Category Archives: Small Business Friendly Programming

Pro-innovation, capital formation bills advance out of U.S. Senate, Head back to the House

By Sarah Carabias-Rush

Yesterday, March 22nd, the U.S. Senate voted 73-26 to advance the JOBS Act bills. The Senate added one amendment to the bill, thus sending it back to the House for reconsideration next week before heading to the President’s desk for signature.

The amendment added additional restrictions to the crowdfunding bill.

To learn more about the JOBS Act, visit www.thomas.gov.

To reference our last blog post on this subject with an outline of the bill components, visit http://dallaschamberblog.org/2012/03/22/pro-innovation-capital-formation-bills-advance-out-of-u-s-house-awaiting-senate-consideration-2/

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Guest Blog: A New Source of Jobs for North Texas

ImageWritten By: Lane Sorgen, General Manager, South Central District, Microsoft Corp.

One of the biggest job generators for North Texas is a resource that we can’t really touch or even see—but when we reach for it, dollars start pouring into businesses all across the Metroplex and jobs spring up as a result. That’s what a new study from Microsoft says about “the cloud.”

If you own a business, you’re likely to understand how the cloud can save you money. By relying on technology infrastructure and applications that are housed in the cloud—instead of in your own server room—you avoid many of the costs related to maintaining equipment, buying more servers when your company grows, keeping an internal network up and running, and constantly buying upgrades for software. With the cloud, your technology is always up to date, and you can expand easily as you need more capability. Continue reading

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Five Questions With Virgin America CEO, David Cush

By: Kelle Marsalis, Director, Small Business Programs & Member Services

David Cush, President & CEO of Virgin America, will headline the DRC’s Small Business Speaker Series next week in Dallas. Cush will discuss his success with the company over the past four years, including record-setting growth and their many major industry best-in-class awards.

Virgin America began service with Dallas between San Francisco and Los Angeles just over one year ago. An SMU graduate, Cush is coming back to the Metroplex to celebrate this partnership and give attendees a glimpse at what’s next for the growing airline. Continue reading

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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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