May 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 | May 18

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:

  • Education Series: Marketing with Texas Tammy Realtor | May 5 | Register here
  • Monthly Chamber Luncheon: Speaker: Small Business Administration | May 25 | Register here

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: Pilot Point ISD Superintendent Todd Southard | May 24 – 8 am

TWU Center for Woman Entrepreneurs Workshops & Gatherings

Veteran Woman Entrepreneur Grant

If you are a female veteran in Texas who is starting or currently owns an existing business, you may qualify for the CWE’s Veteran Woman Entrepreneur Grant program.

There will be 25 grant funds of $5,000 each awarded to qualified Texas women veterans. This grant program is aimed specifically at helping veterans and is open to women entrepreneurs throughout Texas.

Grant applications due by 5 pm on May 5.

More details here

Texas Rural Woman Grant

The purpose of this program is to foster greater economic development activity in Rural Texas by encouraging and enabling rural woman-owned, small businesses to undertake new and innovative projects. A total of thirty-five $10,000 grants for a total of $350,000 is available for this round of funding.

Grant applications will be accepted May 15 through June 9.

See guidelines and requirements here

WomenRISE May Series

We welcome women entrepreneurs to a Center for Women Entrepreneurs monthly small business training and networking series.

The importance of a women-owned business certification / How To Do Business With FEMA

  • Tuesday, May 9, 2023
  • In-Person & virtual event

Join us for double the fun at our May WomenRISE with Bliss Coulter, President & CEO at the Women’s Business Council-Southwest for Women’s Business Council-Southwest: The importance of a women-owned business certification and Damoris Trenea Smith, Contracting Specialist, FEMA Region VI: How To Do Business With FEMA.

The Women’s Business Council-Southwest certifies women-owned businesses with the WBENC certification which is the most widely recognized and respected national certification for women-owned businesses in the U.S.

This certification helps women gain access to a vast network of support, including targeted business opportunities for certified women-owned firms, increased visibility in corporate and government supply chains, education and development programs to spur growth and increase capacity, and networking and mentorship opportunities with thousands of women entrepreneurs and those who support them.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to get certified
  • The importance of certification and leveraging the WBCS network
  • How to engage with WBCS to expand your business
  • Be prepared to work with major corporations
  • How to navigate the supplier diversity space

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:

  • FlintConf 2023 | May 3 | A startup conference for Creatives, Techies and Entrepreneurs | Register here

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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