June 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 | June 15

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:

  • Ribbon Cutting: Coffee House Cantina | June 2, 5:30 pm
  • Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament | June 23 | The Bridges Golf Club, Gunter

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: Grace Point Nazarene pastor Dwayne Edwards | June 28 – 8 am

TWU Center for Woman Entrepreneurs Workshops & Gatherings

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 21.

See guidelines and requirements here

AccelerateHER Incubator Program

The AccelerateHER incubator program helps early-stage companies develop and test ideas to grow their businesses with a hands-on focus by the program manager, mentors and partner networks.

Through AccelerateHER, women-owned businesses will be selected to receive work space at Stoke, a coworking facility in Denton serving entrepreneurs, remote workers, freelancers, small businesses, and tech-enabled companies. In addition, participants will receive intensive business development training, access to funders and mentorship, and networking opportunities. Participants of the program must show proof that a minimum of 51% of the business is owned by a woman.

Deadline to apply is July 9, 2023.

More information here

WomenRISE Series

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

The Power of SEO: How to Improve a Website’s Search Rankings

  • Tuesday, June 13, 2023
  • In-Person & virtual event

You asked, and we’ve answered. Our June WomenRISE is all about The Power of SEO: How to Improve a Website’s Search Rankings with Lissa Duty of Rocks Digital.

In order to get a business found in search results, you must make sure the business is easily findable by search engines. Search engine optimization (SEO) is what makes this possible.

In this presentation, Lissa Duty of Rocks Digital will walk you through how to audit your website and demonstrate how by implementing some key strategies, you can improve a website’s placement in search results almost immediately.

She’ll discuss page titles, meta descriptions, h1s, h2s, call-to-actions and why taking users on a journey through the business’ website is imperative. You’ll get a look at Screaming Frog, SEMRush and Google Search Console.

You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how leveraging these resources can help your website to place higher in search results.


Lissa Duty, Rocks Digital Marketing

Lissa Duty is a branding and digital marketing strategist. The author of two social media books, she has written countless articles and guides, some of which are published under the names of others.

Her digital marketing agency, Rocks Digital Marketing, helps businesses to rank in the top of search results. Web development, local SEO and Google My Business optimizations are only a few of the services the agency performs each day.

In addition, Lissa is founder of one of the largest digital marketing conferences in Texas, the Rocks Digital Marketing Conference.

From advising to implementing, Lissa is the digital marketing pro every business wants on their speed dial.

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 Tarsha Hearns | June 27, 9 am | Details
    • Tarsha Hearns, The Marketing Lady, has 20+ years as an entrepreneur and a passion for inspiring others to live their entrepreneurship dream!

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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