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Welcome 2012 from Vince E. Puente, Chair, Small Business Advisory Committee

The Dallas Regional Chamber wants you to know… you belong here!

The new year is in full swing and as a small business owner, the Dallas Regional Chamber can help you keep your professional resolutions and reach your business goals.

Engagement in the Chamber is about more than just membership. Over the past year the DRC’s Small Business Initiative has grown into a full slate of programming and major resource for our region’s business community, including my own company. I had the pleasure of serving as Chair of the 2011 Small Business Advisory Committee and will continue in 2012, as well as a member of the Board of Directors. Above all, I am a small business owner and I can appreciate the time and resources it takes to be active in an organization like the DRC.  Continue reading

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The DRC Celebrates another Successful State of Technology Luncheon & Innovation Showcase

Posted by: Erica Flores, Industry Clusters & Economic Development

11th Annual State of Technology CIO/VIP Roundtable

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On Friday, December 2nd, the Dallas Regional Chamber and the Innovation & Technology Council hosted its 11th Annual State of Technology Luncheon & Innovation Showcase at the Irving Convention Center, featuring keynote speaker Paul Mascarenas, Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Ford Research & Innovation at Ford Motor Company.

Prior to the luncheon, Mascarenas hosted a private roundtable discussion with member CIO, CTO’s and VIP’s for a peer-to-peer discussion about the role of innovation in their industries and how to better leverage new technology to advance their organizations. Continue reading

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Calling All Member CIO’s and CTO’s: We Want You!

Erica Flores, Industry Clusters & Economic Development

On December 2nd, Ford Research & Innovation’s  Chief Technical Officer and VP, Paul Mascarenas will host a private members-only CIO Roundtable to discuss how Ford keeps pace with consumer technology as well as Ford’s research initiatives including: the cloud connected car, in-car health and wellness technologies and car-to-car communications.

The Dallas Regional Chamber invites all member-company Chief Information and Chief Technical Officers to participate in this exclusive event, being held in conjunction with our 11th Annual State of Technology Luncheon & Innovation Showcase on December 2nd. Continue reading

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INNOVATION: Steve Fluckiger, Jones Day

Steve Fluckiger, Partner with Jones Day and Chair of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Life Science Council shares his personal connection with innovation.

Tell us what innovation means to you in the comments below or click here to access our micro-site and enter for a chance to win two tickets to attend the 11th Annual State of Technology Luncheon & Innovation Showcase on December 2, 2011 at the Irving Convention Center.

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4 Questions with Business Owner Kathy Leonard

By Shannon Nail, Managing Director, Member Engagement

During the year, the Dallas Regional Chamber hosts programs with the purpose of bringing together executives to learn from DFW leaders while providing opportunities for education and progressional development. One of the most popular and long-standing programs, the 16th Annual Women’s Business Conference, is right around the corner. We are pleased to have Kathy Leonard, co-founder and president of Freeman+Leonard, as one of our break-out session speakers. Freeman+Leonard is a firm designed to provide senior level advertising/marketing and strategic consulting that give clients and agencies a powerful new solution for today’s fast-changing needs. We asked Kathy…

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Building relationships key to social media, panelist says

Posted by: Kelle Marsalis, Small Business Initiative

Everyone has heard… Bags Fly Free at Southwest Airlines. Chances are you’ve heard that sentiment via television and print advertising, but it’s probably become a staple in your mind because of the company’s social media channels as well.

We recently sat down with Beth Harbin, Senior Director of Communications for Southwest Airlines, and discussed the fourth largest airline’s approach to social media.

Is social media part of your marketing budget? While our Marketing department allocates buget toward online advertising and promotions for the corporate Facebook page, the majority of our social media resources are funded through our Communications department. We feel this is appropriate as our focus on social media is developing relationships, as opposed to direct sales, through our channels. Continue reading

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INNOVATION: Yi Zhao, Huawei USA

Innovation & Technology Council Co-Chair and Vice President of Huawei USA, Yi Zhao explains how his company utilizes “customer centric innovation” as a business tool.

Click here to tell us what innovation means to you and you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win two tickets to attend the 11th Annual State of Technology Luncheon & Innovation Showcase on December 2, 2011 featuring the CTO and VP of Ford Research & Innovation, Paul Mascarenas.

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DMG, A Fiore named Champions of Small Business

By Kelle Marsalis, Manager, Member Services & Small Business Programs

DRC member firms DMG Construction and A Fiore Catering were recently named Small Business Champions in North Texas. Owners Angie Fiore (A Fiore) and Stephanie Hilburn (DMG) accepted the honor as part of the North Texas Small Business Summit and Expo in September.

Both companies demonstrated growth, commitment to the region and advancement of the Dallas Regional Chamber over the past year.  Continue reading

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INNOVATION: John Antos, Value Creation Group, Inc.

John Antos, President of Value Creation Group, Inc. and active angel investor explains the importance of innovation as it relates to the business ecosystem.

What Does Innovation Mean to You?  Tell us your definition in the comments below or click here to access our micro-site and enter for a chance to win two tickets to attend the 11th Annual State of Technology Luncheon & Innovation Showcase on December 2, 2011 at the Irving Convention Center.

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INNOVATION: Cindy Thyfault, Westar Trade Resources

We asked you to answer the question: “What Does Innovation Mean to You?”  In today’s installment, you’ll hear from longtime member of the Innovation & Technology Council, Cindy Thyfault.  Cindy is the Founder & CEO of Westar Trade Resources.

Tell us your definition in the comments below or click here to access our micro-site and enter for a chance to win two tickets to attend the 11th Annual State of Technology Luncheon & Innovation Showcase on December 2, 2011 at the Irving Convention Center.

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