Services Cooperative Association has been very active in community economic development
and entrepreneurial education activities since 1983. A few of our many benchmarking
1983 - Founded Services
Cooperative Association from an Economic Development Research project
of The Houston Chamber of Commerce on the importance of developing
Houston's small businesses.
1984 - Sent delegates to the Texas State Entrepreneurship Education Conference
where one was appointed coordinator for the Greater Houston Area Entrepreneurship
Education Steering Committee.
1985 - Founded the first small business incubator in Houston, the Entrepreneurial
Development Center (EDC), which houses start-up and emerging companies. The EDC has
become Texas' oldest business incubator.
1986 - Sent delegates to the White House Conference on Small Business where one
was elected Vice Chairman of the Texas Delegation and another was co-author of a
resolution that became law.
1987 - Received a Mayoral Proclamation for graduating the first Houston
company from a business incubator.
1988 - Sponsored the "First Houston Entrepreneurship Awards" recognizing
those organizations fostering small business growth in Houston and became a charter
incubator for the Texas Business Incubator Association.
1889 - Sponsored the "First Houston Small Business Seed Capital
Fund" to provide financial assistance to start-up and early development stage
1990 - Founded the nation's first business incubator for women, the Womens
Business Center (WBC), with development programs to accelerate the growth of
woman-owned businesses and the female career professional.
1991 - Founded the Software Business Center (SBC), the first business
incubator for software developers and computer-related companies and formed the Incubator
Self Sufficiency Group (ISSG), an economic development service bureau.
1992 - Founded the Product Development Center (PDC), a business incubator
for inventors, investors, new product commercialization and technology transfer.
1993 - Founded the International Business Center (IBC), the first business
incubator for international services, importers and exporters and created the nation's
first Certified Business Incubators for the Texas Business Incubator Association in
the "Beta Project for Certification, Efficiency and Curriculum Development"
1994 - Sponsored the first "Tribute to Houston's Entrepreneurial
Community" recognizing outstanding entrepreneurial leadership in Houston.
1995 - Houston host
incubator for the United States Information Agency - Institute of International
Education, International Visitors Program and recognized "Houston - Emerging
Business Capital of the World!"
1996 - Received a Mayoral Proclamation for sponsoring "Entrepreneurial
Community Tribute Day, July 3, 1996," sent delegates to the Texas Governor's
Conference on Small Business where one was co-author of a resolution for legislation
to prohibit public/private competition and sponsored the "Living the
American Dream Award" recognizing self-made entrepreneurial success.
1997 - Created the "Building Your American Dream" educational
program for business owners, founded the Health-Medical Enterprise Center (H/MEC),
a business incubator for healthcare product and service providers and sponsored the "8th
Entrepreneurial Workshop and 1997 Tribute to Houston's Entrepreneurial Community."
1998 - Celebrated 15
years as "Houston's Business CrossRoads" bringing together the diversity
of the Houston Business Community and received a Certificate of Recognition from
Houston City Council for 15th Annual Houston Business Breakfast.
1999 - Received a Mayoral Proclamation signifying July 7, 1999 as "Services
Cooperative Association Emerging Business Day" and sponsored the "10th
Entrepreneurial Workshop - Accelerated Entrepreneurship."
2000 - Recognized as "One of Houston's Core Entrepreneurial
Groups" by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and recognized "As
an industry leader and pioneer in business incubation" by the National
Business Incubation Association (NBIA).
2001 - Received the "2001 BBB Gold Star Award" from
the Greater Houston Area Better Business Bureau, nominated for the Annual
Innovation Award by the NBIA and received a Mayoral Proclamation "Services
Cooperative Association Day - July 3rd."
2002 - Created the "Houston Hospitality Program" to
assist small business owners from other countries in starting businesses in Houston.
2003 - Celebrated 20 years as "Houston's Emerging Business
CrossRoads" with national recognition and sponsored the First Annual "Holiday
Gift Exchange" for the Federation of Houston Networking Groups."
2004 - Sponsored "Houston Entrepreneurial Heroes" luncheon
recognizing those groups empowering local entrepreneurs and received a Mayoral
Proclamation signifying July 1, 2004 as "Services Cooperative Association
Houston Heroes Day."
2005 - Sponsored the 16th Annual Entrepreneurial Workshop "Entrepreneurial
Excellence" recognizing Houston's entrepreneurial independence.
2006 - Invited by the People's Republic of China to speak at the formation of the
Women Entrepreneurs Association in China. (declined)
2007 - Sponsored the Women's Business Assistance Forum Online
for women business owners assisting other women business owners.
2008 - Commenced a project to make the Small Business Certification
Process more expeditious.
2009 - Commenced Start A Business Store/Mall.
2010 - Commenced LunchBreak.biz and Women Entrepreneurs
Unite World. Received a Public Service Citation from the U.S.
Small Business Administration.
2011 - Commenced Bayou Walk, resurrected Houston Proud.and
created Master Mind Focus Group for Women Business Owners.
2012 - Commenced Open 24-7 in Houston.
2013 - Commenced Save the AstroDome Project as a Residency
Business Incubator with every business resource under one roof.
2014 - Mayor Annise Parker
Proclaims Services Cooperative Association 31st Annual Economic Forecast Day
January 8th, 2014.
2015 - Commenced Office
Building Cooperative as an office building owned by its resident companies.
2016 - Mayor Sylvester Turner
recognizes Services Cooperative Association for 33 years of Service to the Houston
Business Community March 16th, 2016.
2017 - Recognition that Co-Op companies have won virtually every award
for business growth in Houston.
2018 - Ranked the #1 New Business Development Group in Houston
by Houston Proud.
1983 to present - Continued sponsor of annual
economic development events including "Houston Economic Forecast
Breakfast" and "Best Introduction Contest" in
January; "Entrepreneurial Workshop" and "Houston
Heroes" to celebrate Independence Day in July; "Mini
Business Expo" in April, "Trade Fair" in November;
"Halloween BooFest" in October and "Jingle
Mingle Holiday Gift Exchange" in December, both benefiting a local
The self-funded, independent research
conducted by Services Cooperative Association conclusively demonstrated that:
1) Business incubators accelerated
business growth, resulting in an entire generation of business incubators being named
2) Women were starting business at a faster rate than men,
resulting in the federal government commencing the Women's Business Centers initiative.
3) Entrepreneurship could be taught, resulting in colleges and
universities across the nation creating entrepreneurship programs and degrees.
4) Entrepreneurship education could be measured in absolute terms
of employment and wealth creation, resulting in the term "Entrepreneurial
Development." (And the "Entrepreneurial Development Centers and Entrepreneurial
Development Programs created around the nation.)
5) Incubating service companies created more employment while
incubating technology companies created more wealth, resulting
in virtually every state in the nation starting technology
6) Incubators operated as charities and utilizing advisors without actual
"hands-on" business experience did not produce
successful companies in the same dollar cost ratio that incubators charging fees and
utilizing advisors with experience did, resulting in a grand
sweep of incubators conforming to the business model of fees and experience
pioneered by SCA Research.
For more information about related activities, click here.
To see a partial list of endorsements, click here.
For assistance in forming a Cooperative Association of
Independent Business Owners in your community, click here.
Some of the charities SCA has supported
For immediate response about Business Development for
resident companies and entrepreneurs, send e-mail to: Emerging Business Centers
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