On Friday, Oct. 11, the Allen-Fairview, Frisco, McKinney and Plano Chambers of Commerce will be co-hosting the Governor’s Small Business Forum along with the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas and the Texas Governor’s Office.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Allen, located at 705 S. Central Expy. in Allen. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

Small Business Forums

Presentations include panel discussions on “Access to Capital,” “Social Media – Beyond Facebook,” services provided by the Texas Workforce Commission and a “Small Business Panel” relating the challenges they have faced in growing their business to their current level of longevity and success. Bernard Weinstein, Associate Director of the Maguire Energy Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Business Economics in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas will deliver the keynote. The forum will culminate with recognition of several small businesses for their achievements by the Governor’s Office. Click here to read a bio on Weinstein.

Additional host partners include the Small Business Development Center of Collin County, NTEC Frisco and Viewpoint Bank.

Governor's Small Business Forums give entrepreneurs and small businesses the valuable tools, skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s fast-paced economy. Featuring a wide range of instructive seminars and expert speakers offering vital information on both public and private resources, the forums offer a great opportunity to network and connect with industry specialists, government officials, service providers and other regional businesses. Likewise, Texan businesses are afforded a chance to network and trade with one another, exchange best practices and discuss challenges and innovative ways of overcoming them. Overall, the forums highlight the wide range of opportunities available to all businesses, including minority and women-owned small businesses, veterans and businesses interested in expanding globally.

Tickets are $30 or tables of eight are $300. Exhibitor and sponsor opportunities are still available. Breakfast and lunch are included. Registration available through collinbizforum.com.