Houston Chronicle: Business

  • The Motley Fool: Can I retire in 10 years?
    Tuesday - 04/22/2014 - 07:50 PM

    The stock market has averaged annual gains of 10 percent over the long haul, but over the course of your investing time frame of 10 (or 20 or 30) years, it might average considerably more or less.

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  • Real estate transactions
    Monday - 04/21/2014 - 02:59 AM

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    Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston has purchased a 9,575-square-foot building at 4910 Dacoma south of U.S. 290 and west of Loop 610 for its Houston office.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 04/20/2014 - 03:06 AM

    Pioneer Oil Producers Society:

    Imaging a frac and tracing the water using nanotechnology.

    International Association of Administrative Professionals:

    Clear Lake/NASA Area Chapter meeting. 5:45-8 p.m., Texas Land and Cattle, 11900 Dickinson Road.

    Judge Michelle Slaughter, who was named a rising star by the Super Lawyers edition of Texas Monthly.

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  • Stock market activity this week
    Saturday - 04/19/2014 - 12:05 AM

    First Republic Bank .14 from .12

    Western Gas Ptrs .625 from .60

    Declared stock splits

    Stock splits this week

    Johnson Controls - Air Distribution Technologies (Dallas) ($1.6B)

    Zebra Technology - enterprise business of Motorola Solutions ($3.45B)

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  • The Motley Fool: A taxing matter concerning dividends
    Tuesday - 04/15/2014 - 08:26 PM

    Imagine that Economical Aviaries (ticker: CHEEP) rakes in $100 million in sales, and after subtracting expenses, keeps $20 million as its operating profit.

    The U.S.

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 04/13/2014 - 03:35 AM

    Improving Your Personal Profile For Business Growth:

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

    Houston Minority Supplier Development Council - Minority- Owned Business Certification: 9-11 a.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

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  • Florida visit turns up economic indicator
    Tuesday - 04/08/2014 - 07:15 PM

    Visit to Florida turns up Key economic indicator

    Who would have thought that we'd discover a new economic indicator?

    The source of the indicator is Pam, the owner/proprietor of Treasure Harbor Marina, a small sailboat charter and boat-slip rental operation 21 miles south of Key Largo.

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  • Special bargains can draw customers in droves
    Sunday - 03/30/2014 - 04:00 AM

    Handing out branded promotional items, posting on social media, supporting a worthy cause, holding a contest, using a loyalty program, providing incentives for referrals, hosting a customer appreciation event, offering discounts and freebies - all are promotional tactics that can drive customer attention to your business.

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  • Stock market activity this week
    Saturday - 03/29/2014 - 01:50 AM

    TPG Specialty Lending .38

    Declared stock dividend

    Announced spinoff

    Safeway - Approx. .1643 of a share Blackhawk Network Hldgs class B.

    CBS Outdoor Americas (IPO)

    Digital Realty Trust 7.375pc pfH

    King Digital Entertainment (IPO)

    Applied Genetic Technologies (IPO)

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  • Customer payment information compromised at 34 Spec's stores
    Friday - 03/28/2014 - 01:55 PM

    Private customer information, including payment card and check information, has been exposed at 34 of 155 Spec's wine and liquor stores, including 21 in the greater Houston area, the company said Tuesday.

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  • Netflix's new subscribers to pay higher rates
    Tuesday - 04/22/2014 - 12:10 PM

    The last time Netflix changed prices in 2010, the Los Gatos company stumbled badly, prompting angry subscribers to bolt and wary investors to send its stock into a months-long tailspin.

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 04/20/2014 - 03:06 AM

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

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

    Do You Have What It Takes to Start a Nonprofit Business?: 1-4 p.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

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  • Whole Foods recalls croissants over undeclared egg
    Saturday - 04/19/2014 - 01:10 AM

    Whole Foods Markets is recalling mini butter croissants sold in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana because they contain eggs, an undeclared allergen.

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  • Video: City predicts problems if Ashby high-rise isn't built
    Friday - 04/18/2014 - 09:56 PM
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  • Small-business Q&A: Capability statement should be concise
    Monday - 04/14/2014 - 01:18 AM

    Any tips for putting together a capability statement that will make a better impression next time?

    Include your DUNS number, Commercial and Government Entity, or CAGE, code, key North American Industry Classification System, or NAICS, codes, General Services Administration contract numbers if you have any, or any certifications you have obtained.

