Richard Tyler - Best Selling Author, World's Top Sales Trainer and Management ConsultantBY RICHARD TYLER Over the last number of months in our Richard Tyler International Community Blog, I have written posts about Houston Community College (HCC) and it’s Center for Entrepreneurship. I have also touched on the unique and wonderful partnership the College has formed with community based organizations such as Newspring, and how the Newspring Business Plan Competition was the launching pad for the Center’s birth. The rapid growth and expansion of HCC’s Center for Entrepreneurship is wonderful to witness and it is particularly amazing since it is happening at a college. I say particularly amazing because most colleges and universities are not entrepreneurial by nature, including the ones that have Entrepreneurship Programs. Most tend to approach the subject with the old adage “Do as I say and not as I do”. That is not the case at HCC and it certainly isn’t the case at the HCC Spring Branch Campus, where College President, Dr. Zachary Hodges and Center Director Sandra Louvier are constantly on the move to grow the Center, offer more meaningful programs and make connections with business leaders. All with the main purpose of doing what I’ll call: “The Trifecta of Entrepreneurship”

  1. Educate individuals that want to open businesses
  2. Help them become successful entrepreneurs
  3. Create jobs

Dr. Maya Durnovo, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development and Entrepreneurial Initiatives, HCC System (now that’s a title) has done a magnificent job contributing to this cause as well. It is my understand that for some time now Dr. Hodges has wanted to create an entrepreneurship team, “Think Tank” if you will, consisting of HCC members and outside business leaders. Like any good entrepreneur, when you want to make something happen and you need money to do it, you create a funding strategy. That is what Sandra has done and it has paid off. The Coleman Foundation, a private, independent grant maker, with a focus on entrepreneurship has made an award to the Center for Entrepreneurship. You can read more about The Coleman Foundation and their generous work in the About Section of this post. I am thankful and privileged in that I have been invited to participate as one of the inaugural Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Consortium Partners. I am looking forward to it.

The HCC initial announcement about the grant and the consortium creation.
Entrepreneurship & Economic Development Consortium to be Created
HCC competed with 34 community colleges nationwide and was one of 11 colleges to win a grant from the Coleman Foundation to further Entrepreneurship at their colleges.  The grant funds are being used to form a team of internal and external partners called the Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Consortium.  On February 26, Dr. Zachary Hodges will welcome this outstanding team of partners who will continue and deepen their collaboration efforts in 2014.  Grant winners, Sandra Louvier, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Evelyn V. Velasquez, Dean of Economic and Workforce Development will introduce four events being planned between now and August.  Event leaders will introduce event topics including Importing/Exporting (Deanna Teel), a Faculty Conference (Linda Koffel), a Small Business Growth Summit (Sandra Louvier) and Veteran Entrepreneurship (Marylyn Harris).

About HCC
HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the greater Houston area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society. To learn more go to

About the HCC Center for Entrepreneurship

The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grantmaker that primarily focuses its grantmaking in the Midwest region. Beginning in 1981, the Foundation established core programs in three main areas: cancer care, developmental disabilities and entrepreneurship education. In response to a reality which touched the lives of Foundation members, the Foundation has been an advocate for raising the standards of cancer care in the Midwest. Funding has been directed at programs that provide cancer treatment, education and psychosocial support services. The Foundation encourages collaborative efforts among developmental disabilities providers and supports various programs aimed at helping individuals with developmental disabilities experience a higher quality of life and increased self-determination. With its focus on entrepreneurship, the Foundation began to question why individuals are encouraged to “get a job” rather than “create a job”. Since that time, the Foundation has supported awareness and promotion of self-employment through entrepreneurship education programs that help create a new generation of business owners.


About Richard Tyler International, Inc.®

Richard Tyler International, Inc.® Name-LogoRichard Tyler International, Inc.® is a Training and Consulting firm, educating clients of all industries and sizes on the five Fundamentals of Business: Sales, Management, Customer Service, Leadership, and Quality Improvement. With its vast resources of consultants, Richard Tyler International provides companies the necessary expertise to grow their businesses profitably.  Richard Tyler International conducts Seminars and Keynotes throughout the world to allow all types of organizations to experience Richard Tyler’s philosophies on business and success. The Richard Tyler International, Inc.® “Commitment to Excellence”® Sales Immersion™ Program and it’s “Commitment to Excellence”® Leadership Mastery™ Program are considered two of the leading education seminars in the world for Sales, Leadership and Management. For more information about Richard Tyler International, Inc.® or Richard Tyler please contact us at

About Richard Tyler:
Richard Tyler, “America’s Corporate and Entrepreneurial Business Expert™” is recognized as the world’s top sales trainer and management consultant. Richard is the CEO of Richard Tyler International, Inc.® as well as a diversified family of companies and services including Excellence Edge™ Films, Excellence Edge™ Productions, Richard Tyler Films®, Excellence Edge™ Ltd., and Richard Tyler International Technologies®.

Richard Tyler - Best Selling Author, World's Top Sales Trainer and Management ConsultantRichard Tyler, Best Selling Author, World's Top Sales Trainer and Management Consultant,  an Award Winning Filmmaker and Entrepreneur. Richard Tyler is a 2-time Best-Selling Author, a 5-time Expy® Award Winner, a 2-time Quilly® Award Winner, a 2-time Editor’s Choice Award Winner, and a C-Suite Book Club featured best-selling author. Richard is a highly acclaimed Professional Speaker and Trainer. Richard Tyler has been inducted into the National Academy of Best Selling Authors® and the National Association of Experts, Writers, and Speakers™. Richard was selected as one of America’s PremierExperts™ and his philosophies have been featured in Forbes magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, The Business Journals, Sales and Marketing Management magazine, Wealth & Financial International magazine, Acquisition International magazine, Corporate America magazine, the Houston Chronicle as well as in hundreds of articles and interviews. Richard has been seen on FOX, CBS, NBC, and ABC television affiliates,,,,,, Wall Street Journal’s,,,, as well as other major outlets.

Richard Tyler's inspirational films including  the documentaries Maximum Achievement: The Brian Tracy StoryThe Soul Of Success: The Jack Canfield Story and a series of short films, The Power In You™. All are critically acclaimed. His award winning film production companies are Excellence Edge™ Films and Richard Tyler Films®.

Richard Tyler’s two immensely popular training seminars, “Commitment to Excellence”® Sales Immersion® Program” and “Commitment to Excellence”® Leadership Mastery™ Program”, are influencing businesspeople from all rungs of the corporate ladder.

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Richard Tyler was recently recognized as the “World’s Top Sales Trainer” and Richard Tyler International’s, “Commitment to Excellence”® Sales Immersion Program®” was recognized as the “World’s Top Sales Training Program” when they received the “Award for Excellence in Sales Training” from Wealth & Finance International magazine.

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