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HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling©

Six Virtual 2-Hour Sessions

Take One or More or All Six

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Houston Community College is proud to offer HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling© training through the Glenda & David Regenbaum Center for Entrepreneurship - HCC Northwest.


Every Session is based on the Mattress Mack philosophy of sales practices in collaboration with Jim McIngvale. Take one or more or all six. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those students who attend all six training sessions. Event Fees: Free thanks to our sponsor Gallery Furniture.

Session Presenters: Kimberly Burroughs, Ph.D. & Austin Tenette, MBA

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Session Topics & Spring Schedule:

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

  1. March 01 - The Art of Listening
  2. March 03 - Persistence
  3. March 08 - The Ability to say NO
  4. March 10 - Building a Book of Business
  5. March 22 - Caring Customer Service
  6. March 24 - What You Learn After You Know it All

This Virtual Series is popular with proposed, startup and existing entrepreneurs, their employees, students, persons pursuing a career in sales and others who simply want to increase their overall skills in selling their ideas! 

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Thanks to Our Sponsor!

The HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling is

Free to All Participants

thanks to the generosity of our Sponsor

Jim McIngvale and

Gallery Furniture.


Event Partners:

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Schedule & Session Topics

Session 1

The Art of Listening

Tuesday, March 1

 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Kimberly Burroughs

  • Meaningful Messages
  • Non-Verbal Cues
  • The Power of Questioning
  • Active Listening

Session 2


Thursday, March 3

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Austin Tenette

  • How to Own your Sales Process
  • Prepare like an Elite Athlete
  • Building your Own Sales Staircase
  • Setting and Achieving Goals

Session 3

The Ability to Say No 

Tuesday, March 8 

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Kimberly Burroughs

  • Why Saying No is Uncomfortable
  • When to Say No
  • How to Say No
  • Benefits of Saying No

Session 4

Building a Book of Business 

Thursday, March 10

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Austin Tenette

  • You must have gas in the tank!
  • Prospecting and Lead Generation
  • Lead Nurturing
  • Creating Raving Fans

Session 5

Caring Customer Service 

Tuesday, March 22

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Kimberly Burroughs

  • Core Service & Customer Service
  • Human Business Model
  • Caring Customer Service
  • Customer Report Card

Session 6

What You Learn After

You Know It All 

Thursday, March 24 

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Austin Tenette

  • Continuous and Never-Ending Thinking
  • Entrepreneurship as a Mindset and Skillset
  • Act Like an Entrepreneur - Enhance your Career

For questions call 713-718-6650 or email c4e@hccs.edu.

Featured Presenters

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"The HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling© taught me that we are ALL in sales! Even if we never majored in sales or thought that the role we play in our business is sales, we all are in sales. Even if we are just trying to get a Toddler to eat their vegetables… we are in sales!"

Patty Sobelman, Head of School, Pines Montessori School

 HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling© March, 2021

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The Biggest Take-Aways for Patty: "Knowing your product or service and understanding the needs of your customer makes sales a win-win. We are connecting a person who has a need, to a product or service that is a help to them. You listen, meet the need, get the sale and they are happy.  The School of Selling helped me overcome my fear of the “sales pitch” and made me lean into “problem solving pitch” that my business alone can solve!"  

"The HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling© is a wonderful opportunity for development of communication skills critical for today's service-orientated workforce. The six sessions build off one another to provide a structured learning experience, valuable to a wide range of participants.”

Dr. Alan Steinberg, President/CEO, West Houston Association

HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling© Alumni, August, 2021

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“There’s always something to learn and I thoroughly enjoyed learning the transferable skills of active selling, identifying buying triggers, and the art of saying “no” at the Mattress Mack School of Selling. Typically, I’m facilitating business programs but it was nice to be the student and learn from our HCC partners as they facilitated some really informative sessions with immediate tools for application. I have to admit, each class I couldn’t wait to hear what Mattress Mack had to say; his advice is priceless.”

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Dr. Porscha Jackson, Business Development Manager ,Mayor’s Office of Business Opportunity, City of Houston

HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling© Alumni, August, 2021

Alternative Onsite Offering at Gallery Furniture

We are also offering an onsite application-based program of the HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling this Spring 2022, to be held on location at Gallery Furniture on Wednesdays, April 6 through May 11.This is not an open access program; instead participants must apply and be accepted into the cohort.

The Onsite Series is designed for persons pursuing a career in sales. Some sales job opportunities could be made available to some graduates of this application-based program. A limited number of seats will be offered to proposed, startup and existing entrepreneurs. 

For more information about the onsite application-based program.

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About the Glenda & David Regenbaum Center for Entrepreneurship

HCC Northwest


OUR MISSION: To help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.

We do this by offering workshops, seminars, summits, classes and competitive training and advising, while also providing practical knowledge, resources and connections. We are also known for three Signature Programs: the Annual HCC Business Plan Competition, now in its 15th year; the Small Business Success Series by by HCC©; and the HCC Mattress Mack School of Selling©More About Us

Contact us at c4e@hccs.edu or 713-718-6650

NACCE Award 2

Houston Community College 

2020 Entrepreneurial College of the Year

October. 6, 2020: The Houston Community College System was selected as the winner of the 2020 Entrepreneurial College of the Year award by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) at NACCE's annual conference, where entrepreneurial colleges from across the U.S. gather to share best practices. On behalf of all of our entrepreneurial programs and staff, we thank all of the entrepreneurs, partners, sponsors, volunteers, students, and HCC faculty and staff who have contributed to our efforts! Without your support and dedication to our programs, this wouldn't have been possible!

Houston Community College Receives 2021 Diversity In Business Award from the Houston Business Journal!

Congratulations to all students, faculty, staff, entrepreneurs (aspiring & existing); and to all our community participants, supporters, volunteers, partners and sponsors who collaborate with us to make awards like this possible! Congratulations also to all of the other honorees and awardees! 

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