McKINNEY (Feb. 14, 2014) — Coffee at the Collide Center provides the perfect setting for entrepreneurs and experienced business owners to mingle. Every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. you’ll find a mix of people from startups to bankers chatting over a cup of coffee and donuts. The Collide Center and the McKinney Economic Development Corporation hosts Coffee at the Collide Center to support its local tenants and the growing business community in McKinney.

“Many of us are heads down getting our companies off the ground so once we start our day we sometimes don’t come up for air,” Sudy Bharadwaj, founder of Jackalope Jobs, a platform that helps job seekers find a job via their social networks and a Collide Center tenant. “It’s nice to know every Thursday we can start off the day talking to business leaders and other entrepreneurs to gain perspective and insight on what we are working on.”

“I came to meet potential clients,” said Jorge Marin, VP of F&M Bank. “I am not a Collide Center tenant but I’ve talked with many of the tenants here and there’s a lot of potential. As a banker I know what information is needed to get a loan and have been able to provide advice to them on how they can be better prepared when looking or applying for financing”

Networking is crucial for all businesses not just startups, whether it’s getting advice from a seasoned professional, a new idea for marketing your product or service, or a simple introduction to a contact – the McKinney Economic Development Corporation and The Collide Center are trying to make it a little easier and more fun. The group changes week to week so you never know who you might meet!

For more information about events “like” the McKinney Economic Development Corporation Facebook page and The Collide Center Facebook page.

The Collide Center provides work space, resources and training for tech start-ups in their initial stages so that they can grow and eventually move into their own office space, creating quality jobs in our community. The Collide Center is open to companies working on cool or innovative products and emerging technologies. A company must be looking toward growth or growing a business model. For more information on the Collide Center, contact the MEDC at 972-562-5430 or visit mckinneyedc.com.

 

About The Collide Center

The Collide Center aims to support emerging technologies and to develop innovative industries within the City of McKinney by providing a range of services to entrepreneurs and start-ups. Curious complex with McKinney’s Economic Development Corporation developed The Collide Center as a hub designed to provide workspace, education, support, events and workshops to businesses in McKinney. The Collide Center is a co-working space with Incubator and Accelerator programs geared toward fostering success for entities. Additionally, the center provides a “Collide Corridor” area for anyone to come to, meet up, work and otherwise collide with other innovators to spur new ideas and collaborate on possible ventures. Visit collidecenter.com for more information.

About McKinney Economic Development Corporation

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., McKinney has a current population of nearly 141,000. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. Within a 30-minute drive to both DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field, McKinney is also home to Collin County Regional Airport. Featuring multiple visionary developments and with lots of land to grow, the city is primed for economic development. McKinney ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live in America list and as a Top 100 Community in America for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance. Visit the MEDC website at mckinneyedc.com.