Houston Chronicle: Business

  • 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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  • Education, income levels fuel life expectancy gap
    Wednesday - 03/26/2014 - 12:15 AM

    Education, income levels fueling life expectancy gap

    The root document in all this is a 2007 study conducted by Hilary Waldron, an economist for the Social Security Administration.

    In the study, Waldron divided male workers into two groups: those in the top half of the Social Security wage base (about $60,000 a year and up today), and those in the bottom half.

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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 03/23/2014 - 02:51 AM

    Meeting and 26th anniversary. 6-8 p.m., Little Napoli Italian Cuisine, 6445 Westheimer.

    Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture.

    Tommy Simmons with the Texas Workforce Commission.

    Texas payday law and worker classification issues.

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  • Small-business Q&A: This class is free but very selective
    Sunday - 03/23/2014 - 02:51 AM

    In approximately 13 courses, business owners will be instructed on specific concepts, including writing business plans, increasing borrowing capacity by understanding credit, marketing and advertising, accounting best practices and industry lending practices.

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  • The Motley Fool: Uncomfortable investments
    Wednesday - 03/19/2014 - 12:30 AM

    Viatical settlements involve buying a terminally ill person's life insurance policy.

    If someone is expected to live only three more years and needs cash to pay for medical bills or just to spend and enjoy, he might sell his life insurance policy.

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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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  • Real estate transactions
    Monday - 03/24/2014 - 02:35 AM

    5300 BW8 Ltd., an entity of Tanglewood Property Group, has purchased Beltway 8 Corporate Centre I, a 103,000 square-foot, building at 5300 N.

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 03/23/2014 - 02:51 AM

    Doing Business With the City of Houston: 9-11 a.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

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

    Facebook Campaigns: 9–11 a.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.

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  • An elite school is not the best choice for every student
    Saturday - 03/22/2014 - 12:00 AM

    The book is also a $29 investment that could save you thousands of dollars if you happen to be a parent wondering how you'll pay the bill for your bright kid who wants to go to Harvard (or Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Brown or any of the elite private universities).

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  • Most valuable brands in Texas revealed
    Tuesday - 03/18/2014 - 12:20 PM

    Several Houston-area oil giants are among the most valuable brands in Texas, according to a study by New York-based firm Brand Finance.

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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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  • GWAR frontman Brockie found dead in Virginia home
    Monday - 03/24/2014 - 07:50 PM

    Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh says officers were called to home shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday for a report of a dead person. Detectives don't suspect foul play at this time and Waugh says the medical examiner's office will determine cause of death.

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  • People in Business
    Sunday - 03/23/2014 - 02:51 AM

    1 Joanne Graf has been appointed to the board of directors of Jewish Family Services of Houston, a nonprofit human service agency serving the Houston area.Graf serves as partner and business leader at JMW Consultants, a global management consulting firm.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Obamacare penalties could be greater than uninsured anticipate
    Saturday - 03/22/2014 - 03:10 AM

    At 35, Brandan Licatino is old enough to understand the risks of getting sick without health insurance and informed enough to know he faces a tax penalty a year from now if he fails to sign up for a federally mandated health plan by the end of the month.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Small-business Q&A: Contractor should come up with a way to stand out
    Monday - 03/17/2014 - 12:25 AM

    If you decide to promote one particular trait, such as your reliability, you need to consistently stay on message in your marketing efforts, and you need to consistently deliver what you promote.

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