Laura Wooten

NDCC Rocking Programming the Result of Great Committee Meetings

By Laura Wooten, Wooten Communications

One of the reasons I joined the North Dallas Chamber is the programming. Nearly every day of the week, I could attend an event that would give me insight into my business, my community and connect me with potential clients and partners.

I peeked behind the curtain at today’s Small Business Committee meeting, where NDCC staff and member volunteers brainstormed topic and speaker ideas for many of these events.

The Small Business Committee manages much of NDCC’s popular events, including the Business Toolbox, comprised of:

  • Small Business Seminars, organized by Neil Riddick
  • Networking Skills, organized by Carol Short
  • A.M. Exchange. Larry Fousie has organized this event for the past two years and is now turning the reins over to Trey West
  • North Dallas After Hours, organized by Jay Cruzan and Winn Fuqua
  • Business of the Year, organized by Tom Sadler and Carol Short.

This busy group also coordinates content for the Leads Group, Ist Tuesday and Young Professionals, coordinated by Paul Maynard.

The creative banter, led by committee chair Linda Glauben, was thoughtful. Ensuring a balance of informative, useful and fun content for each of the various events NDCC is not easy.  Committee members are mindful of all the content offered and try not to duplicate a topic if it has been done recently.

Despite the “commercials” for each of these great upcoming events, I still can’t attend everything NDCC does. But I’ve marked my calendar, regardless, for the upcoming Small Business Seminar, Leadership Briefing Series, 1st Tuesday Connections…whew, my calendar is getting full!  If you are interested in helping shape content for the NDCC, attend the next committee meeting October 21 at 7:30 am.

Laura Wooten helps small and mid-sized businesses grow through marketing and business development efforts. You may reach her at

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