Houston Chronicle: Business

  • Group 1 Auto continues pursuit of Brazil's car market with acquisition
    Monday - 09/15/2014 - 12:20 PM

    Group 1 Automotive announced an acquisition in Brazil on Monday, part of a strategy to expand in what the company sees as a growing car market.

    The latest acquisition is part of a long-term strategy to invest what the company expects to be a strong market, though tough economic times have slowed growth.

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  • People in Business
    Sunday - 09/14/2014 - 02:55 AM

    Robert Kimmel will join J.P. Morgan as a managing director in the energy group, where he will be primarily responsible for coverage of midstream energy clients.

    Griesinger will lead the bank's business development efforts in the Houston technology community and expand its presence throughout Texas.

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  • Stock market activity this week
    Friday - 09/12/2014 - 10:42 PM

    Announced spinoff

    ADP-number of shares TBA of CDK Global

    Declared stock splits

    Panhandle Oil & Gas 2-for-1

    Stock splits this week

    Trump Entertainment Resorts

    AB Electrolux (Sweden) -appliances business of General Electric ($3.3B)

    Global Cash Access Hldgs-Multimedia Games Hldgs ($1.2B)

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  • New paint jobs on jets part of broader design upgrade for Southwest Airlines
    Monday - 09/08/2014 - 03:00 PM

    The Dallas-based airline revealed two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft with the "modern" design at a rollout media event in a hangar packed with employees, executives and news media.

    "The heart emblazoned on our aircraft, and within our new look, symbolizes our commitment that we'll remain true to our core values as we set our sights on the future," chairman, president and CEO Gary Kelly said.

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  • People in Business
    Sunday - 09/07/2014 - 03:10 AM

    Marc Scott joined Balfour Beatty Construction as project executive of energy and technical facilities in the Houston office.

    Balfour Beatty Construction's Jon Moreau has been promoted to vice president of operations to assist with leadership of the special projects group in Houston.

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  • International carrier offers new nonstop flight to Monterrey
    Thursday - 09/04/2014 - 04:50 PM

    Interjet will begin offering a new nonstop flight between Houston and Monterrey, Mexico in October, airport officials announced Thursday.

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  • How to pay handsomely to get your own money back
    Tuesday - 09/02/2014 - 10:50 PM

    [...] he spends his best hours where the rubber meets the road, in the analysis of the actual financial products most of us encounter in real life.

    Suppose you are one of the millions of people who took advantage of an offer for a free dinner - and ended up buying "Living Benefits."

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  • Small-business Q&A: Woman-owned certification can provide an edge
    Sunday - 08/31/2014 - 09:45 PM

    Government agencies and many large corporations are mandated to do a certain percentage of their business with woman-owned companies, and have goals to meet in terms of the number and dollar volume of contracts awarded to such firms.

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 08/31/2014 - 02:20 AM

    Thursday
    Doing Business with Singapore: 9-11 a.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200. Cost: $19. Registration: www.sbdc.uh.edu.
    Do You Have What It Takes to Start a Business?: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Real estate transactions
    Monday - 08/25/2014 - 02:40 AM

    Oxley Leasing Cos.

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 09/14/2014 - 02:55 AM

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

    Do You Have What It Takes to Open a Restaurant?: 3-5 p.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 09/14/2014 - 02:55 AM

    Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce:

    Luncheon, style show and shopping. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar, Grand Ballroom.

    Women in the Fast Lane of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math.

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  • Already 1 billion websites, and counting
    Tuesday - 09/09/2014 - 09:25 PM

    No one rang a bell. And you may not have noticed. But sometime in late July the number of websites in the world may have surpassed 1 billion.
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  • Real estate transactions
    Monday - 09/08/2014 - 03:02 AM

    Sales
    Industrial
    RLLR Properties has purchased a 17,500-square-foot facility at 7310 W. Little York. Robert McGee and Thomas Leger of TNRG represented the seller, Terry Allen Enterprises.
    Sheldon Battery has purchased a 10,000-square-foot office warehouse at 410 Rankin Circle from the AFS.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Small-business Q&A: Local law school can help register your trademark
    Sunday - 09/07/2014 - 03:10 AM

    Q: I've worked hard to establish my business in our local marketplace and will soon expand to other locations. Should I get a trademark? How do I go about doing that?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Houston's Mattress Firm buying West Coast chain for $425 million
    Thursday - 09/04/2014 - 12:35 PM

    Houston's Mattress Firm Holding Corp. has agreed to acquire The Sleep Train, a leading West Cost bedding mattress store brand, for $425 million, Mattress Firm announced Thursday.

