Upcoming workshop outlines connections for local businesses and large industry

Published 12:20 am Tuesday, December 12, 2023

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Orange businessman Paul Dickerson said participating in the Local First’s workshop about preparing for collaborations with large industries was a great benefit for his operation.

The president of Orange Stationer took part in an October workshop.

“The insights gained and connections made have opened wonderful opportunities for our business,” he said. “This workshop not only helps small businesses understand the requirements for large jobs but shows them how to meet those standards. This fosters a community where small business can thrive alongside industry giants ensuring a vibrant and resilient business environment for Orange County.”

Organizers said 408 business representatives registered their attendance at the July 26 Local First Vendor and Supplier Fair at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center. (Courtesy photo)

That effort and, hopefully that impact, organizers say, are leading to another round of workshops for Orange County businesses, slated to begin next month.

The best part? They are free, with only pre-registration required.

Local businesses play a pivotal role in the community’s economic landscape, according to Local First Initiative Consultant Kristie Young.

“As they prepare to engage with large industry partners, they not only enhance their own growth prospects but contribute significantly to the overall prosperity and sustainability of our region,” she said.

The Small Business Development Center at Lamar State College Port Arthur, along with the Orange County Economic Development Corporation, is preparing for the second set of workshops.

“You Asked, We Listened” is planned from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Orange County EXPO and Convention Center Meeting Room.

Admission is complimentary, and lunch is provided. Participants must register in advance at eventcreate.com/e/workshopsseries.

Local businesses are gearing up to forge impactful collaborations with large industry companies. As the landscape of commerce evolves, these enterprises recognize the tremendous opportunities that lie in establishing partnerships with major industry counterparts.

Through strategic planning, adapting to industry standards and enhancing their capabilities, local businesses can position themselves to integrate into the supply chain of large industries.

“Southeast Texas has over $80 billion in large, industry projects announced over the last ten years,” said Dana Espinal, MBA, Director of the SBDC at Lamar State College Port Arthur. “The ability to do business with industry partners can have a major impact on our local small businesses.”

The LSCPA SBDC coverage area includes Bridge City, Orange and Vidor municipalities. All Orange County area small businesses are welcome to contact Dana Espinal, MBA, for more information.

This series of workshops presented by Golden Triangle Polymers, Local First and the Orange County Economic Development Corporation.