Business and Professional Development Workshops

Grow your business, and improve your professional skillsets by attending our convention workshops and seminars. We have a stellar lineup of experienced consultants, successful entrepreneurs, business advisors, leadership trainers and coaches to facilitate our workshops.

Below is an overview of some of the workshops you can benefit from. For a complete listing of workshops visit Itinerary.

To attended you can get a Full Registration that allows full access to the entire convention or you can purchase a Workshop Pass for $25. This pass will allow holder to attended all workshops, seminars and plenary sessions throughout the convention.

To Purchase a Full Registration or a Workshop and Seminar Only Pass go to http://hbctexas.com/registration/

PUBLIC SPEAKING AND COMMUNICATION

Bridgett Krause – Trainer and Executive Coach, John Maxell Team; Founder and CEO, Dream Big Facility

Effective Communication is the most important element in growing in your career, business, and self-confidence! Public speaking is one of the greatest ways to increase influence and one of the greatest fears of even the most polished professionals. We will share the power of communication and some of the elements that the Master of Communication use to connect with and influence their audiences. This will help attendees understand to focus on the audience over themselves and prepare them with very applicable skills to move forward into any situation whether in the board room, on a stage, or in a one-on-one negotiation.

Bridgett Krause graduated from San Diego State University and owned a successful million-dollar business in Texas for eight years. Bridgett has since moved out of the daily operations of that business to help other businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals grow and thrive. Bridgett is a part of Global Transformation with the John Maxwell Foundation, training thousands of leaders in Guatemala, Paraguay, and Costa Rica to help transform the values and culture of these nations. She has conducted workshops and keynotes on leadership and personal growth for multiple state conferences, the Lowe’s Corporation, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and many private and non-profit organizations. Bridgett currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council and as a Peer to Peer Teaching Partner on the John Maxwell Team training 18,400 plus Team members in over 153 countries. Her greatest passion is helping individuals find their purpose and empowering them to walk out a life they design and choose. Bridgett currently lives in New Braunfels, Texas with her husband and business partner Ryan Krause, two miniature schnauzers, Bekkar and Bella, and the ruler of their home is a 13-year old feline named Sterling.

DISCOVERING RELATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Bridgett Krause – Trainer and Executive Coach, John Maxell Team; Founder and CEO, Dream Big Facility

There are 4 different personality types: dominant, inspiring, supportive, and cautious. When we start to understand who we are and how we are motivated, it greatly impacts our relationship with ourselves and others. Bridgett Krause will take this concept and relate it to your employees, vendors, sponsors, and executive team in a fun light-hearted manner that will keep them engaged, laughing, and learning. This workshop will help attendees relate to their co-workers, their customers, their families, and themselves at a new and elevated level. Understanding what drives certain personality types to want details versus speed or procedures versus fun, is a true game changer in customer service. Your attendees will leave with a sense of hope and respect for the individuals in their life who are different and yet complimentary to them. They will also feel inspired to live in their true gifts and to acknowledge and be aware of where they may face challenges. To grow our organization, we must grow our people and personality discoveries are one of the greatest lessons for impacting not only the workplace, but the home life and family of an individual. We look forward to adding value to your team and helping them feel that who they are makes a difference!

Bridgett Krause graduated from San Diego State University and owned a successful million-dollar business in Texas for eight years. Bridgett has since moved out of the daily operations of that business to help other businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals grow and thrive. Bridgett is a part of Global Transformation with the John Maxwell Foundation, training thousands of leaders in Guatemala, Paraguay, and Costa Rica to help transform the values and culture of these nations. She has conducted workshops and keynotes on leadership and personal growth for multiple state conferences, the Lowe’s Corporation, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and many private and non-profit organizations. Bridgett currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council and as a Peer to Peer Teaching Partner on the John Maxwell Team training 18,400 plus Team members in over 153 countries. Her greatest passion is helping individuals find their purpose and empowering them to walk out a life they design and choose. Bridgett currently lives in New Braunfels, Texas with her husband and business partner Ryan Krause, two miniature schnauzers, Bekkar and Bella, and the ruler of their home is a 13-year old feline named Sterling.

