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Small-business Q&A: Figure out what your customers need, and at what cost
Business
Published in 1-3-2016
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[...] building momentum in a market requires patience and comes with no guarantees, as customers' needs, regulatory landscapes and competitive pressures change over time. In this case 'value' means that businesses or individuals will understand they need or want it enough to pay you a price that will give you profit and success, SCORE mentor and marketing expert Sue Phalen advises. ...>>
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Real estate transactions
Business
Published in 1-3-2016
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Real estate transactions A Chicago-based private equity group has purchased the Ranch at City Park, a 270-unit apartment community on 14 acres at 11900 City Park Central Lane. Amenities include a resort-style swimming pool, outdoor fireplace, picnic and grilling area, 24-hour fitness center, clubhouse, game room with billiards table, theater room, cyber cafe and detached garages. Ultimate Shutt ...>>
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Sysco to cut 1,200 jobs
Business
Published in 1-3-2016
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The food distribution company revealed the plan to cut its workforce by about 2 percent as it gave what it described as additional details of its current three-year operating plan. Sysco expects to take severance and related charges of $25 million to $30 million over the next 15 months as well as charges of about $70 million in fiscal 2016 and approximately $130 million in fiscal 2017 related to ...>>
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Small-business resources
Business
Published in 23-2-2016
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Create Your Own Feature-Rich Website and Blogs using WordPress: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Palm Center Technology Center, 5330 Griggs. One-on-one matchmaking session will be held with Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, Houston First Corp., the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fort Bend Independent School District, the Texas A&M University System and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quali ...>>
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Small-business Q&A: Take those 'likes' to a higher level
Business
Published in 23-2-2016
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Watkins, an expert on e-marketing for small business, recommends special offers exclusive to followers on your social media sites. [...] when you have made the first live contact with your online fans, provide reasons for them to return and become regular customers. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and the like can all be good channels to get the word out about your store and your products, ...>>
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Sysco buys European distributor
Business
Published in 23-2-2016
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Sysco is expanding its presence in Europe and positioning itself for future international growth with an $850 million acquisition of London-based Brakes Group, a food-service distributor with operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Sweden, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg, Sysco announced Monday.

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Urban Land Institute names new executive director
Business
Published in 23-2-2016
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The Urban Land Institute in Houston named David Kim, previously with the city of HOuston, as its executive director.

The Houston District Council of the Urban Land Institute, a think tank based in Washingtion, D.C, chosen Kim for his work in local real estate and nonprofit communities. Kim replaces Ann Taylor, who served as executive director since 2008. Taylor took a job at Midway.

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Memorial Hermann opens Convenient Care Center in Cypress
Business
Published in 23-2-2016
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Memorial Hermann has opened a Convenient Care Center at its new Cypress campus northwest of Houston. The 45,000-square-foot facility at 27700 Northwest Freeway is part of the first phase of a campus that will include an 81-bed acute care hospital.

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S&P upgrades bond rating for Houston Airport System
Business
Published in 16-2-2016
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Mario Diaz, director of the Houston Airport System, in a news release called the upgrade "reflective of our team's responsible fiscal management" and said both Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports "are poised for continued growth and success." The rating agency also affirmed its AA-minus long-term rating on the Airport System's senior-lien bonds and its AAA/A-2 ratings on the exi ...>>

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Andrews Kurth partner named as U.S. magistrate judge
Business
Published in 16-2-2016
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Andrews Kurth announced Monday that Dena Palermo, co-chair of the firm's white collar and regulatory enforcement section, will become a U.S. magistrate judge for the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas. At Andrews Kurth, Palermo worked on a wide range of foreign corruption matters with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice, according to the firm.
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Red Lobster is responding to angry comments after Beyonce shoutout
Business
Published in 16-2-2016
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Though Red Lobster enjoyed quite the sales surge after the seafood chain got a shout out in Beyonce's latest single, the restaurant is now dealing with some backlash.

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Group launches Galleria Chamber of Commerce to boost global business
Business
Published in 16-2-2016
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The group includes the Galleria mall and its more than 400 stores, the Houston Polo Club, Quan Law Group, the J.W. Marriott and NRG, who will work on projects and agreements, and establish ties and joint ventures with other countries in fields including manufacturing, oil and gas and retail, Houston ICC president Reggie Gray said.

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Retail Wrap: El Pollo Loco continues Houston expansion
Business
Published in 16-2-2016
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Highlights of real estate activity in the Houston area: FitnessFX has leased 6,000 square feet and the Fort Bend Women's Center has leased 1,125 square feet in Katy at Firethorne Plaza II.
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Small-business Q&A: A class to help entrepreneurs succeed
Business
Published in 9-2-2016
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A lender will want to know why you need the money and what you're going to use it for, and will also want to see an explanation of how you plan to pay it back. Since you haven't written a business plan before, you might want to take advantage of assistance available through the University of Houston Bauer College Small Business Development Center. The SBDC also offers a variety of work ...>>
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Burrito joint Moe's takes shot at Chipotle the day of its nation-wide delayed opening
Business
Published in 9-2-2016
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The CEO of burrito joint Moe's Southwest Grill has a message for everyone disappointed in Chipotle closing its stores for four hours today : Hey guys, we're open.

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