The Collin County Governor’s Small Business Forum was held Friday, Oct. 11 in Allen at the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Allen with approximately 100 attendees. The Allen-Fairview, Frisco, McKinney and Plano Chambers of Commerce co-hosted the event, along with the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas and the Texas Governor’s Office.

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Larry Ruggiano from Small Business Development with the Governor’s Office, Doc Vranici, Brothers Pizza, and Michael Baldwin, Oncor.

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.

In addition, an opportunity is given to recognize small business owners during the event. This year, the McKinney Chamber of Commerce recognized Brother's Pizza McKinney as the Small Business Award Recipient. Brother's Pizza McKinney was chosen for their continued business growth and success as well as their strong commitment to the McKinney community.

Michael Baldwin, of Oncor presented the award to Doc Vranici of Brother's on behalf of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. Vranici, has been the owner operator of Brother's Pizza McKinney since 2004 and is now expanding to a second location just off the square in Historic Downtown McKinney. Brothers Pizza serves excellent food; however, the owner serves the community in more ways than as just a restaurateur. Vranici holds positions as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the McKinney Convention Visitors Bureau, Executive Director of the Albanian American Cultural Center, sits on the Board of directors of DFW International Community Alliance, and as a Board Member for Volunteer McKinney. He is also a 2010 graduate of Leadership McKinney and a 2008 Graduate of the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program from the Center of Nonprofit Management in Dallas.

McKinney Chamber president Jodi Ann LaFreniere Ray recognizes Vranici and adds, “Doc’s sincere and consistent contribution to McKinney is immeasurable. Congratulations on the recognition and recent expansion. We extend our gratitude for your generosity and support.”


About the McKinney Chamber of Commerce

The McKinney Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for the McKinney business community and proudly serves as the unified business voice of McKinney. The McKinney Chamber of Commerce is the fourth largest Chamber in the Metroplex and holds a four-star accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The McKinney Chamber of Commerce proudly serves over 1,200 member businesses representing over 39,000 employees throughout the North Texas region. With a rich heritage of leadership and collaboration, the Chamber works in concert with the City of McKinney, community partners and the corporate community to promote, advocate for and expand business, and earned its four-star accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As publisher of McKinney Magazine, and, the McKinney Chamber markets the community’s advantages as the foremost location for doing business.