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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Methodist Health System Becomes Newest Member of Mayo Clinic Care Network

Methodist Health System and Mayo Clinic officials announced today that Methodist has been selected to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Members of the network share a goal of improving the delivery of health care in their communities through high-quality, collaborative medical care. Continue reading

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DRC10: Top Ten Things You Need to Know in September

  1. DRC CEO Dale Petroskey will travel to China this month with the mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth to promote American Airlines’ new direct flights to Shanghai and Hong Kong.
  2. The DRC will host a legislative reception for members to meet their state representatives on Sept. 10. Sign up for this Power Hour today!
  3. Leadership Dallas Alumni has sold out an event that highlights experienced senior executive women. “Advancing Women to Corporate Boards” will explore the trends in board service for women, how to get on a board, and what to expect as a board member.
  4. Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles and Board of Trustees President Miguel Solis will speak at State of the District on Sept. 16 to address the milestones, goals, challenges, and opportunities that face the district.
  5. The Dallas Entrepreneur Center and Golden Seeds will host a series called “Learn How to Fundraise” on Sept. 18. Panelists will provide feedback and analyze a live pitch of a new startup.
  6. The DRC will celebrate a “Member Milestone” for UMB Bank’s 100-year anniversary this month.
  7. Network with other business professionals at Leads Over Lunch on Sept. 24. Each attendee will receive a list of pre-registered attendees for follow up.
  8. Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winners will share their experiences and help you get started on a performance excellence journey at our Small Business Forum on Sept. 25.
  9. At the end of the month, the DRC is rolling out its new website! You will have access to visually rich content that is easy to navigate. Keep up with the DRC for more information on the official launch date.
  10. Eligible Texans who are not currently registered or need to update their registration due to a move or name change have just 28 days remaining before the November election’s voter registration deadline on Oct. 6. Learn how to register to vote here.

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Make Your Voice Heard: Register to Vote

According to the Texas Secretary of State’s election countdown clock, the November election is only 56 days away. Many important issues such as Prop 1 transportation funding and the next Governor of Texas will be decided in this year’s election.

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Infographic of the Week: Small Business

By: Ryan Tharp, Director of Research and Economic Development

It’s true that most of the new private-sector jobs in this country are created by small businesses. In fact, approximately 43 percent of private payroll is derived from small establishments. In Dallas-Fort Worth, 97 percent of all establishments have fewer than 100 employees. About 150 of those establishments are ranked as the fastest growing private companies in the nation by Inc. Magazine. These small businesses are cauldrons of innovation and creativity that very often launch the next big thing. Dallas-Fort Worth is a prime location with access to many desirable markets for startups. Many small-business development centers serve the region and can assist entrepreneurs in getting their businesses off the ground.

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July and August New Members

The DRC welcomed 24 members in the month of July and 25 members in the month of August. Learn more about each company below by clicking on the company name.

July Members
Allstate Insurance- Tim Arp
America SCORES Dallas
American Brain Tumor Association
Arrow-Magnolia International, Inc. 
Eighteen Eight Men’s Salon
Green Eagle Graphics
Guardian Mortgage
Henry S. Miller Brokerage
Murphy’s Corporate Lodging
Newt Global
Platinum Motorcars
Strategic Staffing Solutions
Stravis Consulting
Supreme Lending
Texas Brand Bank
Texas Capital Bank
The Palm Restaurant
Trinity Valley Foods
Urban Mattress
Walton Development
Yooz, Inc.

August Members
Amegy Bank of Texas
Broussard Logistics
Carpathian Concepts
Conti Organization
Earth Day Texas
Forest City Texas Inc
Intake Studios
J. Lash & Company
Love’s Travel Stops
Lundy Marketing Group
North Central Surgical Center
NuSpray International Inc.
Pegasus Community Credit Union
People  First
QuestCare Medical Services
Slalom Consulting
Sloan Bergmann
The ODEE Company

Interested in learning more about membership with the DRC? Click here or complete our membership information form.

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Dallas Entrepreneur Center Update

By: Tara Vornkahl, Manager of Innovation

Like the Dallas startup scene, the summer season is moving along quickly and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) is busier than ever! A few activities in the works include introducing the fall class of DEC Ambassadors and gearing up for VentureSpur’s next accelerator class. Read on for more information on all that has been going on at the DEC during the month of August and check out the events that are taking place throughout the startup community here in DFW. Continue reading

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