built one of the top entrepreneurial ecosystems in the country, if not the world."
& Rave Reviews
"If anyone ever asks you 'Who has the program worked for?' have them call
Russel Treat, President, EnerSys Corporation
Houston 100 2002 - The Aggie 100 2007,
2008 & 2011
Fast 100 2007, 2008 & 2009 - FastTech 50 2003,
2004, 2006, 2007 & 2011
HBJ "Best Place to Work" 2012
Inc. 5000 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014
Mark Long, Long Performance Advisors
Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneurship and Management
Indiana University Kelly School of Business
2010/2012 IU Trustees Teaching Award
"Dean Kring was a great
help to me."
Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, Owner,
Emerging Business Owner of the Year 1988
"Your kindness and
professionalism are humbling."
Jan Burnett, Global Wells and Seismic Operations, BHP
"For profound business growth or career advancement, see Dean Kring with Services
Jon King, Esq. founder, The After Hours
". . . want you to know that I continue to utilize skills learned from my time in the
Kathy Hornak, Supervisor, KARL STORZ
you for all your help and guidance over the years. You made a real difference with my
Kathleen Curry, Total Health Care Management
finally took your advice and went Independent and specialized in one area. . .Tks for the
insight . . ."
Anthony L. Francis, A.L. Francis & Associates
Hope you are continuing to do your magic in growing businesses."
Richard Huebner, retired
president of Houston Minority Supplier Development Council,
Houston Business Journal 2021 Diversity in Business Awards Lifetime Achievement
". . . how
much I am impressed with your work in the here-and-now and how much
I quote your many comments. You got it right during the time when many of us only
sort-of got it right."
Barbara L. Harley, Harley Consulting
Group ~ California
VP - Science Park and Innovation Center Expert Group, Fellow - IC2
UKBI Award International Business Incubation Champion 2007
"I want to thank you most sincerely for
your prompt and generous response for information and documentation on your incubator
We truly appreciate your willingness to share with your colleagues for the betterment
of our industry.
We acknowledge your leadership role and want to say how much we value your
Diana Adkins, Executive Director, National Business
"Your Services Cooperative
Association and your business incubators have done more to advance small business
and entrepreneurship education in Houston than all the tax funded development center
Keep showing them how it's done!"
Paul Pond, Silver Fox Advisors
"One of Houston's core
Bill Sherrill, Founder, Wolff Center for
"Working with you and SCA has been a real blessing
and I thank you for all you do for entrepreneurs in Houston."
Dr. Martin Bressler,
Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship,
Fulbright Scholar & Sam Walton Fellow, Houston Baptist University
only begin to tell you how pleased I am with the intensive training I received in
preparation for launching our incubator project in Harlem."
Yvonne Stafford, Secretary, Harlem Business
Alliance - New York
" . . . you are one of the long
standing leaders in this business
and we always find your your thoughts both interesting and useful."
Frank Lombard, Vice President, Katy Area Economic
"Dean, thank you for your leadership in
the incubation industry and conclusively demonstrating public funding is not necessary
for business incubators. You have created an outstanding example of
Ray Arnett - Director, The Free Enterprise Center,
Chairman - Texas Business Incubator Association
"Keep up the good work!"
Theresa Quintanilla, Founder, Creative Houston
Jeffrey Witkov, Musician, Fire NR Bones
"Thank you for your
Smith ~ Chairman, MIT Forum - New Venture Clinic
"C. Dean is above extraordinary in so many ways. Excellent talent with
unlimited potential leading 100's."
Jack James, Jtg21 Technology Enterprise
"Thank you for making such a positive contribution to the lives and
businesses of those you work with."
Porter Everts, Consultant
"Services Cooperative Association is more than a networking group. It is
a business incubator that helps to grow your business.
I highly recommend that you attend a couple of the Wednesday morning breakfasts to learn
more about the group."
Martin Meyer, B. Meyer Bookkeeping Solutions
"I have known Dean for 30+ years
and he is always on top of his game."
