SCA provides on-the-job-training for early stage business owners and emerging entrepreneurs with a Rapid Growth System*.
The chapter weekly meeting is a workshop, operated by Co-Op associates as a model small business. It's "product" is a fast-paced and high-powered business development event, with an engaging format, motivational speakers, self-introductions and referrals.
On the macro scale, it's an economic development project. It produces stronger, healthier companies, demonstrating self-sufficiency while serving a genuine need in the community.
On the micro scale, it's an individual learning tool. It teaches the entrepreneur "business ownership and management" skills in a practical, non-classroom environment.
The SCA was one of the early pioneers to accept that "education was no longer confined to schools" (Tom Peters) and "the health of our free enterprise system is dependent upon the vitality of our emerging businesses" (C. Dean Kring).
The methodology was designed in conjunction with the
Texas Education Agency and leading professional educators (in continuing, adult and
vocational education) as a delivery system for the needs common to all early stage
After more than five years of preparation, The Co-Op launched the first chapter meeting March 15, 1983 with 14 companies present. As of March 8th, 2017, more than 45,000 people have attended SCA events, in excess of 42,542 tips, leads, referrals and items of business have been reported and more than several hundreds of millions in revenues have been generated.
Further, Co-Op companies have won virtually every award
for business growth in Houston, some nationally and some even internationally, and they
continue to do so today!
All without one dime of public funding, grants, gifts, contributions or donations.
The Co-Op is business owners teaching other business owners how to have a successful business.
To see all the business incubators that SCA has sponsored, click here.
To establish an SCA chapter in your community, click here.
To learn how SCA might benefit your company or community, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
teach entrepreneurship, you must be able to do it."
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