Created from an economic development research project of the Houston Chamber of Commerce - Small Business Council
from 1977 to 1982, the cooperative held its first
public meeting on March 15,
1983, with 14 companies represented.
The Co-Op has received national and international acclaim for its accomplishments in economic development and entrepreneurship education, totally without grants, gifts, contributions, donations or public funding.
The methodology of The Co-Op is to teach entrepreneurship in a synergistic environment,
conducive to the growth of emerging enterprises, where early stage entrepreneurs
have the opportunity to
interact with owners of established companies for a demonstration of the ability to be
self-sufficient and self-reliant common to all successful enterprise
development projects while
utilizing SCA's Rapid Growth System® and The Co-Op Advantage®
to supply the components necessary for accelerated business growth,
summarized as: Market
Expansion, Business Development, Entrepreneurial Education and Professional Growth.
SCA sponsored the first
incubator in Houston, which became the oldest in Texas, the first Womens Business Center in
the nation and both the first
That Houston had more business incubators, more universities teaching entrepreneurship, more business networking groups and more business starts, since 1999, than any other city in the United States, is a tribute to SCA's vision.
We believe: "To teach entrepreneurship, you must be able to do it." and
that nothing surpasses the expertise of successful business owners in teaching emerging
"Once again, thank you so sincerely." Yeboa Amoa, Managing Director, Ghana Stock Exchange (after his delegation's visit to SCA and the business incubators.)
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