We can’t believe it! We just can’t believe it! It was during the August Keller Williams Team Meeting where the Plano Chamber of Commerce was in attendance when we heard the announcement There we sat in team meeting when we were surprised by Plano’s chamber members and previous honorees and all of a sudden the surprise announcement was made. When we head it, you could have knocked us over with a feather! We have the honor of being 2019’s Small Business Person of the Year!!
Gratefulness and a Fun Party
We’re grateful. We are. We’re grateful to be in the City of Excellence. We believe in our heart of hearts that we owe what we have achieved to the environment to where have put in our hard work, day after day, consistently. When you are lucky enough to have the first and determined enough to pursue the second the combination can create quite a life.
The announcement of the award was a surprise and it was humbling. We want to thank all the great people at the Chamber who made the moment happen Steve McSwain, Lynda McDevitt, Sue Whitehurst, Maria Abel Mott, Ronald McCoy, Terri Mccoy, Kasey Hollon, Laci Ryan, John Kraft, Mark Liberio, Jerry Kezhaya, Corner Wines and John Kraft – State Farm Agent
While the award was a surprise, it’s no secret that we love our city. Check out our blog’s main page and you’ll see we talk about non-stop about Plano and everything it has to offer. Yeah, we’re kinda obsessed. It’s with good reason though, Plano has so much to offer, does so many great things and is only on the top of at least one if not many ‘best-of’s- lists every year.
Here are some examples.
No 1 in Happiness
WalletHub.com finds that Plano is the happiest place in America with Grand Prarie taking a close second.
The personal finance site reviewed 31 “key indicators of happiness,” including income-growth rates, average leisure time spent on a given day, and depression rates, in more than 180 cities to determine the happiest places in the U.S.
In order to determine the happiest cities in America, WalletHub compared 182 of the largest cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across three key dimensions: 1) Emotional & Physical Well-Being, 2) Income & Employment and 3) Community & Environment.
They evaluated these categories using 31 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing maximum happiness. Data for metrics marked with an asterisk (*) were available only at the state level.
They then determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.
Final analysis draws upon the findings of the following research, each of which has indicated a correlation between the data and happiness:
- Happy People Live Longer: Subjective Well-Being Contributes to Health and Longevity (Chan and Diener, 2010)
- Happiness from Ordinary and Extraordinary Experiences (Bhattacharjee and Mogilner, 2014)
- Sports Participation and Happiness: Evidence from U.S. Micro Data (Huang and Humphreys, 2010)
- Unhappy Cities (Glaeser, et al., 2014)
Best Places to Raise A Family
Plano, once again, ranked the highest among North Texas cities and across Texas, coming in at No. 4 overall.
All the states were evaluated based on five “key dimensions” to determine their ranks: family fun, health and safety, education and child care, affordability and socioeconomic. The categories employed 47 metrics to reach their weighted scores. The scores were averaged to determine the final score across all dimensions.
A Top City For Foodies
When you think of cities you go to eat great food you may think, Las Vegas (known for their buffets) or Boston for Seafood or Paris even…and now you can add Plano to that list. You can add it as the number 4 spot as well, which makes the ranking even more impressive!
Thanks for ingenious additions to the food scene in Plano like Legacy Hall at the $6 Billion Mile known as Legacy West. Foodies all over Texas did a happy dance when the new building that housed all the restaurant/entertainment venue/food stall/tapa bars/dessert shops opened and put Plano on the Foodie map.
We caught the bug too and you can look through our blogs to enjoy a read about each of the eateries there. Subscribe to our blog to keep up on all the entertainment happening there. New to the scene, click here for a Legacy West map to help get you around!
