300 veterans gain training and inspiration at Momentum Texas summit

The seventh annual Texas Veterans Business Summit, organized by Momentum Texas Inc. in collaboration with its host, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, attracted 300 people. It was held Nov. 3 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

“The summit was the largest gathering of veteran entrepreneurs in Texas ever,” said Momentum Texas president Jim Reid, a U.S. Army Airborne veteran and former Dallas assistant city manager.

Dallas Fed president Robert Kaplan welcomed guests, and the program featured inspirational and instructive talks by veterans and supporters plus exhibits. Speakers included 7-Eleven senior vice president for franchise systems Larry Hughes, a West Point graduate and U.S. Army veteran. Veteran photographer Kenneth Brock (left) received the DFW Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 award from Jim Reid, president of Momentum Texas, at the Texas Veterans Business Summit Nov 3 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In addition, U.S. Navy veteran and audiologist Naikai Butler of Hearing Services of North Texas won $5,000 in an elevator pitch contest.

Since 2010, Momentum Texas has provided entrepreneurship training to 3,100 veterans, active duty military and spouses in 15 cities statewide, Reid said.

Supporters included:

$5,000: Comerica Bank, Lockheed Martin, 7-Eleven and Legacy Bank.

$2,500: BBVA Compass, Capital One, Mutual of Omaha and Plains Capital Bank.

To learn more, visit momentumtexas.org . Fighting human trafficking

N2Gives will announce $2.5 million in grants to nonprofit groups that combat human trafficking on Jan. 3 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

N2Gives is the philanthropic arm of N2 Publishing, a Wilmington, N.C.-based franchisor of private monthly newsletters tailored to individual affluent neighborhoods.

The grants will be made during a two-day N2 Publishing conference that’s expected attract 800 to 1,000 people.

“We do our best to find and support nonprofits that are run by people with huge hearts and at the same time have business minds,” said N2 Publishing CEO Duane Hixon. “We are going to send as many people as possible into those areas where human trafficking is ignored.”

This represents N2Gives’ second annual distribution of funds.To learn more, visit n2gives.com . Follow our coverage of the North Texas philanthropic community.