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Texas Blockchain Council establishes its headquarters in the Richardson Innovation Quarter

New addition to The IQ® fosters Richardson’s continued momentum as a collaborative technology hub

RICHARDSON, Texas – Aug. 3, 2021 – Joining the growing list of companies focused on driving innovation in North Texas, the Texas Blockchain Council has established its headquarters in the Richardson Innovation Quarter – also known as the Richardson IQ® or The IQ®. The organization’s new offices will be located at The Drawing Board, a state-of-the-art co-working facility at 1900 Jay Ell Drive. The Drawing Board reflects the collaborative nature of The IQ®, offering the Texas Blockchain Council the opportunity to network and build relationships with other technology-focused companies, institutions and industry leaders. “We are excited to welcome the Texas Blockchain Council to Richardson and look forward to the continued contributions that this rapidly growing and evolving industry group will add to The IQ’s momentum as a home for commercially impactful technology,” said Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker. “By establishing its headquarters in The IQ®, the Texas Blockchain Council will further boost the credentials and capabilities of our dynamic innovation ecosystem.”

A nonprofit industry association representing the Texas business community, the Texas Blockchain Council has a mission to promote blockchain technology initiatives that drive growth and benefit the citizens of Texas. Member companies, many of whom are also located in the Richardson IQ, comprise a variety of industries connected to blockchain technology. Working together with its members, the Texas Blockchain Council advocates for blockchain-centric policies that will facilitate Texas as the leading location for blockchain innovation. In addition, members of the Council also act as subject-matter experts on topics related to blockchain and virtual currency.

“With our focus on making Texas a leader in blockchain innovation, it was a natural fit for us to select the Drawing Board located in the Richardson Innovation Quarter for our first office,” said Texas Blockchain Council President Lee Bratcher. “Several of our member companies are headquartered in the area, and The IQ® is located in Senate District 8, also home to one of our blockchain industry legislative champions, Senator Angela Paxton. We are excited to participate in the growth of The IQ® as it continues to attract tech talent to the region.”

About the Richardson Innovation Quarter

The Richardson Innovation Quarter, also known simply as Richardson IQ® or The IQ®, is a 1,200-acre urban hub in Richardson, Texas, with a rich heritage of innovation and entrepreneurship. As Texas’ premier tech hub, The IQ is the City of Richardson’s living laboratory for big ideas and groundbreaking technology. The IQ today is home to technology-related start-ups, corporate research and development, manufacturers, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, restaurants, entrepreneurs, designers, researchers, inventors, educators and students.

With over 19,000 workers and more than 1,000 businesses, The IQ spurs the creativity and collaboration that drives innovation and growth. For more information, visit

About the Richardson Economic Development Partnership

The Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP), a joint effort of the City of Richardson and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to building a vibrant and thriving local economy by attracting new investment and jobs through marketing, recruitment and working with existing employers. The REDP offers numerous services to companies considering expansion or relocation to the Telecom Corridor® area, including international and domestic business relocation assistance and professional service provider referrals, site selection, broker and real estate referrals, cost of business analyses, incentives, partner and executive introductions, tours and city information. For more information, visit

Source: Richardson Economic Development Partnership

TDB News – September 2021

Member Spotlight

Texas Blockchain Council

Please tell us about yourself:
Lee Bratcher: I was born in Austin and moved to Dallas about 15 years ago. Except for a stint in the Army, I have lived in Texas all of my life. My wife and I have two kids and we live in Richardson!

A brief overview of your line of work:
I founded the Texas Blockchain Council about two years ago. We are making Texas a leader in blockchain innovation through public policy research, educating legislators, conducting business development for our member companies, and attracting VC funds and entrepreneurs to Texas.

Why The Drawing Board?
We selected the Drawing Board because of the hospitable environment, the incredible aesthetics of the space, and the fact that it is located in the Richardson Innovation Quarter.  

