Governor’s small business forum to host event with TMCN

Staff Writer

Wanting to inspire the small businesses who make up your local economy? Looking for a value resources of tools and networking to help them be more successful? As a community leader, are you interested in tools to help your small business thrive? The Governor's Small Business Forum in the answer!
On Thursday, Sept. 24, the Texas Midwest Community Network will be co-hosting a Governor's Small Business Forum along with the Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Governor's Office. The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1100 North 6th Street in Abilene.
After a brief welcome by Abilene community leaders and 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. Panel discussions on Becoming a Workforce of Choice and Tips for Winning over Your Lender will proceed the lunch. Texas Workforce Commissioner Ruth Hughs will deliver the keynote address. Hughs will be speaking about the importance of small businesses in the Texas economy. Following lunch, a presentation on Marketing to be Different and a panel discussion on Procurement Done Right will follow. The Forum will culminate by recognition of outstanding regional small businesses by the Governor's Office.
Registration is required, the cost is $25 and includes lunch. Registration available through
Additional host partners include the Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas, West Texas Energy Consortium, Abilene Chamber of Commerce, West Texas Council of Governments Council Finance, Brownwood Chamber of Commerce, Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Tech Small Business.