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Small-business resources
Business
Published in 21-3-2014
    348 Visits
Internet Marketing and Search Engine Optimization - Beyond the Basics: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200. Wide Area Workflow Payment Process: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200. Create a Facebook Page for Your Business: Hosted by SCORE. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Palm Center, Business Technology Center, 5330 Griggs Road. Building and Marketing Your Website: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., UH SBD ...>>
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People in Business
Business
Published in 21-3-2014
    102 Visits

The commission, appointed by Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston City Council, studies real estate development issues and makes recommendations to the council, and reviews and approves subdivision and development plats. 1John A. Clark has been named senior vice president, commercial lending, focusing on professional service firms at Integrity Bank. Ken Murphy has been appointed as chief oper ...>>

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Business calendar
Business
Published in 21-3-2014
    191 Visits
Pioneer Oil Producers Society: Bruce Crager, executive vice president, Endeavor Management. Topic: "Floating Production Systems - The Industry's Best Solution for the Future." Women Driving Business Series. 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Tony's, 3755 Richmond. Workshop presented by attorney Jim Felker and The Lovett Agency, a notary bonding agency. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2020 Southwest Freeway at ...>>
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Small-business Q&A: Contractor should come up with a way to stand out
Business
Published in 21-3-2014
    1025 Visits
If you decide to promote one particular trait, such as your reliability, you need to consistently stay on message in your marketing efforts, and you need to consistently deliver what you promote. Be sure your marketing materials, website and signs appeal to customers looking for professional courtesy. Offer a guarantee to let customers know you stand by your promise. For tips on how you can get ...>>
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Most valuable brands in Texas revealed
Business
Published in 21-3-2014
    1068 Visits

Several Houston-area oil giants are among the most valuable brands in Texas, according to a study by New York-based firm Brand Finance.

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The Motley Fool: Uncomfortable investments
Business
Published in 21-3-2014
    423 Visits

Viatical settlements involve buying a terminally ill person's life insurance policy. If someone is expected to live only three more years and needs cash to pay for medical bills or just to spend and enjoy, he might sell his life insurance policy. Many people are uneasy about investing in something that has them rooting for speedy deaths and against medical breakthroughs. Is it bad if a ...>>

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An elite school is not the best choice for every student
Business
Published in 21-3-2014
    719 Visits
The book is also a $29 investment that could save you thousands of dollars if you happen to be a parent wondering how you'll pay the bill for your bright kid who wants to go to Harvard (or Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Brown or any of the elite private universities). The current tuition at Harvard is $38,891, and the estimated total cost, including room, board, fees and books, is $59,950. Even ...>>
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Another big bank takes a run at Houston
Economy
Published in 21-3-2014
    69 Visits

While many banks have been expanding their local footprints through acquisitions, publicly traded banking giant BB&T Corp. is launching a $40 million organic expansion in Texas that will bring its first retail bank branches into Houston. Kay St. John, Texas regional president for BB&T, said the company has already earmarked four branch locations to open in Houston in the first quarter. ...>>

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Retailers tout layaways, but survey finds a decline
Economy
Published in 21-3-2014
    109 Visits

Sears and Toys R Us eliminated all layaway fees this year, and Wal-Mart said customer demand pushed it to reduce its upfront cost by two-thirds to $5, which then is refunded as a gift card when customers pay off their balance. A spokeswoman for H-E-B said it has "heard praises from customers" participating in its layaway program, which the grocery chain decided to launch to test the popularity ...>>

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Good but more modest growth for 2013
Economy
Published in 21-3-2014
    674 Visits

Another year of robust oil prices, strong export demand and a seemingly never-ending increase in population that will spur more need for housing will help Houston's economy in 2013, according to the annual economic forecast by the Greater Houston Partnership. The Houston-area economy is expected to add 76,000 jobs next year, which represents a 2.8 percent year-over-year gain, said Patrick ...>>

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Construction supply company closes doors, lays off 740
Economy
Published in 21-3-2014
    223 Visits
The Houston-based construction supply company that got its start more than 30 years ago and provided traffic control services for special events such as the Democratic and Republican national conventions, the Super Bowl and the Lollapalooza music festival, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware earlier this month after it couldn't arrange financing or sell its business. The company manu ...>>
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Texas reports strong GDP growth
Economy
Published in 21-3-2014
    624 Visits
While the energy industry contributed the most to economic growth in Texas, durable goods manufacturing - which includes the making of oil and gas field machinery - was also an important factor for the state. Sparsely populated North Dakota grew by 13.4 percent last year, led by energy exploration and production but also helped by strong growth in construction, wholesale trade and transportation ...>>
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Tax issues sock personal incomes in U.S., Texas
Economy
Published in 21-3-2014
    972 Visits
Personal income dropped 1.2 percent nationwide during the first quarter which ended March 31 -and dipped 0.9 percent in Texas during that same period - largely because of a couple of unusual tax-related circumstances, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Friday. The holiday - in which employees saw their portion of Social Security taxes cut from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent during 2011 and ...>>
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Clothing and fuel send local price index higher
Economy
Published in 21-3-2014
    349 Visits
Area residents paid more for clothing, gasoline and college tuition and fees during the two-month period, the bureau reported. "Clothing prices are extremely seasonal, to say the least," said Cheryl Abbot, regional economist with the bureau in Dallas, referring to the 4.9 percent rise between July and August. The increase reflects higher prices for housing, electricity, natural gas and restauran ...>>
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Job growth decent for 2014
Economy
Published in 21-3-2014
    539 Visits
The Houston area is expected to create 65,000 new jobs next year, said Bill Gilmer, director of the Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston. That represents a year-over-year gain of 2.2 percent. Gilmer, who made his remarks at an annual economic forecasting luncheon Thursday that was attended by more than 800 business leaders, also predicted that the Houston area will end u ...>>
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