The DEC Network

The DEC Netowrk has been driving innovation and economic impact by helping entrepreneurs start, build and grow their businesses since 2013.


The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) is a 501c3 non-profit organization driving innovation and economic impact by helping entrepreneurs start, build and grow their businesses.  Since 2013, we have been launching physical hubs and education programs for startups, accelerating connections for founders, and collaborating with investors, corporations and public institutions. The DEC believes investment in entrepreneurs is an investment in the community.

Services Provided

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Incubator

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Valuation
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Tax Services

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
  • Pitch Events
  • Startup Drinks

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Grant Funding
  • Revenue Based Financing (i.e. factoring)
  • Microloans
  • Matching Funds
  • Loans
  • Venture Capital
  • Government Funding
  • Debt Funding
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Angel Investment
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Equity Funding

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Apprenticeship
  • Employee Development
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Recruiting
  • Retention

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Research Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education
  • Student Training
  • Student Placement
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Internship Program

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business
  • Labor Relations
  • Lease Review
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Management Issues

  • Recruiting Assistance
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Human Resources

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • High Tech Development
  • Manufacturing Development
  • Technology Transfer

Marketing and Sales

  • Website Development
  • Market Research
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Advertising/Brochure Design


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Technical Services
  • Strategic Planning
  • Human Resources
  • Funds Development
  • Accounting

Operations and Logistics

  • Freight and Distribution
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Product Assembly and Packaging
  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Women’s Business Issues
  • State Business Issues
  • Small Business Policy
  • Native-American Business
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • City Business Issues
  • African-American Business


  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking
  • Makerspace / Hackerspace
  • Office Space
  • Retail Space

Starting a Business

  • Startup Classes
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Forming a Business
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Business Research Resources

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Website Development


  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
Primary Contact
Alex Hoenich