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Governor’s Small Business Summit

June 13 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm CDT

Governor's Small Business Summit
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Governor’s Small Business Summit – Pampa

The Governor’s Small Business Summit aims to help Texas small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs reach new heights. It does so by connecting them with the resources and information needed to start, strengthen, and grow a business. This event offers a variety of sessions bringing together local, state, and federal resource partners to provide key insights on critical business topics. It’s also an opportunity to network with other business owners and meet experts who will share timely, relevant, and actionable advice on a multitude of small business subjects. We are honored to be joined by Joe Esparza, Commissioner Representing Employers for the Texas Workforce Commission!

Panel Sessions
  • Leveraging Technology in Your Small Business
  • Access to Finance & Funding
  • Marketing & E-Commerce Essentials
Guest Speaker

Joe Esparza currently serves as the Commissioner Representing Employers for the Texas Workforce Commission. Governor Abbott appointed him to the three-member commission on November 7, 2023.

In his role, Commissioner Esparza serves as an advocate for over 660,000 Texas employers and over 3 million small businesses. He and his team serve as a key resource for all Texas employers. In turn, helping businesses grow and thrive in Texas.

Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Esparza was sworn in as Texas Deputy Secretary of State on December 14, 2018. In addition, Esparza previously served as a Senior Appointments Manager in the office of the Governor. There, he oversaw numerous gubernatorial appointments during Governor Abbott’s first term.

A graduate of Texas Tech University, Esparza earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications. Esparza received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps. Moreover, he is a Veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, having served in Iraq.

Learn more about Joe Esparza and the Office of the Commissioner Representing Employers. 

About the Texas Economic Development & Tourism Office

Texas Economic Development & Tourism (EDT), within the Office of Governor Abbott, markets and promotes the state of Texas as a premier business location and travel destination. Under Governor Abbott’s leadership, our office works closely with regional and community partners to ensure that Texas remains the top state for business in the country.

EDT works side-by-side with the Texas Economic Development Corporation (TxEDC) to market and promote Texas nationally and internationally as the best place for businesses to locate and expand. TxEDC is a public-private partnership, an independently funded and operated 501(c)(3), whose work is made possible through the support of a broad range of private and community investors throughout the state. TxEDC promotes Texas through a robust program of activities that highlight Texas’ superior business advantages to corporate decision-makers and site selection consultants.

Learn more about the Texas Economic Development & Tourism Office. 


June 13
8:00 am - 1:30 pm CDT
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M.K. Brown Memorial Auditorium
1100 W Coronado Dr.
Pampa, 79065 United States
(806) 669-5790
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Texas Economic Development & Tourism Office
(512) 936-0100
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