Ed Ayres, President, Houston Realty
"C. Dean Kring,
you do so much in advancing our small business community.
I am honored to know you and applaude your work with Houston entrepreneurs."
Daniel Krohn, Attorney at Law
"My association with Dean goes
back several years, and I found him to be forthright and honest,
and highly experienced in helping startup companies like mine make better
business decision, improve marketing approaches, and see improved performance."
Jerry Cooper, Managing Partner, CDC Integrated
"I highly recommend Dean to anyone
serious about improving and/or growing their business."
Dale I. Dirks, DIAD Consulting, Inc.
"The organization, professionalism and communication is second to none."
Elliot Howard, Independent Agent, AFLAC.
"Grow your business faster with
Paul Barela, Partner, BMW Financial Group
"Thank you for all you do in helping
Houston small businesses be successful!"
Elroy Forbes, EW Forbes & Associates, Publisher - Forbes Directory
"A better stimulus."
Loren Steffy, Houston Chronicle
"You taught our Texas Business
Incubator Association so much. That "entrepreneurship" could be taught, that
incubators could be
certified and that incubators could be self-sufficifient by charging royaties in the
You made us "Texas Proud" to be associated with you and your
Fred Gibson - Odessa College, Chairman - Texas
Business Incubator Association
"I am proud to be one of Dean's many
success stories. If you're serious about starting and growing your business,
Dean is the one you should talk to. He has helped me and I'm sure he can help
"Just wanted to wish you
a very happy birthday on your birthday month. I hope youre having a great time.
I also want you to know how grateful I am for the lessons youve taught me.
It has really made a difference in my and my familys life".
Ramon Santillan, Best Selling Author, Owner, Persuasive Interview
" . . . thank you for
all your support and mentoring over the years!"
Lance Griffith, Owner, CAPFIVE - Idaho
"Builder of Dreams!"
Terence Townsend, T.E. Financial Services
Karin Glannstam, Author, Life Coach
Richard "Dick" Hill, President, 1st Choice Companies
" . . . C. Dean for being a
man that is very prompt and timely, a much sought have attribute these days . . . "
Larry D. Mannings, Sr., Director VeteransTraining/Job Placement
" . . . advice you
gave me helped me build a successful business, and for that I will always be
Rhonda Gage, Liberty National
". . . a wonderful inspiration
to me in assisting me achieve my business goals
for several years - always followed his advice and it is working for me as a
Suzanne Buckland, Curator, Galerie Spectra & President,
Spectra Artists Inc.
"I was able to clarify my goals with your help. It
was the moment I ceased thinking like
an employee and began my life as the owner of my own business."
Emily Laurel, Owner, Connecting Spirit
" . . . speak with Dean....his skill,
attention to detail and focus just may be the piece you've been looking for."
Sharon Lee, Rays 4 Pain
" . . . highly
recommend him to any organization who would like to increase their knowledge . . . "
Janneth Witworth, Virtual Assistant
"Working with you was
Al Spinks, Owner, Raynor Services, Inc.
Inc. 500 Company 1995
Cooperative Association has been beneficial to thousands of Houston companies and your
business incubators are leaders in
the industry. Thank you for all you do in making Houston such a dynamic environment
to start and grow businesses and thank you
for your suggestion. It was very rewarding!"
Bill Spitz, Past President, Silver Fox Advisors -
Adjunct Professor, University of Houston - Senior Director, Wolff Center for
"Thank you very much for the many years
Jim Will, Ph.D., Speaker/Coach/Seminar
" . . . great
contact for emerging businesses."
Linda Reichhardt, Owner, The Office Furniture
"I learned a
lot from you."
"Your insights were extremely helpful and most beneficial
in the development of our project."
Chris Rogers, Novelist and
President N.A.W.B.O. 1989-1990
Federation of Houston Professional Women "Woman of Excellence" 2000
"Without doubt the perfect
group to start a business, grow a business, buy a business, get new customers/clients,
find an investor!"