A quote that you like or live by:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – MLK

To learn more, please visit:

Lee Bratcher
Texas Blockchain Council
1900 Jay Ell Drive
Richardson, TX 75081

Virtual/In-Person Meetups

9/1/21- Women in Leadership: How to strategize and plan for the future
Wednesday, September 1st @ 11:30- 1:00pm

9/1/21- Business Network
* Wednesday, September 1st @ 7:15- 8:30am 

9/9/21- Hacking Autism Hack-a-thon
Thursday, September 9:00 am- 4:00 pm

The Drawing Board
9/2/21- Richardson Evening Toastmasters
*Tuesday @ 6:45 pm

9/7/21 BNI Rich Referrals
*Tuesday @ 8:15 am-9:45 am

9/23/21- The IQ Brew: Dr. David Lary, The Unversity of Texas at Dallas
Thursday, September 23 @ 8:30 am- 10:00 am

9/29/21 Network75 Connections Event
Wednesday, September 29th @ 5:00 pm

9/14/21- Data Privacy: It Matters with Cat Allen
Tuesday, September 14th @ 6:30 pm

9/1/21- Richardson/Plano Networkers
*Wednesday, September 1st @ 11:30 am- 1:00pm

9/1/21– WAM (Women’s Alliance of McKinney)
*Wednesday, September 1st @ 9:15 am-10:15 am

9/8/21– LINKS Networking Meeting
*Wednesday, September 8th @ 7:15 am- 9:00 am

9/17/21- 5-Star Corporate Challenge
Friday, September 17th @ 8:00am

* Meets weekly

Happy Hour at TDB is BACK! 
Members! Come join us at 2pm every FRIDAY for a drink! 

Bring a Friend Happy Hour
3rd Friday of every month

Thank you to Texas Blockchain Council for sponsoring our happy hour!

New Members
Maverick Peterson
Tien Huynh

Upgraded Members
MaryGrace Anasco
Benjamin Gerald
Eric Reed

Company Spotlight Ad Space
If you would like to spotlight your company, please email us at for more information!

Renovations at TDB Underway!
Please forgive the noise and disarray (outside) as we continue our renovations. Next up will be:

Back Patio Build Out
Stay tuned for pictures

Septembers Birthdays

Jodi Cagle- 9/4
Jay Jayswal- 9/11
Lynn Pham- 9/18
Melissa Vasquez- 9/24
Mandy Quach- 9/27
Maverick Peterson- 9/29

Happy Birthday, Members!!

Any questions, comments, or inquiries please email us at

~ TDB Staff

How To Take Care of Yourself While Running a Business

By Gloria Martinez at

The COVID-19 era has ushered in a wave of innovation and new possibilities, but it has also increased tension and uneasiness for many people, including entrepreneurs. If you are starting a new business or trying to expand an existing one, you can take steps to achieve your goals while also protecting yourself from stress, anxiety and burnout. Here’s some advice from The Drawing Board:

Take Breaks From Working

As an entrepreneur, you may feel pressured and overwhelmed from time to time. When your workload seems daunting, or you have a deadline that requires intense focus, taking a break can help. By giving your brain five minutes to rest and refuel, the mental clarity you gain can boost your performance and productivity.

Also, schedule time to exercise or incorporate movement into your day. If you only have a few minutes, go for a short walk, do a brief yoga flow or squeeze in a few pushups. For best results, aim for a weekly minimum of at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity.

Watch What You Eat

The food you consume has a profound impact on how you feel. The World Health Organization recommends eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and whole grains, as well as limiting your intake of sugar, salt and unhealthy fats. By providing your body with optimal fuel, you reap a myriad of physical and mental health benefits.

Pamper Yourself

Taking time to pamper yourself can reduce your stress level and help you feel valued. It can also provide you with the rest and refueling you need to tackle future work demands.

If a full day at the spa seems too expensive or time-consuming, activities you can do at home may provide similar benefits:

·        Create a peaceful atmosphere with music, candles or soft lighting.

·        Diffuse stress-relieving essential oils.

·        Try out the latest skincare product.

·        Infuse your bath water with bath bombs, salts, oils or other luxurious elixirs.

Get Help From Freelancers

Running a business can make you feel like you are being pulled in too many different directions. Thanks to a growing number of contract workers, it’s never been easier to find help. You can hire freelancers to assist you during your busy season or to take care of specialized tasks you don’t have time or expertise to handle yourself. Because there is no long-term commitment, it’s a safe and cost-effective way to reduce your workload.

