Dallas Celebrates Small Business Week with $20 Million


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North Texas Women in Technology Helping to CHANGE THE FUTURE

This week, as we celebrate Small Business Week #SBW2014, the North Texas air has been filled with more than just the usual pollen. The Texas atmosphere is filled with excitement created by a heightened entrepreneurial spirit that seems to be catching on like blue bonnets in the Spring.

Standing room only events like the Marketing and Social Media Lecture Series Powered by Wells Fargo hosted by Mountain View College, the Play to the Crowd crowdfunding forum hosted by The GroundFloor at the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to the effervescent Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Reception held in southwest Dallas at Gilley’s are changing the landscape for small, midsize and large businesses across North Texas. On May 14th, the room was buzzing with excitement, optimism and Texas-sized pride in south #Dallas’ Creative Corner (as I like to call it) near Southside on Lamar. Innovation, incubation, acceleration, and capital where flowing in southern Dallas like champagne at a wedding. Mayor Rawlings announced Goldman Sachs will invest $20 million to help North Texas businesses. Technology innovation is on the rise in Texas and the season is ripe with opportunities available to North Texas businesses headed up by North America’s most ingenious tech leaders.

At the forefront, leading the charge, are some of the areas most visionary women business leaders who are not sitting around twiddling their thumbs waiting on opportunity to knock. They are breaking down doors and bringing a few folks along for the ride.

One rising star was recently selected to be a winner of the Women in Technology Award sponsored by the Dallas Business Journal and TeXchange DFW. Jennifer Conley, Co-Founder of The Dallas Entrepreneur Center joins the inaugural class of 25 honorees who will be celebrated on June 4 in Dallas.

On June 10th, Mountain View College will honor Julie Bugala, Vice President of Talent Acquisition for AT&T at their inaugural Women in TECH Awards Luncheon in southwest Dallas. The Dallas County Community College District campus will host a tech expo featuring the latest and greatest tech gadgets and a panel of female technology experts from around the country representing companies like Raytheon, Microsoft, and Sprint. The panelists will share personal insight on how to navigate a career in technology, advancements in the tech industry, how to find the capital needed to feed tech innovation, and the importance of engaging young girls in STEM programs at an early age. The keynote speaker for the upcoming college event will be Sabrina Parsons, President and CEO of Palo Alto Software, the makers of LivePlan.com.

The Dallas/Fort Worth business community is gearing up for an exciting summer and things are just heating up.

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