Bob Lanier, Mayor, City of Houston
Sarah Gallagher, Economic Development Director, City
Now President of The Katy Bridge Coalition - Missouri
"If you would like to know how business is really done in this city, I recommend you
C. Dean at one of his Services Cooperative Association breakfast meetings.
SCA is Houston's longest serving incubator/accelerator."
Jennie Larry Johnson, Owner, Creative
"Thanks so much
for all you do for Houston!"
Ronald C. Green, Controller, City of
for money and content."
Alan Wilkinson, ALPAW ~ New Zealand
"All that I expected and more."
Gilbert Del Castillo, M.D.
"SCA serves as a shining example of what can be accomplished
by committed well organized individuals."
Moheiddine Djabri, Director General
Societe Algerienne de Commerce International ~ Algeria
"Thank you for
all that you do!"
Linda Lindsay, Lindsey's Office Furniture
"Your guidance and patience are
very much appreciated. You've made a real difference for me."
Peggy Martin, Martin Training - Adjunct
Instructor, Lone Star College
" . . . a truly dedicated servant leader whom I am blessed to have as a resource . .
Hiett Ives, Trade Show Consultant
". . . gave me the confidence to take my platform global and for that
I am forever grateful!! Thank you Dean."
Toni Harris, Speaker - Trainer - Coach -
"Dean is an excellent Mentor to me and my company."
Karen Zhan, Owner, 7 Colors, LTD ~ China
"Dean is one of the pioneers in the
entrepreneur/startup community and
has virtually 'seen it all' when it comes to advising entrepreneurs in
getting their business started and profitable."
Doug Strahm, Director at Quorum
" . . . I admire what you do
on a regular basis for entrepreneurs!!!"
Art Fuller, Owner, Artful Enterprises International
"Thank you for all the support you have given me.
HESS and myself are very fortunate to have a friend like you."
Martha Cmelka, Office Manager, The HESS Club (est. 1918)
"I have followed Dean's steadfast efforts over the past decade to provide an
encompassing incubator service to the budding entrepreneurs of Greater Houston.
He and his organization provide excellence guidance to people willing to take
the first step into business."
Bruce Badeau, Venture Architect
up the good work of helping people succeed!"
"I am grateful and thankful that our paths have crossed."
Jennifer Wozny, Owner, Power
"I am always
learning something by knowing Dean . . . "
Russ Johns, Co-Founder, Future Media
Ben Huynh, Agent, Champions
Real Estate Group
" . . . a
pleasure to work with. His genuine concern for the advancement of others is
Misha McClure, Community Investment
Advisor, Comcast Cable
"I appreciate you and what you do for so many."
Natalie J. Evans, Owner, Evans
Mundle Communications ~ Washington
"Gave me all the resources and support to make my
vision a reality,
especially the hands-on entrepreneurial education along
with the diversity of the contacts and expertise that the incubators provided."
Norm Voss, Owner, New Dimensions Multimedia Computing
"With much thanks for a 'Great'
Alicia Hudson, President, N.A.N.N.I., Inc.
Houston 100 Company 1996
"Dean possesses the patience, genius and creativity to assist independent
entrepreneurs such as myself in accomplishing magnificent results."
Yvonne A. Ybarra, Yvonne A. Ybarra Photography
"Dean is the one individual who every entrepreneur in Houston
should contact for business development advice. "
Russell Neal, RTC Business Solutions
Wendolyn Smith, Owner, The Transcription
"You are a man that helps capitalism grow in this Country."
Anne Sturgill, Import/Export Buyer/Seller
"The Center was obviously a good deal for me and
Charlie Montgomery, Fidelity Bonded Warehouse Company,
"Completely invaluable knowledge, and
Kristina Fleagle, Owner, Creative Practice Solutions ~
enlightenment and inspiration for my personal vision."
Sol Bobst, Ph.D., Ceratox
". . . thanks for
Gabriela Arboleda, Capital CDC
investment I ever made in my business."
James Domengeaux, Comspace.com
". . . keep up the great work."
Richard Metts, CPC, DUROTECH
"Thank you for a valuable and comprehensive
program for my company's success."
