1983 Founded the nation's
first business and professional cooperative for entrepreneurial education and conclusively
demonstrated to academia
1984 Sent delegates to the Texas State Entrepreneurship
Education Conference where one was appointed coordinator for the
1985 Founded the first small business incubator
in Houston, the Entrepreneurial Development Center (EDC), which houses start-up
1986 Sent delegates to the White House
Conference on Small Business where one was elected Vice Chairman of the Texas Delegation
1987 Received a Mayoral Proclamation for graduating Houstons first company from a business incubator.
1988 Sponsored the "First Houston
Entrepreneurship Awards" for organizations fostering small business growth in Houston
1989 Sponsored the First Houston Small Business Seed Capital Fund to provide financial assistance to startup and early development stage companies.
Founded the Womens Business Center (WBC), the nations first
incubator for women.
Founded the Product Development Center (PDC), a business incubator for
inventors, investors, new product
1993 Founded the International Business Center (IBC), the first business incubator for international services.
Sponsored the first "Tribute to Houston's Entrepreneurial
Community" recognizing outstanding entrepreneurial
leadership in Houston and created
1995 Houston host incubator for the U.S.
Information Agency - Institute of International Education International Visitors Program
1996 Received a Mayoral
Proclamation for sponsoring "Entrepreneurial Community Tribute Day, July 3,
1996," sent delegates to the
1997 Created the "Building
Your American Dream" educational program for business owners, founded the
Health-Medical Enterprise Center (H/MEC),
1998 Received a Certificate of
Recognition from Houston City Council for the 15th Annual Houston Business
1999 Received a Mayoral proclamation signifying July 7, 1999, as Services Cooperative Association Emerging Business Day.
2000 Recognized by the National
Business Incubation Association as An industry leader and pioneer in business
2001 Received the "Gold Star
Award from the Greater Houston Area Better Business Bureau, nominated for the Annual
2002 Created the Small Business
Hospitality Program to assist small business owners from other countries in
2003 Celebrated 20 years as
Houstons Emerging Business CrossRoads with national recognition and
2004 Received a Mayoral
Proclamation for sponsoring Houston Heroes Day recognizing organizations
2005 Sponsored the 16th Annual Entrepreneurial Workshop Entrepreneurial Excellence recognizing Houstons 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 online Womens Business Assistance Forum by and for women business owners.
Commenced the process to make small business certification more
expedient and presented a certificate of appreciation
2009 Commenced Start A Business Mall on the World Wide Web and Open 24/7 in Houston.
Commenced Women Entrepreneurs Unite World and presented a
certificate of appreciation
2011 Commenced Master Mind Focus Groups for women business owners and resurrected Houston Proud.
Commenced Save The Dome
Project as a Residency Business Incubator and presented a certificate of appreciation
2014 Mayor Annise Parker proclaims January 8th as SCAs 31st Annual Economic Forecast Day.
2015 Commenced Cooperative Office Building Project.
2016 Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaims January 6th as SCAs 33rd Annual Economic Forecast Day
2017 Recognition that Co-Op
Associate Companies have won virtually every award for business growth in Houston, some
Ranked The #1 New Business Development Group In
Houston by Houston Proud and presented a certificate of appreciation
2019 Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaims March 14th as Services Cooperative Association 36 Years of Service Day.
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