Proceeding from UN strategy the next 10 years were declared the period of small farmers that aims on reducing poverty and improving global food security. Small family farming, besides of poverty and food control, can also be a key to reaching some global goals: gender equality, good health and well-being, sustainable community growth, partnership for […]
All stakeholders can win when a university program is designed the right way. Participants in this think tank will see how the SURETM Program at University of Houston has designed a program that engages students, businesses, and the underserved community: real community members who want to start or grow a business, learn how to write a business plan from industry experts, then students are assigned to consult for these entrepreneurs, collaborating on a business plan over thirteen weeks of lecture. Participants will learn how to structure a similar program and find funding, then participate in collaborative examples of coursework from the class.
SURE™ – Stimulating Urban Renewal through Entrepreneurship – is an innovative program at University of Houston, Bauer College of Business. It’s an educational platform that creates a value-added partnership between students from UH, experts from industry, and localunder-resourced entrepreneurs. It is a specially designed course that has been recognized with awards at the college, university, neighborhood, city, state, and federal level for its commitment to educating student business leaders and economically empowering entrepreneurs from underserved areas.
Since being launched in 2012, this commitment has resulted in over 350 students being trained as Consultants, 1,400 community members being trained on financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and over 400 businesses launched or materially expanded in Houston. A 2019 survey of past participants of SURETM revealed it has been highly effective at its aim of empowering under-resourced entrepreneurs. Since 2018, over 65% of SURETM entrepreneurs began the program under the HUD low-income household, 77% of these entrepreneurs are African-American or Latinx and 70% are women. 34% of surveyed entrepreneurs reported an increase of $5,000 more in their household income after completing the SURETM Program. Of those who were self-employed, 83% attributed this increase to their participation in the SURETM Program.
The SURETM Program will divide this session into four parts: brief introduction, simulation of student consultant training, simulation of student client work, and overview with actionable tips. The introduction will include a video testimonial and just enough background to get started on the interactive exercises.
Dr. Saleha Khumawala
Founding Director of the SURETM Program and Robert Grinaker Professor of Accounting
University of Houston
Professor Charlie Becker
Managing Director of the SURETM Program and Professor of Practice
University of Houston