Saturday, September 27, 2014

Congrats to Leon Chen voted Best Small Business CEO by the Austin Business Journal.  Leon is the husband of Tiffany Lane Taylor and co-owner of Tiff's Treats .  Tiff's Treats is a specialty cookie design shop that is growing by leaps and bounds.  Several Tiff's Treats sites have opened in the DFW area.  Way to go Leon!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Interesting Business Funding Concept

According to Kathy Rutledge of BNI Global Connect, "Dr. Misner, Founder of BNI, has been contacted by a television production company that is putting together a TV show and they are looking for budding entrepreneurs to be on the show. This show would be a little like "Shark Tank" - except, the sharks would be family members.  Below is a message from the casting person."
Got a million dollar idea but empty pockets? Would you be ready to roll your business out if you only had the funds? Want help convincing your family that they should pony up cash for your winning concept? You've got the brains, they may have the bucks—and you need your relatives to be your primary investors!
We want to help you talk them into saying YES! To be considered, please email us at  Be sure to include your name, phone number, recent photos, and why you've got the next great business idea!

Let me know if you do this.  I'd be interested in how it went.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Angel Investors Interested in Small Business

Margaret Bradley, Exec Director of 10,000 Small Business program in New York  announced a private funding initiative growing out of the Goldman Sachs grant funded program.  This fund was started by Scholar participant Jon Gosier.  Per Technically, "Third Cohort" so named because the fund’s partners all met in the third cohort of the 10,000 Small Businesses program, invests between $10,000 to $25,000 in very early stage tech startups.:  Jon Gosier reported started the fund after feeling other Angel Investment groups were too "insular."

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Completes Financial Clinic

Last night 39 amazing DFW Entrepreneurs completed the first Financials clinic of two hosted by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.  The program was developed by Babson College and is presented through El Centro's Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development.  These 39 Entrepreneurs represent businesses ranging from high tech service firms to low tech, high volume  manufacturers all located throughout the DFW area.  Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program was designed to increase the ability of small businesses to grow revenue, hire local talent, and gain access to funding.  Though other programs have launched throughout the country this is the first cohort for DFW.  The program is free but seating is limited and companies must apply and commit to the entire program.  The second cohort is filling up according to Lin O'Neill, Lead Faculty member and the deadline is looming.  The application deadline is Sept. 29, 2014.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Check out the Greater Ft. Worth Women in Leadership Symposium this Friday.  The theme will be Women of Vision: Leading Transformation in the Workplace.  It should be a great event!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

10,000 Small Businesses Mod 2 in Dallas

I am looking forward to seeing #10KSmallBiz Mod 2 delivered for the first time in Dallas tomorrow.  This unique Goldman Sachs grant funded program, which offers transformational business seminars along with direct support from Business Advisers is already amazing.  Cohort 1 is up and running while the Scholar list of participants is getting set for Cohort 2.  If you have any interest remember to get your apps in by Sept 29th.  Check it out at