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Houston Heroes
Organizations & Individuals Empowering Houston's Emerging Entrepreneurs

Mary Abshier ~ Houston Focus on Concerns for Women
Emily Adkison ~ Women's Business Enterprise Alliance
Jaime Alvarado ~ National Hispanic Professional Organization
Riyad Abu-Taha ~ Ambassadors Club
Cleveland Baker ~ U.S. Small Business Administration
Lataya Ballard - Simpson ~ Christian Networking Group
Olaide Banks ~ Entrepreneurial Development Center
Paul A. Barela ~ Virtual Business Center
Devon Ray Battaglia ~ Services Cooperative Association
Joi Beasley ~ Houston Galveston Women's Business Center
John Beddow ~ Houston Business Journal
Rev. Rosemary Behrens ~ Women Achieving Independence and Financial Success
George F. Black ~ Service Corps of Retired Executives
Dr. Martin Bressler ~ Houston Baptist University
Shirley Brooks ~ Houston Galveston Women's Business Center ~ Accion
Suzanne Buckland ~ Artists Alive and Well
Helen Callier ~ Government Procurement Connections
Bob Charlet ~ Houston Business Journal
Hector A. Chavana ~ National Hispanic Professional Organization
Jerry Cooper ~ Services Cooperative Association
Joann Cooper ~ Exec Connect
Jackie Craver ~ Womens Chamber of Commerce of Texas
Harold Cropper ~ Service Corps of Retired Executives
Dirk Cummins ~ MainStreet Chamber
Steven Currall ~ Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship
April Day ~ Women's Business Enterprise Alliance
Don Dogget ~ Service Corps of Retired Executives
Janice Dorr ~ Houston Technology Center
Evelyn Flores ~ Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
Elroy Forbes ~ Forbes Business Networking Directory
Angela Freeman
~ Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
Vernetta R. Freeney ~ Women Are Game Changers
Paul M. Frison ~ Houston Technology Center
Genie Johnson Fuller ~ CEO Network
Larry Garrick ~ U.S. Small Business Administration
Sylvester Garza ~ The Dover Club
Otto Glaser ~ Houston Inventors Association
Freddy Goerges ~ Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce
Carolyn Gray ~ Womens Business Center
Jenny Grier ~ Centerpoint
Sophie Haci ~ Houston Community College
David Hansen ~ MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas New Venture Clinic
Richard T. Hendee ~ Silver Fox Advisors
Bob Hinds ~ City of Houston Economic Development Committee
Robert Horlander ~ Small Business Committee Houston Chamber of Commerce
Vivian Huang ~ Techxans
Karen Hudson ~ Metropolitan Transit Authority
Richard A. Huebner ~ Houston Minority Business Council
Bruce Hurta ~ Fidelity Bank
Kristi Jackson ~ Women CEO Project
Catherine James ~ American Business Women's Association
Gene Janiszewski ~ Business Resource Group
Claudette Jasper ~ Business Resource Group
Constance Jones ~ Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
Jeff Jones ~ TABB & SCORE
Mark Kamin ~ Mark Kamin & Associates
Jon Eliot King ~ The After Hours Network
Shanta Kinson ~ Daily Court Review
Sol Kobbe ~ Service Corps of Retired Executives
Jim Kollaer ~ Greater Houston Partnership
C. Dean Kring ~ Texas Business Incubator Association
Winston Labbe ~ Unity Bank
Steve Latham ~ Emerging Business Counsel Greater Houston Partnership
Sandy Lawrence ~ Perceptive Marketing

