Member Monday: CN Catering and The Room on Main

Brittany Timmerman, Manager of Events at the DRC, spoke with David Kilpatrick, Director of Catering for CN Catering, about his company and The Room on Main.

What is one specific thing you want your fellow DRC members to know about CN Catering and The Room on Main?
CN Catering is a full-service catering company offering services for corporate events, weddings, cocktail parties, happy hours, and other special events. We provide businesses with turn-key event solutions that include in-house staffing, rentals, linens, floral, audio-video, and full-service production staff.

What is your favorite thing about doing business in the Dallas region? Member Monday - CN Catering & The Room on Main
Southern hospitality in a large, fast-paced metropolitan area with diverse clientele from all over the country (and world!).

You have a unique partnership (CN Catering and The Room on Main) with the two separate companies. What do you like best about the partnership?
We get to pair a premier venue with a catering company and are able to deliver a product that is second to none. We are able to oversee all aspects of our events, which allows us to better manage client expectations.

What can the region look forward to seeing out of your business in the next year?
The Room on Main is currently renovating and updating for our five-year anniversary. CN Catering recently partnered as the exclusive caterer with The Windsor at Hebron Park, one of North Dallas’ premier venues, and we have been added as one of four exclusive caterers with The Dallas Arboretum. CN Catering is also in talks to open new exclusive venues in the next 12-18 months.

How does your company utilize social media?
We are fully integrated with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest, with daily updates to keep our clients and fans updated on our activity as well as emerging trends in our industry.

What is your favorite Dallas sports team?
Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars (we have partnered with both in the past).

The DRC would like to thank CN Catering and The Room on Main for hosting the Leadership Dallas Welcome Reception this Wednesday.

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The Cut – LYFE Kitchen

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Infographic of the Week: Major Expansions and Relocations

By: Ryan Tharp, Director of Research and Economic Development

In the 19th century, financial hardship and uncertainty led many people to seek opportunity elsewhere, thus coining the phrase “Gone to Texas.” That message was as clear then as companies are realizing today. Doing business here in Dallas-Fort Worth brings opportunity for growth and success.

Dallas-Fort Worth is experiencing a considerable number of companies relocating to, or expanding within, the metropolitan area. Recent projects have brought thousands of new jobs for North Texans and millions of dollars in new investment to our communities. Many recognizable companies such as Toyota and State Farm have recently chosen North Texas as their new home, and there are many more on the way. Companies from a wide variety of industries are recognizing that Dallas-Fort Worth’s skilled labor force, its low cost of doing business, and easy access to global markets solidify its position as a major economic hub. Continue reading

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Communications Benchmarking 2014

Information is coming at you from all directions. So how do you get through the clutter and get information that is relevant to you and your business?

This summer, the DRC communications team conducted a benchmarking project to help answer this question. We’re using the results, coupled with marketing and communications best practices, to revamp how we’re delivering content to you. Continue reading

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New DART Line to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Provides Competitive Advantage for Businesses

By: Lexi Smith, Communications Coordinator

Transportation to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport just got easier.

DART’s new station at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is scheduled to open on August 18, 2014.

This additional rail line benefits various industries in Dallas and enhances the corporate appeal for companies considering a move to the area. With easier access to the world’s third busiest airport, the new DART rail provides a competitive advantage for businesses of all sizes.

Dallas Regional Chamber’s President & CEO, Dale Petroskey, was featured in DART’s recent video on the DFW Airport Station:

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The DRC & Dallas Baptist University Present the Student Startup Internship Fair

By: Tara Vornkahl, Manager of Innovation

As summer comes to an end and with fall right around the corner, local university students are gearing up to go back to class and hit the books. At the top of most students’ minds are class schedules, purchasing books and supplies, living arrangements, graduation date, and internships.

Internships are a crucial step in a college student’s journey and career path. In the coming months, many local university students will apply for fall and spring internship positions that align with their major and/or career path. Internships help students obtain hands-on, real-world experiences in their chosen fields.

The DFW startup ecosystem is buzzing with excitement as new ventures start to blossom and existing startups show signs of a bright future. With this startup growth, the demand for local talent is on the rise. During and after college, students might overlook the entrepreneurial career path as an option. The world of startups and running your own business can definitely be intimidating, especially for someone who has a great business idea and doesn’t know what steps to take next.

The Student Startup Internship Fair is a great way for talented university students to learn the intricacies of a startup, and it provides local startups and entrepreneurs with passionate interns. Continue reading

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Meet the Member: Virgin America

Virgin America

Tell us one thing about Virgin America that business travelers may not know.
Five years ago, Virgin America became the first airline to offer Gogo In-flight WiFi service on every domestic flight and it’s still the only U.S. airline to offer WiFi connectivity on every single domestic flight. This fall, Virgin America will be the first airline to offer Gogo’s faster ATG-4 WiFi service to flyers on every domestic flight. The new ATG-4 service offers more bandwidth within the cabin, resulting in a faster web experience for travelers looking for their “office in the sky.” Continue reading

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