Business Development

Julie is a business development expert, having brought in quality business leads for nearly 15 years at the company she founded, Keystone Resources, as well as serving as a board member for a variety of organizations, including the Houston Women's Business Enterprise Alliance, the Houston Association of Proposal Management Professionals, and the Best & Brightest Companies to Work For. She has built an impressive network, created valuable business connections, and grown Keystone Resources’s portfolio.

Before You say Yes to Serving on a Non-Profit

There are many benefits to serving on the board of a non-profit organization. You will be able to expand your professional network, serve your community, and build your own skillset and resume. However, deciding to serve on a board is a big decision that you should plan for – it is important to understand what to expect before agreeing to serve. This presentation will prepare you to ask about the expected time commitment and the expectations of the role before you say yes.

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Robert's Rules of Order

If you are currently serving on the board of a non-profit organization, you may have identified some ways that the board could run its meetings better or that participation could be boosted. In this session, you will learn how understanding Robert’s Rules of Order will help your board run more efficiently and get everyone involved to their full potential. This training session walks you through the history of Robert’s Rules, focusing on a few guidelines to get your board focused on achieving a common goal. The session also includes a mock board meeting in which a variety of agenda items and voting styles are covered, putting Robert’s Rules into practice.

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Supplier Education: Get SMART

In this course, Julie teaches supplier representatives how to take advantage of the many opportunities available in their industry. She covers how to "Get SMART" with your business goals, ensuring that your goal of getting active and gaining business needs to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time related. 

“Over the last several years, Julie Irvin, a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program at HCC, has participated in several panel discussions and small business events. Focusing on entrepreneurship, marketing strategies and other business growth topics, Julie has shared her experience and expertise with other business owners. Her presentation skills and her engaging personality are outstanding when delivering valuable information to her audience.” –

Catherine Landry
Executive Director
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Houston Community College