How The DEC Filled a Need for Entrepreneurship

Trey Bowles envisioned a need and quickly met it.

He saw the Dallas-Fort Worth area as a burgeoning community of young business owners and leaders, so he led an initiative to launch the Dallas Entrepreneur Center in 2013.

They needed direction. He wanted to help this growing group, but “we also felt like that nobody outside of Dallas knew that or cared. And so we started as an experiment,” Bowles, who is now the CEO of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, says in the video above.

Entrepreneurs quickly flocked to the new center. A 10,000-square-foot building was filled within three months.

“We recognized that we were really beginning to fill a need and focusing on the concept of entrepreneurs helping entrepreneurs,” he says.

More than 45,000 people have come through the Dallas Entrepreneur Center since it opened three years ago. The non-profit organization has hosted 600 events and filled more than 2,500 mentor hours.

It continues to build relationships with established executives who provide guidance and resources to new entrepreneurs.

There are now five locations in Texas, including a franchised partnership location with the San Antonio Entrepreneur Center.

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center calls itself “a guiding force” as it stimulates economic growth and produces a new generation of business leaders who believe in and are dedicated to startups.

“We’ve spent a lot of time helping to build and aggregate a community of entrepreneurs and stakeholders that can help all of those different organizations rise,” says Bowles, who also is an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University.

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