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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“This new app is a game changer for small businesses looking to connect with decision-makers,” says Raynese Edwards, Houston-based Business Strategist. Today, Government Procurement Connections, Inc. (GPC), a Houston-based nonprofit agency hosted its inaugural State of Procurement event at Houston Community College’s Southeast campus’ Learning HUB. Hundreds of small business owners attended the event to learn more about multi billion dollar government contracting opportunities.
“Last year, the Federal government spent $500 billion dollars on products and services and 23 percent was awarded to minority, veteran and woman-owned prime contractors and sub-contractors,” stated Valerie Coleman, Procurement Center Representative for the United States Small Business Administration. But, most innovative small businesses continue to find the government procurement process to be daunting and confusing. There’s a disconnect between agency purchasing managers looking to purchase products and services and the vast number of viable vendors ready and able to sell products and services to them. This year, GPC subscribed to a new mobile technology which was created by a woman-owned firm to solve that very problem. Integrality and a team of engineers designed a niche mobile engagement app called meap3, Mobile Engagement Application for Procurement and Purchasing Professionals. “As a woman-owned small business, I know the challenges that exist in making a connection with decision-makers and selling your capabilities to win new business. I wanted to create a product that removes the barriers and creates an instant way to engage and connect with procurement professionals,” shared Cynthia Nevels, meap3 designer and Senior Partner with Integrality, LLC.
The meap3 app empowers users and enables them to register to connect with agency presenters real-time, to engage with agencies, share their capabilities, to view active RFPs and RFQs and share data with their social network. Over 300 attendees were introduced to the new mobile app with overwhelming buzz and excitement. Users can download the iOS or Android app for free via their smart phone or wireless notebook online at meap3.com. Premier Wireless sponsored a $250 gift card giveaway to registered users. The campaign ends April 30, 2014. Talk is Houston Independent School District is interested in integrating the new technology into their procurement outreach program. Disruptive technology and social enterprises are coming together to solve everyday business challenges – that’s innovation at its best.
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