Small Business Council
Small businesses in Garland face a variety of challenges, many of which can be addressed through a simple, candid conversation with a local expert. The trouble is, we see businesses every day that just don't know where to turn for help. The Small Business Council bridges the gap by providing a forum for entrepreneurs and experts to meet and discuss the business's most pressing issues.
The Council hosted its inaugural workshop on Feb. 14, 2017. Monthly workshops are held at the Richland College Garland Campus from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Council members use their expertise to offer free guidance and advice with the goal of helping entrepreneurs become well-informed, well-rounded business owners, and to ensure the success of each business in the Garland economy.
The Council consists of five local topical experts in the areas of marketing, managerial accounting, business law, banking, and insurance and financial planning. Business owners may attend monthly workshops where they can ask questions, discuss their business, and receive actionable tasks in any or all of the areas in which they need assistance.
Small Business Council Featured Experts
||Ryan Stuart, Senior Vice President
Ryan Stuart is a Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending with PlainsCapital Bank. He has over 14 years of experience working with small to medium sized businesses and their capital management needs. Ryan also has significant experience with government sponsored lending programs and other strategies that aid in the growth and expansion of small and medium sized businesses.
Lane Palmer, Producer
Lane Palmer moved to Garland from Arizona in the early 90’s. He graduated from South Garland HS in 1998, and eventually married a Garland Owl. He and his wife Emily have 5 kids who are active in sports, church, scouting, music, hunting, and fishing. After the recession and a career change, Lane acquired his insurance licenses, and is a Producer at Davis-Dyer-Max Inc., the oldest insurance agency in Garland. There he helps businesses both large and small to mitigate losses, and protect themselves for a long viable future.
Kenn Leuzinger, Owner
Kenn has been involved in Internet content creation, design, and branding for over 20 years. Currently based in Dallas, TX, Kenn is an experienced visual communicator, user interface designer, instructional designer and marketer. He has performed design and marketing duties as both an in-house creative and agency designer/art director. Kenn has done design and instructional work with companies such as AT&T and SAP, and increased revenue streams for companies such as Verizon, Mary Kay, and Capital One through various marketing strategies.
Michael Roth is a limited liability partner at Wisener Nunnally Roth, LLP, in Garland, Texas. He assists financial institutions with commercial lending, bankruptcy, foreclosures, evictions, and litigation. Michael also represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of commercial litigation, including contract disputes, partnership disputes, employment law issues, and fraud. His transactional experience includes representing parties in the sale of a business or its assets and real estate sales and leases. Michael assists many small business clients with entity formation, governance, and dissolution. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University, and his Juris Doctorate from George Mason University.
As the Managing Partner/majority owner of Dunn & Dill CPA, Bill provides the vision and direction for the firm. Not only does Bill handle accounting for his clients, but he is responsible for the firm’s operational performance and leads all external marketing efforts. Bill has a wide range of specialties, including but not limited to small business accounting, cashflow management, internal controls, financial planning, and business/personal taxes. Bill has been a Texas CPA since 1984, and is a past board member of the Garland Chamber.
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