FACEBOOK FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Jennifer Denham – SCORE

Jenn will teach the basics of working on Facebook business pages and help you with action items to apply after leaving the class. You will learn about defining your goal, content creation, likes + comments + shares = engagement, insights in action, your audience, and Facebook in 2019.

Jenn has 12 years in the ever-changing marketing industry with extensive knowledge in social media, branding, and analytics tracking. She designs effective marketing strategies for small business owners, start-up and non-profits to bring their business into the social spotlight.

LEGAL MISTAKES YOU CAN EASILY AVOID

Laura Fowler – SCORE

Whether you are just starting your first business or have managed many, the mistakes business owners make are remarkably consistent and remarkably expensive to correct! These mistakes also are remarkably easy to avoid. You will conclude the presentation knowing the most expensive mistakes business owners frequently make, how to avoid those mistakes, and where to go to find the information you need. Business selection, operating agreements, ownership, employment and independent contractor agreements are but a few of the topics that will be presented in a positive upbeat way you can understand. Missing this workshop is a big mistake.

A Texas licensed attorney for forty (40) years, Laura Fowler began her legal career as a young Naval officer chasing saboteurs and scoundrels through Asia and the Western Pacific. Since returning to Texas in 1983 she has confined herself to the courtrooms of Texas where she defended and avenges her friends and clients. Laura Fowler is a practicing attorney, author and instructor who has represented Texas business owners in court and in the board room for decades. She also owns several businesses including The Fowler Law Firm PC with fifteen attorneys. Laura also teaches and writes about business law topics and truly believes that independent business owners are heroic in what they do and how they do it.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Eric Spencer – Business Opportunity Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration San Antonio District Office, Austin Area

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses. The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. SBA Offers several resources to help support this mission to include counseling resources, guaranteed loan programs, federal contracting certifications, disaster loans, innovation grants, and venture capital support.

Eric Spencer is a Business Opportunity Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration San Antonio District Office which encompasses 55 counties throughout Central Texas. Mr. Spencer has been with the Small Business Administration for ten years, helping businesses throughout West and Central Texas to start up and grow. In his current role, Mr. Spencer focuses on the Austin Metropolitan Area within the district to aids with SBA federal certifications to include Small Business, 8(a), Hubzone, Woman Owned/Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned, Veteran, and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. In addition, he provides several resources to small businesses to assess and assist their needs and guide them to their goals. Mr. Spencer has also worked within the economic development and lender relations side of SBA to include helping lenders with their guaranteed loan programs, counseling businesses and helping them to secure and perform on contracts, receive disaster recovery loans or growth funding, and exporting assistance.

THE ONLY MARKETING TALK YOU’LL EVER NEED

Hamid Yaz – Marketing & Strategy Leader

Are you wondering how successful personal or corporate brands have been able to stay relevant for decades and market themselves to new or existing generations? Behind every remarkable brand, there are key reasons why campaigns fail, are successful, or just float around for years, yet dominate their categories or sub-categories. After years of studying and dissecting both wins and failures of both small and large organizations, Hamid Yaz has curated this workshop to have you understanding how to stay winning where everyone is fighting to be seen thru all the digital and real-world noise.

From amassing millions of viewers in the very early days of YouTube, to shutting down an unsupported digital video marketing company and on to launching and owning a successful dessert brand from Austin, Texas, Hamid Yaz has seen plenty of shifts and patterns over the last 13 years in the business world. Now, as an independent marketing advisor with a new local TV and YouTube show, he is continuously placing himself into the view of many with monthly business workshops, countless private clients and is gaining the attention of the people that matter who are closely paying attention to his street savvy and different way of seeing the business world around us. “Me working for a consulting agency would be like being an eagle in a cage. I do what I want, how I want, and when I want. Yes, I am here to disrupt their industry.”

HOW TO PROVIDE A COMPLIANT HUB SUBCONTRACTING PLAN FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION

Linda Rogers – CTCM, HUB Coordinator, Health and Human Services Commission

Do you know how to provide a compliant HUB Subcontracting Plan (HSP) for Health and Human Services Commissions? This training will provide an overview on each of the five (5) Subcontracting Methods to choose from, the three (3) page HSP form, the Good Faith Effort (GFE) Attachment forms, and what documentation is required to be submitted in order to be fully compliant. Helpful tips and tricks will be shared as well.

