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"The Group for Growth."©

Services Cooperative Association delivers products, services, information, training and customers to accelerate the development, efficiency and profitability of Co-Op companies, resulting in these companies having won virtually every award for business growth in Houston, some nationally and internationally.
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"Transforming vision
into reality,
business by business."©
The Co-Op is a self-funded, not-for-profit, cooperative association of business owners, former business owners, and future business owners - an educational, sales, marketing, business development, mentoring, incubation and support organization for the start-up, early stage and poised-for-growth entrepreneur.

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easy to understand
and implement information,
consulting and services for incubator
managers, owners,
go here.

View video
on business Incubators

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"One size does NOT fit all!"
We're not a charity. We don't have our hand out. We're certainly not your tax dollar at work. We're of business, by business, for business. We're financially independent, proud of it and teach our Associates how to be that way, too
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Dance here   for
"The Co-Op Advantage!"©

here for business resources,

here for business mentoring,
here for business incubation,

here for business consulting,
here for business showcases,
here for business tips & tricks,
here for business development,
here for business growth guides,
here for cooperative office spaces,
here for products/services available,
here for Entrepreneurial Assessment
here for facts about free business advice,
here to learn the myths about business plans,
and here to discover the travesty of tax-funded
competition negatively impacting your business.
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You can be ANYWHERE
in the country and participate in these business development programs because we were also first in the world with remote/virtual access where we create for you a custom designed development methodology, complete with an advisory board, mastermind group, mentor and professional development coach.

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Your Wish?
Having recognized that perceived needs of beginning businesses are significantly different from the bottom looking up than from the top looking down, in early 1977, The Co-Op commenced original research in start-up business development, entrepreneurial education, and emerging business assistance in order to accurately identify and supply all  the required advancement components for early stage business owners
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Since 1983,
The Co-Op has conducted a weekly business development breakfast, the oldest in the United States, to train early stage entrepreneurs in the experiential skills necessary for rapid business advancement.
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Our Specialty
is business development for service companies, where The Co-Op provides the environment, resources, education and methodology to accelerate business growth. The Co-Op is proud sponsor to Houston's first and Texas' oldest business incubator, founded the first  Womens Business Center in the nation, the First  Houston Small Business Seed Capital Fund and the first Virtual Incubation Program in the world. All totally without gifts, grants, donations, contributions or public funding.
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"We don't enable. We Empower!"®

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The Co-Op
has been "on the web" since August 21, 1991, with a  presence exceeding 800 pages, and it's easy to get lost. If you can't quickly find what you're looking for, click on the "Burning" link below for live help and we'll get you to what you want to know or where you want to go!
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Find Our Premier Coming Events Here!
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16th Annual ~ Austin ~ Oct 15

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To establish a self-funded small business development Co-Op
in your city, go here.


For the complete turnkey startup program
for your business in Houston, click here.

Columbus took a chance and discovered a new world.
(He also took only
experienced seafarers to guide him.)

and discover there is a whole, new world awaiting you, too."
C. Dean Kring
Director of Research
Business/Career Mentor
Economic Development Advisor

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relocating or acquiring
a business
in Houston

When it comes to starting a business, growing a business, business incubation, business incubation consulting, mentoring, professional development or training for you or your staff, you've come to the right place, just as more than
2,000,000 people (annually) have before you.

Click on either of the two links below to discover what The Co-Op can do for you.

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