September 2023 News & Notes

Are you ready for cooler temperatures and opportunities to network? We’ve got it all here, so see what September holds in webinars and networking opportunities!

City of Pilot Point

Coffee with the City Manager | September 21

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

  • City Council | September 14 & September 28, 6:30 pm (Agendas)
  • Boards (Agendas)
    • MDD Board | September 4
    • (Agendas)

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:

  • Sept. 9 | Family Fishing Festival & Buddy Bass Tournament | Lake Ray Roberts State Park – Isle du Bois | Details here
  • Sept. 29 | Education Series: QuickBooks with Linda Bullwinkle | LizzyGator Event Venue | Registration to come

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: City Manager Britt Lusk | September 27, 8 am

TWU Center for Woman Entrepreneurs Workshops & Gatherings

Start HER Grant

The CWE’s StartHER Grant Program helps women business owners—current or aspiring—to undertake new and innovative projects. A total of 25 business owners will be selected to each receive a $5,000 grant.

Applications will be accepted Sept. 22 through Oct. 20.

Details and how to apply

WomenRISE Series

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

When a Bubble Bath Doesn’t Cut It

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2023
  • In-Person & virtual event

Just when the summer is cooling down our WomenRISE breakfast is heating up. Join us at our September WomenRISE: When a Bubble Bath Doesn’t Cut It with Michelle Kelly, Ph.D. Texas Woman’s University, Director of the Health and Wellbeing Initiative.

This workshop is focused on the foundational skills of self-care and their tie to professional success.

Wellness has become a big business. And while this is not a bad thing, it can send mixed signals to women entrepreneurs. This discussion will focus on the foundational essentials of self-care and encourage participants to begin to develop their personal wellness plan.

Speaker: Michelle Kelly, Ph.D.

Michelle Kelly, Ph.D. has over 20 years of experience in higher education. Her varied professional roles have included health education, fitness supervision, civility, social change leadership, student development, Title IX, and now strategic initiative building in student health wellbeing.

As a first-generation college student, she completed her doctorate in Higher Education with a focus on single mothers’ experiences in college. In 2022, she won the James E. Scott Outstanding Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award for NASPA Region III and in 2023, she won TWU’s Diversity in Leadership Award through the Division of Student Life. A lifelong learner, student affairs has allowed her to continue to grow professionally while also positively impacting generational change.

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.

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 September 115, 2023, a new application category will open for the Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant (TTIR) Program, administered through EDT’s Economic Development Finance Division.

Applicants who received an award during Categories 1-5 are eligible to reapply for funding under Category 6. Those who previously received funding are eligible for up to $250,000 in total funds, which includes the amount of their previous award. Applicants who have not previously been approved or awarded for the TTIR Program must create a new submission under Category 6.

As in previous categories, the following NAICS codes will be accepted in Category 6. For full eligibility details and eligible costs for reimbursement, please refer to the FAQs page.

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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