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Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center

We are the Officers, Faculty, Staff and Students of Texas A&M-University Corpus Christi who believe that a university is an integral part of a thriving community and that those who sustain us must also they themselves be sustained by a robust university contributing back into the economic community system in which we thrive.

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FAQ

What are business incubators?

Business incubators nurture the development of entrepreneurial companies, helping them survive and grow during the business startup period when they are most vulnerable. These programs provide their client companies with business mentoring and support services along with resources tailored to young firms. The most common goals of business incubation programs are creating jobs in a community, enhancing a community's entrepreneurial climate, retaining businesses in a community, building or accelerating growth in a local industry, and diversifying local economies.

How do you help entrepreneurs?

The INNOVATION CENTER provides strategic guidance, access to investors, business mentors, and a ready-made network of contacts. We also offer help in building the management team, specialized training, affordable space, and professional services at reduced rates.

How do incubators help start-ups get funding?

Incubators help client companies secure capital in a number of ways:

  • Managing in-house and revolving loan and microloan funds
  • Connecting companies with "angel" investors (high-net-worth individual investors)
  • Working with companies to perfect venture capital presentations and business networking with venture capitalists
  • Assisting companies in applying for loans
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Team

Dr. John Gamble
Dean of College of Business
(361) 825-6045 John.Gamble@tamucc.edu
Russell Franques
Director
(361)825-3525 Russell.Franques@tamucc.edu
Juan Sebastian Garzon
Program Manager
(361)825-3539 Juan.Garzon@tamucc.edu
Melissa Windle
Administrative Assistant
(361)825-3531 Melissa.Windle@tamucc.edu
Sonny Martinez
Student Assistant/Graphic Designer
(361)825-3533
Xiuju Yao (Daisy)
Student Assistant/Graphic Designer
(361)825-3533
Roxana Gomez
Graduate Assistant
(361)825-3533

Advisory Board

Dr. John E. Gamble

Dean of the College of Business
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Pedro Azevedo

Vice President & Commercial Relationship Manager
Kleberg Bank

Luis A. Cifuentes

Vice President for Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

L.J. Cohen

Former Owner
Pest Fog, Inc.

Diane Decou

CPA
Bay Ltd.

Foster Edwards

CEO/President
Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce

Donald M. Feferman

Attorney
Law Offices of Donald M. Feferman, P.C.

Ann Barrett Fierova

Del Mar College Small Business Development Center
SBDC Director

Eric Kern

Vice President
First Community Bank

Debbie Lindsey-Opel

President
Three Dimensional Development, LLC

Frank Pezold

Dean College of Science & Technology
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Wesley S. Pierson

Assistant City Manager
Business Support Services

Teresa Rodriguez Bartlett

President & CEO
Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Susan Ochoa Spiering

President
Ochoa and Associates, PC

Business Network

Business Network

is a collection of independent firms that provide professional services to businesses. Each firm is selected for their solutions, which are targeted for particular businesses or service niches. Collectively, these firms can help you reduce business risks, improve operations, or expand your markets.

