A unique business development organization founded and funded by a group of small business men and women who recognized the value in fostering individual initiative in the free enterprise system at grass roots levels of emerging enterprises.
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 small business incubator in Houston, which became the oldest in Texas, the first Womens Business Center in the nation and both the first virtual incubation program and residency incubator in the world, again totally without grants, gifts, contributions, donations or tax dollars.
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 entrepreneurs to become
successful business owners.
"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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