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  • People in Business
    Sunday - 04/13/2014 - 03:35 AM

    1Scott Pederson has been appointed vice president of Tendenci, the software development company spearheading the Tendenci Open Source Content Management System project for associations and other nonprofits 1Eddie Lasker has joined Spirit of Texas Bank as senior vice president and commercial lender, serving the Fort Bend County area.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Nominate your employer for annual Houston honor
    Friday - 04/04/2014 - 02:46 PM

    Do think your company can be a model for treating employees the right way?

    This fall, the Chronicle will publish its fifth annual report on the top places to work in the Greater Houston area as determined by company employees.

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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 03/30/2014 - 04:00 AM

    Business calendar

    Using the patent system to protect your biomedical inventions in the u.s. and abroad.

    CREW Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., The Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane.

    Networking luncheon.

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  • Real estate transactions
    Friday - 03/28/2014 - 08:25 PM

    Real estate transactions

    JBL Asset Management has purchased the Market at Hunting Bayou, a 201,268-square-foot retail center at 11420 East Freeway.

    The Market at Hunting Bayou is anchored by a 17-screen Cinemark theater, 24 Hour Fitness, Chili's and Saltgrass Steakhouse.

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  • Houston area unemployment rate 5.7 percent
    Friday - 03/28/2014 - 11:46 AM

    The local jobless rate is not adjusted for seasonal factors such as school holidays and major holidays.

    Only manufacturing, information services and education, and health services reported job losses last month.

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  • Netflix's new subscribers to pay higher rates
    Tuesday - 04/22/2014 - 01:15 PM

    The last time Netflix changed prices in 2010, the Los Gatos company stumbled badly, prompting angry subscribers to bolt and wary investors to send its stock into a months-long tailspin.

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  • Small-business Q&A: Websites are key to online marketing
    Sunday - 04/20/2014 - 03:06 AM

    Blogs, photo sharing and other types of social media may be getting all the buzz these days, but websites remain the foundation of a successful online marketing strategy.

    Though social media has redefined the rules of customer engagement and relationship-building, these channels are limited in size, content and time.

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  • People in Business
    Sunday - 04/20/2014 - 03:06 AM

    1Dawn Adams has been promoted to quality system management director, assistant vice president, Hooks Industrial of Spring. 1Jason Leif, a partner in the Houston office of Jones Day, has been elected president of the Energy Bar Association, a 2,600-member organization of attorneys, non- attorney professionals and students active in all areas of energy law.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Houston unemployment rate dips to 5.2 percent
    Friday - 04/18/2014 - 01:09 PM

    The statewide rate, however, is adjusted for typical seasonal factors such as school schedules and major holidays that affect hiring patterns.

    Of the 11 key sectors in Texas, employers added new jobs in seven of them over the past month, including 5,600 new positions in professional and business services and 3,400 in both government and trade transportation and utilities.

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  • Home sweet home, even if it's a boat or an RV
    Tuesday - 04/15/2014 - 08:26 PM

    From the bayside, it's hard to believe that the channel for the Snake River cut actually exists.

    [...] you're right up on the marker, it appears to be a jungle of mangrove trees.

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  • Stock market activity this week
    Friday - 04/11/2014 - 10:25 PM

    First Busey .05 from .04

    First Citizens Banc Corp .05 from .04

    Automatic Data Processing-its Dealer Services business, terms TBA

    Declared stock splits

    Stock splits this week

    Acquired by private equity

    Enable Midstream Partners LP (IPO)

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  • The Motley Fool: Meet MyRA
    Tuesday - 04/08/2014 - 07:15 PM

    A: "MyRA" is short for My Retirement Account, and it's designed to help workers whose employers don't offer retirement accounts such as 401(k)s.

    The accounts will charge no fees, and employers will not have to administer them or make matching contributions.

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 03/30/2014 - 02:55 AM

    Hosted by SCORE. 9 a.m.-noon, Golf Club of Houston, Champions Pavilion on 18th Fairway, 5860 Wilson Road, Humble.

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

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  • Hackers hit 34 Spec's-owned stores
    Friday - 03/28/2014 - 11:40 PM

    More than half a million customers at 34 liquor stores owned by Spec's may have had critical financial information stolen in a sophisticated computer scam that persisted for a year and a half, the company announced Friday.

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  • The Motley Fool: Look closer at steep returns
    Wednesday - 03/26/2014 - 12:15 AM

    A company's return on equity, or ROE, reflects the productivity of the net assets (assets minus liabilities) that its management has at its disposal.

    Net income is found on a company's income ­statement.

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