A Dallas Entrepreneur Center Update

By: Tara Vornkahl, Coordinator-Innovation

DEClogoAs we roll into spring, the DEC has continued to see growth in the entrepreneurial scene and startup space here in North Texas. With the launch of the North Texas Startup Survey, announcement of the DEC Ambassadors, and the North Texas Women in Technology Awards nominations underway the month of April has been a busy one!

North Texas Startup Survey
The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UT Dallas and the Kauffman Foundation have teamed up to launch the North Texas Startup Survey. The goal of the survey is to show off the business friendly region by gathering statistics and facts that highlight the rapid growth and successes in the community.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey!

Meet the DEC Ambassadors
The DEC is proud to announce their first inaugural class of DEC Ambassadors for 2014! There are 23 candidates that were chosen to help build on the vision for the startup community in Dallas and all across North Texas. The class was chosen based on their passion in lending a helping hand and desire to help grow the startup community both on a local and national level. The group has a great of mix of backgrounds from designers, developers, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, event coordinators, and corporate innovators. This will bring in unique experiences and perspectives in the efforts to lead the city of Dallas to be a top startup community. This program will give each ambassador the opportunity to be in various leadership and volunteer rolls throughout the startup community. The group, along with the DEC, shares the same value and mission in creating a collaborative ecosystem through supporting local talent, innovation and success.

North Texas Women in Technology Awards Nominations Open
Do you know a technology-focused woman (or women) actively driving innovation and contributing to the tech community here in North Texas? If so, be sure to nominate them for the inaugural North Texas Women in Technology Awards presented by The Dallas Business Journal and TeXchange!

Upcoming Events at the DEC:

Whiteboard Sessions at The DECWhiteboard Sessions at The DEC
During Whiteboard Sessions at The DEC, entrepreneurs have a chance to talk with some of Dallas’ finest entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investment groups that have experience working with new, growing companies. Register for upcoming sessions.


1 Million Cups Dallas1 Million Cups Dallas
Every Wednesday
1MC is a Kauffman Foundation educational program put on every Wednesday from 9-10am in twenty-three different cities. Each week two startups present for 6 minutes and engage in 20 minutes of Q&A from the audience. Tell us you’re coming!


The DEC-EDUThe DEC:EDU – The Truth About Work/Life Balance at a Startup
Wednesday, April 16th
Achieving a work/life balance is one of the most difficult practices for entrepreneurs and startups. Learn how to manage your time more effectively and focus on the things that really matter. Register for this free class.


The DEC-EDU - Understanding FinancialThe DEC:EDU – Understanding Financials
Wednesday, April 23rd
EY’s Debra von Storch will walk you through a series of financial constructs needed to run a successful business. Obtain a core understanding of those financial constructs to help you make projections in your startup. Register here.


Startup Weekend NEXTStartup Weekend NEXT
Wednesday, April 23rd
The #1 pre-accelerator program kickoff date. Hands on mentorship will help committed teams find the path to achieve product market fit. Successfully finishing the program earns teams the chance to present their company at Global Showcase Event. Use promo code ‘DEC’ for a 30% discount.
Apply now


DEC-EDU - Building a New Media CompanyDEC:EDU – Building a New Media Company
Tuesday, April 29th
Building a new media business is an integral aspect to growing any business. Learn the fundamentals of shaping your media focus, expanding core branding and messaging, and building relationships with sources of media. Register here.


VentureSpur Blackbox Breakfast SeriesVentureSpur Blackbox Breakfast Series
Wednesday, April 30th
Enjoy breakfast while listening to successful entrepreneurs tell their story in 10 photos in 10 minutes. It’s a fun, engaging, intimate way to understand the lives of successful entrepreneurs here in our community. Register here.

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Texas Tops List for Economic Recovery, DFW #3

By: Erica Mulder, Communications Manager

Texas has repeatedly received accolades for its business-friendly environment and now, it’s topping the list in economic recovery.

