Mind Map

            The Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE) has presented an interesting problem regarding entrepreneurship in the Brazos Valley.  The Center believes that there are individuals or groups with great ideas about start-ups but stresses that there is a lack of aggregated information to aid entrepreneurship.  Consulting with Dr. Lester has made it evident that the information is available but that it is just scattered throughout the World Wide Web.  Our goal is to make one central repository where all Brazos Valley startup information can be accessed and referenced.

            Our site will not only benefit the new hopeful entrepreneurs, but it will also aid existing entrepreneurs and community by increasing economic activity throughout the Brazos Valley.  If the community grows, everyone benefits.  The SBA recognized 27.2 million small businesses in the United States in 2007; additionally, it states that 44 percent of all individuals think about opening a small business, but only 1 in 9 actually does it.   Small businesses are credited for 75 percent of new job creation.  This project’s intention is to raise small business activity in the Brazos Valley and provide a relevant free resource for aspiring entrepreneurs.

            Our Website will appeal to our target market by being readily available and free to all.  The competitive advantage for this website is that it will be strictly designed for the Brazos Valley area.  This site compiles all of the information already available but puts it together and gives only the necessary information needed for the potential entrepreneur.   We have managed to get the most essential information on one website for the consumer to minimize time spent online.

            Mind-mapping the Brazos Valley has been organized and coordinated by three aspiring entrepreneurs in order to make a difference for everyone. Jason Ebel, Terrence Weaver and Mario Murillo have come together from different parts of the world to collaborate on this project and create something truly valuable for aspiring entrepreneurs.  The group has coordinated with CNVE, Research Valley Innovation Center (RVIC), Research Valley Partnership (RVP) and the Brazos Valley Small Business Development Center (BVSBDC).  We have utilized the top minds throughout the community to conjoin a wide range of tools. The website will aid in filling in the questions from taxation to legal structures in the business environment.       

Our Mind-mapping project team has recently concluded all of its research and has developed the website for immediate use.  This is a first generation web site that uses quasi-open-source software. The provider of the software allows non-paying customers to create and host up to three mind-maps online without paying a fee.  We as a group do believe that it would be useful to have premium (paid) access to the site which allows for various upgrades which could add to the aesthetic appeal of the website.

Web address http://www.mindmeister.com/67434069/bryan-college-station

Brazos Valley Mind Map Links

 

SBDC

http://thecreativespace.org/

 

Secretary of State Start up Guide

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/related.shtml

 

Texas Comptroller(Tax info)

http://window.state.tx.us/

 

BVCOG

http://www.co.brazos.tx.us/departments/ctyclerk/index.php

 

Chamber of Commerce

http://www.bvcog.org/

 

Brazos Valley

http://www.co.brazos.tx.us/

 

DBA

http://www.co.brazos.tx.us/departments/ctyclerk/index.php

 

City of CS Business

http://cstx.gov/index.aspx?page=3

 

GIS

http://www.cstx.gov/index.aspx?page=1789

 

Census Info

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48/4815976.html

 

Visitors Bureau

http://www.visitaggieland.com/

 

Toast Master

http://silvertongue.freetoasthost.com/

 

CIty of Bryan

http://www.bryantx.gov/

 

GIS

http://www.bryantx.gov/departments/?name=maps

 

Census Info

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48/4810912.html

 

First Friday

http://www.downtownbryan.com/firstfridays.php

 

Creative Space

http://thecreativespace.org/

 

Toast Master

http://www.toastmasters-d56.org/club.asp?club=5941

 

BBB

http://bryan.bbb.org/

 

BVOC

http://www.bvcog.org/?page_id=327

 

Aggie Angel Network

http://www.aggieangelnetwork.com

 

Research Valley Funds

http://www.researchvalleyfunds.com

 

Patriot Express

http://www.sba.gov/patriotexpress/

 

RVIC

http://rvic.org/

 

Research Valley

http://researchvalley.org/Website/Default.aspx

 

TABB

http://www.tabb.org/

 

Bizquest

http://www.bizquest.com/brazos-county-tx-businesses-for-sale

 

Business Nation

http://www.businessnation.com/Businesses_for_Sale/Business_by_State/Texas/College_Station/

 

CHR Group

http://www.chrgroup.biz

 

Bizbuysell

http://www.bizbuysell.com/texas/college-station-businesses-for-sale/

 

SCORE

http://www.score.org

 

Agrilife extension

http://texasextension.tamu.edu/

 

College Station Business Network

http://www.collegestationbusiness.com

 

Association for Social Entrepreneurship

http://ilovepeople.org/

 

Chronus Corporation

http://chronus.com/

 

ABWA

http://www.abwabcs.org

 

CNVE

http://cnve.tamu.edu/

 

Ideas Challenge

http://cnve.tamu.edu/programs/ideas-challenge/

 

EBV ( Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities)

http://wehner.tamu.edu/ebv/

 

Conn Entrepreneurial Leadership Award

http://cnve.tamu.edu/programs/conn/

 

Office of Technology Commercialization

http://otc.tamu.edu

 

TAMU HUB

http://hub.tamus.edu

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