As the high-tech wave floods this Texas town, African Americans stand to profit from the plug-ins.

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Dallas is big on business

  • There are approximately 140,000 businesses in the Dallas area and more than 6,000 corporations have their headquarters here.
  • Nine of the nation’s largest public firms and 13 of the nation’s largest private firms are headquartered in the Dallas area.
  • There is no corporate state income tax. Plus, companies don’t have to pay state property or unitary tax.
  • 130 motor freight carriers are based in Dallas. They can access 93% of the continental U.S. within two days.
  • Nine international and 21 domestic airlines serve the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Financial assistance
Business Retention and Expansion Services/Development Coordination
Answers your questions regarding business expansion and/or relocation so that you can tap into all of the city’s programs and services that are available to you.

Southern Dallas Development Corp. (SDDC)
Offers information on loan programs and financing alternatives for new and expanding businesses.

Neighborhood Renaissance Partnership Program
Program offers grant funds for business improvement endeavors, infrastructure and housing rehabilitation for six neighborhoods that have been designated for revitalization.

Power players
Albert Black Jr.: Chairman of the Board, Greater DallasChamber of Commerce
Co-owner of On-Target Supplies & Logistics Inc., he is serving a three-year term on the chamber’s board.
Contact: 214-746-6600

Eddie Bernice Johnson: U.S. Representative
She represents the 30th congressional district of Texas; the most populous city within her district is Dallas.

John Wiley Price: County Commissioner (District 3)
Dallas County is divided into four commissioner districts. The commissioner sets the tax rates, adopts a budget, approves grants and the actions of personnel and oversees the general administration of the county government. Each commissioner also supervises the maintenance of the roads and bridges in his or her district.
Contact: 214-653-6671

Ron Kirk: Mayor
The city’s first African American mayor, he is now in the first year of his second term.
Contact: 214-670-4054

Terrell D. Bolton: Police Chief
Bolton, 41, is the first African American to head the Dallas Police Department. He has been a member of the Dallas force for almost 20 years.
Contact: 214-670-4403

Bishop T.D. Jakes: Pastor
Serves as pastor of The Potter’s House, a nondenominational church that has approximately 25,000 members. He’s also written several books. His most recent one is Maximize the Moment (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $19.95).
Contact: 214-331-0954

Social sources
Dallas Morning News (50 cents)
Includes the Friday Guide, which highlights various restaurants, concerts, movies and other interests.

Dallas Weekly (free)
The city’s African American newspaper, it contains black-oriented articles, advertisements and calendar listings.

Dallas Observer and the Met (free)
Highlight general interest happenings in the Dallas area.

Places to see
Black Images Bookstores
(; 800-272-5027)
Initially, you’ll be drawn in by the aroma of the incense, but some of the store’s other sidelines (greeting cards, Greek paraphernalia and candles) may also catch your attention. It has a variety of books for readers interested in mainstream fiction, nonfiction and children’s titles.

The Atelier of Anthony Mark Hankins
Fashion designer Anthony Mark Hankins’ atelier is located on Gaston Avenue in the historical section of Dallas. The designer’s studio and boutique are housed in a red-brick mansion framed in white columns. A gazebo and garden are in the backyard. You’ve seen this black designer’s wares

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