• TMCN To Host Governor’s Small Business Forum


    The following just in from Christine Perkins, executive director of the Comanche Chamber of Commerce.

    ABILENE, TEXAS, May 5, 2014: On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, the Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN) will be co-hosting the Governor’s Small Business Forum along with the Texas Workforce Commission and Governor’s Office.

    After a brief welcome by Larry Ruggiano, Office of the Governor, a presentation by Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas on the Skills Development Fund and other Workforce programs will follow.

    Additional event sessions will include a presentation by the Teas Veteran’s Commission and a panel on access to capital for small business. After a short networking break there will be a panel on doing business in the oil and gas industry which will cover contract opportunities and procedures followed by a presentation by the Texas Tech University Small Business Development Center and a panel offering information on contracting with the government. During lunch, a keynote address will be presented by Texas Workforce Commissioner Hope Andrade followed by the recognition of outstanding regional small businesses by the Governor’s Office.

    TMCN wants to recognize your small businesses! The Governor’s Small Business Forum is coming to Abilene on May 21st and Small Business Awards will be presented by TWC Commissioner Hope Andrade and Governor’s Small Business Program Manager Larry Ruggiano. FMI or to submit your nomination contact TMCN at 325-795-8626 or tmcn@tmcn.org.

    Additional host partners include the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce, West Texas Council of Governments Council Finance, Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas, the West Teas Energy Consortium and various economic development organizations within the TMCN region. Texas Midwest Community Network is a one-of-a-kind regional organization founded in 1994 for economic development, tourism development, regional awareness & promotion, and legislative awareness. It is an organization of “communities working together to accomplish what one community cannot do alone.” For more information about TMCN visit www.texasmidwest.org or the Texas Midwest Facebook page.

    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.

    Registration is required, the cost is $25 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration available through http://tmcn.org/event-registration/.

    TMCN Governor’s Small Business Forum Media Contact:

    Abilene Civic Center Kathy Keane

    1100 North 6th Street tmcn@tmcn.org

    Abilene, TX 79601 325-795-8626 or 325-869-0112

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    7:30 AM to 1:30 PM

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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