Mrs. Linda Rogers, a native Texan, holds her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a Concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies from Texas State University. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) graduate degree with a Concentration in Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS) also through Texas State University. Her expected graduation is May of 2020. Linda has both private and public sector experience and knowledge regarding Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs). Prior to working for the state, she worked for a federal contractor, where she assisted with their certification of becoming a Texas certified HUB and ensuring contract compliance for monthly HUB deliverables.

MAGIC WORDS THAT GET MORE SALES!

Cesar Rincon – Author, Speaker, Marketer, Entrepreneur; Cesar Rincon International/CRI Media

Would it be ok if you closed more sales more often and with less resistance? There’s an old saying: “If you don’t learn how to communicate, you’ll always struggle to get your way.” In this fast-paced session, sales master Cesar Rincon will share 10 magic phrases that will help you get more appointments, close more sales, and increase your profits!

Over the last 28 years, Cesar Rincon has been in the entertainment, marketing and media business in various capacities, including live entertainment, event production, radio and television production, sales, advertising, marketing and management. Cesar has worked for and consulted with companies such as Univision, SIGA broadcasting, Lotus Communications, Miller Brewing, Gallery Furniture, H-E-B, the Houston Chronicle, Shell and many more. Cesar believes everyone has a diamond inside of them and the unlimited power of human potential. His focus is always to have a positive impact in other people’s lives by always being a resource and an advisor. Cesar is the founder and president of CRI / Cesar Rincon International, a sales, marketing and personal development firm. He is author of the book and DVD 10 Secrets to Sales Success, and the forthcoming book Rock Your Life. Originally from Colombia, Cesar has lived in Houston since 1993 and has been married to Amy since 1998. They have three children: Alexandra 18, Cole 16 and Marissa 14.

VIDEO MARKETING 101

Vicky Hernandez Sepulveda – Google Digital Coach, Google

Business owners will receive guidance on how to become a “YouTuber” for their business.

Vicky Hernandez Sepulveda, CEO at Crossing Bridges Consulting, is one of 11 Google Digital Coaches in the United States. As a Google Digital Coach, Vicky facilitates workshops for small businesses. Prior to joining the Google Digital Coaches Program, Vicky was the Senior Director of Small Business and International Events at the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC). Vicky was responsible for the development, delivery and execution of all Small Business and International Initiatives including two of GAHCC Signature Events: Capital of Texas Awards and Celebrando Austin. Vicky was the GAHCC liaison for the Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance. Vicky’s passion for international economic development led her to be a Mayor Adler appointed commissioner on the Austin Airport Boards and Commissions. In the international space Vicky assisted with the AIBA to bring AeroMexico and Volaris airlines to Austin. As well as plan and execute several familiarization trips with Aeromar and Volaris airlines. Vicky has been a volunteer at the GAHCC since 1998 and was honored with the Volunteer of the Year award in 2002; she is a graduate of the 2000 Hispanic Austin Leadership Class.

DOING BUSINESS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM

Hopeton Hay – Director of HUB Programs, University of Texas Systems

At this workshop, representatives for UT System Administration and several of its institutions will discuss upcoming procurement opportunities, their procurement process and requirements, and what it takes to bid successfully. UT System Institutions spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year purchasing a wide variety of products and services.

Hopeton is the founder, host, and producer of Economic Perspectives, a weekly radio talk show on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, Texas. Since the first show in July of 1995, Economic Perspectives has strived to inform, educate, and empower Austin’s underserved communities through its coverage of minority business programs, financial literacy, career and employment strategies, and economic development issues. Hopeton, who holds an B.S. in Accounting from Xavier University of Louisiana, has over 30 years of experience managing programs to enhance the growth and development of small, minority, and women- owned businesses. Currently he is Director of the Office of Historically Underutilized Business Programs for The University of Texas System Administration. His past experiences include serving as Executive Director of the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce (know now as Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce) and the Director of Center Operations for the Texas Office of the NAACP Community Development Resource Center. Hopeton is Chairman of the Economic Development Committee of the Texas NAACP and is a Board Member of the National Association of Black Accountants Austin Cen-Tex Chapter. He also served on the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for four years. Hopeton Hay has served as Director of The University of Texas System Office of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) and Programs since 2012. Prior to becoming Director, he managed its Technical Assistance Program for seven years, providing hands on business assistance and training for minority- and women-owned construction firms. Under his leadership, the Technical Assistance Program assisted HUB firms with obtaining over $32 million in bonding and has provided education and training to over 500 HUB construction firms. Hopeton has over 25 years of experience managing programs and initiatives that promote the growth, education, and development of small, minority, and women-owned business in Texas.

