Houston Chronicle: Business

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 takes a soccer break
    Thursday - 06/26/2014 - 03:40 PM

    While the United States lost the soccer match against Germany, Thursday's midday match was a chance for companies to build a little camaraderie, show a little team building and give everyone at the office or factory floor a break from the everyday grind.

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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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

  • The Motley Fool: Buying stock directly
    Tuesday - 07/01/2014 - 06:25 PM

    [...] understand that the term can mean different things.

    Global energy production is booming, and a good way to profit without being hurt by commodity-price volatility is to invest in companies servicing and supplying the oil and gas industry.

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  • A few days left to nominate a Top Workplace
    Tuesday - 06/24/2014 - 05:25 PM

    Private, public, nonprofit and government workplaces can all take part.

    Companies also receive special recognition for categories ranging from ethics to communication to work-life flexibility.

    The Chronicle will host an awards gala event in advance of the special section in November.

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