Houston Rockets and BBVA Compass create opportunities for entrepreneurship with new small business contest

Fans get final say in Rockets small business contest

- BBVA Compass Small Business Opportunity to award winning local small business $10,000, lunch with the Rockets and BBVA Compass executives, and other prizes.

- Contest is judged by team and bank executives, who identify four finalists for fans to vote on as the winner.

- Submissions start today, April 2, and close April 11.

April 02, 2018

HOUSTON, April 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As the playoffs quickly approach, BBVA Compass and the Houston Rockets are creating clutch opportunities for a local small business to rise up against the competition, officially starting the BBVA Compass Small Business Opportunity contest today, April 2.

BBVA Compass corporate logo (PRNewsFoto/BBVA Compass)

The contest awards the winning business $10,000, lunch with Rockets executives and consultation sessions with BBVA Compass and Rockets representatives. Other prizes include tickets to a future Rockets game next season and social media promotions on bank and team channels.

"The Houston Rockets are winners on and off the court," said BBVA Compass Houston CEO Mark Montgomery. "Even as they enter the most important time of the season, they're still finding ways to help their community. As an organization that strives to do the same and create ample opportunities, BBVA Compass is proud to team with up with them for this." 

The BBVA Compass Small Business Opportunity contest gives small business owners a chance to submit their entry by April 11, detailing the nature of their operation, how they give back to the community, and what they would do with the winnings in order to grow their business. After the submission period ends, all entries are reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of BBVA Compass and Rockets executives.

After judges whittle the field of contestants down to four finalists, those businesses will create a video that embodies its operations and why it should win the contest. Creativity is encouraged in these videos, as they are uploaded to the Rockets website, where fans vote for their favorite submission by May 11.

"The Rockets are honored to host this contest along with BBVA Compass," said Rockets Chief Revenue Officer Gretchen Sheirr.  "It's a unique chance for our fans to learn more about local small businesses and the positive impact they have in our community."

Potential contestants can learn more about the contest and where to submit entries at www.nba.com/rockets/smallbusiness.

To learn more about BBVA Compass, visit: www.bbvacompass.com

For more news visit: www.bbva.com and newsroom.bbvacompass.com

About BBVA

About BBVA Group
BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a strong leadership position in the Spanish market, is the largest financial institution in Mexico, it has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States; and it is also the leading shareholder in Garanti, Turkey's biggest bank for market capitalization. Its diversified business is focused on high-growth markets and it relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies the best practices. More information about BBVA Group can be found at bbva.com.

About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 649 branches, including 336 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 63 in Arizona, 61 in California, 45 in Florida, 37 in Colorado and 18 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (6th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and ranked 6th nationally in the total number of SBA loans originated in fiscal year 2017. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at www.bbvacompass.com. For more BBVA Compass news, follow @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visit newsroom.bbvacompass.com.



For further information: Al Ortiz, Tel. 281-433-5640, al.ortiz@bbva.com

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