July 2023 News & Notes

Don’t sweat because it’s summer! Keep your business heading forward with these some webinars, networking opportunities and more happening this month in the Pilot Point business community!

City of Pilot Point

Coffee with the City Manager | July 20

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: Patriot Property Group | Thursday, July 6, 5 pm | Pilot Point Coffee House
  • Ribbon Cutting: 19th Century Club | Friday, July 7, 5 pm | Pilot Point Coffee House | Reception to follow
  • Mimosa Mosey | Saturday, July 29, 8 am – noon | Historic Pilot Point Square | Limited tickets available

In conjunction with the 100th year of Texas State Parks, the Pilot Point Chamber is launching their inaugural Buddy Bass Fishing Tournament! Mark your calendars for this event, which will be September 9 at Lake Ray Roberts: Isle du Bois! 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: Public Works director Trent Vandagriff | July 26, 8 am

TWU Center for Woman Entrepreneurs Workshops & Gatherings

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.

Build Your Personal Brand, Grow Your Capacity

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023
  • In-Person & virtual event

We are excited to have one of our community partners speak at our July WomenRISE. Join Tarsha Hearns, Senior Director, The DEC Network, and learn how to Build Your Personal Brand, Grow Your Capacity.

Personal branding is crucial for entrepreneurs who are looking to establish themselves in the market, build a reputation, and attract customers. A strong personal brand can differentiate you from your competitors, enhance your credibility, and help you connect with your target audience. This presentation will provide you with valuable insights on how to create and maintain an effective personal brand that can help you achieve your business goals.


Tarsha Hearns, The DEC Network

Tarsha Hearns is the Sr. Director of Ecosystems at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, a 501c3 nonprofit that drives innovation and economic impact by helping entrepreneurs start, build and grow their businesses. As senior director, Tarsha leads a team that provides business support services to entrepreneurs seeking to start or grow their businesses. In addition, she manages the Community Navigator Dallas program, a federally funded program by the Small Business Administration, which connects entrepreneurs to business support and financial resources in their community.

Tarsha is an engaged member of the small business community and has received numerous awards for her entrepreneurial endeavors, leadership, and dedication to serving women and minority founders. Professionally known as The Marketing Lady, Tarsha has 20+ years as an entrepreneur and lists winning a contract with the National Football League for Super Bowl XLV as her biggest career-defining moment. Yet, her passion is to inspire people to live their dreams through entrepreneurship.

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 Tanya Smith | July 25, 9 am | Details
    • Tanya Smith offers empowering tools and the confidence to use on-camera content to support their business goals and expand their reach!

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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