Use a Payroll Service

Whether you have employees or contractors, an online payroll for startup companies can reduce your administrative burden and resulting stress. There are payroll systems to fit the needs of any company with a range of services to choose from:

·        Filing tax forms

·        Tracking hours

·        Classifying workers

·        Making necessary deductions

·        Scheduling automatic direct deposits

·        Preventing tax penalties

Relying on an online payroll service not only lightens your workload but also provides peace of mind because an automated system reduces the risks of tax errors and paycheck complications.

Utilize a Virtual Assistant

Serving as your own receptionist is not the best use of your time. Interruptions from phone calls break your focus, reduce your productivity and cause stress. Virtual assistants can answer calls, take messages and schedule appointments. You can take a break and know your customers are still receiving the service they demand.

If you are launching or growing a company, taking care of yourself has never been more critical. Invest in self-care and utilize online resources to reduce work pressures and achieve your goals.

TDB News – July 2021

Member Spotlight

Alyssa Phu

Please tell us about yourself:
I am originally from California and have lived in Texas for 15 years. Wow, time flies. I have been in the insurance business for 16 years. I have always loved working with people. I listen and help them solve problems. I help my clients put together different plans in place to reach their financial, and personal goals. Sometimes it can take one bad event to cause a catastrophe and I want to protect them during these unforeseen life events. My goals are to educate as many people as I can, help clients understand their options to achieve their goals, which is what makes my job so rewarding. Every client is unique, so together we can develop a personalized approach that meets today’s needs and tomorrow’s as well. The best part of my job is being included in my client’s growth and family expansion.

A brief overview of your line of work:
My services include Retirement Planning, Protection Planning, Financial reviews, Long term care, and much more. I work closely with my clients building out a customized plan to fit their budget for today and help them grow for tomorrow.

Why The Drawing Board?
I have been with The Drawing Board since they opened. I continue to stay at The Drawing Board because it feels very homey. The ambiance here is colorful, artistic, positive energy flowing through the building, smiling faces greeting you as you enter. The Staff is always engaging with the members here and coming up with ways to promote networking for the Businesses.

A quote that you like or live by:
“Life is too short to be working for someone else’s dream.”

For the month of July, I am doing a drawing to win an Amethyst Crystal. Schedule an appointment with me so we can talk. I will enroll you in the drawing which will be announced at the end of the month.

Alyssa Phu
New York Life Insurance Company
1900 Jay Ell Drive
Richardson, TX 75081

Guest Spotlight

Is Your Mobile App Ready for 5G?

5G connections globally are forecast to reach 1.8 billion by 2025, according to a new study by the GSMA. As 5G begins to expand to more devices, beyond smartphones, new opportunities will emerge for commercialization.

innovate5G developed a platform – in5Genius – for application developers to test their 5G applications in a cost-effective, secure and pressure-free environment, and at their own pace. Whether it’s an idea for a gaming, industrial, or enterprise application, innovate5G is eliminating barriers for developers to test out their ideas- such as having to partner with a carrier or large OEM. innovate5G was founded by Chris Stark and Rashmi Varma to open up the 5G ecosystem beyond traditional players and enable everyone to participate.

1201 International Parkway
Ste 123
Richardson, TX 75081

Virtual/In-Person Meetups

7/8/21- The IQ Brew: Chris Simonds, Orchatect
Thursday, July 8 @ 9-10:00 am

The Drawing Board

7/6/21- BNI Rich Referrals
Every Tuesday, July 6 @ 8:15-9:45 am

7/22/21- The IQ Brew: Merrick Porcheddu, CEO of Artist Uprising
Every Thursday, July 22 @ 9:00-10:00 am

7/28/21- Network75 Social Hour
(last) Wednesday, July 28 at 5pm

7/29/21- innovate5G Meet & Greet
Thursday, July 29 @ 5:30-7:30 pm

7/2/21- Allen Business Networking
Friday, July 2 @ 9:45- 11:00 am

7/6/21 – VIBE
Tuesday, July 6th @ 7:30- 9:00 am

7/7/21- LINKS Networking Meeting
Every Wednesday, July 7 @ 7:15- 9:00 am

7/7/21- WAM (Women’s Alliance of McKinney)
Wednesday, July 7 @ 9:15-10:15 am

7/7/21 – Social in the Park
Wednesday, July 7 @ 5:30-7:30 pm

Welcome New Members

Lee Bratcher
Jay Jaswall
John K. Soo Hoo
Sanjiv Singh

Returning Members:
Don Miller

July Birthdays

7/6- Nicolas Gaviria
7/13- Leithia Warren
7/16- Richard Hofston
7/19- Greg Prior
7/26- Austin Greenfield
7/31- Kristian Willis

Happy Birthday, Members!!

