The McKinney Chamber helps open doors for new, expanding and existing businesses by serving as a guide and liaison between business owners and the City of McKinney. We are happy to guide businesses through the permitting processes at the city and through transportation department processes. We also serve as a liaison between local businesses and the state agencies working on ongoing infrastructure improvements in our area. If challenges arise, we work to help businesses succeed.
In addition, the Chamber works in partnership with the City of McKinney and the McKinney Economic Development Corporation through our Business Development Advocacy Group to make specific suggestions for improvements to the development review and approval process. In addition, the Chamber champions business development through the Buy Local – McKinney First! initiative and through ongoing educational roundtables focusing on human resources, small business and manufacturing issues.
The McKinney Chamber of Commerce recognizes the contribution of small businesses* and is pleased to continue empowering our members to achieve economic success. Below is a list of useful small business resources.
Small Business Administration
● An independent federal agency that helps to encourage the building of businesses through training, advice, loans and other various forms of support.
SCORE – Dallas
● A nonprofit, SBA partner that offers free and confidential business advice for businesses. SCORE has local chapters in many large cities across the nation.
Women’s Business Centers
● A national network of approximately 100 national centers designed to support women entrepreneurs.
Collin County Community College SBDC
● A grant-funded program that provides free consulting and training to small business owners and entrepreneurs in Collin and Rockwall counties.
*According to the SBA, a business is considered a “small business” if the business meets one of the industry specific criteria:
● 500 or fewer employees for most manufacturing and mining industries (a few industries permit up to 750, 1,000 or 1,500 employees)
● 100 or fewer employees for all wholesale trade industries
● $6 million per year in sales receipts for most retail and service industries (with some exceptions)
● $27.5 million per year in sales receipts for most general and heavy construction industries
● $11.5 million per year in sales receipts for all special trade contractors
● $0.5 million per year in sales receipts for most agricultural, forestry and fishing industries