McKINNEY — On Friday, April 15, McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller issued a proclamation designating April 11-15, 2016 as Innovate McKinney Week and urged all citizens to support new and innovative businesses in McKinney.

The McKinney Chamber of Commerce and The WERX Foundation, Inc. have partnered to bring the Innovate McKinney Local Startup Competition to McKinney. The competition seeks to link McKinney small businesses with resources available in the community to support them. A grand prize of $3,500 will be awarded to the winner who will be selected by a panel of judges. Judges will be looking for new products and service ideas that will become the businesses of the future in our community.

McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller prepares to read the Proclamation for Innovate McKinney Week.

McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller prepares to read the Proclamation for Innovate McKinney Week.


“Entrepreneurs are important to the success of our community by bringing new and innovative ideas and products,” stated Loughmiller. “By inspiring and supporting entrepreneurs and innovative ideas the entire community benefits from their successes.”

The competition, sponsored by First United Bank and Encore Wire Corporation, is free to enter. To learn more or apply visit Entry deadline is May 14.

Click here to read more about the Innovate McKinney Competition.


About The Werx Foundation, Inc.

Located in the Historic Cotton Mill of McKinney, The WERX is a community center for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs that offers shared workspace and resources. Focused primarily around emerging technology companies, The WERX is partnered with the McKinney Economic Development Corporation, and aims to build grow and support small business in McKinney. The WERX Foundation, Inc. has also been established to allow for our corporate and community partners to contribute donations to help grow and build the entrepreneurial community for years to come. Thank you to all that have given back to your community! For more information, visit

About the McKinney Chamber of Commerce

The McKinney Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for the McKinney business community and proudly serves as the unified business voice of McKinney. The Chamber, which celebrated its Centennial in 2014, represents over 40,000 employees from more than 1,200 business investors in McKinney and throughout the North Texas region. With a rich heritage of leadership and collaboration, the Chamber works in concert with the City of McKinney, community partners and the corporate community to promote, advocate for and expand business. Through, and associated social media pages and feeds, the McKinney Chamber markets the community’s advantages as the foremost location for doing business and to keep a growing community connected. You can find the McKinney Chamber of Commerce on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.