WHY DON'T YOU MAKE HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE© YOUR BRANDING, STRATEGY, CONSULTANT OR PRESS RELEASE DISTRIBUTION PARTNER TODAY BY CALLING (281)788-3033 RIGHT NOW!

At Houston Business Connections Magazine© we are currently putting together our roster of clients for the Tuesday, November 7, 2017 General Elections and the Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Democratic and Republican Primaries for Texas.You do not have to have any previous political experience or political connections to have us promote your campaign as your media partner. However, you must be qualified to run for the office you are seeking and find value in the services we provide. INCUMBENTS ARE WELCOME: If you are an incumbent who would like to promote your successes -- we would be more than happy to assist you with your branding needs. LAST DAY TO FILE IS QUICKLY APPROACHING: The last day to file for a place on the Tuesday, November 7, 2017 General Election Ballot is Monday, August 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. – LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE: You must register to vote in this election by Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – FIRST DAY OF EARLY VOTING: We strongly encourage all our readers to vote early. So the first day of early voting is Monday, October 23, 2017 (17th day before election day falls on a Saturday, first day moves to next business day) – LAST DAY OF EARLY VOTING: The last day you can vote early is Friday, November 3, 2017 – ELECTION DAY: Every vote matters. So please vote on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies). THE MARCH 6, 2018 PRIMARIES: The "2017 DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES" will take place on the same day! EARLY VOTING: It is vitally important that each political party assembles a very good slate of candidates. So, it is imperative that you vote in your primary of your choice. Early voting will begin on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 and end Friday, March 2, 2018. And please don't forget that "THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS" will be the last time "STRAIGHT TICKET VOTING" will be allowed in the state of Texas. Also, Houston Business Connections Magazine© is currently working on our “POWER RANKINGS” for the Tuesday, November 7, 2017 General Election for Missouri City, Texas and the Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Houston Independent School District (HISD) School Board Elections. Call (832)212-8735 for more information. Call (281)788-3033 if you are a candidate in need of branding, marketing, strategy, campaign sign placement/monitoring, or any other campaign related questions.


Sunday, June 9, 2013

A "2013 LEADERSHIP SERIES SALUTE" Goes out to Jones Graduate School Entrepreneur Organization students Jeremy Chapman, Craig Ceccanti, and Paul Lumkins for their Owl Tank Competition Wins

First place winner Jeremy Chapman echoed the sentiments of Lumpkins and Ceccanti. He began his pitch for GMEX.com, a company that matches industrial metal sellers with buyers, by comparing it to Autotrader.com, a company and concept that investors and the general public are already quite familiar with. He said the competition challenged him to create a crisp presentation, portraying a business model that “covered every spoke of the wheel.” His successful pitch netted GMEX.com a whopping $11,250 and in-kind gifts that included $5,000 in branding and marketing strategy from BrandExtract. “We’re really hoping to use the winnings for sales and marketing help,” he says. “We want to be the loudest person in the room, so everyone knows we’re here.” 
Second place winner Craig Ceccanti ’08 pitched Tee’d Off, an entertainment-focused restaurant and bar concept in which patrons can play rounds of golf on some of the world’s most famous golf courses via simulated golf hubs. According to Ceccanti, whose pitch netted his business idea $1,750 in addition to in-kind gifts, “The most challenging thing about Owl Tank was preparing for questions from sophisticated investors. Learning to speak their language and understand what is truly important to them is incredibly useful in evolving our message for future investor presentations.” 
Third prize winners, Paul Lumpkins ’14 and Cameron Hatch ’14, gave the pitch for Modern Hunting, a hunting service conceptualized in one of the students’ MBA classes. According to Lumpkins, the need to compress their pitch into six minutes, “forced us to really think about the essential product story that we were trying to tell and convey our idea in a more succinct manner.” The essential challenge, he says, “is figuring out how to quickly sell your idea to someone who might not have any background in your industry.” 

JGSEO’s Rousing Second Annual Owl Tank Competition Builds Momentum

Recently, the Jones Graduate School Entrepreneur Organization (JGSEO) at Rice University held its second annual Owl Tank Competition. Inspired by the popular television show Shark Tank, Owl Tank offers competitors the valuable opportunity to pitch their business plans to a panel of successful Houston-area business leaders and venture capitalists who serve as judges.

This year, 11 teams, each with a “small idea that doesn’t require a patent or millions of dollars in funding,” competed for the top spots by distilling their idea into a six-minute pitch compelling enough to gain the judges’ interest and enthusiasm. After the pitch, the judges provided valuable feedback, often volleying pointed questions to team members about the viability, sustainability and originality of their plan.

The competition began rousingly, when Michael Tatz ’14, team member for Patriot Family Housing, began calling cadence and jogging military-style across the expanse of Anderson Family Commons. The following teams kept up the energy of the competition, which lasted nearly two hours.

Owl Tank’s Future

“I received a great deal of feedback on the quality of the presentations and pitches, as well as involvement of judges in terms of tougher questions,” says JGSEO President Gene Brieck ’10, when describing the success of this year’s event. “More teams applied, more teams presented, and we more than doubled the prize money in total and gained more sponsors in general.”

The JGSEO hopes to keep the momentum going for next year’s Owl Tank, slated for spring 2014

— M. Yvonne Taylor