The McKinney Chamber of Commerce and The WERX Foundation, Inc. are Looking for the Best New Businesses That Will be the Future of McKinney

McKinney, TX:  Do you have a great new product or service that you want to build a business around?  Do you have a new business that is innovative in meeting customer needs?  The Innovate McKinney Competition wants to hear about you! 

Sponsored by First United Bank, AT&T and Encore Wire Corporation, the Innovate McKinney Competition seeks to link McKinney small business people with the resources available in the community to support them.  The WERX Foundation, Inc. and The McKinney Chamber of Commerce have developed a website,, with resources for small businesses and have planned events during the competition.  Everyone who applies will benefit from the competition process, the resources available and the planned events.  The Grand Prize winner will take home $3,500 cash.  Second and Third Prize winners will take home a combination of cash and in-kind services.

      “First United Bank believes strongly in supporting entrepreneurs in McKinney and the mission of McKinney WERX and the McKinney Chamber of Commerce.” Said Alan McDonald, Senior Vice President, First United Bank.  “Entrepreneurs are critical to the success of our community as they bring innovative ideas and products to market and create jobs that provide for a strong and stable community and region.  When we inspire and empower entrepreneurs to succeed, the entire community benefits.”

Entrepreneurs and small business owners may apply for the competition starting April 11 through May 14 at  Applications will be reviewed and judged and five finalists will be announced June 3rd.  The five finalists will present at an Innovate McKinney Grand Finale at The Historic McKinney Cotton Mill on June 28.  The Finale will include a Small Business Expo with music, beer and wine and appetizers.  Judges will attend the finalists’ presentations and select the top three winners which will be announced that evening. 

“The mission of The WERX Foundation is to build, grow and support small business in McKinney and we feel that this competition is right in line with that mission.”  Said Christine Smith, The WERX Executive Director.  “We hope that the competition shines a light on the great support and eco-system that McKinney provides for small businesses.” 

April 11-15, 2016 was proclaimed Innovate McKinney Week by McKinney’s Mayor Brian Loughmiller, To celebrate the launch of the Innovate McKinney Competition and Innovate McKinney Week.

“The McKinney Chamber of Commerce is excited to be partnering with The WERX on the Innovate McKinney Competition.”  Said Lisa Hermes, President of The McKinney Chamber of Commerce.  “Our wonderful business environment in McKinney has delivered very successful startups in the past and we look forward to recognizing the startups of the future.”