October 2023 News & Notes

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

City of Pilot Point

Coffee with the City Manager | October 19

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 | October 12 & October 26, 6:30 pm (Agendas)
  • Boards (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:

  • Oct. 14 | Bonnie & Clyde Days: the Chamber will be running the beer sales out of the gazebo!
  • Oct. 31 | Sonic Trunk-or-Treat

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: Tioga ISD Superitendent Josh Ballinger | October  25, 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

Leading the Lone Star State: Texas Women in Public Service Summit

Thursday, October 12

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  |  Exhibitors available from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Cost: $150

Details and registration here

WomenRISE Series

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

The Importance of Business Credit

  • Tuesday, October 10, 2023
  • In-Person & virtual event

Join us for our October WomenRISE and learn The Importance of Business Credit with Kissena Sheets, KLS Funding Group, L.L.C.

Understanding business credit is crucial for companies because it helps establish a separate financial identity, enabling them to access funding, build trust with suppliers, and navigate financial challenges independently from personal finances. It also plays a significant role in determining a business’s ability to secure loans, secure favorable terms, and grow successfully. This workshop will provide the fundamental steps in building your business credit.

Key takeaways from a business credit presentation might include:

  • Understanding Business Credit: Explain what business credit is and how it differs from personal credit
  • Importance of Building Business Credit: Highlight why it’s essential for companies to establish and maintain strong business credit
  • Credit Reporting Agencies: Introduce major credit reporting agencies like Dun & Bradstreet, Experian, and Equifax, which track business credit scores
  • Factors Affecting Business Credit: Discuss the factors that influence business credit scores, such as payment history, credit utilization, and length of credit history


Kissena Sheets is the proud owner of KLS Funding Group LLC, an alternative commercial finance company. With over 16 years as a Vice President in the banking and finance industry, Kissena’s comprehensive knowledge and seasoned experience have enabled her to craft financial strategies that maximize her clients’ credit potential and facilitate access to lending opportunities, fostering sustained growth. In addition to her role as a business owner, Kissena services as a Boots to Business Facilitator and Advisor with the Veterans Business Outreach Center at the University of Texas at Arlington, dedicated to supporting transitioning service men and women, veterans, and military spouses in their entrepreneurial pursuits. Kissena is married and has five children. She spends her free time focused on God, family, work, and community.

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.

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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