Marie Lee ~ Alief Community Association
Jen Lemanski ~ Houston Young Professionals Endeavor
Steve Levine ~ Small Business Today Magazine
Sandra A. Louvier ~ Director of Center for Entrepreneurship, HCC Northwest
Pamela House Lovett ~ Greater Houston Partnership Economic Development Division
Sonia Maldonado ~ U.S. Small Business Administration
Mike Mangan ~ Houston Networking News
Deborah A. Mansfield ~ Houston Technology Center
Sal Manzo ~ Rice University Entrepreneurship
Courtney Marshall ~ Women's Business Enterprise Alliance
Rodney Martin ~ U.S. Small Business Administration
Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale ~ Gallery Furniture
Ben Mendez ~ National Hispanic Professional Organization
Irwin Miller ~ Service Corps Of Retired Executives
Marlon D. Mitchell ~ Houston Small Business Development Corporation
Chuck Mullen ~ Houston Inventors Association
Shurronda Murray ~ Metropolitan Transit Authority
Marc Nathan ~ Forthea
Ella M. Nunn ~ Texas Southern University
Chris Pantuso ~ The Calabria Foundation
Dana Parker ~ Women Contractors Association
J. Goodwille Pierre, Esq. ~ Success In Business
Neil Polanski ~ City of Houston One Stop Business Center
Jim Pyle ~ Business Resource Group
Kevin Price ~ Houston Business Com
Jerald Reichstein ~ GroundUp Houston
Susan Repka ~ Women's Business Enterprise Alliance
Craig Rhodes ~  Emerging Business Counsel Greater Houston Partnership
Ingrid M. Robinson ~ HMSDC
Chris Rogers ~ National Association of Women Business Owners
Shelley Roth ~ Springboard Social Media
Miguel Ruiz ~ U.S. Small Business Administration
Dr. George Rupp ~ Rice University
Rhonda Ryan ~ American Womens Society of CPAs
Doris St. Cyr ~ Services Cooperative Association
Alexander Sandoval ~ Minority Business Development Center
Terri Eldred Scott ~ American Business Women's Association
Bill Schadewald ~ Houston Business Journal
Dr. Bill Sherrill ~ Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Allen Shapiro ~ Service Corps of Retired Executives
Susan H. Silverman ~ National Association of Women Business Owners
Lou Smith ~ MIT Forum, New Venture Clinic
Montaque Smith ~ First Wednesday Luncheon
Barbara Spier ~ Federation of Houston Professional Women
Christine Spray ~ National Business Development Association
Gail Stolzenburg ~ Freedom Now
Mark Taylor ~ Business Network International
Pam Terry ~ Powerful Women International
Milton Thibodeaux ~ Greater Houston Minority Procurement Forum
Linda Travis ~ Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Kendra Trueba ~ Houston Technology Center
Walter Ulrich - Houston Technology Center
Saul Valentin ~ National Hispanic Professional Organization
Deborah Villarreal ~ Services Cooperative Association
George Walden ~ Business Resource Group
Sandra L. White ~ Women's Chamber of Commerce of Texas
Terry Williams ~ Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
Doug Winnie ~ Action Coach
Wallace Wood ~ National Space & Technology Association

Yvonne A. Ybarra ~ Womens Business Center
R.D. Yoder ~ Houston Networking News
George Zimmer - Men's Warehouse

2019 Houston Heroes
Lisa N. Alexander, President, National Association of Women Business Owners
Gary Bledsoe, Acting Dean, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, Founder, TMSL Legal Entrepreneur Incubator
Gary Bucek, Interim Director, San Jacinto College Small Business Development Center
Liz Lara-Carreno, Outreach Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program
Liz Cloud, President, Federation of Houston Professional Women
Suzan Deison, CEO/President/Founder, Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce
Ilsa Garcia, Chair, National Hispanic Professional Organization
Ro'Vin Garrett, Chair, Houston Area Council American Business Women's Association
W. Carl Glaw, Director, Glo CPAS
Giselle Rodriguez Greenwood, Editor-In-Chief, Houston Business Journal
Loretta Williams Gurnell, Managing Partner, SuperLady Live Movement
Michelle R. Harden, President, Kingdom View, Inc.
Sadie Rucker, President, Women Contractors Association
Kelly McCormick, RED Labs Managing Director, University of Houston
Yusef Muhammad, President, SCORE
Judson Robinson III,
 President & CEO, Houston Area Urban League
Marilyn Sander, Chair, Womens Business Center
Sonia Thomas, President, Houston Crossroads Business Building Breakfast
Phi Tran, Director, Prison Entrepreneurship Program
Carlecia D. Wright, Director, City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity

Special mention: Have you been honored as a Houston Hero and your name/organization does not appear here? Please email Sally Smart and let us know?

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