Houston Chronicle: Business

  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 07/27/2014 - 02:45 AM

    Tax Considerations for the Self Employed: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

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

    Marketing to Prime Contractors: 9-11 a.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

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  • People in Business
    Sunday - 07/27/2014 - 02:45 AM

    Onsite Woodwork Corp., a high-end architectural woodwork company, announced the promotion of Robert R. Byrd to regional manager over the Texas division.

    Tanya Castro has joined Cadence Bank as senior vice president, trust officer, in charge of business development for the Houston region, supporting the court-created trust division.

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  • Real estate transactions
    Monday - 07/21/2014 - 03:05 AM

    The property is Beacon's 15th property in Houston giving the company 2.89 million square feet of office space citywide.

    Kim Grizzle-Shapiro and Mike Martin of PM Realty Group have been appointed as leasing brokers, while Beacon Real Estate Services will take over property management.

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  • Small-business Q&A: Don't fly off the handle over negative online reviews
    Sunday - 07/20/2014 - 03:00 AM

    First of all, don't let your emotions guide your response.

    Do take a moment to thank the people who make the posts for the feedback and promise to look into what happened.

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  • The Motley Fool: Spiders and zeroes
    Tuesday - 07/15/2014 - 08:20 PM

    Investors who own Spiders own bits of all the companies in the index, such as Intel, Hasbro, CVS Caremark, Estee Lauder, Gap, Kellogg, MetLife, Pfizer, Nike, Staples, UnitedHealth and Tractor Supply.

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 07/13/2014 - 02:39 AM

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

    What You Need to Know Before Buying a Franchise: 9-11:30 a.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

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  • Stock market activity this week
    Friday - 07/11/2014 - 10:50 PM

    Increased dividends

    Highway Holdings .05 from .04

    Plains GP Hldg .1834 from .17055

    Extra or special dividends

    Nordic Amer Tankers .13

    Stock splits this week

    Group 1 Automotive 2.25pc cv notes due 2036 Sep. 4

    Nasdaq Global and Global Select Markets

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  • The Motley Fool: Penny stocks are no way to build wealth
    Wednesday - 07/09/2014 - 12:15 AM

    Q:

    Since penny stocks are so inexpensive, I can buy thousands of them, which can make me richer faster, no?

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 07/06/2014 - 02:30 AM

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

    Grow Your Business With Women Business Enterprise Certification: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

    Internet Marketing Clinic: 7-9 p.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

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  • Stock market activity this week
    Friday - 07/04/2014 - 09:15 PM

    Increased dividends

    Tallgrass Energy Partners .38 from .325

    Declared stock splits

    Chesapeake Utilities 3-for-2

    Stock splits this week

    InterContl Hotels 12-13 reverse after $2.93 special

    North Star Realty Finance 1-2 reverse after spinoff

    North Star Asset Management Group

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  • Small-business Q&A: Branding can help build solid customer base
    Sunday - 07/27/2014 - 02:45 AM

    Every small business needs a brand - a fundamental message or impression about its products or services that punches through the clutter and anchors itself in the customer's memory.

    Longtime marketing expert and SCORE mentor John McClymonds says it can create a loyal following of customers, and it can build a solid customer base for the business.

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  • The cost map to your 401(k) plan
    Tuesday - 07/22/2014 - 10:25 PM

    Why the focus on small 401(k) plans?

    Because costs are less of an issue with large plans.

    At the far extreme of low cost, the government's Thrift Savings Plan has annual costs, all in, of 3 basis points.

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 07/20/2014 - 03:00 AM

    Cold Calling Techniques That Get Results: 9-11:30 a.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

    Employee Versus Independent Contractor:

    Creating a Marketing Plan: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

    Google Tools for Business: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

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  • Firm gets scolding but OK for project
    Friday - 07/18/2014 - 11:06 PM

    The city's historic commission unanimously approved the project proposed by a Houston developer who had been accused of breaking historic district rules and allowing a 104-year-old home in Germantown to deteriorate.

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  • Small-business Q&A: Manage cash flow, or pay the price
    Monday - 07/14/2014 - 01:15 AM

    When they don't make regular checks and forecasts, or ignore troubling trends, their businesses will break down because they don't have the resources to pay their bills.

    To boost inflows, consider asking customers for all or a substantial portion of their payment upfront or give discounts to those who pay promptly.

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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 07/13/2014 - 02:39 AM

    Business calendar

    The After Hours Network Meeting:

    Loren Steffy, Texas Monthly columnist and author of "Drowning in Oil" and "The Man Who Thought Like a Ship."

