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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about The DEC Network as a whole, or want to know more about our programs, projects and initiatives? Get the answers to all of your questions below!

What is The DEC Network?

The DEC Network (formerly the Dallas Entrepreneur Center) is a 501c3 non-profit organization driving innovation and economic impact by helping entrepreneurs start, build and grow their businesses. Through a number of innovation hubs across North Texas, The DEC Network provides entrepreneurs with education, mentorship, community and advocacy.

Who does The DEC Network help?

You may be surprised to learn that The DEC Network isn’t just for startups! Our organization serves a variety of entrepreneurs, including early or growth stage founders, small business owners, side hustlers and serial entrepreneurs, as well as those thinking about starting a business. We even cater to the business community in general, oftentimes offering resources for business professionals, leaders, change-makers and community advocates.

Where are The DEC Network's locations?

The DEC@Common Desk
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 700-112
Dallas, Texas 75201

The DEC@Redbird
3662 W Camp Wisdom Rd
Suite 2044
Dallas, Texas 75237

Addison Treehouse
14681 Midway Rd
Addison, TX 75001

The DEC@Fort Worth
COMING SOON

Resource hubs at the University of North Texas at Dallas and Paul Quinn College

What is The DEC@Redbird?

The DEC@Redbird is one of five locations operating under The DEC Network. Located in the new RedBird development in vibrant Oak Cliff, The DEC@Redbird is dedicated to bringing resources, tools and strategic partnerships to support the entrepreneurs of southern Dallas county. More information can be found on our “Locations” page.

Who should I contact if I have a specific question for The DEC Network?

For general inquiries, please email info@thedec.co.

For media requests or inquiries, please email media@thedec.co.

For questions about events, or if you are a speaker that would like to host an event with The DEC Network, please email events@thedec.co.

For questions about memberships, please email memberships@thedec.co.

For sponsorship inquiries, please email sponsorships@thedec.co.

What programs, events and initiatives are part of The DEC Network?

The DEC Network hosts a variety of events throughout the year, as well as programs and initiatives with partners. Here are a few of our ongoing programs, initiatives and events:

Additional events can be found on our “Events” page. For questions or to get involved in any of these programs, please email info@thedec.co.

What is The DEC Network Mentoring Program?

The DEC Network Mentoring Program (formerly the Fast Start Mentoring Program) pairs entrepreneurs with business veterans who can help plan a path forward—and identify emerging opportunities. Learn more and apply to be a mentor or mentee here. Questions about our mentoring program can be emailed our program manager, Amber Yourman, at amber@thedec.co.

What is the Comerica Business $ense Virtual Bootcamp Series?

Comerica Bank and The DEC@Redbird are offering a free bootcamp series that provides training to small business owners and entrepreneurs during the coronavirus pandemic. Upcoming virtual Comerica Business $ense Bootcamp sessions run from October 27 through November 17 with an application deadline of October 23, and December 8 through January 12 with an application deadline of December 4. Learn more and apply here.

What is Dallas Startup Week?

Dallas Startup Week, powered by Capital One, is a FREE, 6-day event that impacts and mobilizes over 10,000 North Texas entrepreneurs and change-makers. Special events during Dallas Startup Week include: Disrupt Dallas, Official Launch Party and Startup Alley, Premiere Keynote Event, Women of Innovation Summit, the State of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Startup Innovation. Dallas Startup Week 2021 will be held at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business from April 18-23, 2021. Learn more and get updates at DallasStartupWeek.com.

What is WEDallas?

WEDallas, powered by Capital One, is a program designed to equip, inspire and empower women entrepreneurs in North Texas through a series of events, workshops and conferences. Sign up for WEDallas updates here.

What is the Revive Dallas Small Business Relief Fund?

The DEC Network, in partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas and Lift Fund, has created the Revive Dallas Small Business Relief Fund, a $5 million relief loan fund to support primarily minority and women-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 crisis. These loans, which are forgivable if certain milestones are met, are a means of filling the gap for small businesses and entrepreneurs who either have not been able to get relief through the Small Business Administration’s Disaster Relief Fund or Paycheck Protection Program or who did receive funds but not enough to sustain the business. The fund is currently closed, but small business owners can still apply for prequalification as additional rounds of funding may become available. Learn more about the Revive Dallas Small Business Relief Fund at ReviveDallasFund.com.

What does it mean to become a Member of The DEC Network?

Becoming a member of The DEC Network provides many benefits for you as an entrepreneur, business owner, professional or community advocate. The DEC Network Membership Program is an exclusive opportunity for individuals to get plugged into the entrepreneurial community, network, be an advocate of our initiative and receive plenty of resources all in return for your support.

What are the different membership program tiers?

We offer five different membership tiers: Community, Virtual, Co-working, Dedicated and Alumni.

If you were a member of our past membership program, you qualify to join the Alumni Membership program. Please go tour our “Membership” page on our website to learn more.

How will this make my experience different than everyone else’s at future in-person events and Dallas Startup Week 2021?

We hope for in-person events to return in the near future, including Dallas Startup Week 2021. You would have access to private happy hours with other members and speakers, as well as an exclusive speaker session. Upon signing up for the membership program, you will receive a pin that you wear to events (including DSW) that grants you access to participate in our member-exclusive programs and events.

Do I have to pay fees for the membership program?

You have the option to join either our free membership, or one of our paid memberships. What differentiates our memberships is the level of perks you can receive and what you can gain access to.  Please visit the “Membership” page on our website to learn more and determine which membership tier is best for you.

How can I get involved with The DEC Network?

We provide a variety of opportunities for entrepreneurs and community advocates to get involved with The DEC Network.

Are you a business leader or tenured entrepreneur that would like to mentor a small business owner? Offer your expertise and wisdom as a mentor in The DEC Network Mentoring Program. Learn more about the program on our “Mentoring” page and sign up here.

Are you a college student seeking an internship? We have a robust internship program, offering many different positions in events and programming, marketing, financial services, mentoring, sponsorships and more. Please email your resume to our community engagement coordinator, Julia Rosenblatt, at julia@thedec.co if you would like to intern with us.

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? We provide opportunities for volunteers during Dallas Startup Week, Global Entrepreneurship Week Fort Worth and other large-scale events. Please email info@thedec.co if you would like to volunteer with us.

Is there another way you would like to get involved? You are more than welcome to use our contact form to let us know how you’d like to get involved, or email us at info@thedec.co.

How can I stay connected and up to date with The DEC Network?

Our weekly newsletters have a variety of content and resources highlighting entrepreneurial initiatives from The DEC Network and our partners in the ecosystem. Click here to sign up!

You can also connect with us across our social media channels by simply searching for @theDECtx on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

How can I give a monetary donation to The DEC Network?

Thank you so much for considering a donation to our organization! You can donate any amount $1,000 or less here. If you would like to give more than $1,000 or if you have any questions about giving, please email our grants manager, Katie Ellis, at katie@thedec.co.