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Power today is all about engagement. In order to achieve meaningful impact, leaders must connect with a diverse array of stakeholders to build community around a shared vision “success”. The new rules of engagement demand that we leverage our influence across multiple spheres to forge new partnerships and turn insight into action.  The North Central Texas Small Business Conference will do just that. 

This full-day multi-track, interactive conference will connect entrepreneurs and small business owners to industry experts, certified small business counselors and top speakers from federal, state and local agencies who drive meaningful change. 

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Plan Empower Grow



The NCTSBC will elevate your potential and broaden your experience by providing access and insights from small business experts across DFW!

  1. Expand your knowledge: Though keynotes, breakout sessions, labs and one-on-one networking, explore ‘hot of the press’ initiatives and opportunities available to small business owners.

  2. Build a Competitive Advantage: Get hands-on experience creating and building your next business model, growing your social media presence and more!

  3. Grow Your Business: Enjoy access to local buyers, funders, and procurement representatives from both private and public sector.

  4. Network:Expand your network!


Plan Empower Grow(PEG) is a non-profit small business service provider dedicated to helping small business owners. Through strategic partnerships, small business conferences and networking; our goal is to raise awareness of the many public and private agencies that exist to help small business owners.



08:30 AM: Registration
09:00 AM: Welcome Remarks
09:30 AM: City of Dallas State of Small Business Address
09:50 AM: City of Dallas Business Development and Procurement Services
10:10 AM: Doing Business in the City of Dallas - An Interactive Panel Discussion
City of Dallas
Dallas Independent School District
State Fair of Texas
North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency
Dallas County Community College District
10:50 AM: Programs and Opportunities at Dallas B.R.A.I.N – Richard Carrizales, Economic Development Manager, Office of Economic Development
11:10 AM: Doing Business with Large Corporations – An Interactive Panel Discussion, Powered by Dallas / Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council
Women’s Business Council - Southwest
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
Lockheed Martin
11:50 PM: Networking Lunch & EXPO


01:00 - 1:50 PM: TRACK 1
  • Access to Capital for Small Businesses - Rosie Rueda, LiftFund

  • 3-2-1 Launch! - Rebecca Schultz, TDECU

  • The Art of Getting Your Press Release Noticed and Published - Amina Lovell, Multimedia Journalist & News Producer

  • Developing Your Social Media Strategy - Catherine Pena, Online Business Champion

  • WBAC Programs and Services - Tassajania Lozano, PeopleFund

  • Overview of Small Business Development Center Services (SBDC)! From Inception to SUCCESS! - Judith Collins, Small Business Development Center

02:00 - 2:50 PM: TRACK 2
  • Funding Your Business - Adrianne Blue, Workplace Solutions Officer, BBVA

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping - SCORE-Dallas

  • Revenue Diversification Strategies - Nancy N. Alvarez, Head, Business Development & Business Certification Department, SBA

  • Developing Social Media Content that Sells! - Arlene Gale

  • Problem Solving & Solutions for Women Entrepreneurs - Tina Mims, Co-Chair, Small Business Task Force, Office of Governor Greg Abbott

  • Business Consolidation & Growth Opportunities Under SBA 504 Debt Refinance Program - Rebecca Schultz, TDECU, Commercial Loan Officer

03:00 - 3:50 PM: TRACK 3
  • Pathway to Funding - Millie Garcia, Accion

  • What You Must Know About Being A Small Business Owner, from a Small Business Owner - Sheriff Osni, SCORE-Dallas

  • 90 Seconds to Improved Sales and Communications - Susan K Younger, BANKCODE Trainer

  • Pay Attention Don’t Pay for Attention: Social Media For Business Professionals - Denita L. Lacking-Quinn, Achieve PR, President/CEO

  • Utilizing HER Power of the Inbox - Jessica Hughes, Hughes Marketing Solutions

  • How to self-certify as a Woman Owned Small Business and qualify for Federal Set Asides - Linda Ghaffari, CEO/Founder of Affinity Strategic Partners.