Plano, Texas

Plano Business Signs

Plano, Texas was settled during the early 1840s.  Residents rejected several names for the city (including that of then U.S. President Millard Fillmore), but eventually they settled on ‘Plano’, which is a Spanish word meaning ‘flat.’  This describes the local landscape quite aptly.  Plano would not be officially incorporated into a city until 1873; a year after completion of the Houston and Central Texas Railway turned the area into a bustling center of commerce.

Today, Plano is a suburb of Dallas (it is located twenty miles northeast of downtown Dallas).  According to a 2012 US Census report, Plano’s city proper has a population of 269,776 people.  This makes Plano the ninth most populous city in the state of Texas and the 70th most populous city in the country.  As of July 1st, 2014, the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area had a population of 6,954,330 people.  This makes it the 4th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

CNN Money magazine designated Plano the best place to live in the Western United States in 2005, 2006, and 2011.  The magazine also rates the city as the wealthiest in the country and an optimal place for education: “Plano was rated the 10th Best Suburb for Education in the Nation in 2014, due to having one of the lowest student-teacher ratios (14 to 1), a high school graduation rate of 94 percent, and some of the highest test scores in the nation.”

Plano isn’t only famous for its wealth and educational facilities; however, it is also known as the home of many headquarters for major corporations.  These Plano-based corporations include Alliance Data, Cinemark Theatres, Dell Services, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Ericsson, Frito-Lay, HP Enterprise Services, J.C. Penny, Pizza Hut, Rent-A-Center, Traxxas, Siemens PLM Software, Toyota Motors USA, Acision, Adams Golf, Capital One Financial Services, Cookies by Design, Crossmark, Gearbox Software, Infosys Technologies, and Yum! Restaurants International.

One of Plano’s most famous attractions is a tree estimated to be over 500 years old.  This tree is located in Bob Woodruff Park near Rowlett Creek.  Bob Woodruff Park, which contains 321 acres, is connected to Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve (801 acres) by way of biking trails.  This uninterrupted park space is even larger than Central Park in New York City!  Indeed, within the city of Plano, there are five recreation centers: Tom Muehlenbeck Center, Carpenter Park Recreation Center, Oak Point Recreation Center, Liberty Recreation Center, and Douglass Community Center.

Due to Plano’s proximity to the city of Dallas, there are no professional sports teams within the suburb.  However, Plano does host the annual Plano Balloon Festival each September.  This hot air balloon festival attracts over 90,000 attendees and has been in operation for more than thirty years.  The festival is also a pivotal fundraiser for local nonprofit organizations.

Do you own a small business in the Plano area?  Are you considering starting up one?  These resources may be useful to you:

Apply for a Business License in Plano:

Plano Economic Development:

Plano Chamber of Commerce:

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Signarama of Richardson
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Brian Head

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Joseph Price



Better Signs & Banners
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Gary Stillman

Bradburry Signs
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Richard McGill

M Signs, Inc.
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Michael Maley

Signs Plus
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Christopher Nally