The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program released its study on metros and how each have weathered the recession over the past decade. The top four spots were held by Texas cities with Dallas-Fort Worth coming in third behind Austin and Houston.Eco Series Globe (2)

The Brookings Institute measures metros based on performance before the recession, during and after and how each has recovered regarding jobs, unemployment, gross product and house prices.

Click here to see the full list.



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Guest Blog: Vogel Alcove has New Home To Support Homeless Children and their Families

By: Greg Brinkley, Director of Corporate Relationships, Vogel Alcove

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On March 14th, Vogel Alcove officially opened our new childcare center in the building formerly known as City Park Elementary. We’ve moved 115 children and 50 staff members from a 15,000 square foot facility into a 55,000 square foot campus. For the first time in our organization’s 27-year history, our administrative offices, childcare staff, and children are all located in the same building. Our new Vogel Alcove campus includes bigger classrooms, an indoor multipurpose room for infants and toddlers, gymnasium, library, computer lab, therapy rooms, fine arts room, and more. Our new playground, called “The Backyard,” is specially designed for our children. In addition to wooden houses, slides, and musical instruments, the new playground features areas where our teachers can instruct their classrooms outdoors. This new facility will allow Vogel Alcove the opportunity to serve up to 200 homeless children (under the age of 6) and their families. We will also begin developing plans for an afterschool program and summer camp for school age children living in our affiliate shelter partners, which will increase the number of lives we can positively effect.

A personal note of my appreciation:
Vogel Alcovekid I wanted to extend my sincere gratitude to everyone involved in making Vogel Alcove what it is today. I’ve worked at Vogel Alcove for nearly a year-and-a-half, and I can honestly say this mission has changed my life. As a part of my job, I am exposed to some very difficult and troubling stories surrounding the children and families we serve. However, I also have the opportunity to witness many more amazing stories of growth, change, and success. The teachers and social workers at Vogel Alcove are providing life-changing support to our children and families, and every day we see the positive impact their work provides. Vogel Alcove would be unable to provide these services without the generosity of our community. I’d like to thank the people I’ve met who have joined Vogel Alcove in our mission to provide the youngest children of homeless families with the foundation for success. The support we receive from our community is humbling. Volunteer efforts, donation drives, event sponsorships, financial contributions, and simply raising awareness have positively changed the lives of our families. Each effort, no matter how big or small, moves our mission forward. We have a lot of work ahead, but I’m extremely encouraged by those who take the initiative to devote time and resources towards the greater good of those less fortunate. Together, we are making a substantial impact.

One of our families at Vogel Alcove consists of a grandmother and her 2-year-old grandson. The grandmother is now homeless as a result of becoming the child’s caretaker, due to additional expenses and bills that have increased over time. When the grandmother toured Vogel Alcove’s new childcare facility for the first time, she stopped and made a comment that impacted me greatly. She said, “This is an unbelievable building and school for our kids. People like us never get to use things this nice.”

Click here to visit our website, Thank you for supporting Vogel Alcove.

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Special Marketing Opportunity With the Dallas Morning News For DRC Members

By Erica Mulder, Communications Manager

The Dallas Region is always bustling with events, activities and visitors. This June that’ll be especially true as the region welcomes more than 4,000 people. The New Cities Summit will bring in more than 1,000 experts from around the world discussing modern urban issues June 17 – 19. The U.S. Conference of Mayors will be held June 20 – 23 drawing several thousand mayors and visitors downtown.

DRC Member, the Dallas Morning News will be running a special section in its newspaper during this week – The Future of Dallas. Topics and features will include the future of Dallas, its strengths, innovators in the area, as well as information on both events and their impact on the region.

As a Dallas Regional Chamber member, you can take advantage of a special 10% discount on advertising space in the Dallas Morning News during these peak visitor times.

Click here for details. If you have questions, contact Arnetta Harris at aharris@dmnmedia.com or call 214-977-8857.

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North Texas Business Leaders Promote the Region on Capitol Hill

By: Erica Mulder, Communication Manager

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Business owners and community leaders have a vested interest in what kind of legislation and regulations are approved in Washington, DC as they impact our business climate and quality of life in North Texas. With this in mind, fifty of our region’s business and community leaders took an active role promoting our collective interests at the 2014 DFW Congressional Summit, joining forces for three days in Washington D.C.

