success for years to come.  Amber Kani, Volunteer

Why is it important for EGBI to help small businesses in Central Texas?

The pandemic shed light on the enormous challenges small businesses face, but even in a normal environment entrepreneurship is hard. For underserved groups like women, minorities, and low income people, the chance to own a business can seem like a distant dream. It shouldn’t be as difficult as it is, and EGBI provides the boost entrepreneurs need to take that next step. To be a small business owner, you need to be a marketing guru, operations lead, human resources manager, and financial advisor – all in one. EGBI makes it easier to deconstruct the components of a successful business.

In 2020, volunteers put in more than 130 hours to help EGBI support and serve over 400 small businesses. Volunteers like Amber make this possible and continue to help EGBI pursue their mission of training ,coaching, and supporting aspiring and existing business owners who face barriers to growing a successful business. 

Want to get involved too? Contact us and become an EGBI volunteer!

CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP AND March EVENTS

By: Monica Peña

We are consistently encouraging our alumni to increase their circle of influence by attending professional events in the area. We are proud of the community partnership that we have with the four chambers; including Austin Young ChamberGreater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC)Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce (GABC), and Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC). When our clients graduate from the Build Your Business PLAN workshop series, they qualify for one year membership to one of these chambers. Each chamber has unique opportunities for business owners.

Here are some of the opportunities the chambers have this month to learn something new or meet other business owners.

March 20th- Coffee Connection Presented by Rudy’s

March 22nd and 23rd- Asian Eats Night Market

March 28th- Small Biz U

MEMBRESIAS DE CAMARAS DE COMERCIO Y EVENTOS DE MARZO

Por: Mónica Peña

Constantemente alentamos a nuestros alumnos a incrementar su círculo de influencias atendiendo a eventos profesionales en el área. Nos sentimos orgullosos de la asociación comunitaria que tenemos con las cuatro cámaras de comercio; incluyendo, Austin Young ChamberGreater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC)Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce (GABC), y Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC). Cuando nuestros clientes se gradúan de la serie de talleres; Construye tu PLAN de Negocios, ellos califican para una membresía de un año a cualquiera de las cámaras. Cada cámara tiene oportunidades únicas para dueños de negocios.

Aquí están algunas de las oportunidades que las cámaras tienen este mes, para aprender algo nuevo o conocer a otros dueños de negocios.

20 de marzo- Coffee Connection Presented by Rudy’s

22 y 23 de marzo- Asian Eats Night Market

28 de marzo- Small Biz U

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

PEOPLETALK SPEAKER SERIES

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

Register Here

 

 

 

 

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.

Register Here

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENT

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

REsister Here

FINANCIAL EDUCATION FRIDAYS WITH BBVA COMPASS

 

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

register here

 

 

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.

 

register here

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

PowerUp Austin! City of Austin & Wells Fargo

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

 

Description

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.

 

register here

 

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

¿Listos?

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

register here

 

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.