SBDC Small Business Symposium | Lamar State College Port Arthur SBDC

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Robert A. "Bob" Bowers Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Center Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77642

Registration is no longer available.

COVID-19 changed the retail and business world dramatically and small businesses were disproportionately negatively affected. However, government assistance programs and community commitment aided the economy to bounce back, and now, shifts in work-life balance have seen a greater emphasis since the pandemic. How does this affect rural communities and their small business ecosystems? In this session, we’ll identify retail trends since the pandemic onset and identify what cities and small businesses can do to capitalize on population and entrepreneurial growth in rural markets.

This symposium is designed to instruct, inspire, empower, and excite established small business owners and individuals seeking to start a new business. Business to Business (B2B) Networking at its Best. A featured keynote speaker, brought to you by Motiva Enterprises, Jenn Gregory, President of Retail Strategies presents “Retail Update: How consumer shifts have created a new playing field for small businesses and cities.”


  • Training seminars for small business owners offered throughout the day
  • Additional seminars in Spanish and Vietnamese
  • Local small business service and product providers
  • B2B networking opportunities

This class is targeted to new and experienced small business owners.

Lunch is provided.

Keynote Luncheon Speaker:

Jenn Gregory, President, Retail Strategies

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Please Note:

Preregistration is required.

The SBDC reserves the right to cancel a class for insufficient enrollment, weather emergencies, and other unforeseen circumstances. Should a cancelation occur, we will use the email you provided to contact you.

Satisfactory meeting room temperatures are difficult to maintain. Always bring a sweater or jacket to ensure comfort.

No children under the age of 16 are allowed in the workshop.

Only service animals allowed - If you need to bring a service animal with you to a workshop please contact us ahead of time.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Sandra Louis at (409) 984-6531 for accommodations, or if you have questions about this class.