Small Business Week 2023

Mar 24, 2023
Angel Wygant

Small Business Week 2023

Wylie, Texas – April 6, 2023. The Wylie Economic Development Corporation, along with local businesses and community resource partners, announce this year's programs and activities in celebration of Small Business Week. During Small Business Week, citizens will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of week-long events designed to focus attention on our local entrepreneurs and small businesses.

This page will serve as your guide to local programs and activities happening throughout Small Business Week. We will keep you informed about the #IShopWylie Social Media Campaign and update you on any changes to planned events.


Join in the fun! Use #ishopWylie on Facebook and Instagram and keep up with local promotions and special events!  

Here's how it works:

  • Dine or Shop in Wylie

  • Post a photo or video on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #ishopWylie 

  • Pick up your Wide-Awake Wylie t-shirt at Local Businesses or Wylie City Hall

The contest runs from Sunday, April 30 through Sunday, May 7. Make sure you tag the City of Wylie on Facebook @WylieTexas and Instagram @WideAwakeWylie and Wylie EDC @WylieEDC too to get a Wide- Awake Wylie T-shirt!


Below, you will find a list of events and promotions to highlight Small Business Week. Follow the links below to the host organization's website and corresponding registration pages for more information. This year's #SmallBusinessWeek activities include:

Taste of Wylie
Monday, May 1st - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Olde City Park

You won't want to miss the 2023 Taste of Wylie! It's bigger and better than ever before.  Come join in the fun at Olde City Park.  Sample a variety of food from more than 30 local area restaurants, food trucks and caterers. All funds raised support area food banks serving those in need in our community.  Advanced tickets are encouraged.  Proceeds support area food pantries - Wylie Community Christian Care Center, Amazing Grace Food Pantry, 5 Loaves Food Pantry, and Hope for the Cities. 

For Tickets and Event Details visit: Taste of Wylie 2023 Tickets, Mon, May 1, 2023 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

Wylie Downtown Merchants Meeting
Tuesday, May 2nd - 8:30 am to 9:30 am

Network with other Downtown Merchants and get the scoop on what’s happening in downtown Wylie.  For more information visit

Social Media Rescue
Tuesday, May 2nd - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Herman Marshall - 121 Ballard Ave

If recent business challenges have taught us one thing, it's that we need to use all tools available to us to create awareness for the products and services we offer. Come and learn how the Social Media Rescue team is helping businesses take Digital Marketing to the next level. Experts in developing content, managing engagement, and evaluating analytics will provide an overview of the program and answer your questions. So, join us for an evening of education and networking. For more information about the Social Media Rescue program, visit To reserve a spot at the May 2nd event, visit: Social Media Rescue

Picnic on Ballard
Thursday, May 4th - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
On the Lawn between the Wylie Chamber of Commerce (307 N. Ballard Ave) and the Welcome Center at Brown House (301 N. Ballard Ave) 

No tickets required.

Bring Your Own Blanket

Bring - or Buy onsite - Your Own Picnic dinner! Picnic Box dinners and treats will be available for purchase (Adults $8, Kids $6) or bring your family favorites from home and meet us on the lawn between The Welcome Center at Brown House and the Wylie Chamber of Commerce for an ' Old-Fashioned Family Picnic'. Music, games, and fun for the whole family on North Ballard.  

Wylie Chamber of Commerce will host an Open House during this event. Learn more about the programs they offer to help our businesses grow and thrive at the Wylie Chamber

The Welcome Center at Brown House will provide tours of the Historic home.  Come discover the rich history it holds. Hope to see you and your family there!

Cinco de Mayo
Friday, May 5th

Celebrate in style for this year's Cinco de Mayo and get the best deals in town.  Visit Discover Wylie to find the best deals and specials from our many fabulous restaurants. Lots to choose from to 'keep it local' this Cinco de Mayo!

Bourbon & Bridles
Saturday, May 6th - 4:00 - 6:30 pm
Herman Marshall - 121 Ballard Ave

Enjoy a Kentucky Derby-themed evening with silent auction benefitting the horses and riders at Texas Therapeutic Riding Center. Come out for a festive evening of fun, food, and spirits. Texas Therapeutic Riding Center is a non-profit organization that serves individuals with diverse needs allowing them to experience the healing power of the horse through equine assisted activities and therapies. Tickets for those 21 and over are available at:

Pedal Car Race
Sunday, May 6th - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Downtown Wylie (Ballard Avenue)
Come out to the Wylie 500 Pedal Car Race in Historic Downtown Wylie. Children, ages 2-5, race old-time pedal cars down "Main Street Wylie" (aka Ballard Ave).  Winners will receive trophies in two age brackets. Bring the family to watch your favorite race car driver and create memories you and your children will cherish for a lifetime. The $15 registration includes a t-shirt, and proceeds support area Special Olympics. For more information please visit Discover Wylie. To register to participate, visit Wylie 500 Pedal Car Race Tickets, Sun, May 7, 2023 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite

About National Small Business Week

For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. NSBW is co-hosted by SCORE, mentors to America's small businesses and a resource partner of SBA. 

For more information, please visit

About the Wylie Economic Development Corporation

The Wylie Economic Development Corporation (Wylie EDC) is funded through a citywide half-cent sales tax that is collected from over 240,000 consumers in our retail trade area. The Wylie EDC facilitates corporate relocations, local expansions of existing businesses, retail/commercial development and revitalization projects that lead to the creation of new jobs and the generation of additional tax revenue for the community.

For more information, please call 972-442-7901 or visit

About Wylie

Incorporated in 1887, the City of Wylie is located just 24 miles from downtown Dallas in Collin, Dallas and Rockwall Counties.  Possessing an outstanding school district, a low crime rate, an ISO #1 rating and an expanding business climate, Wylie is one of the fastest-growing communities in the state of Texas.  MONEY Magazine named Wylie the 20th Best Place to Live in the Country in 2017 and 25th in 2015.  Financial website NerdWallet named Wylie the Best Small City for Young Families in August 2016. named Wylie the second hottest suburb in the country in February 2017.  SafeWise named Wylie the ninth safest city in Texas in 2017.

Media contact for the City of Wylie:

Craig Kelly, PIO
972-516-6016 office
972-345-8277 cell