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"The Group for Growth"

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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    Bring us your bright ideas! 
We design a custom tailored development methodology based on your resources, attributes and aptitude for the entrepreneurial process. We've worked with more than 51,344 people to date and our associate companies have won virtually every award for business growth in Houston, some nationally and some even internationally!
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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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Since 1983, The Co-Op has conducted a weekly business building development breakfast, the oldest in the United States, to train early stage entrepreneurs in the experiential skills necessary for rapid advancement.
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"We don't enable. We Empower!"
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Click the image above to discover handy growth guides
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Click the image above to discover business tips and tricks that make a difference.

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Have empty offices?

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Have an burning issue you need immediate assistance with?

Or give us a call: 713.932.7495

Or just click on the blue
"Live Chat" bar on the right!

For starting, expanding, relocating or acquiring a business in Houston.

Complete service and support for incubator owners, operators, developers, and sponsors.

To establish a self-funded small
business development Co-Op in your city

For the complete turnkey custom designed startup program for your business in Houston.

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C. Dean Kring
Research Director
Economic Development Advisor

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

and discover there is a whole new world awaiting you, too.

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Everything except the office!
First In The World

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Join us for a Busine$$ Building Breakfast any Wednesday.

Houston's greatest energy resource is its Entrepreneurial Energy!
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We love ya Stros!

Tired of all the drab black, white and grey websites? We are, too. So we kept our site in colors. Our favorite colors as a matter of fact. Red, White and Blue!

We've been on the World Wide Web since 11 days after it became open to the public in 1991.

Enjoy our colorful, informative 1,500+ pages as we educate, enlighten, entertain and inspire!

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