Monday , 21 May 2018

Stuart J’s Lens: Video Tales of Small Business – McKinney’s Project Graduation

By Stuart J. Pearlman, TSB Staff

Through the technology of my handy FLIP video camera, I do short interviews with a different small business owners in or around McKinney.

This week I am doing something a little different. It may not be a business but McKinney’s Project Graduation is, I believe, one of the most important events held in our Community.

I met Deana McGonagill, PG’s Director in 2007 and became a volunteer immediately. Even though my daughter would not graduate until 2011 I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of.

McGonagill and her committee work tirelessly for nine months to prepare for the Graduation ‘AfterParty’ and every parent in McKinney should be thankful. This is a time our community comes together to help our kids celebrate one of the most important events of their lives in a safe and fun environment.

This year’s event will follow the three McKinney High School Graduation ceremonies on June 1. If you haven’t gotten involved in years past, now is your chance to join in the fun. You, and your kids, will remember Project Graduation for years. Go to for more information.

If you think you have a story to tell send me an email at and tell me why you should be the focus of Stuart J’s Lens.

Here are some of the rules:
● Your business does not need to be an advertiser on (Although if you are reading this, you can already appreciate that TSB is the place to go to reach thousands of people like yourself who are interested in the goings-on in McKinney.)
● The objective is to be serious about small business in and around McKinney but in a fun way. If not full of personality, (fun, charming, quirky….), you will not make the cut. (Note: I stole that line from “Chopped”!)
● This personality could stem from what drove you to a particular business, what your strangest/funniest business experience has been or what we “really need to know” that we probably would not have guessed. Boring, staid, “we make widgets and want people to come buy those widgets” stories will not be featured.
● Did I mention you don’t have to pay to play? The cost of entry is simply a story the folks in McKinney would enjoy hearing.

Project Graduation is important to all the citizens of McKinney. Just click on the little screen under the word “Video” below to get started and learn all about it.

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