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The Catalyst Fund

The Catalyst Fund was established to raise funds for The DEC Network through our four pillars of Education, Mentorship, Community and Advocacy. Every gift made to The Catalyst Fund is an investment in the small business owners and entrepreneurs we serve.

Education

Education

Gifts designated for The DEC Network Education priority will support individual entrepreneurs and their early-stage small businesses through the Your Startup Business Bootcamp. This 6-week virtual bootcamp, presented through The DEC@Redbird in Southern Dallas, provides participants with an alternative pathway to income diversity and ownership. By providing entrepreneurs with the business resources, connectivity to subject matter experts and financial coaches, participants will have the tools and a comprehensive business plan that they need to take their professional venture from ideation to implementation. Bootcamp participation is offered at no cost to entrepreneurs thanks to the generosity of donors.

Mentorship

Mentorship

Gifts designated for The DEC Network Mentorship priority will support the Fast Start Mentoring Program that provides small business owners and entrepreneurs connections with one or more mentors who are subject matter experts, seasoned entrepreneurs and business owners. Mentors are professionally connected with small business owners and entrepreneurs who are seeking expertise to address specific challenges and growth opportunities that one may face as an entrepreneur. Mentees may also access various resources through an online learning resource hub as part of the program. Donations for the Fast Start Mentoring Program helps fuel this growing program at The DEC Network and the learning resource hub as small business owners and entrepreneurs continue to seek out additional guidance, counsel and expertise to help them navigate this challenging time.

Community

Community

Gifts designated for The DEC Network’s Community priority will help support Dallas Startup Week (DSW). This six-day, signature program at The DEC Network is the largest annual event presented by the organization. DSW features more than 100 keynote speakers and sessions that thousands of founders and small business owners participate in each year. Thanks to the generosity of donors, there are no registration fees for entrepreneurs who wish to participate in any session at DSW; thus eliminating any financial barrier that would prevent an entrepreneur from participating in any of the DSW transformative sessions.

Advocacy

Advocacy

Gifts designated for The DEC Network Advocacy priority will be allocated where the need is greatest for small business owners and entrepreneurs we serve. The DEC Network recognizes that many entrepreneurs and small business owners face known challenges in the months and year ahead, and we remain resolute in our mission to support them where they need it most.

Help keep entrepreneurs and small businesses running in North Texas by making your gift to The Catalyst Fund today. Thank you so much for your support!

NOTE: When making your secure donation through PayPal, please make sure to un-check the box that reads "Paying for goods or a service?" to ensure The DEC Network receives all of your donation. If you would like to designate your gift, please specify whether you would like it to go toward Education, Mentorship, Community or Advocacy in the "Notes" field. If a field is left blank, we will put the gift toward where it is needed most.

If you have any questions or would like to donate using another payment method, please email our Grants & Fundraising Manager, Katie Ellis, at katie@thedec.co.