Houston Chronicle: Business

  • Houston jobless rate dips to 4 percent
    Friday - 05/22/2015 - 12:01 PM

    The Houston-area unemployment rate dipped to 4 percent in April, down from 4.2 percent in March, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.
    The local rate is not adjusted for seasonal factors such as major holidays and school schedules, which typically affect hiring and firing patterns.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • People in Business
    Sunday - 05/17/2015 - 03:36 AM

    Kym I. King has been promoted to vice president of public relations and community affairs at Goodwill Industries of Houston.

    Karen Di Fulgo has been promoted to senior vice president, human resources, at Benchmark Hospitality International.

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  • Tower to bring luxury condos to The Woodlands
    Friday - 05/15/2015 - 03:23 PM

    "There has been a great demand escalating for high-rise living in the heart of The Woodlands Town Center for the last few years," Paul Layne, executive vice president of master-planned communities for the Howard Hughes Corp.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The price is right for going south of the border
    Tuesday - 05/12/2015 - 11:51 PM

    [...] they start talking about drug cartels and the latest drug-deal-gone-bad movie featuring dismemberment and blowtorches.

    Tourism here has greatly recovered from both the cartel wars and the global financial collapse.

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  • Marijuana industry sees a big market in Texas
    Tuesday - 05/12/2015 - 01:11 PM

    Advocates of legalizing marijuana have been around for decades, but the new push to make pot legal in Texas is increasingly backed by a multibillion dollar industry. While bills to legalize marijuana didn't pass the Texas Legislature this year, they've made it farther than ever before.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 05/10/2015 - 03:21 AM

    Using the Small Business Administration's Dynamic Small Business Search: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

    Business Plan Basics: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

    Houston Permits and Licenses Made Simple: 1-3 p.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 05/10/2015 - 03:21 AM

    Association of Contingency Planners - South Texas Chapter:

    Program: A scenario-based mock-disaster exercise for a multinational organization using one of today's most concerning and evolving threats.

    Tax and Immigration Consequences for Foreign Nationals:

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  • Scientists claim fracking contamination in drinking water
    Thursday - 05/07/2015 - 05:12 PM

    Scientists in Pennsylvania say they've found fracking chemicals in drinking water wells.

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  • Blue Bell knew about listeria contamination, feds say
    Thursday - 05/07/2015 - 04:10 PM

    Brenham-based Blue Bell Creameries found strong evidence of listeria in its Broken Arrow, Oklahoma plant as early as 2013 but failed to improve its sanitation programs, according to findings released today by the U.S Food and Drug Administration.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The other enemy of 401(k) plans (and your retirement)
    Tuesday - 05/05/2015 - 06:54 PM

    Many middle-income retirees are now paying taxes on those withdrawals at a 28.25 percent rate.

    Retirees with Social Security benefits can pay 28.25 percent on withdrawals from their retirement plans.

    As a consequence, an obscure tax that hit a handful of affluent retirees in 1984 today hits 30 percent of all retirees.

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