    Services Cooperative Association:

    What is your trade secret?

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  • Houston tech company expanding its Bay Area presence, CEO to relocate
    Wednesday - 07/09/2014 - 06:56 PM

    Houston-based software development company Tendenci is expanding its presence in the San Francisco area, the company announced Wednesday.
    Company founder and CEO Ed Schipul will relocate to the San Francisco Bay area, according to a company statement.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Will Congress keep your investments safe? Maybe. maybe not
    Wednesday - 07/09/2014 - 12:15 AM

    The passage, or failure, of a single piece of legislation is going to tell us a lot about whether our Congress represents the people of the United States or just its financial service industry donors.

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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 07/06/2014 - 02:30 AM

    Tuesday
    The After Hours Network Meeting: 6-8 p.m., Little Napoli, 6445 Westheimer. Cost: $15. Information: www.afterhoursnetwork.com.
    Wednesday
    Services Cooperative Association: Meeting. 7:15-8:30 a.m., H.E.S.S. Club, 5430 Westheimer. Speaker: Tameka Young-Finister.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Reader survey shows best, worst fast-food spots
    Thursday - 07/03/2014 - 02:06 AM

    Fast-food giants may want to pay attention: More Americans are leaning toward restaurants that provide higher-quality foods for their money, according to Consumer Reports.

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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 07/27/2014 - 02:45 AM

    Tuesday
    The After Hours Network Meeting: 6-8 p.m., Little Napoli, 6445 Westheimer. Cost: $15. Information: www.afterhoursnetwork.com.
    Homebuying Class: Hosted by Redfin. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mi Cocina Restaurant, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Motley Fool: Building a moat for your castle
    Tuesday - 07/22/2014 - 10:25 PM

    In business jargon, an economic moat refers to sustainable competitive advantages that a company may have that protect its market position and defend against competitors or would-be competitors.

    Examples include brand power, switching costs, patents, economies of scale and barriers to entry.

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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 07/20/2014 - 03:00 AM

    Services Cooperative Association:

    Financial Literacy Class:

    Hosted by the Associated Credit Union of Texas. 6:30-7:30 p.m., ACU of Texas' Friendswood Kroger branch, 3135 FM 528, Friendswood.

    International Trade Center:

    Houston real estate and investment opportunities.

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  • The amazing arithmetic of homeownership
    Tuesday - 07/15/2014 - 09:25 PM

    1 Retirees and near-retirees may be selling their homes simply because "that's where the money is" - home equity is their biggest asset and they need to use it to produce retirement income.

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  • Real estate transactions
    Monday - 07/14/2014 - 02:22 AM

    Completed in 2003, the property is 95.2 percent leased, and has one-, two- and three-bedroom units averaging 969 square feet each.

    Spindletop Design has leased two office suites at 6212 N.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • People in Business
    Sunday - 07/13/2014 - 02:39 AM

    John "Jake" Cleveland joins PROS as senior vice president, global sales.

    Phil Wagner is an economic development specialist serving as director of services for the Montrose management district and assisting the East Aldine management district in charge of business expansion and recruitment.

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  • Weaver reprises 'Alien' role in video game
    Thursday - 07/10/2014 - 03:30 PM

    The actress who portrayed unflappable officer Ellen Ripley in the Alien film franchise is reprising her role in Alien:

    Weaver, who recorded new dialogue for the game, says she picked up right where she left off as tough-as-nails Ripley in filmmaker Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror masterpiece.

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  • Checkers burger chain coming to Houston
    Tuesday - 07/08/2014 - 07:55 PM

    The first Checkers will open in Houston in either December or January of next year, said Jennifer Durham, vice president of franchise development for Tampa, Fla.-based Checkers & Rally's Restaurants which operates under the names Checkers and Rally's and has almost 800 U.S.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • People in Business
    Sunday - 07/06/2014 - 02:30 AM

    A graduate of Louisiana State University, Hung has extensive experience in commercial construction projects, especially for religious and nonprofit clients.

    Terry Hatcher has been named vice president of human resources at Greene's Energy Group, a provider of integrated testing, rentals and specialty services.

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  • There's still hope for joining the pretty-well-off
    Tuesday - 07/01/2014 - 06:25 PM

    Once again, we've learned that there are people (not very many) who live on "rents" - income from the ownership of assets such as land, buildings, stocks, bonds, mineral rights, etc.

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