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Partnership

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In 1938, a small group of local Hispanic business people and community leaders identified a need for a Hispanic business organization that would help small minority and women-owned businesses grow and prosper. Together, they worked diligently to build the foundation for what is now the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 75 years after the Chamber’s inception, the CCHCC has evolved to help all small businesses of the culturally rich Coastal Bend area and continues to stand as the foremost voice of our business community. The Chamber’s open door policy to invested members has provided a comprehensive range of services to ensure these businesses have every opportunity to proper and develop strong ties to their local community. For more information, please visit http://www.cchispanicchamber.org/
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For more information, please visit http://www.delmar.edu/
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Lift Fund provides small business owners and entrepreneurs with connections to financing and support that helps them grow into healthy businesses. The largest and only nationwide micro lending network unites five independent organizations to form the largest microfinance and small business-lending network in the United States. Together, they provide one-third of domestic microfinance loans, reaching over 11,000 people from California to New York. Lift Fund offers microloans and other financial services to low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs who are unable to access bank credit for their small business. We can provide the necessary contacts and information for contacting Lift Fund that can be beneficial for any entrepreneur. For More information, please visit http://www.liftfund.com
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Since 1953, Small Business Administration (SBA) has provided millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and provided assistance to small businesses. There are a wide variety of programs, and the specific qualifications vary per program. SBA can also help facilitate a loan for you with a third party lender, guarantee a bond, or help you find venture capital. To retrieve a list of financing programs and learn more about small business financing, please visit SBA online at https://www.sba.gov/
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Since 1953, Small Business Administration (SBA) has provided millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and provided assistance to small businesses. There are a wide variety of programs, and the specific qualifications vary per program. SBA can also help facilitate a loan for you with a third party lender, guarantee a bond, or help you find venture capital. To retrieve a list of financing programs and learn more about small business financing, please visit SBA online at https://www.sba.gov/
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The Innovation Center works closely with PhD professors in different areas of business. Technical writers, Masters in accountancy, and computer science students have works with our clients to create more value. Initiatives like I-CORE (click here for more information) have benefited our clients. For more information, please visit http://www.tamucc.edu
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The Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, nonprofit organization established in 1916 by a group of local businessmen. Since its inception, the Chamber has been instrumental in the city's economic success and a part of major projects, such as the creation of the Harbor Bridge, the Port of Corpus Christi, the Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas State Aquarium, the U.S.S. Lexington Museum and Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. For more information, please visit http://www.corpuschristichamber.org/
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SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for nearly fifty years. Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 11,000+ volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at a very low cost. We can provide: Volunteer mentors who share their expertise across 62 industries; free, confidential business counseling in person or via email; free business tools, templates and tips here online; inexpensive or free business workshops (locally) and webinars (online 24/7). For more information, please visit https://corpuschristi.score.org/chapters/score-corpus-christi
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The Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend support the community by enriching members’ knowledge the importance of social responsibility in a global market while providing opportunities for networking and mentorship between young and established professionals. In order to achieve these goals, YBP hosts quarterly Networking Mixers, Speaker Series, and Community Service projects. These events give young business people the opportunity to build relationships with each other as well as with established professionals in the Coastal Bend. We also work closely with major businesses in town to ensure the needs of their young professionals are being met. The Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend is an organization founded by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in partnership with the City of Corpus Christi, the Port of Corpus Christi, all of which have a shared vision of retaining young professionals in the area to generate opportunities for the development of South Texas. For more information, please visit http://ybp.tamucc.edu/
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JA is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. JA programs have proven to be successful at raising students' educational and career aspirations and teaching students to create opportunities to achieve their goals. The curriculum aligns with Texas education standards, provides a positive business role model, and forms an effective bridge between business and education. By pairing community volunteers with professional educators JA will bring economic education programming to students throughout south Texas. Headquartered in San Antonio, Junior Achievement of South Texas has satellite offices in Corpus Christi and Laredo and is a member of Junior Achievement USA. Junior Achievement USA operates in more than 120 area offices in all 50 states and reaches over 4 million students per year. For more information, please visit http://www.jast.org/
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The Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit organization responsible for creating, managing and supervising programs and activities that promote, assist and enhance economic development within the city of Corpus Christi. The CCREDC's partners include the city of Corpus Christi, the Port of Corpus Christi Authority and over 180 private-sector members. A 25-member board of Directors whose members are appointed by the city, port and membership governs the CCREDC. Through its business attraction and business retention and expansion programs, the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation focuses its economic development efforts on the creation of ne primary jobs and new investment in the following industry sectors: Extraction oil (Oil and Gas Exploration), Electric Power Generation, Petrochemical, Manufacturing/Fabrication, Electronic Retailing, Water Transportation (Deep-water, Ocean) Warehousing, Distribution and Logistics, Knowledge-Based, Professional Services, Enterprise Management. For more information, please visit http://www.ccredc.com/
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The Del Mar College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is proud to be the premiere service provider to small business in the Coastal Bend Region. By working with hundreds of entrepreneurs every year, the SBDC has a clear perspective of the obstacles that small business must overcome in order to succeed. Through various outreach efforts, the SBDC is continuously developing and refining, consulting resources and training workshops to meet the needs of the ever-changing local small business community. The assistance and guidance that the SBDC provides can mean the difference between success and failure for your small business. For more information, please visit http://dmc122011.delmar.edu/sbdc/
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Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) delivers hands-on technical assistance and training to a wide range of businesses, including manufacturing, government, and health care. We have a wide array of services that improve efficiency, quality and productivity. Focus areas include Lean enterprise, technology solutions, strategic management, quality systems, environment and safety. TMAC is a local Texas resource to address the challenges of today's hyper-competitive business environment. Cut cost. Be efficient. Achieve profitable growth. Our cost effective services give you the tools to be competitive. Whether it is a spot solution or total transformation, all technical assistance and training is customized to fit your objectives. For more information, please visit http://www.tmac.org/