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Let the Chamber promote your business!

The Chamber offers many ways to showcase your company! By sponsoring any of our many events you get a cost-effective way to market your company and help support the Chamber at the same time!

Sponsorships include, but are not limited to:
  • Special Events (Annual Banquet, Golf Tournament, EXPO)
  • Luncheons
  • Website Banner Ads
  • E-blast Ads

For more information, including costs and benefits, call the chamber office at 469-587-0420.

SCORE

WHAT IS SCORE?

SCORE is a non-profit organization of successful business executives who volunteer their knowledge and experience to help others who want to succeed in their business.

There are almost 400 chapters of SCORE in the country, with a history of over 40 years of counseling America’s small businesses.

Any small business can meet with SCORE counselors to get help with starting a small business. SCORE Counselors are also available to assist any existing business who wants to expand, or just need some business advice from another perspective.

WHAT SCORE DOES

SCORE provides FREE, confidential, one hour counseling and mentoring sessions at the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce office. All clients may return for additional sessions at any time.

SCORE assists the client with preparing, and reviewing a Business Plan that can document the information a client needs prior to applying for a loan, or looking for investors. We also give directions in registering a business and establishing a business structure from a legal standpoint.

SCORE also suggests methods to market the client’s product or service. This is one of the most important steps in starting and operating a successful business.

SCORE also offers FREE legal assistance in reviewing documents such as leases, franchise agreements, partnership agreements, or any other document of a legal nature. Potential SCORE clients owe it to themselves to avail themselves of the valuable services that SCORE offers.

Call the Chamber office at 469-587-0420 to schedule your appointment.

For more information, visit SCORE

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide a wide array of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs supporting business performance and sustainability and enhancing the creation of new businesses entities.  These small businesses in turn foster local and regional economic development through job creation and retention as a result of the extensive one-on-one long-term counseling, training and specialized services they receive from the SBDCs.  The SBDCs are made up of a unique collaboration of SBA, state and local governments, and private sector funding resources.
 
SBDCs provide services such as development of business plans, manufacturing assistance, financial packages, and procurement contracts. Special emphasis areas include international trade and export assistance; e-commerce; technology transfer; assistance for veterans, including reservists, active duty, and disabled personnel returning from deployment; disaster recovery assistance; IRS, EPA, and OSHA regulatory compliance; research and development as well as market research.  Based on client needs and local business trends and individual business requirements, SBDCs modify their services to meet the evolving needs of the small business community in which they are situated.

Click HERE to find the SBDC in your area.

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA provides assistances primarily through its four programmatic functions:
 
Access to Capital (Business Financing)
SBA provides small businesses with an array of financing for small businesses from the smallest needs in microlending --- to substantial debt and equity investment capital (venture capital).
 
Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training)
SBA provides free individual face-to-face, and internet counseling for small businesses, and low-cost training to nascent entrepreneurs and established small businesses in over 1,800 locations throughout the United States and US territories.
 
Government Contracting (Federal Procurement)
In keeping with the mandate of Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act, SBA’s Office of Government Contracting sets goals with other federal departments and agencies to reach the statutory goal of 23 percent in prime contract dollars to small businesses. This office also provides small businesses with subcontracting procurement opportunities, outreach programs, and training.
 
Advocacy (Voice for Small Business)
Created in 1978, this Office reviews Congressional legislation and testifies on behalf of small business. It also assesses the impact of the regulatory burden on behalf of small businesses. Additionally, it conducts a vast array of research on American small businesses and the small business environment. The Chief Counsel of this office is appointed by the President of the United States. 
 
Mission Statement
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to ...
Resource Guides
National Resource Guide 2012 (English) National Resource Guide 2012 (Spanish)
SBA Organization Chart
The attached file outlines the current SBA organizational chart.
Statutory Authority
Small Business Act Small Business Investment Act of 1958

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TEXAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE

The Texas Municipal League exists solely to provide services to Texas cities. Since its formation in 1913, the League’s mission has remained the same: to serve the needs and advocate the interests of its members. 
 
Membership in the League is voluntary and is open to any city in Texas. From the original 14 members, TML’s membership has grown to 1,125 cities.

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WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS/DALLAS

Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas is the local organization mandated to implement a system of services that complement economic development - as a resource for employers to access the quality employees they need, and training individuals to be successfully employed.

Workforce Solutions administers a broad range of programs to address local workforce issues with business-directed objectives, including job training, workplace education, child care and educational initiatives to provide the necessary support for every citizen of Greater Dallas to be successful at work.

Because of our unique and effective approach, Workforce Solutions is considered by many to be a national model for addressing the expanding scope of work-related issues.

Workforce Solutions is nationally recognized for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility by the US Chamber of Commerce. Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.
 

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