February 2023 News & Notes

As we begin to thaw out and look to spring, are you ready to start blooming within your business? Check out some webinars, networking opportunities and more happening this month in the Pilot Point business community!

City of Pilot Point

Coffee with the City Manager | February 16

Britt Lusk invites you to have a cup of joe with him the third Thursday of every month, between 7am-9am at the Coffee House.
Britt welcomes questions, ideas, or just casual conversation and plans to offer Coffee with the City Manager on a regular basis.

Board and Council Meetings

Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is a non-profit organization composed of businesses and individuals who wish to see Pilot Point grow and flourish. By pooling their resources, Chamber members are able to exert a positive influence on the community. Our main goal is to find ways to showcase what Pilot Point has to offer.

Upcoming events:

  • Networking Luncheon: City Manager Britt Lusk, MDD Director Denise Morris, Main Street Director Wendy Haun | Thursday, Feb. 16 | Register by Feb. 10

PointBank Business Breakfast

Every month, PointBank invites members of the business community to their monthly Business Breakfast, hosted at the Pilot Point Branch Community Center (739 E Liberty St). Bringing insightful business tips to the small business owners in Denton County.
  • Speaker: Fire Chief Heath Hudson | February 22 – 8 am

TWU Center for Woman Entrepreneurs Workshops & Gatherings

Negotiating: Cleaning Up a Dirty Game

  • Tuesday, February 14, 2022
  • In-Person & virtual event

This month, join us with Johanna Thomas from Strategic Security Solutions to talk about Negotiating: Cleaning up a dirty game.

The thought of negotiating fills most people with immediate dread, but your mental doomsday doesn’t have to be that bleak. Building your skills and understanding your limits can change the landscape. You don’t have to play dirty to get to the finish line.

Enjoying a collaborative (and fun) discussion! We will also discuss understanding your individual strengths, your negotiating style, and a path to defining your limits.


Johanna Thomas, CPA, CISA is the founder and CEO of Strategic Security Solutions (S3), a professional services firm specializing in CyberSecurity.

Johanna is a recognized expert and active influencer in the Cyber community. She serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Accounting/InfoSys Department, several technology vendor advisory boards, Ambassador/Mentor for SPJ Capital, and a mentor for multiple Entrepreneur and Women in Leadership Organizations.

Johanna is the mother of 3 young children and earned both BS and MS degrees in Accounting from UTK.

Register here

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Stoke Denton

Work better at Stoke, Denton’s coworking space and entrepreneur hub where ambition, technology, and a shared desire to positively impact our community come together. Stoke provides workspace, office amenities and a supportive, resourceful community for startups, entrepreneurs, remote workers, freelancers, small businesses, and tech-enabled companies.

Upcoming events:

  • Coffee + Convo with Ndaba Mdhlongwa | Jan. 31, 9-10 am | RSVP here
    • Business planning and solutions expert, Ndaba Mdhlongwa, has decades of experience in strategic planning.

NCTC Small Business Development Center

Just getting off the ground with your small business? The SBDC offers individual advising at no cost in such areas as new business feasibility and start-up, business plan preparation, financial management, and general management strategies for small businesses engaged in retail, service manufacturing and wholesale industries.

Miss out on some of the previous webinars, including more help with QuickBooks Online, learning how to build a successful email list and more? See their YouTube channel for past webinars!

See more info here

Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program

Starting February 1, 2023, a new application category will open for the Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant (TTIR) program through the Texas Economic Development & Tourism Office. The TTIR Program provides one-time grants of up to $20,000 for the recovery of Texas businesses in the tourism, travel, and hospitality industry that were negatively impacted during the pandemic.

More information here

Governor’s Small Business Webinar Series

All of the Governor’s Small Business Webinar series are available to watch after the fact in the Resource Library.

Need extra help?

Small Business Administration

DYK? SBA is a leader in helping small businesses achieve their goals.

If you’re still struggling from the effects of COVID-19 on your business, see the SBA’s resources page for details on the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, Paycheck Protection Program and more.

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