Free Orange County workshops help small business connect with industry; signup today

Published 12:20 am Tuesday, March 12, 2024

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Three workshops are planned this month across Orange County to further help existing small businesses and future start-ups.

The Orange County Economic Development Corporation and the Small Business Development Center at Lamar State College Port Arthur are hosting the Local First workshops.

The “Putting It All Together” workshop provides insights into the critical aspects of preparing for collaboration with large industries.

Admission is complimentary, and refreshments are provided, but participants must register in advance at

“The Local First Workshop’s final session promises to be a transformative experience for attendees, equipping them with the tools and knowledge needed to navigate the complexities of business expansion and collaboration,” said Kristie Young of Local First.

Paul Dickerson with the Orange Stationer participated in the October Local First 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.”

Upcoming local workshops are planned:

  • At 8:30 a.m. (continental breakfast served) March 20 at Lamar State College Orange, Shahan Events Center, Room A, at 209 Green Avenue,
  • At 10:30 a.m. (refreshments served) March 21 at Vidor City Hall Council Chambers, 1395 N Main Street in Vidor,
  • At 11 a.m. March 26 (box lunch served) at Bridge City Community Building, 105 Parkside Drive in Bridge City.

Key workshop focus areas include supply chain management, technology and innovation, joint venture opportunities, legal and contractual expertise, persistence and patience, sustainability and knowing your client and preparing.

“As we conclude the Local First Workshop series, our focus is on empowering local businesses to not only dream big but also to strategically put their plans into action,” said Dana Espinal, MBA, director of the SBDC at Lamar State College Port Arthur.

“’Putting It All Together’ emphasizes the practical aspects of preparing for significant collaborations, ensuring that our local entrepreneurs are well-prepared and confident in their journey towards working with large industry partners.”