Any questions, comments, or inquiries please email us at

~ TDB Staff

TDB News – May/June 2021

Member Spotlight

Bob Jablonsky

Please tell us about yourself:
I’m Bob Jablonsky. Originally from PA and lived in Florida before moving to Dallas 10 years ago. I’m married to Jessie and we have two children – Alvaro 23 and Alex 17. We also have two dogs Sassie the Pit Bull and a German Shepherd puppy. My background is CFO of several businesses that were part of the INC 500 fastest-growing list. In that role, I found myself focused on problem-solving more than simple accounting work. I wanted to use my skills to help small business owners solve their financial and tax problems.

A brief overview of your line of work:
My business focuses on helping taxpayers navigate their tax responsibilities by helping them file timely and accurately (staying out of trouble), minimizing their tax liability, and helping taxpayers get out of and stay out of tax trouble, whether it’s due to an audit, tax amounts owed to the government, or simply responding to a notice. While we help all taxpayers, our specialties are small business owners and Real Estate Agents.

Why The Drawing Board?
The Drawing Board gives me all of the amenities of my own office without the overhead. The staff is friendly and easy to work with.

A quote that you like or live by:
We all face constant challenges in life and it’s how we respond to these challenges that defines our character and often our success in life.

Free consultation

Bob Jablonsky EA
1900 Jay Ell Drive
Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 821-1991

Please click link below to make an appointment!


5/13/21- The IQ Brew: Dr. Arun Gupta, Skyven Technologies
Thursday, May 13 @ 9-10 am

5/27/21- The IQ Brew: US Patent & Trademark Office- Copyright Basics
Thursday, May 27 @ 9-10 am

5/27/21- Women in Leadership, Networking & Yoga at The IQ
Thursday, May 27 @ 5-6:30 pm

5/27/21- Richardson Young Professionals Happy Hour
Thursday, May 27 @ 5:30- 7:00 pm

Network75 – TDB will be launching its very own networking group to bring together professionals and businesses along the US 75 corridor. Details to follow

5/25/21- Vibe Via Zoom (VIBE Hybrid)
Tuesday, May 25 @ 7:30 – 9:00 am

5/25/21- Spring Fling Business Expo & Happy Hour
Tuesday, May 25 @ 4- 7:00 pm

5/19/21- Virtual Links Networking Meeting
Wednesday, May 19 @ 7:15 -9:00 am

5/21/21- Leadership Alumni Network Book Club
Friday, May 21 @ 4- 5:00 pm

5/20/21 Chamber Works Hybrid Networking Event
Thursday, May 20 @ 7:45 – 9:00 am

5/26/21- Frisco Young Professionals Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 26 @ 5:15 – 7:30 pm

Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine
Westmoreland Pharmacy will be offering the Moderna vaccine for anyone 18 years or older at The Drawing Board on Thursday, May 13- Saturday, May 15th from 11 am- 6 pm. Please bring a state or government ID along with a prescription insurance card to receive a CDC vaccine card. For more information, email or call 972-787-0158

Food Pop-Up Collaborative
The Drawing Board
Sunday, May 30th @ 3 pm- 6 pm

Join us on Sunday, May 30th between 3pm-6pm for the ultimate pop-up mash-up we’re calling the Memorial Day Bash. Whether you’re looking to pick up a whole spread for Memorial Day Weekend or just want to enjoy some of DFW’s popular pop-up vendors, stop by because we have a little something for everyone. Miss Dallas 2020, Averie Danielle Bishop, will hold a performance that day as well!

Vendors will have items available for purchase that day but we strongly encourage pre-ordering to guarantee you get a little of everything. Pre-order forms will be available on 05/16 at so set a reminder. Until then, check out all our vendors and organizations!