    After the merger Mattress Firm will operate about 2,000 mattress stores and 70 distribution centers across 40 states, according to a company statement.

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  • Real estate transactions
    Monday - 09/01/2014 - 02:05 AM

    Sales
    Office
    A private investor has purchased the Brownstone Office Condominiums, a five-building property totaling 20,000 square feet on 5.4 acres at 16110 Kuykendahl. Larry Vickers with Tarantino Properties represented the seller, PlainsCapital Bank.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • People in Business
    Sunday - 08/31/2014 - 02:20 AM

    Chris Johnson has been promoted to principal at UHY Advisors in the forensic, litigation and valuation services department.
    Institutional Property Advisors, a division of Marcus & Millichap serving the needs of institutional and major private real estate investors, announced the expansion of its national team of senior advisers with the addition of Nester Clark Clark will work with Institutional Property Advisors Texas as a director in the firm's Houston office.

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  • Home grocery delivery gains traction among the sprawl
    Wednesday - 08/27/2014 - 07:30 AM

    A company that makes home grocery deliveries is expanding to Houston this week, signaling growing confidence the concept will work in sprawling cities.

    [...] some of our least-dense cities have been the most successful.

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 08/24/2014 - 02:40 AM

    Build Your Own Feature-Rich Website using WordPress:

    Hosted by SCORE Houston. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Palm Center Technology Center, 5330 Griggs Road.

    Finding the Money to Start and Grow Your Business: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

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  • Real estate transactions
    Monday - 09/15/2014 - 02:40 AM

    Sales
    Office
    Westmont Partners, an affiliate of Corinthian Real Estate, has purchased 3217 Montrose, a two-story building totaling 17,000 square feet, from Braun Enterprises. Brian Kaplan of Radius Realty Advisors represented the buyer.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Small-business Q&A: It takes more than artistry to make jewelry venture shine
    Sunday - 09/14/2014 - 02:55 AM

    When I wear one of my pieces people always compliment me and ask where they can buy one, so much so that lately I've been thinking about giving up my day job and going into the jewelry-making business full time.

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  • The Motley Fool: Stocks to blow you away
    Tuesday - 09/09/2014 - 10:30 PM

    Ask the Fool
    Stocks to blowyou away
    Q: I'm optimistic about the growth of wind power. Which companies that are involved in it might I invest in? - B.M., Honolulu
    A: Wind power has been growing, partly due to the cost of turbines and the price of wind-powered electricity falling.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 09/07/2014 - 03:10 AM

    What really matters right now?

    Houston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners:

    Luncheon meeting and seminar. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., H.E.S.S. Club, 5430 Westheimer.

    Fraudulent financial reporting, or meet your new legal team.

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 09/07/2014 - 03:10 AM

    QuickBooks for Beginners: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Palm Center Technology Center, 5330 Griggs Road.

    Hosted by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and AMA Houston. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land.

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  • The Motley Fool: Boffo brands
    Tuesday - 09/02/2014 - 10:50 PM

    The Motley Fool:

    Ask the Fool

    What are the world's biggest brands?

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  • Advertisers seize on images shared via social media
    Monday - 09/01/2014 - 05:00 PM

    Software that scans millions of photos on social media flagged the image, operating on the principle it might hold value for Jack Daniel's or its competitors.

    Fernandez had no idea that Ditto Labs, based in Massachusetts, scanned her photo - the company does not inform social media users of its actions.

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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 08/31/2014 - 02:20 AM

    Tuesday
    Bio/Medical Technology Club of Houston: Meeting. 7-8:30 a.m., Rotary House International, 1600 Holcombe. Program: John Kajander, Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Topic: The City With No Limits campaign includes life sciences.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Stock market activity this week
    Friday - 08/29/2014 - 11:05 PM

    Increased dividends

    First Conn Bancorp .05 from .04

    Declared stock Splits

    Arrow Financial 2pc

    Stock splits this week

    Ascent Solar Technology 1-10 reverse

    Liberty Interactive Liberty Ventures-1 share Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings

    Annual earnings lower

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  • Business calendar
    Saturday - 08/23/2014 - 02:55 AM

    Monday
    Mid-Year Federal Tax Update: Seminar sponsored by the Houston TSCPA Foundation. 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., 777 Post Oak Blvd., No. 500. Speaker: Steven Tillinger, CPA. Cost: $225-$275. Information: 713-622-7733 or www.houstoncpa.org.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share