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Business Expo to provide a wealth of information for small business owners

Business Expo to provide a wealth of information for small business owners

Wed Feb 15, 2023

BHM Expo

Brazosport College is inviting the public to attend its free Business Expo and Network Social from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College.

The event, part of the College’s Black History Month festivities, is an opportunity for prospective or current business owners to network, collaborate and grow while supporting Black businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups.

The expo will feature four hours of break-out sessions, seminars and discussions dedicated to business and personal development for students and both prospective and current business owners.

Among the featured sessions is a presentation by branding and social media strategist Marsha Lynn Hudson on making extra money through the creation of a side job. Aimed at students, Hudson’s session focuses on the ins and outs of starting an extra business and how it can help eliminate financial pressures while not allowing it to consume one’s life. To register for this event, visit

Another highlight will be a can’t-miss session by the U.S. Small Business Association on how this national organization can assist one’s business in becoming a successful venture.

Moderated by SBA Lender Relations Specialist Jesus Gomez, along with a panel consisting of Capital One VP of Business Development Allison McFarlene, Frost Bank Business Banking Officer Crystal Jackson, and Amegy Bank SBA Lender Tommy Rice, this session will provide an overview of the four main services the SBA provides small businesses: sources of capital, sources of counseling, developing one’s business through federal contracts, and disaster assistance. To register for this event, visit

Other sessions will include tips from local business owners and law/financial professionals, such as Cedric Haller from Arlene’s Sho Can Cook, Alexis Moore from Smoothie King, Matt Allen from Cordoba Law Firm PLLC, Cindy Urrutia from PeopleFund, Shelby Allen from Allen Financials, LLC and Lonnie Mathews from Brazosport College, among others.    

Multiple vendors will also be on site, including representatives from the Texas Workforce Commission, the Small Business Association, the Brazosport College Small Business Development Center, and clothing vendor Conquer All Odds, among others. Additionally, a variety of Brazosport College programs, such as BC Community Education, the BC Bachelor’s Program and Financial Wellness at BC, will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice.

The expo has openings for more vendors and vendor scholarships are available. For more information on becoming a vendor, visit

A full schedule of seminars and trainings scheduled for Brazosport College’s Black History Month Business Expo and Network Social is listed below:

10 a.m.
The Real Deal Business Panel (Realities of Being a Business Owner)
Marsha Hudson (Branding and Social Media Strategist, Marsha Lynn Hudson, LLC); Cedric Haller (Owner of Arlene’s Sho Can Cook); Alexis Moore (Owner of Smoothie King)

11 a.m.
How to Start Your Side Hustle: Make Extra Money as a Student Without Being Overwhelmed
Speaker: Marsha Hudson (Branding and Social Media Strategist, Marsha Lynn Hudson, LLC)

11 a.m.
E-Commerce 101: Keeping Your Numbers Out of the Red and in the Black
Presented by: Ship Black (

12 p.m.
How the SBA Can Help Your Small Business, with Lender Panel
Moderator: Jesus Gomez (SBA Lender Relations Specialist)
Panelists: Allison McFarlene (VP of Business Development at Capital One); Crystal Jackson (Business Banking Officer at Frost Bank); Tommy Rice (SBA Lender at Amegy Bank)

12 p.m.
Personal Finance
Speaker: Lonnie Mathews (Brazosport College)

1 p.m.
The Bail Team Every Business Owner Needs
Panelists: Matt Allen (Attorney with Cordoba Law Firm, PLLC); Cindy Urrutia (Senior Loan Officer with PeopleFund); Shelby Allen (Allen Financials, LLC)

1 p.m.
Special Session
Presented by: Texas Workforce Commission

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For more information on Brazosport College’s Black History Month Business Expo and Network Social, call (979) 230-3356.