Veterans Center of North Texas – VCONT
Averie Danielle Bishop
Ay Caramba
Very Van Macarons
Boba Latte
Maynard Dela Pena
B. doughnut – Texas
Rolls on tha go
Crack Brisket
Tina Trang Nguyen
Speckle box
Wow Wow Lemonade Lakewood

Masks will be mandatory for this event. Limited outdoor and indoor seating will be available.


Chanell Clark- Bibbs
Jon Harris
Jenny Parker

May & June Birthdays

5/20- Christian Holden
5/28- Lori Zachary
6/14- Alex Goggin
6/17- Jiselle Bobadilla
6/18- Victoria Gibson
6/19- John Day
6/20- Whitney Spies
6/29- Jessie Green

Happy Birthday, Members!!

Any questions, comments or inquiries please email us at

~ TDB Staff

How Immigrants to the U.S. Can Adapt to a New Culture While Maintaining Ties with Their Home Country

By Gloria Martinez at

How Immigrants to the U.S. Can Adapt to a New Culture While Maintaining Ties with Their Home Country

Immigrants to the United States have helped transform our culture, customs, and economy in countless meaningful ways. The food we eat, the music we listen to, the clothes we wear, and even our slang — all of this has been shaped and enriched by immigrant cultures. And those same immigrants who are now part of the fabric of society in the United States once asked the same questions recent immigrants may be asking: How do I fit in? How do I make friends? Can I really feel at home here? Am I too old to adjust to a new culture? If you are a recent immigrant to this country, here are some of the challenges immigrants before you have encountered and how they have dealt with them.

Whether you’re a new entrepreneur just starting out or an established business, The Drawing Board offers office space with state-of-the-art amenities. Schedule a tour today!

The language barrier

In many regions of the United States, it is difficult to find anyone who speaks anything other than English, so depending on where you are from and where you are settling, the language barrier can pose a serious problem. It’s not simply that it is inconvenient — not knowing the language can be isolating and even lead to issues with healthcare and housing. 

In a perfect world, every immigrant would have an opportunity to start learning English before immigrating. If you haven’t had that chance, however, one option is to access free or affordable learning resources online. Or, you could look into local programs offering English language classes — this could also be a chance to make new connections and seek support in other areas.

Establishing a career

When you seek employment in your new home, you are not only looking for income, but also for your place in a community. If you have immigrated to the United States with career skills and work experience, find out whether there is a demand for your skills in your area — or if your career in your country of origin could be the basis for a new career here. 

If you have minimal training, seek support through programs that assist with education and employment. For older or senior immigrants, finding work can be especially challenging, if there isn’t a clear niche for you to fill. It may be easier for older immigrants to find gainful work in urban areas, but if that isn’t an option for you, look into the resources that help older immigrants find education and partnership programs.

Making new connections

Immigrants who are missing their loved ones may feel isolated and adrift without these meaningful contacts. This is an issue for older immigrants who have fewer options for social mobility. Social media is a great way to make new acquaintances and find a niche in your new community. For real-life contacts, find out whether there are any local activities or arts clubs that would be of interest. It helps to be aware of societal norms on U.S. discourse so you can easily break the ice.

Staying connected with loved ones

While it’s wonderful to start making new bonds in a new society, you don’t want to lose the unique ties to friends and family in your home country. Encourage them to use tech to stay in touch more easily, especially with social media apps like Facebook Messenger, which allows for immediate messaging and face-to-face communication. 

If you are supporting loved ones back home by sending them money, make sure you use a safe and reliable transfer service with minimal fees, and be aware of exchange rates. If you plan to send funds to the Philippines, for example, gauge the exchange rate through a site like Remitly for converting U.S. dollars to Philippine pesos and plan ahead for any service fees and delivery time. In addition to sending funds back home, if you plan to send items to family, a balikbayan box service could be a more cost-effective and safer alternative to the postal service.

Remember that millions of other immigrants to the United States have faced these same challenges over generations. The people you meet in the United States may even be immigrants themselves or are the children of immigrants. If you are uncertain about how best to settle in and establish connections and support, don’t hesitate to seek support from organizations that help immigrants.

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