Barbara Gammer, Owner, Marketing Research On
Call ~ Connecticut
"Congratulations, C. Dean Kring, for designing a small business model to effectively
teach "Market Espansion, Business Development, Entrepreneurial Education and
Professsional Growth" to small business owners in an easy to understand and implement
format. We learned of your Business Co-Op via several of our clients who started showing
remarkable progress after working with your organization for just a short period of time.
Our own experience with you was equally impresive."
Rondalyn Baker, CPA, Moore, Reichl
& Baker, P. C.
"This has been
truly what I was looking for."
Margarita Hernandez, Speaking Espanol
"Your efforts have assisted me in gaining the
basic skills needed to
get my business off the ground and on its way to continued success.
I doubt such an achievement would have been possible without said assistance."
John Valenzano, Owner, HardLight Media
"I learned a lot about where to focus my energy and how to proceed."
Shannon Palmer, Your Personable Chef
"I'm moving forward
with the knowledge gained."
Johnathan Sage, Johnathan Andrew Sage, Inc.
when I doubted I could measure up, there you were still cheering me on."
Joan Garbo, Owner, Joan Garbo
Dean was the best thing I ever did for my business."
Keith Robinson, Independent Internet
"I want to express my
appreciation for the expertise, models, education
and support. I found your experience to be invaluable."
Connie Walker, President, Constance Walker Associates, Inc.
and confidence inspiring."
Brian J. Nichelson, Ph.D., TechMatters Institute
"We consider ourselves fortunate indeed to have worked with you."
Peter Haskell, Partner, Rodas Haskell Associates,
"The success levels I've achieved could not have been reached without
Cyndi Gutierrez, Artist & Owner, Art &
"Thanks for being
a part of my growth."
Lorraine Mettlach-Larzabal ~ California
"Thank you for all you have
done to help Freedom Builders."
Cal Allen, President, Freedom Builders
"Altogether a very satisfying and richly rewarding
Thank you very much for your dedication to my vision!"
Rev. Rosemary Behrens, Executive Director,
Women Achieving Independence And Financial Success
Federation of Houston Professional Women "Woman of Excellence 2002"
"I appreciate your comments and
suggestions. It's what you do best. Again, thanks."
Andrea Robinson, Executive Director, Houston Proud
"I learned much . . ."
Sharon Jensen, Owner, RM Trading/Investments ~ Oklahoma
"Certainly worth my time and money."
Cynthia Shaiu - Commercial Attaché
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
(Now Deputy Director for U.S., Canada and Europe)
"Thanks again for all your help."
Patrick Ryan, President & CEO, The
Texas Chamber of Electronic Commerce
"You made my dreams come true."
Sarah Gallagher ~ Missouri
"Thank you for the years . . ."
Catherine James, Partner, Dixie Cullen
Houston 100 Company 2014, Fast 100 Company 2015,
2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019
"I am grateful beyond words."
Ann Stevenson, RN
"I have enjoyed the things that I have learned . . . "
Vickie Manies ~ Banco Popular
"Thank you for the extraordinary attention."
Paul Cummings - International
Visitor Program, Institute Of International Education
"Thank you for believing in me."
Denise Patrick, Owner, Patrick Marketing Group
(Now a partner in the largest advertising group in Houston.)
"Once again, thank you so sincerely."
Yeboa Amoa, Managing Director, Ghana Stock
Exchange - Ghana
"As I approach 20 years of having been
in the incubator,
I continue to realize what a beneficial program you provided and how much
I learned with the
Services Cooperative Association and the Entrepreneurial
Development Center. Best regards to you and all the Advisors who made it
Paula Belleggie, partner in the first client
company in the Entrepreneurial Development Center
"Dean, you are a powerful example for all of us who are
Sandy Lawrence, Owner, Perceptive
"It worked for me."
Kathleen O'Brien, Owner, Business
endorsement in red ~ August 5th, 2021
Association Notable Activities
A few of the awards and letters of appreciation received: