The BIG Event Provides Small Businesses with Means to Move to Next Level

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

The sixth annual The BIG Event is just around the corner and will connect small business owners with big companies and government entities needing their products and services. “BIG” stands for Booming industry, International trade and Government contracting), but for small business owners, “BIG” spells “opportunities.”

Scheduled Wednesday, Aug. 9, and hosted by the Del Mar College (DMC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC), The BIG Event is moving to the College’s Center for Economic Development (3209 S. Staples). 

“The BIG Event continues to be a great platform for participants to meet new customers, network with other business owners and visit with agencies who can help businesses get to a new level,” said Ann Fierova, director of the College’s SBDC. “We encourage small business owners to join us for this opportunity to hear from exciting presenters like John Mabry with ExxonMobil regarding updates and activities in the Coastal Bend.”

The event runs 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with registration required. Cost is $20 with registration available online through 8 a.m. the day of the event. Registration is not complete until payment is made. The fee includes lunch by Beauty and the Bistro, access to sessions and networking with vendors.

For more information about The BIG Event, including the agenda, registration and vendor opportunities, visit or call the Del Mar College SBDC at (361) 698-1021.

To download a printable flyer, click here. 

The opening welcome includes remarks by Del Mar College President Dr. Mark Escamilla and Lisa Hinojosa with CITGO’s Corpus Christi Refinery.

This year’s lunch keynote speaker is John Mabry, Operations Manager with ExxonMobil, who will present “Gulf Coast Growth Ventures: ExxonMobil and SABIC Project Update.” Sessions include: 

“Doing Business with GSA” by Albert Garza with the General Services Administration 

“Expanding Your Exporting Opportunities” by Daniel Rodriguez with the Department of Commerce and Berenice Espinosa with the International Trade Center

“How to Utilize Labor Market Intelligence & Workforce Solutions to Grow Your Business” by Amy Villarreal with Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend and George A. McEntyre, Texas Workforce Commission

More than 300 people attend the event each year.  

Current sponsors include CITGO, Frost Bank, H-E-B, Del Mar College, Del Mar College Small Business Development Center, SCORE Corpus Christi, United Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend and the Del Mar College Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

“The BIG Event is a prime opportunity to spend time working ‘on’ your business instead of ‘in’ your business,” Fierova noted.  

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