McKINNEY, TX -- Over the past two months we’ve gone from having one of the strongest economies in recent memory to an economy that may take years to recover. Millions across the country are now unemployed – over 1.3 million have filed for unemployment in Texas alone. The businesses that haven’t closed their doors permanently are struggling. They need all the help they can get.

That is why throughout the first week in May (4th-10th) the McKinney Chamber of Commerce is celebrating #McKinneyStrong Week, a week full of promoting, supporting, and recognizing the many businesses in McKinney that make the city what it is today.

“We’re just at the very beginning steps of this recovery and these businesses need all the help they can get,” says Lisa Hermes, the President and CEO of the Chamber. “#McKinneyStrong Week is giving everyone the chance to come out and safely support businesses throughout the city.”

The whole week will be done with a heavy emphasis on virtual events.

  • Monday, May 4th: The week kicks off with a special message from Mayor George Fuller.
  • Tuesday-Sunday: Social media videos will be posted throughout the day to support individual businesses.
  • Wednesday, May 6th, 10 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. - a Virtual Parade of Businesses. Join us, the mayor, the mounted police, the fire department, and more as we parade through McKinney. Preview our route here. We'll also be doing Facebook LIVE throughout the parade - so you can follow along that way if you'd prefer.
  • Wednesday, May 6th, 4 p.m. – Virtual Happy Hour emceed by The Comedy Arena.

“Each and every business in McKinney is needed. These businesses make up the backbone of this community,” says Hermes. “Their entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and service to community help thread the unique culture we have in McKinney.”