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.

This symposium is designed to instruct, inspire, empower, and excite established small business owners and individuals seeking to start a new business. A featured keynote speaker, brought to you by Motiva Enterprises, Norm Van Eeden Petersman, Director of Membership & Development, at Strong Towns and Member Advocate. In this Curbside Chat, he explains in plain language, how so many American cities have found themselves in decline after decades of “growth.” The problem lies in the current model of development — one which values short-term gains over long-term prosperity. To strengthen our cities and ensure their economic success, we must look to traditional ways of building cities. This presentation will show how active citizens, local officials and design professionals can change the negative trajectory in their towns and help them to become more resilient — no matter what challenges lie ahead. This core Strong Towns presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient in an uncertain future.


  • SBA lender match
  • B2B networking opportunities
  • Local small business service and product providers
  • Training seminars for small business owners offered throughout the day

This symposium is targeted to first time business owners, existing small business owners, and those wanting to open a business.

Snacks and lunch provided.

Keynote Luncheon Speaker:

Norm Van Eeden Petersman, Director of Membership and Development and Member Advocate, Strong Towns

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Please Note:

Preregistration is required.

Each person attending an event must have their own account. Multiple people may not register under one account.

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

Preregistration is highly recommended. If an event is canceled or postponed and you have not preregistered, we will not be able to contact you.

If you choose to register at the door, you will need your mobile device to complete your registration otherwise you will not be allowed to attend.

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 the LSCPA-SBDC at (409) 984-6531 for accommodations, or if you have questions about this class.


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