Pearland’s business leaders provide advice on starting a small business, from financial to networking tips

To build a successful business in Pearland, you need to network, find training, seek resources and be willing to change when necessary, local business leaders advise.

“There are resources you can tap into and there are people who want to see how they can help you grow,” Pearland Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jim Johnson said at Mayor Kevin Cole’s Talk of the Town event on October 7 , held at Vallensons’ Brewing Company in conjunction with the chamber’s First Friday networking event. The event, including a panel discussion, can be viewed here.

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Johnson and Brandi Guidry, who run the Pearland Innovation Hub, a project of the Pearland Economic Development Corp., advised those looking to start or grow a business to partner with their organizations to gain visibility and credibility, which means making money.

“We’re not experts in everything, but we’re experts in knowing who the experts are,” Johnson said of the chamber.

Johnson said it’s critical that business owners contact the chamber to express their specific needs.

Johnson mentioned the Small Business Development Center at San Jacinto College and the chamber’s outreach initiative and ongoing networking and business events.

The Small Business Development Center offers free one-on-one business consulting services and low-cost workshops that help entrepreneurs start new businesses, grow existing ones, and increase productivity and profitability.

Pearland Innovation Hub

What: A project of the Pearland Economic Development Corp., the hub is a virtual service contracted through The Cannon Workplace to connect entrepreneurs and small businesses with resources.

Contact: www.pearlandinnovationhub.com/

San Jacinto College Small Business Development Center

What: Part of the Texas Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center network at the University of Houston, the business counseling and training center offers free one-on-one business counseling services and low-cost workshops to help entrepreneurs start new businesses , expand the existing one and increase productivity and profitability.

Contact: https://bityl.co/EzIL; 281-485-5214

Pearland Chamber of Commerce

What: The Chamber organizes events to help businesses connect, find resources and stay up-to-date on issues facing the business community.

Contact: https://www.pearlandchamber.org, 281-485-3634


At the Innovation Hub, the focus is on developing entrepreneurs and offering opportunities for talent development, education, training and mentorship, Guidry said. She said nurturing local, aspiring business people is not only good for them, but a boon for Pearland’s economy.

“To keep money in the city and help it grow, it allows us all to eat, live, work and play in the same place,” she said.

“Connect, Stay Connected”

Guidry advised those looking to start a small business to ignore the naysayers and focus on taking advice from those who have succeeded and lean on the support of the community.

She also urged people to educate themselves about how much capital they will need, especially in the beginning, and to be receptive to the change needed.

“Think with the end in mind. What’s your goal?” she said. for these changes.’

Guidry also encouraged those hoping to start a small business to become members of the Innovation Hub to gain access to events and benefit from connecting with other members.

A panelist at the event, LK Henderson, owner of the Little STEM Academy children’s learning center, shared how she has expanded her business during the pandemic.

In her case, she said, appearing at chamber events is a smart move just to let people know what she has to offer. From there, she slowly built relationships in the Pearland business community.

“You have to connect, stay connected and do good business,” Henderson said.

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