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State of the District Draws Attention to the Future of Dallas ISD

With over 375 business professionals, media outlets, and elected officials, our 2014 State of the District was a big success in connecting industry directly with public education.

Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles and Board of Trustees President Miguel Solis took the stage to present their plans and goals for the district. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas City Council members, state representatives, a state senator, Dallas ISD Trustees, area superintendents, and university representatives also attended the sold-out event in support of public education.

President Solis emphasized the importance of improving results at Dallas ISD because the District is a major provider of the area’s future workforce. He stressed the need for individuals in the business community to get directly involved with local schools.

Following President Solis, Superintendent Miles shared his focus on “thinking differently and acting courageously.” He provided specific examples associated with the new rigorous principal evaluation system. Superintendent Miles also highlighted the District’s improvements in recruiting and retaining teachers, stating that there were very few open teaching positions at the beginning of this school year.

Superintendent Miles answered questions from the audience regarding graduation rates, splitting the district, parent engagement, and potential legislative issues. The business community is now well-informed about Dallas ISD, and several executives agreed to serve as Principals for a Day (a DRC volunteer program) as a result of the meeting.

Career and Technical Education students and teachers from seven Dallas ISD schools showcased their programs to attendees before and after the luncheon. Superintendent Miles also recognized the District’s exemplary principals.

View photos of the event on our Facebook page.

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Women’s Business Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

The Dallas Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the keynote speakers and business breakout seminars for the 19th Annual Women’s Business Conference presented by Jackson Walker L.L.P. The event will take place on Friday, Oct. 3 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

The Women’s Business Conference is an annual event focused on providing professional development and networking for women executives at all levels of their career. Approximately 800 attendees come together for this half-day agenda with expert speakers including two keynotes and business breakout seminars.

The ATHENA Award® and Young Professional Leadership ATHENA Award® will also be presented during the event.

“Wells Fargo is excited to sponsor the ATHENA Award at the 2014 Women’s Business Conference,” said Laura MacNeil, Wells Fargo’s Executive Vice President, Division Manager, North Texas and Oklahoma. “This award recognizes an accomplished female leader who has gone above and beyond in her profession and in the community. This individual encourages others towards success and consistently strives to make a positive difference in our region.” Continue reading

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The Cut: Urban Mattress

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The first Urban Mattress store to open in Dallas at 4500 Lovers Lane carries high-quality, eco-friendly and organic products sourced from North America and Europe. The store’s selection caters to a range of customers from college students looking for natural alternatives to a standard mattress, to more established folks seeking high-end options. Urban Mattress stores are all locally owned and fit neatly between big box stores and tiny boutiques – big enough to have great selections, small enough to know their customers. The growing franchise is built on a commitment to never-pushy, personable sales and local community investment.

Dallas owner Jordan Glaeser, a city resident and Texas native, is excited to meld smart business with community care. His store supports four local nonprofits, including CitySquare, Dallas CASA, Mercy Street, and Young Life, with two percent of sales. Glaeser chose nonprofit partners based on personal familiarity and respect for their work. Customers have the option to choose which nonprofit their purchase will support. Connect with Jordan and his store on Facebook or come by and visit!

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14th Annual State of Technology-Cyber Security Summit

By: Tara Vornkahl, Manager-Innovation

With cyber security being declared nationally as the “most serious economic and national security challenge we face as a nation,” the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) and the America’s Future Series have partnered to present the 14th Annual State of Technology Cyber Security Summit.

Join the DRC and the America’s Future Series on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM as they host Secretary Gordon England and other distinguished speakers for an in-depth discussion on the current state of cyber security, ways businesses can better protect themselves, and what the future holds. Continue reading

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DRC Members Spend Evening With North Texas Lawmakers at Power Hour

By: Erica Mulder, Director of Public Policy

Do your lawmakers know what’s important to you and your business?

DRC members had the opportunity to spend time with four North Texas legislators during the second DRC Power Hour last week. This series of evening receptions gives our members exclusive access to their representatives as they prepare to move legislation forward, vote on bills, and create laws that impact our community and businesses every day. Continue reading

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Inner City Capital Connections is Coming to Dallas

By: Jennifer Schmiel, Senior Vice President of Member Services

Building connections is what the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) works hard to do on a daily basis.  On Wednesday, Sept. 24, the DRC through a partnership with the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), will host the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) as a way to connect top growing inner city businesses with access to capital and strategies to build capacity. Continue reading

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Two Great Events for Growing Your Business

By: Tara Vornkahl, Manager-Innovation

IBM SmartCamp Dallas: September 23, 2014

IBM SmartCamps, a part of IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program, offer a variety of ways for entrepreneurs to grow their business, obtain access to leading experts and technology, and ultimately get their products to market faster. IBM SmartCamps judge the best startup companies around the globe, rewarding the winners with mentoring, professional services, and partnership opportunities with IBM, venture capital firms, and industry partners. Apply today to join SmartCamp Dallas for a chance to grow your business and get your products to market faster.

If your business would like to participate in this event, apply now.

For general admission, apply here.

2014 Texas Regional Conference: September 24-25, 2014

The 2014 Texas Regional Conference, a part of the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce’s “Chamber Academy Series,” will be held at the Omni Hotel Park West. Attendees will help their businesses grow through networking with industry experts. Additionally, individuals will learn about:

  • Upcoming architecture, engineering and construction opportunities;
  • Business expansion resources;
  • Overview of Texas economy and international business;
  • International business and trade opportunities with Asian countries;
  • Available resources for export/import;
  • Capital access for international trade;
  • Investment opportunities and EB-5; and
  • Methods to grow or expand a business through franchise and buying or selling a business.

Register for the Texas Regional Conference here.

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