A Big List From Plano.gov
Plano is the 3rd Most Affordable City for Early Retirement by Smart Asset (August 30)
Plano is the 5th Cheapest City for Healthcare in the US by Becker’s Hospital Review (August 29)
Plano is the Top City in the US with Most Working Senior Citizens by Provision Living (August 21)
Plano is the 2nd Hardest Working City in America by Monster.com (August 20)
Plano is the Best City in Texas (5th Best in America) to Buy a Family Home by Smart Asset (August 14)
Plano is 4th Best City to Raise a Family by WalletHub (July 23)
Plano is among Least Stressed Cities by WalletHub (July 15)
Plano is the #1 City with the Most Working Seniors by provisionliving.com (June)
Plano is the 10th Best City to Retire by Niche (June 7)
Plano is one of the Best Places for Veterans Seeking a High-Quality Education by College Factual (May 24)
Plano is 5th Least Severely Housing Cost-Burdened City in the USA by Smart Asset (May 15)
Plano is the 3rd Safest City in the United States by Haven Life Insurance (May 12)
Plano is one of the Best Cities for People with Student Loan Debt by Fox Business (May 7)
Plano is #2 City Where Women are Most Successful by Smart Asset (April 10)
Plano is the Best Place to Live if You Want to Get Rich by Thrillest (April 9)
Plano is 2nd Best Southern City to Retire by GOBankingRates (March 22)
Plano is America’s Happiest City in 2019 by Patch.com (March 11)
Plano is #4 Best Cities to Buy a House in America by Niche (March 7)
Plano is #5 Best City to Live in America by Niche (March 5)
Plano is #4 Best City for Foodies by Yelp (March 5)
Plano is ranked #2 Smart City in Texas by All Home Connections (Feb. 27)
Plano is 2019’s #5 Hardest Working City by WalletHub (Feb. 25)
Plano is one of the Best Cities for College Students to earn a High-Quality Degree by College Factual (Jan 9)
Plano is #7 Best City to Find a Job in This Year by Fox Business
Plano is #2 Most Affordable City if you have Student Loan Debt by gobankingrates.com
Plano is #7 Best City to Work from Home by Smart Asset
Plano is #7 Best Place to Find a Job in 2019 by WalletHub
Plano is #18 Safest City in America for 2018 by Smart Asset
To see the live list click here.
We know personally why this ends up on top of lists every single year. It’s a staple of excellence for many so many reasons and they all start with the people. The people of Plano make this the ‘City of Excellence’ and this is why we strive to do our best to be our best as we live, work and now watch our grandchildren grow up here. We’ve had the privilege of watching our own children grow here. We get to see now that they are becoming the kind of citizens we hoped they would. They too care greatly about others, their families, their faith and the value of hard work.
We’ve created a great life here in Plano and we believe that it has so much to do with where we live.
The Plano Chamber of Commerce invites you to the Marriott Dallas/Plano at Legacy Town Center for an unforgettable and inspirational evening honoring the best and brightest business and community leaders of 2019. Join us as we honor an outstanding line-up of award recipients, including Citizen of the Year, Small Business Person of the Year, Business Executive of the Year, and more!
Best of Plano 2019 will honor an outstanding line-up of business and community leaders, listed below.
Citizen of the Year – Harry LaRosiliere
ATHENA Award – Mabrie Jackson, Central Market
Business Executive of the Year – Avi Kahn, Hilti North America
Innovator Award – University of Texas at Dallas
Small Business Persons of the Year – Ronald & Terri McCoy, The Real McCoys
Community Partner of the Year – Hendrick Scholarship Foundation
Outstanding Corporate Citizen of the Year – Coming soon!
Rising Star Award – Jennifer Shertzer, Plano Magazine
Special Award of Merit – Bruce Glasscock
Interested in getting involved and gaining visibility with approximately 400 of Plano’s best and brightest? Partnering with the Plano Chamber as an event sponsor is a great way to increase your exposure and grow your business!
Select sponsorship opportunities are still available. CLICK HERE for further information.
Registration is required to attend and space is limited, so reserve your seat today!
Individual tickets and reserved tables of 10 are available now.
Individual Tickets – Individual tickets include dinner and a complimentary drink ticket. All individual tickets will be in open seating (not a reserved table).
Table Sponsor – Table sponsorship includes a reserved table with preferred seating, ten seats for dinner, including a complimentary ticket for each guest, table signage, and recognition in the Best of Plano program book.
Reserve your space today by clicking the Register Online button above.
Please contact the Plano Chamber at (972) 424-7547 with questions.
CLICK HERE to view the Plano Chamber’s Event Refund Policy.
CLICK HERE to view a Parking Map to the Marriott Dallas/Plano at Legacy Town Center.
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Registration & Networking 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Opening Remarks & Dinner 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Prospective Member Ticket – $150
Reserved Table of Ten – $1300
We hope to see you at the celebration!
Thank you: http://members.planochamber.org/events/details/best-of-plano-2019-16915
The Big List from Plano.gov is https://www.plano.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3900/Accolades-and-Accreditations-2019?bidId=