Houston Chronicle: Business

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 08/17/2014 - 02:40 AM

    Business calendar

    Services Cooperative Association:

    Hank Schrader, owner of Dream Destinations Travel Service.

    Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston:

    Dr. Robert Robbins, president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center.

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  • July jobs numbers show continued economic strength in Texas
    Friday - 08/15/2014 - 12:50 PM

    "Texas employers continue to propel the Texas economy's expansion by adding 396,200 jobs over the last year, a 3.5 percent annual growth rate," he said in a written announcement.

    In the Houston metropolitan area, then unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, based on data that are not adjusted for seasonal factors such as school schedules.

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  • Social Security, Medicare optimism false
    Tuesday - 08/12/2014 - 09:21 PM

    Just read some of the more obscure parts of these public documents; they are available free to anyone with an Internet connection.

    Appendix F tells us the net surplus in trust accounting for combining Social Security and Medicare is a mere $10.1 billion.

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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 08/10/2014 - 03:20 AM

    Understanding current home technology and infrastructure options.

    Association of Certified Fraud Examiners:

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

    Matt Davies, payments outreach officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

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  • Texas adds jobs in July in key sectors
    Wednesday - 08/06/2014 - 12:16 PM

    Texas added 29,860 private-sector jobs during July, according to a report Wednesday from ADP, the payroll processing and benefits administration company.

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  • Small-business resources
    Monday - 08/04/2014 - 03:10 AM

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

    DIY Marketing Tips: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

    How Much Money Do I Need to Start My Business?: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

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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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  • 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

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

    Oxley Leasing Cos.

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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

  • Fortune's fastest growing companies in Texas
    Friday - 08/15/2014 - 04:00 PM

    Many Texas companies are outpacing competition around the world.
    Fortune magazine released its rankings of the 100 fastest-growing companies worldwide ; 20 businesses hail from the Lone Star State.

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  • Woodland web firm bubbles up profits
    Thursday - 08/14/2014 - 07:25 PM

    In 1987, Coleman Sisson of The Woodlands helped performer Jimmy Buffett retrieve from a crashed computer the only copy of a manuscript he was writing.

    When he founded digital marketing firm BubbleUp in November 2004, his goal was to create websites where fans could buy everything from concert tickets to merchandise, CDs and downloads.

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  • Small-business Q&A: Family values can help ensure success
    Sunday - 08/10/2014 - 03:20 AM

    According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, family businesses comprise 90 percent of all business enterprises in North America, and 62 percent of total U.S.

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 08/10/2014 - 03:20 AM

    Internet Marketing and Search Engine Optimization - Beyond the Basics: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

    Small Business Administration Certification Programs: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

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  • The Motley Fool: Of great (and little) interest
    Tuesday - 08/05/2014 - 05:51 PM

    Interest rates are strongly influenced by inflation and the debt market (notes, bills, bonds, etc.).

    If it appears to be growing too briskly, the Federal Reserve, headed by Janet Yellen, may hike short-term interest rates via the "federal funds" rate (the rate a bank can charge another bank for use of its excess money) in order to slow growth and keep inflation in check.

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  • Real estate transactions
    Monday - 08/04/2014 - 03:10 AM

    Upper Bay Gallery has leased 2,200 square feet in Lakeside Shopping Center to open an art and framing store.

    The German retail concept is a specialty oil, vinegar and spices shop where everything is served "from the cask" (the English translation of vom fass), stored in barrels, cask pyramids, glass balloons, and vinegar and oil crocks.

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