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Mar
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Helping Women-Owned Businesses Thrive

By HURD ON THE HILL WILL HURD

 

Women entrepreneurs make up a growing portion of our economy. In fact, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States increased five times over the last decade. Their presence is all the more evident in our backyard, as Texas is home to more than 890,000 women-owned businesses, the second most in the entire nation. Our great state is also ranked first for the “economic clout” of women-owned businesses, which means that women-owned companies in Texas grow more quickly in volume, in employment and in revenues than those anywhere else.

 

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Tue
20
Mar
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Poco Not So Bueno

By LEE PITTS

 

As we continue to unwind the double DNA helix, more and more genetic diseases like HYPP, GBED, HERDA and PSSM are popping up that can turn a valuable stud into horse meat for Frenchmen. For example, I used to think highly of the Quarter Horse Poco Bueno, but not after he was found to carry the recessive gene for HERDA, a genetic skin disease found in

Quarter Horses. Researchers now think that Poco Bueno's sire line, going all the way back to the legendary foundation sire King, may be responsible for the genetic disorder. In other words, Poco is not so bueno any more. Whereas he used to be referred to in hushed, reverential tones by a pedigree reader at a horse sale, even if he was five generations back in a pedigree, now a reader or auctioneer doesn't dare mention Poco Bueno's name.

 

Tue
13
Mar
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The Bankruptcy Book

By LEE PITTS

We've all heard of Chapter 11 and millions of folks have lived through chapters seven and 13, but where is this bankruptcy book where these chapters come from? From what I can tell, no one has ever read the entire tome. I know when I asked for it at our local library they looked at me like I was a few fries short of a Happy Meal, or one taco short of a combo plate.

Here, for the first time, are some of the missing chapters from The Bankruptcy Book explaining many of the ways you too can go broke:

 

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Tue
13
Mar
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A plan for transferring business ownership

By DAVE ERICKSON

Have you wondered how you would transfer ownership of your business when it is time to retire, or you are forced to retire? Have you wondered what it would be like if one of your business partners died unexpectedly and their spouse would become your new partner? Have you wondered how you would value the business in these cases? It may be time to review your business buyout agreement, commonly called the buy-sell agreement, to see how the above “triggers” are addressed. Don’t have a buy-sell agreement in place? Then now is the time to consider putting one together.

 

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Wed
07
Mar
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Black Or Red?

By LEE PITTS

I learned a long time ago that most people can be divided into one of two camps. My wife taught me that lesson the first time we went grocery shopping together 45 years ago. When we came to the condiment aisle she had a preconceived notion that our mayonnaise needs would best be filled by Best Foods. But I was a Miracle Whip guy. Right there in the store she informed me that Miracle Whip was for poor, homeless, bums while I told her that Best Foods was for rich, overeducated snobs. My taste buds have not been tickled by Miracle Whip since that day.

As with checkers, it's the same with commercial cattlemen, most can be divided into either Black or Red.

 

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07
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A Ford in his past

By DON NEWBURY

One thing for sure,” a reader mentioned the other day, “most of your columns are centered on your own ‘back when’ memories.” An easy counter is that just as many pieces are written about their “back when” recollections.

Some of the most poignant accounts are from folks 90 or more years of age. Engage them in conversation, however brief, and they’re apt to flip back memory calendars to the 1930s, when the Great Depression gripped our land.

 

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Tue
27
Feb
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Unsung Heroes

By Will Hurd

February marks Black History Month, an opportunity for all Americans to reflect upon and celebrate the countless contributions of African-Americans to our great nation.

Having spent nine years as an undercover officer in the CIA, I had the opportunity to serve shoulder- to-shoulder with our brave men and women in uniform.

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Tue
27
Feb
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Don’t bank on it: Fake check scams making the rounds

By Heather Massey

It may seem like your lucky day to look through your mail and find a random, legitimatelooking check written out to you for several thousand dollars but think before you take the money and run. Chances are, that check is a forgery. Fake check and money order scams take on many different forms, but the underlying scheme is typically the same.

The stories that con artists use vary widely. You might be selling something online and the scammer pretends to be interested in a purchase. Or scammers will “hire” you for a job, such as secret shopping, or tell you you’ve won a sweepstakes prize.

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Tue
20
Feb
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Land is the state’s most critical infrastructure

By TRIB TALK BLAIR CALVERT FITZSIMONS

With the Trump administration's unveiling of a plan to invest in infrastructure, a question comes to mind: when are we going to start thinking of land as infrastructure? Roads, bridges, tunnels — these are what we think of when we hear the word "infrastructure."

In Texas, where that definition extends as well to water, we have tapped into the state's Rainy Day Fund to make infrastructure investments. But when are we going to start thinking of land — rural land — as infrastructure? When are we going to make substantial investments in this type of critical infrastructure?

 

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20
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Small businesses need to create an employee handbook

By BUSINESS TIPS

 

The SBDC has had the opportunity to offer an Employee Handbook seminar in the past. In this article, I would like to share some of the information learned regarding the importance of having a well-developed Handbook. Many times small businesses don’t consider having an employee handbook due to the small number of staff they have. Having an employee handbook will always benefit a business; you will be prepared for when your business grows and, hopefully,

you won’t face the uncertainty of what you can or cannot do when employing and managing staff. In addition, you will have well defined employee policies that can settle disputes before they start and protect both your business and your employees from the potential of litigation.

 

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