Over the course of the joint Summit, Chamber members from both the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and the Dallas Regional Chamber were given direct access to key congressional leaders and provided with a valuable opportunity to improve our region’s knowledge and influence on federal issues.

“The Summit not only allowed us to meet and speak directly to our federal legislators but it also gave us an opportunity to strengthen our regional relationships with fellow business and community leaders during the trip,” said Jay Barksdale, Senior Vice President of Public Policy at the Dallas Regional Chamber. “Those relationships are vital to successfully working together to improve our region.”

The three-day agenda included meetings with a majority of our congressional delegation including:

  • Senator John Cornyn
  • Senator Ted Cruz
  • Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-32), House Rules Chairman
  • Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-5), House Financial Services Chairman
  • Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Transportation Committee Member and Ranking Member on Science, Space and Technology
  • Congressman Michael Burgess (TX-26), House Energy & Commerce Member
  • Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24), House Ways and Means Member
  • Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33), House Armed Services Member
  • Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), Transportation Committee Member

Congressional members discussed specific legislative challenges including immigration reform, tax policies, the affordable care act and transportation funding.

In addition, evening dinners included special guests retired Louisiana Congressman Billy Tauzin, former Chairman of Energy and Commerce, and Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee.

The summit wrapped on Wednesday with a tour of the Pentagon.

We’d like to thank the fifty business leaders who invested the time and energy necessary to make the trip, the legislators who spent time researching and speaking about key issues affecting our region, and the Fort Worth Chamber for being a partner in making the DFW Congressional Summit a success. We’d also like to thank our sponsors BNSF Railway, Lockheed Martin, Southwest Airlines and TXU Energy.

We look forward to the next trip in 2016 and hope you will consider joining us!


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The Cut – State Farm Insurance – Morgan Tucker

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by | April 14, 2014 · 10:14 am

Center for American and International Law to Host 2nd Annual World IP Day

By: Tara Vornkahl, Coordinator-Innovation


Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual World Intellectual Property Day held on Wednesday, April 23rd from 3:00PM to 6:00PM. Click here to register.

The free event will be held at the Center for American and International Law offices:
5201 Democracy Drive Plano, TX 75024

Panelist will consists of representatives from industry, startups, academia, government, and law and will share and discuss unique applications as well as stories around Intellectual Property.

Event Agenda:
Introductions and Welcome:

  • 3:05 – 3:10 – Representative of CAIL

Panel Discussions:
3:10 – 3:50 – Dealing with and Leveraging IP as a Start-up or Small Business:

  • Dee Anderson, UT Dallas Tech Commercialization
  • Scott March, Spidermonk Entertainment
  • Craig Skistimas, General Manager, Screwattack Entertainment
  • Moderator: Trey Bowles, CEO of Dallas Entrepreneur Center

4:00 – 4:40 — Intellectual Property Issues and Strategies: The Attorney’s Perspective for the Business Decision Maker

  • Paul Herman, Conley Rose, P.C. (former Halliburton in-house counsel and Board Member Robert E. Howard Foundation)
  • Will Rossellini, MicroTransponder
  • Sharon Israel, Mayer Brown (President-Elect of AIPLA)
  • Moderator: Mark Methenitis, T-Mobile

Closing Presentations:
4:40 – 4:50 AIPLA World IP Day Presentation by Sharon Israel
4:50 – 4:55 Trey Bowles, Dallas Entrepreneur Center
4:55 – 5:00 Prof Mark Nausha of Guildhall Institute of SMU introducing the Guildhall and the showcase
5:00 – 6:00 Showcase and Networking Reception: Prof. Mark Nausha — Guildhall students showcasing class projects through brief presentations followed by interaction during networking reception.

Sponsoring and supporting organizations include:

  • CAIL
  • Conley Rose
  • Dallas Regional Chamber
  • IPI
  • WIPO
  • Guildhall Institute

Click here to download the PDF

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