PLANO (May 2, 2016) — Collin College kicks off “Small Business Big Ideas,” a week of events in honor of National Small Business Week from Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6.

The week’s events include:

Monday, May 2: Picture Your Success
Make a sign using the hashtag #smallbusinessBIGIDEAS, snap a selfie at your favorite small business and post it on Facebook to be entered to win prizes.

Tuesday, May 3: Meet Up
Attend the “Small Business Big Ideas Meetup” from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Collin College Courtyard Campus, 4800 Preston Park Blvd., Room 422 in Plano, to network with business professionals and potential entrepreneurs. Experienced professionals will share their expertise in developing business and marketing plans; small business accounting; digital and social media marketing; search engine optimization; and QuickBooks. Register at

Wednesday, May 4: Online Live Discussion
Doug Sandler, 2 p.m. and Sharon Bui, 7 p.m.
Log in to get up close and personal with Doug Sandler, author of Nice Guys Finish First and speaker Sharon Bui, co-founder of Frill and Shark Tank Entrepreneur: From College Broke to Six Figures. Register at and learn what it really takes to grow a business.

Thursday, May 5: Panel Discussion
Local entrepreneurial leaders will share their stories of challenge and survival at our Small Business Big Ideas Panel from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The WERX, located at 610 Elm St #700 in McKinney. Panelists invite questions from the audience and include owners of Coffee House Cafe, Low Country Quisine, Tumbleweed TexStyles and Bisous Bisous Patisserie. Register at .

Friday, May 6: VIP Event
By invitation only. Press may interview speakers after 1:30 p.m. or contact Jennifer Blalock at 972-985-3717 to schedule a pre-event interview, as available. “Small Business Big Ideas” is sponsored by Collin College Continuing Education and Center for Workforce & Economic Development, Collin SBDC and LegacyTexas.

Collin College Continuing Education is the leading career skills training institution for adults who are not seeking a degree. More than 53 certificate series and certification preparation training programs are offered in the health care, computer, administrative, manufacturing, logistics, education, management, service and hospitality career fields.


About Collin College

Collin College is a community college located in North Texas’ Collin County, the only public college in the county. One of the fastest-growing community colleges or universities in Texas, the college serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. With seven campuses throughout the college district, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development. Collin College has locations in Plano (Spring Creek Campus), McKinney (Central Park Campus) and Frisco (Preston Ridge Campus). In addition, there are satellite centers in Allen, Plano and Rockwall. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,300 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas. For more information, visit