The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce along with the North Lake College South Campus kicked off its campaign on April 14th to encourage small businesses in Irving to apply for the Small Business Development Grants from the Texas Workforce Commission. Prady Mahle, Program Manager for the Small Business Development program from Austin, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon.  Mahle explained the program and encourage Irving’s small businesses to apply.


Mayor Herbert Gears attended to thank the small businesses for choosing Irving for their business.  Also in attendance Dr. Herlinda Glasscock, who advised that her staff is available to assist the business owners in completing the simple one-page application and get their employees registered for courses.  David Schmid, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for HMS and Chairman of the Chamber’s Workforce Enrichment Council, emceed the event. 


All Irving businesses with two to 99 employees are encouraged to apply for these grants to training their employees. 


For an application, a list of potential courses, and frequently asked questions, businesses may go to, click on “Download” for this information. 


Businesses may also go to


For assistance, businesses may also contact Don Williams ( at the Las Colinas Chamber or Tish Waters with North Lake College ( 


Pictures from the event are below!



Irving Mayor Herbert Gears thanks small business owners for doing business in Irving.



Greater-Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO Chris Wallace, spoke to small business owners about doing business in Irving.
















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