HOW NOT TO LOSE IN THE MODERN-DAY BUSINESS PLAYING FIELD

Hamid Yaz – Marketing & Strategy Leader

As you already know, this digital world moves at speeds which change daily and without any notice. Is your business or organization still trying to keep it old school with radio, print, and television that has lost valuable attention? How do you handle employees that have a higher social presence than your business? Or how do you stay relevant when the younger crowds run the internet that is your lifeline? This talk can prepare you for years to come on how not be swept away by constant new apps, platforms, influencers, and social happenings that influence or can kill both big and small businesses within seconds of going viral.

From amassing millions of viewers in the very early days of YouTube, to shutting down an unsupported digital video marketing company and on to launching and owning a successful dessert brand from Austin, TX., Hamid Yaz has seen plenty of shifts and patterns over the last 13 years in the business world. Now, as an independent marketing advisor with a new local TV and YouTube show, he is continuously placing himself into the view of many with monthly business workshops, countless private clients and is gaining the attention of the people that matter who are closely paying attention to his street savvy and different way of seeing the business world around us. “Me working for a consulting agency would be like being an eagle in a cage. I do what I want, how I want, and when I want. Yes, I am here to disrupt their industry.”

2020 CENSUS: WHAT IS AT STAKE FOR TEXAS

Sophia Azoubel – Partnership Specialist, US Census Bureau, Dallas Regional Center/Denver Field Office

In 2020 our nation will conduct the once-a-decade census. Numbers matter – understand the importance and tremendous economic impact on our state from political representation to billions of dollars in funding. Learn about our community’s outreach efforts, which areas are most vulnerable to an undercount and use the online application ROAM (Response Outreach Area Mapper) identify those “hard-to-survey” areas. Join us in ensuring a complete and accurate count of our population.

Nomi Sophia Azoubel is a Partnership Specialist for the United States Census Bureau’s Community Partnership and Engagement Program. She is responsible for developing partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and other business organizations in order to educate, encourage and engage the public to participate in the 2020 Census. Prior to joining the Census, she had a successful career for nearly a decade as a sole practitioner attorney in Los Angeles, California focusing on business bankruptcy and tax law. Ms. Azoubel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish, as well as a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Golden State University School of Law. For the past 15 years she has been residing in San Antonio, Texas with her husband and three children.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO (UTSA) ALLIANCE PROGRAM

Eloy Garcia – UTSA Alliance Program Project Manager

The workshop provides information on how DBE certified companies can become part of the UTSA Alliance Program and gain knowledge and expertise with finding and getting Texas Department of Transportation contract opportunities. Attendees will learn about the various resources UTSA has to offer Alliance Program enrollees so they can become more efficient when submitting proposals. Attendees will also learn how to become prequalified with TxDOT and how Joint Venturing could enhance their ability to build performance capacity to become more successful.

Eloy Garcia has over 25 years of senior level professional management and government contracting expertise, having performed a broad range of duties supervising the procurement of supplies/equipment; planning, coordinating, and supervising various budget activities involving procurement law; and developing contract compliance requirements for the acquisition of services, leases, construction, and commodities for the Department of Defense, Social Security Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and Texas A&M Agri Life Extension Services. Currently, Eloy serves as the Alliance Program Project Manager for the University of Texas at San Antonio SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center. He provides bilingual counseling (in English and Spanish) to small business owners to assist with finding and getting TxDOT contract opportunities. Eloy also assists vendors with developing business plans, System for Award Management (SAM) registrations, and establishing joint ventures. In addition, Eloy possesses extensive experience performing market research, soliciting proposals, performing negotiations, managing contracts, and evaluating bids. He is actively involved with key construction and contracting organizations such as The San Antonio Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America, American Subcontractors Association – San Antonio Chapter, Hispanic Contractors Association of San Antonio, Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and The Free Trade Alliance Mexico Group. Eloy graduated with honors while earning his Master of Arts degree from Webster University, majoring in Procurement (Contracts) and Acquisition Management.

