Archive for June, 2020

The End of an Era at EY: Debra von Storch Says ‘Hello’ to Her Next Chapter

Posted by Quincy Preston

Debra von Storch has played many parts in the Dallas-Fort Worth entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem over nearly four decades at EY. As of today, it’s official: the longtime EY Partner and Americas Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader has retired. Or as she prefers, “Re-Wirement.”

Todd Interests and East Quarter Give $1 Million Donation to Fund Harwood Park Construction

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas developer Shawn Todd, his company Todd Interests, and his partners at East Quarter are making a major investment in downtown’s fourth urban park.

Parks for Downtown Dallas, a nonprofit that aims to establish major downtown public parks, announced that Todd Interests and East Quarter Partners are donating $1 million to help fund the construction of Harwood Park.…

Arcosa CEO Antonio Carrillo Shares Best Practices of Managing Essential Business Regulations, Safety During Pandemic

Posted by Gloria Salinas, Managing Director, Economic Development, DRC

Early discrepancies between the United States and Mexico’s classification of essential businesses halted the movement of products, supplies, and business in North America.

Integrated supply chains were impeded as elected officials mandated business closings and shelter-in-place orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.…

Dallas-based Istation Partners With Tackle Tomorrow To Address Students’ Learning Regression Due to ‘COVID-19 Slide’

Posted by Chantal Canales

Children left the classroom for the school year sooner than expected in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic halting traditional schooling for most children in March and April. To prevent children’s learning loss over the extended break from school, Dallas-based Istation is partnering with Tackle Tomorrow to launch Istation Reads, a new online reading series.

‘Minutes, Not Months’: Texas‑based Hypergiant Partners With United States Air Force on Satellites That Update in Real Time

Posted by Quincy Preston

Texas-based Hypergiant Industries is launching a satellite that can update, collect, and share data in space—on the fly.

The company today announced the first node in a planned multi-satellite fleet called Chameleon Constellation, which was developed in partnership with the United States Air Force (USAF).…

Introducing Dallas College: DCCCD Gets Single Accreditation Approval

Posted by Alex Edwards

After three months of waiting, Dallas County Community College District has officially been approved to unify as a single institution: Dallas College.

DCCCD announced recently that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved its plan to become one major college.…

Work Shield Closes $4M Series A to Enhance its Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Tech

Posted by Alex Edwards

Work Shield, the Dallas-based startup behind technology for reporting, investigating, and resolving harassment and discrimination in the workplace, has closed on a $4.11 million Series A funding round.

The financing was led by Dallas-based Hoak & Co. in partnership with Jeff Estes and other individual and strategic investors.…

AT&T Business’ Anne Chow Becomes First Global Female CEO to Serve as United Way Dallas’ Campaign Chair

Posted by Alex Edwards

Anne Chow has made another big move that further reinforces her status as a trailblazer for women in business.

When Chow took the role of CEO at Dallas-based AT&T Business, she became the unit’s first female and woman of color to hold the position.…

How Augmented, Virtual Reality Bridges the Business Travel Gap in Age of COVID

Posted by Dave Moore

As the COVID pandemic continues to derail business travel plans, it hasn’t stopped Dallas’ Michael Potts from visiting with clients and business associates across the globe in their offices, conference rooms, living rooms, etc.

Potts and others at his company—M2 Studio—work with architects, landscape architects, interior designers, engineers, construction companies, and developers to visualize their projects. …

Dallas’ Nasher Sculpture Center Announces the 2020 Winners of $2K in Artist Grants

Posted by Chantal Canales

The Nasher Sculpture Center has announced the winners of its Nasher Artists Grants program, which financially supports North Texas artists and their passions.

To better support artists through the COVID-19 pandemic, Nasher this year restructured the program by doubling the number of grants from five to 10, each valuing $2,000.…

DI People: Mohr Partners, UT Dallas Callier Center, Stream Realty Partners, Bank of Texas Make Moves

Posted by Alex Edwards

Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people to take on leadership positions within their organizations.

