McKINNEY (Jan. 10, 2014) — Local author C.K. Smith debuts his first book, My Homework Ate My Dog, at Prosper Library. Bring your children to hear Smith read from the book on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Prosper Community Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aimed at children ages 4-8, the story follows the tale of a girl who has reason to be nervous about her first day of 2nd grade. The book is published by Lucky Shoe Books, a tenant of McKinney’s Collide Center.
“The Collide Center played a critical role in getting the book written and published,” said Smith. “I was able to consult and network with others on areas such as trustworthy CPAs and lawyers. Most importantly it gave me an inspirational place to write, and a conference room where my team could spread out and review proofs and artwork while preparing the book for publication.”
The Collide Center also offers the opportunity for investors to meet with start-up companies and provide advice and potential capital to move these businesses to the next level. Studies show that businesses that started in programs such as the Collide Center double their chance of success after four years. The Collide Center was developed to support emerging technologies and innovative industries within McKinney and provides workspace, education and support to local entrepreneurs.
“Last year one of the Collide Center tenants appeared on Shark Tank. We can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for our entrepreneurs,” said Jim Wehmeier, President- CEO of McKinney Economic Development Corporation. “We receive applications on a daily basis from new and exciting start-ups. “
About Lucky Shoe Books
Lucky Shoe Books is a publishing company located in Texas and founded by educators with the idea of providing not only great books that expand children's imagination, but also providing educational opportunities with the books. Each book includes a QR code that links to a video version of the book that is read by the author to help students who are ESL or developing readers. Lucky Shoe Books also provides educational curriculum items free of charge to be used alongside the books to link them to all core areas in the classroom. For more information visit the company’s website at luckyshoebooks.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 the 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.