St. Mary’s University is partnering with District 7 Councilwoman Elena Guajardo to present the District 7 is Open for Business Summit on May 7. Please note that the event was first scheduled for April 25, but will now be held May 7.

The agenda for the event focuses on topics helpful to small businesses and small business start-ups, such as writing a business plan, exploring financing options, and protecting from fraud. Sessions will feature local experts from organizations including the St. Mary’s Bill Greehey School of Business, the city’s Economic Development Department, the Community Development Fund and the South Texas Women’s Business Center.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. in Conference Room A of the University Center. The conference will start at 9 a.m. and last until 1 p.m.


9-10 a.m.

Basic Business Start Up Information


How to Write a Business Plan

10-11 a.m.

How to Get a Business Loan


Minor Plan Review Team – How to Get a Permit

11 a.m.- Noon

How to Protect Your Business


Basic Business Start Up Information

Noon-1 p.m.

Luncheon – The Triumphs and Trials of Small Business Owners

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