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  • Amanda.Fenwick 8:20 am on September 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    SBDC advisor earns State Star award 

    A Small Business Development Center at San Jacinto College advisor earned a state award based on exceptional performance. Pictured at the presentation of the State Star award include, from left, Richard Prets, director of the Small Business Development Center at San Jacinto College; Pat Sheriffs; Tom Shirreffs, SBDC professional business advisor and the 2014 Texas State Star; and Jacqueline Taylor, deputy director of the Texas Gulf Coast SBDC network.

    A Small Business Development Center at San Jacinto College advisor earned a state award based on exceptional performance. Pictured at the presentation of the State Star award include, from left, Richard Prets, director of the Small Business Development Center at San Jacinto College; Pat Sheriffs; Tom Shirreffs, SBDC professional business advisor and the 2014 Texas State Star; and Jacqueline Taylor, deputy director of the Texas Gulf Coast SBDC network.

    Tom Shirreffs, a professional business advisor with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at San Jacinto College, earned the State Star award based on exceptional performance for the Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network.

    Shirreffs was presented the award at the annual America’s SBDC conference, held recently in Grapevine, with more than 1,400 attendees from around the world. The SBDC presents State Star awards to advisors who achieve exceptional results in helping clients to start or expand businesses, create jobs, and raise capital.

    In the past five years, clients of the San Jacinto College SBDC have started 107 new businesses. “Those businesses have created 1,020 new jobs and they have raised $39 million dollars in new capital,” commented Richard Prets, director of the San Jacinto College SBDC. “Tom Shirreffs is consistently one of the most productive advisors in the SBDC network. His business acumen is instrumental in turning clients into business success stories.”

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 11:17 am on June 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    SBDC advisor recognized 

    Shirreffs

    Tom Shirreffs, Professional Business Advisor with the College’s Small Business Development Center, was recently honored as the Educator of the Month by the North Channel Chamber of Commerce due to his contributions to the North Channel area. For the fiscal year that ended Oct. 1, 2012, Shirreffs’ clients generated 92 jobs, and those jobs created an estimated $3.5 million in capital. The SBDC maintains an office at the North Campus, where Shirreffs offers guidance and counsel to small business clients. He is shown in the above photo, at left, receiving the recognition certificate from North Channel Chamber of Commerce President Dr. Charles Grant, who formerly served as the North Campus president.

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 10:08 am on September 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    CPD in action 

    Networking at the maritime outlook conference.

    San Jacinto College was a Silver Sponsor at the recent Petrochemical Maritime Outlook Conference, coordinated by the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region. Continuing & Professional Development staff members represented the College well, networking with key industry and business leaders, and manning a SJC display booth. Shown in the photo at the conference are, from left, Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer; David Lewis, CPD Director of Business & Professions; Captain Mitch Schacter, Director of the SJC Maritime Training Center; Dr. Sarah Janes, CPD Vice President; and Dr. JD Taliaferro Jr., CPD Director of Applied Technologies. Other SJC employees who attend the conference include Dr. Maureen Murphy, South Campus President; Dr. Allatia Harris, North Campus President; Dr. Gary Friery, North Campus Dean of Business & Technical Education; Teri Fowlé, Associate Vice Chancellor of Marketing; Richard Prets, Small Business Development Center Director; and Sandy Vanya, SBDC Program Administrator.

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 3:04 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    As seen on TV 

    SBDC Director Richard Prets, left, chats with Fox TV News reporter Ruben Dominguez shortly before going on air.

    SBDC Director Richard Prets, left, chats with Fox TV News reporter Ruben Dominguez shortly before going on air.

    The Small Business Development Center of San Jacinto College was recently featured during a segment on Fox 26 News’ Morning Show.

    SBDC’s Director Richard Prets talked about the “Lunch and Learn” educational workshops the SBDC is launching, and specifically about “The Ins and Outs of Social Networking,” the first Lunch and Learn event, which will be held on Oct. 14 at the SBDC’s new Pearland office.

    Prets did an outstanding job of representing the College and the SBDC during the interview conducted by TV personality Ruben Dominguez. Way to go Richard, and keep up the good work!

     
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