True Community Collaboration – Supporting a Business Resource Community Project
This session describes what a community can do when funding for traditional business resource programs is scarce or unavailable. You will hear how community partners consisting of Workforce, Community College and Chamber of Commerce pulled together minimal resources and created a successful Business Resource Center to serve a growing area.
This presentation will present the history of the Central Texas Business Resource Center community project and its contributions to the Greater Killeen and Fort Hood TX Region. Best practices will be shared with attendees.
In early 2000, the Texas Center for Women’s Business Enterprise (TxCWBE) entered into an agreement with the Killeen Workforce Center (KWC), with support from the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce (GKCC) and Central Texas College (CTC) (collectively, “the Contributors”). The agreement encompassed the management and staffing of the Central Texas Business Resource Center (the BRC). TxCWBE was able to enter into this agreement as a result of secured funding from the Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership to serve the Bell County area.
On January the following year, TxCWBE’s Board of Directors elected to discontinue its services through the BRC due to additional SBA requirements for matching funds to sustain the grant and new payment/reimbursement methods.
Due to the sudden decision of TxCWBE to no longer fund or manage the BRC, main supporters of the BRC decided they can contribute funds to keep its programs functional.
Assisting businesses is a goal that fits into the organizational structure for most communities:
The Workforce System finds it attractive in order to increase job creation among small companies.
Community College finds it attractive because new employees and business owners need additional training and education, and these businesses most certainly will serve as a source for instructors.
Chamber of Commerce finds it attractive because of the potential growth in its membership.
Economic Development Corporations find it attractive in order to build businesses in the area that will serve as suppliers and/or support businesses to larger businesses that are being recruited for relocation.
Marcus Carr, Director, Central Texas Business Resource Center, TX
Diane Drussell, Programs Coordinator, Central Texas Business Resource Center, TX
Susan Kamas, Workforce Board Executive Director, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, TX
Jerry Haisler, Workforce Center Director, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, TX
Dr. John Frith, Chair, Business Administration & Paralegal Department, Central Texas College, TX
John Crutchfield, President/CEO, Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, TX