3 Must-Know Programs for Dallas Entrepreneurs & Creatives

It has been almost two years since I made the decision to take the self-employed blogger route and I don’t regret it one bit! I believe Dallas and the community have helped immensely with my success. Whether they’ve come from other major cities or right here in my own backyard, I have made so many amazing connections.

Many people ask me how I get the opportunities that I’m afforded and my number one answer is: networking.

To be creative and produce spectacular work from your office or apartment is one thing, but networking with others and building relationships is the real key to success.

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Here are some Dallas programs and events for entrepreneurs and creatives to take advantage of:

Dallas Startup Week

Each year in April, Dallas Startup Week events take place and it brings out entrepreneurs, creatives, and students of all experience levels and backgrounds. This is a free event that is powered by Chase for Business and growing quickly. Panels and sessions include topics such as social media strategies to how to secure investors full of knowledge from the community’s brightest.

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The week is packed with opportunities to learn and co-work, so you will need to sign up for each session and create a schedule. Keep in mind that some events and sessions fill up quickly! Last year, the Rachel Zoe Box of Style Party was hot amongst fashion and beauty enthusiasts.

And the best part? Dallas Startup Week is completely free and accessible downtown in several of the popular office buildings.

The DEC (Dallas Entrepreneur Center)

The DEC, also known as The Dallas Entrepreneur Center, is a hub for entrepreneurs located in Downtown Dallas. Membership includes virtual, co-working and dedicated spaces for those who may need office space and/or amenities to move their businesses forward. There are also mentorship opportunities for members to connect to founders, investors and corporate innovators.

Each month, the DEC hosts several events including meet-ups, learning sessions, free co-working opportunities and tours of The DEC. This is a great place to meet other entrepreneurs and potential creative business partners from various industries.

If you are an entrepreneur who works from home, this is an excellent community to be apart of!

Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professionals

Young Professionals is a non-profit organization of the Dallas Regional Chamber for leaders of all backgrounds open to individuals ages 22 through 40 years old. In addition to being a network, there are several opportunities to develop and sharpen leadership skills through mentorships, community service projects and board/committee positions.

YP offers members several opportunities to interact and network with civic and business leaders through CEO luncheons, summits and intimate breakfast series.

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This post is sponsored by Say Yes To Dallas and Dallas Regional Chamber