Local Business Forum

Connecting Businesses * Sharing Information * Building a Strong Network

LOCAL BUSINESS FORUM – February 22, 2024: This event featured business to business networking, breakfast, coffee, comments from the City of Saginaw as
 well as our guest speaker. We had a great turnout of 60 people in attendance (by far, a NEW RECORD!!!) to hear guest speaker Jack Bradshaw, President/CEO of the North Tarrant Chamber of Commerce. We were very honored to have him speak to our Saginaw business community to share how the Chamber and how networking can benefit our Saginaw businesses. We had Saginaw businesses Tacos El Pinalense provide the breakfast tacos and Shipleys Donuts provide donuts and coffee. We were excited to have Dr. Jimmie Chadwell (Superintendent of the Eagle Mountain -Saginaw ISD) and several of his staff in attendance. In addition, we were also excited to have from Tarrant County College – Northwest Campus, Dr. Zarina Blankenbaker (President of TCC – NW) and several of her staff in attendance. We even had Giovanni Catanzaro (Deputy Regional Director for State Senator Ted Cruz) in attendance. **NOTE: Photos are courtesy of Saginaw’s own Julien & Lambert Professional Photography.

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If you are interested in learning more about what the City of Saginaw local economy is about and what resources are available to grow and support entrepreneurship and employment right here at home, this casual business event is for you! These events will be held quarterly in an effort to keep the Saginaw business community apprised and involved in the future of the City.  

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Previous Business Forums

June 15, 2023 - Manny Ramirez, Tarrant County Commissioner of Precinct 4
Tarrant County Commissioner (Precinct 4) Manny Ramirez will be our guest speaker on June 15th at theCom_. Ramirez Saginaw Recreation Center at 8:00 AM.  Manny Ramirez is an Alumnus of W.E. Boswell High School, Tarleton State University, and Texas Christian University. Manny is an experienced executive, small business owner, and served for more than 15 years as a Police Officer, Detective, and Sergeant. He was recently elected to serve as Tarrant County Commissioner of Precinct 4.
February 23, 2023 - Keith C. Rinehart, Director of Community & Economic Development, City of Saginaw
On Thursday, February 23 at 8:00 AM inside the Saginaw Recreation Center, the Saginaw EconomicKeithCRinehart Development Department hosted our Quarterly “Local Business Forum” featuring speaker Keith C. Rinehart (Director of Community & Economic Development) who spoke about “Economic Development in the GREAT City of Saginaw, Texas”.
November 9, 2022 - Glen Whitley, Tarrant County Judge
Judge Glen Whitley has served as the Tarrant County Judge since 2007, having previously served as aJudge Whitley Tarrant County Commissioner since 1997. In his role, Judge Whitley presides over the Tarrant County Commissioners Court and provides leadership on issues related to policy and county services for the 14th largest county in the United States.

Judge Whitley also serves as the head of emergency management for the County, a role that has proved critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. Judge Whitley has been lauded for his collaborative approach to crisis management, as he has worked closely with regional partners including cities, school districts, hospitals, service providers, non-profit organizations, and many others throughout the pandemic response.

In 2010, Judge Whitley was nationally recognized by American City and County magazine as “County Leader of the Year.”  Judge Whitley earned an accounting degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and has served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Prior to serving in County leadership, Judge Whitley was a business owner and co-founder of the accounting firm Whitley Penn. He and his wife, Brenda, live in Hurst, where they are longtime members of First United Methodist Church Hurst. They have three children and nine grandchildren.
September 29, 2022 - Jack Bradshaw, Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce CEO/President
Jack Bradshaw has served as the President & CEO of the Northeast Tarrant Chamber for ten years and heJack loves to help businesses become more successful.  In his presentations, he brings his experience as a successful salesperson, sales director, general manager, and CEO who specializes in people development, revenue generation and creative bartering.  In past positions, he has personally sold over $4M in advertising and professional services and has trained, hired and supervised the sales activities of more than 50 other salespeople with aggregated sales of over $20 Million.

His Professional History includes:  President & CEO, Northeast Tarrant Chamber; Senior VP & Director for YouPlus Media, an internet services start-up company; Owner & Principal of BC Advertising Agency; Ad Director for D Magazine; Publisher & CEO of Country Music Today Magazine; General Manager of Cable Connection Magazine; and Advertising Account Manager for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
March 31, 2022 - Shannon Bryant, Tarrant County College
The Tarrant County College Office of Corporate Solutions & Economic Development is led by TCCshannon-2 Executive Vice President Shannon Bryant. Bryant is an accomplished workforce development professional who brings a strong background of working with business and industry to identify workforce solutions that enhance and sustain the local economy.

Since arriving at TCCD, Bryant has become the host of The Workforce Lens podcast and the Editor-in-Chief of The Lens, a magazine that focuses on workforce and economic development issues.
October 14, 2021 - Aaron Farmer, The Retail Coach
manWith a degree in Marketing from The Mays Business School at Texas A&M University in College Station and an MBA from Texas A&M University – Commerce, Aaron brings to The Retail Coach knowledge of the most current research on retail and marketing trends. Prior to joining The Retail Coach, Aaron was employed in marketing research and retail development where he worked on projects for some of America’s leading retailers and restaurants including FedEx, Kinkos, Sally Beauty Supply, Adidas, Concentra and the National American Association of Subway Franchises (NAASF). Mr. Farmer’s expertise touches each step of a project from the initial trade area determination to the actual recruitment of retailers. Aaron is a sought after speaker for industry organizations throughout the country.
January 29, 2020 - Chad Janicek, ZacTax
Group of people sittingToday, the Local Business Forum Speaker was Chad Janicek of ZacTax, a North Texas consulting firm. Chad spoke about regional sales tax trends, economic development, and answered many questions that the inquisitive crowd bounced off him. You can learn more about the people behind ZacTax by listening to the ZacCast, a fun and informative podcast at: https://www.zaccast.com/

We would like to recognize and thank a few elected officials and special guests for attending today’s Forum such as Judge Christopher "Chris" Gregory (Justice Of The Peace, Precinct 4 - Tarrant County), Joe D. “Jody” Johnson (Constable, Precinct 4 – Tarrant County), Saginaw Mayor Todd Flippo and Saginaw City Council Member Mary Copeland.
October 23, 2019 - Inaugural Saginaw Local Business Forum Breakfast
Document (6)The City of Saginaw hosted the first-ever, Saginaw Local Business Forum Breakfast event from 7:30AM – 8:30AM at the Saginaw Recreation Center. The Local Business Forum combined networking with important local news updates and available opportunities for Saginaw businesses in the casual, short breakfast meeting. Staff gave a State of the City (Economic Developmently speaking); Public Works and Community Development Director Rick Trice provided an update on local major construction and development projects in the city; and Assistant City Manager Dolph Johnson gave an update on the Citizen Bond Committee and the upcoming potential bond election.