Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM CDT
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Dallas Executive Airport
Business Center 
5303 Challenger Drive
Dallas, TX 75237  

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Philando Cooks 
Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce 

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Council Member Casey Thomas_ II

Council Member Casey Thomas, II
City Council District 3 






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Become an event sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Philando Cooks at 214-943-4567 ext. 12 or 


small business expo 

This event will provide small businesses with the opportunity to get meaningful, state-of-the-art information from industry experts. It is the only event designed to maximize exposure for small to medium-sized businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce is bringing you a  Small Business & Vendor Expo Thursday, March 30th at the beautiful Dallas Executive Airport.  This event is designed to provide small businesses with practical information from industry experts.

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The event will feature a Keynote Speaker, Vendor Expo, breakfast, as well as numerous workshops on pertinent topics including Grow Your Business with Email and Soical Media (Marketing), How to do business with: City of Dallas, Dallas ISD, and DART, Getting Access to Capital, Content Marketing: What to Say & How to Say It, Is that Legal?, and including a special feature called, "How to Become Minority Ceritifed". Over 9,000 area businesses will receive invitations to this event via mail, email, websites and press releases to the community.


Gilbert Aranza
Star Concessions 

Gilbert Aranza is President and CEO of Star Concessions, Ltd., a Food and Beverage Operator and Management Company that owns and operates food and beverage and retail concessions at airports, primarily Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Prior to his restaurant management career, Mr. Aranza was a partner with Cohan, Simpson, Cowlishaw, Aranza & Wulff, L.L.P., Attorneys and Counselors, and Director of First Southwest Company, Investment Bankers concentrating on the start-up of businesses in Mexico. Mr. Aranza holds a BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


The event will feature 2 break-out sessions with  workshops on a variety of topics pertaining to small business. Tickets to participate in Workshop Class Sessions are $25/person. Check out the workshops that will be featured during the Expo:

*Attendees will have the opportunity to choose one of the following morning workshops to attend.

How to do business with: (how to become a vender)

  • How to do business with: (how to become a vendor)
         City of Dallas - Zarin Gracey

         Dallas ISD - Annie Partee
         DART - T. Jones
  • Getting Access to Capital
         Linda Williams, U.S. Small Business Administration
         Millie Garcia, Accion
         Marisol Montoya, People Fund
         Carl Shields, Texas Mezzanine Fund 
  • Power of the Box (Marketing) - Jessica Hughes, Constant Contact

*Attendees will have the opportunity to choose one of the following mid-morning workshops to attend.

  • Is that Legal? - Brad Nitschke, Jackson Walker
  • Getting Access to Capital
     Linda Williams, U.S. Small Business Administration
         Millie Garcia, Accion
         Marisol Montoya, People Fund
         Carl Shields, Texas Mezzanine Fund
  • Content Marketing: What to Say & How to Say It,  Jessica Hughes, Constant Contact

Special Feature: How to Become Minority Certified (Zarin Gracey)
Women’s Business Council Southwest