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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

Lisa N. Alexander ~ National Association of Women Business Owners
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
Gary Bledsoe ~ Acting Dean, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, Founder, TMSL Legal Entrepreneur Incubator
Dr. Martin Bressler ~ Houston Baptist University
Shirley Brooks ~ Houston Galveston Women's Business Center ~ Accion
Gary Bucek ~ Interim Director,
 San Jacinto College Small Business Development Center
Suzanne Buckland ~ Artists Alive and Well
Helen Callier ~ Government Procurement Connections
Bob Charlet ~ Houston Business Journal
Hector A. Chavana ~ National Hispanic Professional Organization

Liz Cloud ~ Federation of Houston Professional Women
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
Suzan Deison ~ Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce
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

Ilsa Garcia ~ National Hispanic Professional Organization
Ro'Vin Garrett ~ Houston Area Council American Business Women's Association
Larry Garrick ~ U.S. Small Business Administration
Sylvester Garza ~ The Dover Club
Otto Glaser ~ Houston Inventors Association

W. Carl Glaw ~ Glo CPAS
Freddy Goerges ~ Houston Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce
Carolyn Gray ~ Womens Business Center

Giselle Rodriguez Greenwood ~ Houston Business Journal
Jenny Grier ~ Centerpoint
Loretta Williams Gurnell ~  SuperLady Live Movement
Sophie Haci ~ Houston Community College
David Hansen ~ MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas New Venture Clinic
Michelle R. Harden ~ Kingdom View, Inc.
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

Liz Lara-Carreno ~ Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program
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

Kelly McCormick ~ RED Labs University of Houston
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
Yusef Muhammad ~ SCORE
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

Judson Robinson III ~ Houston Area Urban League
Shelley Roth ~ Springboard Social Media
Sadie Rucker ~ Women Contractors Association
Miguel Ruiz ~ U.S. Small Business Administration
Dr. George Rupp ~ Rice University
Rhonda Ryan ~ American Womens Society of CPAs
Marilyn Sander ~ Womens Business Center
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
Sonia Thomas ~ Houston Crossroads Business Building Breakfast
Phi Tran ~ Prison Entrepreneurship Program
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

Carlecia D. Wright ~ City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity

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

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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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