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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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Announcing 2011 Dallas Regional Momentum Awards Recipients!


The Momentum Dallas Awards recognize companies, organizations or projects that have created positive economic momentum in the Dallas region. This premiere business event is expected to draw an audience of 600 key regional and national corporate executives, economic development partners and legislative leaders.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2011 RECIPIENTS:

Corporate Headquarters Location:
MoneyGram

Corporate Facility Location:
USAA

Job Growth:
TriQuint Semiconductor – Texas

Community Catalyst:
Perot Museum of Nature & Science and
North Oak Cliff Commercial & Neighborhood Revitalization -
(Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce)

Innovation Catalyst:
North Texas Regional Center for Innovation & Commercialization (RCIC)

Global Catalyst:
Qantas Airways LTD and
Texas Instruments – RFAB

The award recipients will be honored during a luncheon at The Fairmont Dallas on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Citi and Holmes Murphy & Associates sponsor this year’s awards luncheon. This year’s keynote is by Nicole G. Small, CEO of the Museum of Nature & Science and Forrest E.Hoglund, Chairman, Museum of Nature & Science Expansion Capital Campaign. The Museum of Nature & Science is a 2011 Community Catalyst award recipient.

To read the full press release announcing the 2011 recipients, click here. To learn more about the Dallas Regional Momentum Awards, visit www.dallaschamber.org/events or contact Erica Flores at (214) 712-1921.

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INNOVATION: Yoram Solomon, Interphase Corporation

We asked you to answer the question: “What Does Innovation Mean to You?”  Click the video below to hear from Dr. Yoram Solomon, Vice President of Corporate Strategy
and Business Development at Interphase Corporation as he defines what innovation means to him and his business. 

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.

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