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DBC: Chuck Carpenter: Introducing the Thrive Business Summit

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Chuck Carpenter

The Thrive Denton Business Summit, coordinated by the Denton Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Friday, May 19 in the student union at the University of North Texas.

The chamber's Economic Development Department, the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau, TechMill, Workforce Solutions of North Texas, UNT, Texas Woman's University, North Central Texas College, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, the governor's Texas Music Office, CBK3 Consulting, the Denton school district, the Greater Denton Arts Council and Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant LLP are all partnering with us in the planning and implementation of our business summit.

Although the event has several different components, the primary mission of Thrive Denton is to provide existing entrepreneurs, woman-owned businesses, working professionals and creatives with the tools and support to retain a talented workforce, start up a new business and expand profitable opportunities in Denton.

Featured program content will be directed toward multiple audiences. Among the topics will be retention tactics for existing businesses, resources and the process of establishing a startup for tech-oriented entrepreneurs, information about transitioning a craft or skill into a business entity for creatives, and the ever-popular networking for business professionals.

Another reminder: May 12 is the deadline for accepting applications for the 2017-18 class of Leadership Denton. The current class will graduate April 28 during the chamber's membership luncheon.

Interested candidates must be a U.S. citizen, of voting age and a resident or employed within the boundaries of the Denton school district for at least one year as of Sept. 1, 2017. Qualified applicants will be subject to a personal interview.

CHUCK CARPENTER is president of the Denton Chamber of Commerce. He can be reached at