Dallas Innovates covers prominent personnel moves in Dallas-Fort Worth businesses and nonprofits—from the newest startups to well-established companies. Here are the people moves tied to innovation and technology in the region.…

Report: New JLL Snapshot Study Examines How South Dallas Evolved Into a Food Desert

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas-Fort Worth has grown consistently over the past few decades. But, Walter Bialas says, the benefits of this growth haven’t been evenly distributed.

That’s why he and his team at JLL have released a new report that delves into the imbalances across the region.…

Managing Madness with a Mentor: Meet MadLove Agency’s Mary Dee

Posted by Bill Chinn, CEO, The DEC

In this weekly column, CEO of The DEC Network, Bill Chinn, interviews a “celebrity mentor” that is currently participating in the organization’s Fast Start Mentor Program. The program matches tenured business leaders who have handled crises before to small business owners struggling to navigate the COVID-19 crisis.

Workforce Wellness: Dallas’ Catapult Health Launches a New Program That Brings Virtual Checkups Home

Posted by Sophia Gonzalez

Dallas-based Catapult Health has announced a new program that makes preventative care checkups available to employers and their employees, no matter their location.

In the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a wave of new or worsening chronic conditions and mental health concerns is anticipated as a result of delayed care, according to Catapult Health.…

Now Streaming: Dallas-Based AfroLandTV is the New ‘Netflix for the Global Pan African Diaspora’

Posted by Alex Edwards

A new streaming platform has launched out of Dallas that’s available to viewers worldwide via an iOS and Android app. But, it’s different from what you typically binge—AfroLandTV is being touted as the first-ever online Pan African streaming platform.

Dubbed ‘The Netflix for the Global Pan African Diaspora,’ AfroLandTV curates original TV shows and movies that are African, African American, Black European, Caribbean, and Afro-Latino.

A New Dallas Nonprofit Amplifies Black-Owned Tutoring Companies

Posted by Sophia Gonzalez

Black Tutors of Social Media is a new Black-owned nonprofit resource base that connects students, educators, and parents with fellow Black-owned tutoring companies.

Black Tutors of Social Media is geared towards helping students of color receive an education from mentors that share similar experiences and lead by example.…

The ‘Un-Agency’: Why a Third‑Generation Dallas Business Owner Built a Company to Connect ‘Gig’ Talent

Posted by Quincy Preston and Maddie Preston

Zach Weismann, founder of Dallas-based MAG Impact Collective, has his eye on the very future of work. And, ready or not, that future is now, he says. With large companies continuing to downsize and the sheer number of workers who have been laid off during the pandemic, many people are looking for a new way to earn a living, he explains.

Facility Planning Expert: Disinfectant Tech Is Going Mainstream to Limit Spread of Infectious Disease

Posted by Gloria Salinas, Managing Director, Economic Development, DRC

For decades, hospitals, bio-research laboratories, and government facilities have been designed and built with air and light technology that controls the spread of infectious diseases.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to study ways to stop the spread of COVID-19, Broaddus & Associates Regional Vice President of North Texas Scot Sanders says proven technologies can limit the spread of the disease.…

Dallas’ Carpenter Plaza Expansion Will Make It the Largest Park in the Downtown Core

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

For the first time in decades, the renovated 5.6-acre Carpenter Park will connect Downtown with Deep Ellum and East Dallas.

Since 2011, Carpenter Plaza hasn’t functioned as a park due to roadway re-configurations. Through a public-private partnership between the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department and Parks for Downtown Dallas, along with funding from the Carpenter Family, the park will be brought back to life and expanded upon.…

Life Stories: Following a $5.2M funding, Dallas’ OneDay Launches Video Storytelling Tech for the Funeral Home Industry

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas tech company OneDay is making moves—and fast.

Following a Series A funding round of $5.2 million in January, OneDay has now launched its pivotal new product. And, it was named one of Inc.’s Best Workplaces of 2020 and has grown 90 percent in the past 90 days.…