WHAT IS YOUR SUPERPOWER?

Moderator: Cindy Ramos-Davidson – President and CEO, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Panelist: Cecilia Conti – Senior Vice President of Marketing, El Rey Network
Panelist: Marie Diaz – Founder and CEO, Pursuit of Excellence
Panelist: The Honorable Gisela Triana – Appellate Judge, 3rd Court of Appeals

This panel highlights women who are trailblazers in their field. Panelists will share their inspirational journey to achieving their goals and leadership positions. These highly successful women will discuss the importance of changes at different career stages, women’s leadership in the fields of business and corporate levels as well as the challenges and opportunities facing women today.

LIVE FULL & DIE EMPTY: CARVE YOUR NAME ON HEARTS NOT TOMBSTONES

Evelina Solis – Founder and President, Sol2Soul

“What would you do if you had one month to live? How would your life be different? Who would you spend time with? What would you do differently? Life is best lived in service to others. Evelina’s workshop will discuss how the extent of your influence depends on the depth of your concern for others. How will you leave your mark? What really matters? Be a leader who is willing to keep serving, growing, and moving forward by building a remarkable legacy!”

From the Red Carpet to Death’s Doorstep … In the fight of her life with health challenges and adversities, Evelina Solís found her true calling of being a voice for the voiceless, being a spokesperson advocating for Lupus & PTSD, and finding human moments to tell people’s truth through professional speaking engagements crisscrossing the nation and utilizing various multimedia platforms such as TV, radio and social media. Evelina Solís is the Founder and President of Sol2Soul, a life coaching, consulting and inspirational speaking resource. She is also the Co-Founder of The Power of Women with Quevarra Moten, an inspirational workshop series that helps women reignite their passion and refuel their energy to live full and die empty.

PUTTING YOUR MASK ON FIRST: TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF

Evelina Solis – Founder and President, Sol2Soul

If you have ever flown on a plane and listened to the safety instructions, you have probably heard the attendants’ stress that it is important to put your oxygen mask on first before helping the person to the right or left of you. Your leadership journey happens in much the same way. You need to take care of yourself before you can lead others. Evelina’s workshop will help you learn ways to sustain yourself as a business leader and encourage others to do the same.

From the Red Carpet to Death’s Doorstep … In the fight of her life with health challenges and adversities, Evelina Solís found her true calling of being a voice for the voiceless, being a spokesperson advocating for Lupus & PTSD, and finding human moments to tell people’s truth through professional speaking engagements crisscrossing the nation and utilizing various multimedia platforms such as TV, radio and social media. Evelina Solís is the Founder and President of Sol2Soul, a life coaching, consulting and inspirational speaking resource. She is also the Co-Founder of The Power of Women with Quevarra Moten, an inspirational workshop series that helps women reignite their passion and refuel their energy to live full and die empty.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: WHAT IS IT AND HOW DOES IT WORK

Marie Diaz – Founder and CEO, Pursuit of Excellence

Entrepreneurship is defined as the activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. This is a simple definition for a complex subject. Participants in this workshop will learn from experienced facilitators the benefits of being an entrepreneur, the characteristics/traits needed to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is risky proposition and not for everyone. If you think you have what it takes to find, evaluate, and develop an opportunity by overcoming the forces that resist the creation of something new, then this workshop is for you.

Over the past 24 years, Ms. Diaz’s leadership as the founder and CEO of Pursuit of Excellence has propelled the company to become one of the largest HR Service firms in the country. Her own professional success places her in a unique position to provide not just support to Executives and leaders with Strategic HR best practices moreover to support potential entrepreneurs who are essential to the American economy. Entrepreneurs are responsible for 65 percent of the vast new jobs in America in the last two decades. People don’t know that there are 10.6 million women-owned businesses in this country that generate over $1 trillion and employ 19 million Americans.” As a Latina women and entrepreneur, Marie recognizes the importance of opening doors for female Latino and Minority innovators around the country. In addition to her role at POE, she is responsible for many other organizations that she has either funded and or build as a vertical market towards the initial starting company to POE.