The Dallas Entrepreneur Center Partners with Comerica Bank

          The Dallas Entrepreneur Center Partners with Comerica Bank

Announces $50,000 Business Pitch Contest

PR Newswire

DALLAS, June 12, 2014

DALLAS, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --The Dallas Entrepreneur Center ("The
DEC") announced today it will partner with Comerica Bank for "The Dallas
Entrepreneur Center's North Texas Business Pitch Contest Presented by Comerica
Bank," the nonprofit's inaugural annual business competition. Comerica Bank
will be the presenting sponsor of the contest, providing the full prize amount
of $50,000 for the winning business pitch as well as in-kind support to
further The DEC's efforts to help entrepreneurs in North Texas. The
announcement is made on the one-year anniversary of The DEC, established in
June 2013 to provide a business support structure for entrepreneurs and
entrepreneurial hopefuls.

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Since its inception, The DEC has served entrepreneurs across North Texas by
providing them education, training, programming, events, collaborative space,
access to capital and promotion. Now with two locations serving North Texas,
The DEC provides an entrepreneurial center in the West End of downtown Dallas
as well as in Addison through a partnership with the Town of Addison.

"Comerica shares our commitment to helping the entrepreneurial community be
successful, so a partnership with this premier local business bank makes
perfect sense," said Trey Bowles, co-founder and chief executive officer of
The DEC. "We are thrilled to announce this business pitch contest as we shed
light on the entrepreneurs whose ideas and enthusiasm will help drive the
North Texas economy for years to come."

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center's North Texas Business Pitch Contest Presented
by Comerica Bank will feature online applications, celebrity judges, and a
final "Top 4" pitch contest later this year. The DEC expects to begin
accepting applications for the business pitch contest on July 1, 2014. Further
details will be announced soon. Visit http://www.thedec.co for more
information.

"Comerica is committed to North Texas and to supporting the entrepreneurs and
other businesses that are the backbone of the Texas economy," said J. Patrick
Faubion, president, Comerica Bank-Texas Market. "As a bank that has a stake in
the future of our region, we are proud to make this investment in The DEC, and
in the North Texas communities we serve."

About The DEC
The DEC serves entrepreneurs in North Texas, providing them with training,
education, mentorship, promotion and access to capital in order to encourage
and equip the entrepreneurial community to start, build and grow their
businesses. Facilitating a culture of entrepreneurship and 'giving before you
get', the DEC connects new and old entrepreneurs with a vibrant, collaborative
environment. With more than 5,000 people that have gone through its space,
with greater than 80 events and 150 members, The DEC has been able to provide
valuable resources and support to a burgeoning startup community. There have
been over 200 office hours from more than 90 mentors and 15+ investment groups
offering 175 hours of advice and counsel to startups. Of note: The DEC has
created a program called "White Board Sessions" where startups across DFW can
come and learn from experienced entrepreneurs and investment professionals.

About Comerica
Comerica Bank is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA), a
financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically
aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and
Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and
businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be
found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses
operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. To find
Comerica on Facebook, please visit www.facebook.com/ComericaCares. Follow
Comerica on Twitter at @ComericaCares.

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SOURCE Comerica Bank

Website: http://www.comerica.com
Contact: Wayne Mielke (for Comerica), (214) 462-4463, wjmielke@comerica.com,
James Savage (for The DEC), (214) 443-7563, james.savage@edelman.com
 
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