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    El Paso, Texas 79903

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    El Paso is Open for Business!

    The Texas Governor's Office, the Texas Workforce Commission and your El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invite our borderland businesses to engage in the best that Texas has to offer during the 2015 Texas Governor's Small Business Forum.

    Governor's Small Business Forums, sponsored by the Texas Governor’s Office, the Texas Workforce Commission, and local partners, are designed to give entrepreneurs and small businesses valuable tools, skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s fast-paced economy. Featuring a wide range of instructive seminars and expert speakers offering vital information on both public and private resources, the forums provide a great opportunity to network and connect with industry specialists, government officials, service providers, and other regional businesses. Likewise, Texan businesses are afforded a chance to network and trade with one another, exchange best practices, and discuss challenges and innovative ways of overcoming them.Overall the forums highlight the wide range of opportunities available to all businesses, including minority and women-owned small businesses, veterans, and businesses interested in expanding globally.

    Come out and take advantage of interactive workshops lead by the top professionals in the Lone Star State on important topics to our businesses such as: Procurement, Financing, Cybersecurity, Leadership, and much more.

    Thursday, April 16 @ 7:45 am

    Wyndham Airport Hotel-
    2027 Airway Blvd.

    All-day Access Pass: $55.00 (Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Networking & Access to all the Sessions)

    Exhibit Booth: $180.00 (Includes 2 All-Day Access Pass)

    Lunch Ticket: $35.00 (Join us for lunch at noon for the keynote address by Honorable Carlos Cascos, Secretary of State & the Spirit of Texas Awards Ceremony)

    Lunch Table Sponsor: $350.00 (Reserve a table of 10 for the Spirit of Texas Luncheon + be recognized as a sponsor!)

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    Contact Valerie Salcido
    at 915.566.4066
    or via email:

    Thank You Booth Sponsors!


    Thank You Table Sponsors!


    7:45 am -8:15 am


    8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 



    Welcoming Breakfast

    Introduction to our Small Business Governor's Forum by the Office of the Governor's Economic Development & Tourism

    8:30 am- 9:15 a.m.   

    Texas Workforce Solutions Presentations

    -Andrés Alcantar, Chairman, Texas Workforce Commission

    -Joyce Wilson, CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex


    9:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Networking Break
    9:35 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Session I

    Beware: Cyber Security is the new Business Priority

    • What can it do for my business?
    • How to manage the risk to your business
    • How to prevent, respond and solve a cyber-attack
    • Some misconceptions about cybersecurity:
        • Only companies that take payments onlineare at risk of cyber crime
        • Cyber security is too expensive to implement
        • Small companies aren’t a target for hackers.
        • Small and Medium Enterprises are not vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
        • RETHINK all these! In reality, small businesses are a bigger target than ever because they typically hold far more data than the average consume & only 16 percent of small and medium companies say that improving their cyber security is a top priority for 2015.
        • You can do more to understand and respond to cyber threats. Prevent vulnerability to losing valuable data and suffering both financial and reputational damage
    • Hear from experts & testimonials


    Jose Luis Jara, a UTEP and Texas A&M graduate, is the Communications Engineer for ESEI and is in charge of telecommunications projects for the company’s Network Infrastructure Services.
    Robb Pridemore, UTEP graduate and now President of the USI El Paso, has had an illustrious career earning titles such as AAI, CIC, CSRM, and CRM. He holds a risk manager’s license and is licensed to do business in multiple states. USI Insurance services is a large commercial insurance brokerage firm headquartered in New York state.
    George Quinlan, is the Supervisory Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is in charge of Cyber, Technical, and Computer Forensic Squads.

    10:30 a.m.- 10:50 a.m. Networking Break
    10:50 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

    Session II

    Leaders ultimate goal: Connect, engage & collaborate

    • The forces behind how we fully engage with people
    • Understand the concept of connecting and engaging
    • Your network is your net worth
    • Work the room, break the ice and create opportunities to connect

    Dr. Bill Mitchell,
    Dale Carnegie

    Dr. Bill Mitchell has been in corporate leadership training and personnel development since 1989. It is his passion to help individuals to reach their full potential and to get the most out of life. He travels nationally and internationally training leaders and managers in order to help them reach their goals in life. Drawing from his education (PhD, Psychology) and his experience in running several large corporations, as well as being involved in helping corporations for years, he strives to help both companies and the individuals that work for them become proactive, productive and profitable. He serves as a life coach to some of America’s leading professionals. He is passionate about building great leaders. Dr. Mitchell serves a personal leadership coach to several Fortune 500 CEOs, Civic and Government leaders, helping them to reach new levels both personally and professionally. Dr. Mitchell has the highest ranking available among corporate trainers and motivational speakers. Bill resides in El Paso Texas with his wife Kim and children.

    11:35 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

    Session III

    The Power of Procurement & Financing Friends

    • How to be more efficient in Procurement
    • Strong Procurement skills for a solid foundation
    • Review the critical principles and processes for succesful sourcing/contracting
    • Get a better understanding of procurement issues and improve procurement practices
    • Discuss experiences, challenges and solutions with peers
    • Discuss the future of procurement and supply management in an exclusive environment
    • Talk to experts in access to capital
    • Finance for strategic procurement
    • Build your organization's capacity and financial performance
    • Financial Management and Procurement go hand in hand... are you ready?
    • Bruce Collins, is a supply chain executive that has extensive experience business process realignment, policy development, and staff development and training. He has been highly recognized and applauded for the local ordinance that made it easier for local businesses to compete with out-of-town firms for city work.
    • Terri Garcia, Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking, Bank of America, has had many years of experience working with Bank of America, Texas Commerce Bank, and YWCA El Paso del Norte region.
    • Mike Medrano, an Assistant Director for the Small Business Program, at the Headquarters, Mission and Installation Contracting Command at the Fort Bliss Texas Site, has served as Contracting Branch Chief and is responsible for carrying out over 200 contract actions valued over $100 million in annual contract awards. He is a retired Air Force veteran.

    12:10 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Spirit of Texas Award Luncheon

    Spirit of Texas Awards Luncheon Sponsored by the Office of the Governor Economic Development & Tourism & Texas Workforce Commission with a very special Keynote Speaker:

    Carlos Cascos,
    Secretary of State

    What the Spirit of Texas Awards are:

    The awards are given to companies in the city that the forums are being hosted in because they represent a company that:

        • Has broken the barriers of default
        • Has sustained a resilient business model for 25 years or more
        • Has a strong presence in the Community
        • The honorees are within the categories of large, medium, small and micro enterprises

    Presented by Carlos Cascos, Texas Secretary of State & Larry Ruggiano, Small Business Specialist-Economic Development Office of Governor: Greg Abbott







    Special Features:

    Showcase Your Business:

    The event will provide a platform for local entrepreneurs to showcase their business and be recognized among the leading businesses in the Lone Star State as sponsors and booth exhibitor....

    El Paso to Feature the Best In Texas:

    El Paso will be the center of Texas business practices during the 2015 Texas Governors’ Small Business Forum. The premier small business event in the Lone Star State.









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