McKINNEY (May 16, 2016) — What are the implications of legislation being considered in the Texas House and Senate to small businesses and startups? Where can small businesses and startups find government funding sources? What is the state of economic development in Texas?

These questions and many more will be discussed at The Public Policy Panel Discussion Lunch and Learn at The WERX Foundation, Inc. (610 Elm St., Ste. 700 in McKinney) on Wednesday, May 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Texas State Representative Scott Sanford and State Senator Van Taylor will each give a brief overview of what's going on in the legislature, why Texas is so business friendly and what's coming up next session. Matthew Foster, Regional Director, Legislative and External Affairs with AT&T Texas will then join Representative Sanford and Senator Taylor for a panel discussion with questions from the audience.

“The mission of The WERX Foundation is to build, grow and support small business in McKinney and we would like to thank Representative Sanford and Senator Taylor for offering their views on the role of the legislature in the small business arena,” said Christine Smith, The WERX Executive Director. “We hope that small businesses throughout McKinney and Collin County will join us for this great opportunity.”

The WERX Foundation Public Policy Panel Discussion is free. Seats are limited, however, and lunch will be served, so please RSVP at


About The WERX Foundation, Inc.

Located in the Historic Cotton Mill of McKinney, The WERX is a community center for Startups and Entrepreneurs that offers shared workspace and resources. Focused primarily around emerging technology companies. The WERX, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is partnered with the McKinney Economic Development Corporation, and aims to build, grow and support small business and the startup community in McKinney. The WERX 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. For more information, visit