March 2023 News & Notes

Get ready to spring into action this month with your business goals! 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 | March 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:

  • Membership Meeting Networking Luncheon featuring speaker Jimerson Adkins | March 23 | Register by March 20

Mark your calendars for the 25th-annual Chamber Challenge Golf tournament! This year’s tournament will be June 23 at The Bridges Golf Club in Gunter. Sponsorship opportunities now available

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: Andy Singleton, CyberSecurity | March 22 – 8 am

TWU Center for Woman Entrepreneurs Workshops & Gatherings

Learn the Basics of Grant Writing

  • Tuesday, March 14, 2022
  • In-Person & virtual event
Learn the Basics of Grant Writing with Tracy Irby, Director, Center for Women Entrepreneurs at our March WomenRISE.
Grants have historically been for non-profit organizations, but now they are becoming common for small businesses. Providing a complete and thorough proposal will improve your chances to make it to the judge’s table. Make sure you don’t waste your time or theirs with a proposal that doesn’t meet the specifications of the grant proposal.
In this session, you will learn:
  • Where to find grants for your business
  • Determine if you are eligible for the grant
  • How to write a winning grant proposal
  • When to contact the funder
In addition, Tracy will share some tips and experiences from the various TWU – CWE grant programs.


Tracy Irby is the Director at Texas Woman’s University-Center for Women Entrepreneurs. She joined the center as their first small business advisor after working 6 years as a small business advisor in the Small Business Development Center network.
She has been a serial entrepreneur and owned one of the first Sears Hometown Dealer Stores, a gym, a bounce house rental business, and an online self-defense business, in addition to being a licensed insurance agent and property investor.
She has an MBA & BBA in marketing from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She is also a graduate of the OU Economic Development Institute. She holds Certifications as an Economic Development Finance Professional, an Entrepreneurship Center Manager, and a Growth Wheel Advisor.
In-Person Attendance
In-Person events will be held at Texas Woman’s University, Denton Campus, Old Main Building, 2nd Floor, Rm 257.
Breakfast will be served at 7:30 AM. The official program starts at 8:00 AM. Come and network with other female entrepreneurs. Make sure you bring your business cards.
*It is a bit of a walk between the two parking areas and Old Main Building. You may want to consider wearing comfortable shoes to walk in and bring your dress shoes for the event.
*If you have special needs please email [email protected] to make special arrangements.

Register here

See descriptions and register for events here

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 Eric Swayne | March 28, 9-10 am | RSVP here
    • Building your goal-based marketing plan

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 Summit

The Governor’s Small Business Summit aims to help Texas small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs reach new heights by connecting them with the resources and information needed to start, strengthen and grow a business. This event offers a variety of sessions bringing together local, state and federal resource partners to provide key insights on critical business topics. It’s also an opportunity to network with other business owners and meet experts who will share timely, relevant and actionable advice on a multitude of small business subjects.

Date: July 13 | Location: Arlington | Registration coming soon

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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