Texas Business

Business investment and trade lights a path to another quarter of 3 percent growth

01 01 1970

Consumer spending continued to grow at a solid pace despite some economic disruptions caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Strong September auto sales numbers indicate that these disruptions may be temporary and could lead to strong spending during the fourth quarter. Residential investment continued to retreat, but the process of post-storm rebuilding in Texas and Florida could help drive a recovery in next quarter and into 2018. The composition of improved business investment can support a continued rise in productivity growth. Business investment has grown by an average of 5.3 percent annual rate during the past two quarters even as investment related to energy exploration has declined. In line with robust business confidence, firms are investing more in machinery, equipment and warehouse facilities that will help them to operate more efficiently. While the selection of the Federal Reserve Chair for the next term will create...

Business Insider Ranks Dallas as #1 Place to Buy a Rental Property

01 01 1970

Press Release - updated: Oct 23, 2017 07:00 CDT DALLAS, October 23, 2017 - ​​After a detailed analysis of the top 30 real estate markets in the U.S., Business Insider ranked Dallas as the #1 place to buy a rental property. In cooperation with HomeUnion, Business Insider examined everything from the projected positive cash flow to the local economies to a detailed analysis of the local real estate market. The conclusion? Dallas is #1. Investing in a rental property is distinctly different than owning a home or doing a fix and flip. Rental properties are a long-term investment. They need specific market conditions that minimize the risk of vacancy and maximize cash flow and appreciation. A savvy real estate investor knows that an attractive property, a strong market, and a booming economy don’t guarantee a successful, cash flowing investment. (Cash flow is an investing term used to describe the money left over after all expenses associated with the rental...

Business First Bank expands into Texas opening a loan production office in Dallas

01 01 1970

"Business First's particular model of banking — serving small and lower middle market businesses and their executives — is a regionwide need," said Melville. "For more than a decade we have been serving our Louisiana clients as they do business in the high growth areas of Texas, and we now look forward to bringing that same level of consistency and partnership to clients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Our success depends on having the right bankers on our team, and we are pleased to announce Chris Shaw, a seasoned business banker and native of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is leading our efforts on the ground.  Shaw has more than 15 years of banking experience, most recently as Executive Vice President and Dallas Commercial Manager for a Dallas community bank. He has a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and MBA from Texas A&M-Commerce and is a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking...

Business First Bancshares, Inc. and Minden Bancorp, Inc. Announce Their Merger

01 01 1970

"Over the past decade, we have worked consistently towards our goal of becoming the region's most influential business-focused community bank," said Jude Melville, President and CEO of Business First. "This partnership, in conjunction with our recently announced expansion into the Dallas, Texas market, pushes us towards that goal by adding scale, a loyal client base, and a group of dedicated entrepreneurial teammates to our efforts. Business First is committed to adding the scale, management depth, and products and services to best serve the small to midsize businesses in our markets and their owners and employees." MBL Bank was founded in 1910 and currently operates two branches in Minden, Louisiana. As of June 30, 2017, Minden Bancorp reported $322.9 million in total assets, $194.4 million in total loans, $259.1 million in total deposits, and $48.6 million in total equity. For the first six months of 2017, Minden Bancorp...

Business First Bancshares, Inc. and Minden Bancorp, Inc. Announce Merger

01 01 1970

"Over the past decade, we have worked consistently towards our goal of becoming the region's most influential business-focused community bank," said Jude Melville, President and CEO of Business First. "This partnership, in conjunction with our recently announced expansion into the Dallas, Texas market, pushes us towards that goal by adding scale, a loyal client base, and a group of dedicated entrepreneurial teammates to our efforts. Business First is committed to adding the scale, management depth, and products and services to best serve the small to midsize businesses in our markets and their owners and employees." MBL Bank was founded in 1910 and currently operates two branches in Minden, Louisiana. As of June 30, 2017, Minden Bancorp reported $322.9 million in total assets, $194.4 million in total loans, $259.1 million in total deposits, and $48.6 million in total equity. For the first six months of 2017, Minden Bancorp...

Burns & Levinson Expands Intellectual Property Practice with Addition of Three Life Sciences Partners

01 01 1970

BOSTON, May 9, 2017 -- Burns & Levinson announced today that three highly accomplished life sciences attorneys – Daniel W. Clarke, Ph.D., Christopher R. Cowles, Ph.D., and Richard B. Emmons, Ph.D. – have joined the firm as partners in its Life Sciences and Intellectual Property (IP) Groups. Together, the team brings over three decades of combined experience representing innovative clients in the life sciences and technology sectors on intellectual property matters. Their expertise expands the depth and breadth of the intellectual property practice at Burns & Levinson and allows Drs. Clarke, Cowles, and Emmons to provide clients with seasoned advice and unparalleled service. They were previously with Mintz Levin in Boston. "Our life sciences and intellectual property practices continue to grow in response to increasing demand for the client-focused and results-oriented legal services that our firm provides," said David P. Rosenblatt,...

Burning Man Suicide Shows Life Imitate Art with Pagan Wicker Man

01 01 1970

Desuar Spa; now hiring massage therapists/ front desk in L.A. Contact: 213-265-7908. Desuar Spa; photo credit: Gerren Taylor, model: Megan Costello.Hollywood Sentinel dot com reports here on the Best of Los Angeles, as well as Breaking National News Including Burning Man's Pagan Past. We had the pleasure to see Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre before, and they are not to be missed.”— Bruce EdwinMALIBU, CALIFORNIA, USA, September 5, 2017 -- National News: Burning Man: Aaron Joel Mitchell reportedly ran deliberately into the effigy of the 40 foot tall wicker man burned at the annual arts festival this weekend, in the desert near Reno, Nevada. After getting past firefighters, and tripping while in the fire, he later died. In the 1973 film 'Wicker Man,' main character Sergeant Howie investigates a series of murders by a group of pagans on an island, and later finds himself the kidnapped sacrifice to Satan (Pan), named the "willing, king-like, virgin...

Building God’s Way to Have Significant Presence at WFX Conference in Dallas Oct 10-12

01 01 1970

This presentation will clearly illustrate to small and large ministries the ability to change their financial outlook by using their buildings 7 days a week while fully embedding themselves into the community. Dallas, TX October 06, 2017 Building God's Way (BGW), a nationwide church architect with a broad network of other turn-key services exclusively for ministry-based organizations, is planning to have a significant presence at the upcoming WFX Conference in Dallas on October 10-12. The BGW team will have a large 20x20 exhibit booth at the WFX Expo (#313) that will feature an LED video wall, thanks to its partnership with Performance Technology Group (PTG), the exclusive A/V/L provider for BGW. Personnel at the BGW Expo Booth will include staff from BGW, PTG as well as S&B Construction, the exclusive BGW Builder partner for the state of Texas and the surrounding region. Matt Roberts, founder and lead Pastor of The Genesis Project and partner in BGW Sustainable Solutions,...

Building God's Way announces new partnership with Performance Technology Group ("PTG") to become Exclusive Audio, Video & Lighting provider.

01 01 1970

We believe strongly in the mission of BGW, and are excited to come alongside their church clients from initial conception through the first worship service. October 08, 2017 Building God's Way (BGW) announced this week a new partnership with Performance Technology Group (PTG) to become its Exclusive Audio, Video & Lighting provider. The Granbury, Texas-based company provides a turn-key delivery process that begins with consultation and budgeting, and carries the client through design, installation, and side-by-side training with ministry and worship leaders. In addition to delivering cutting-edge worship technology, PTG’s approach is most importantly focused on delivering the highest level of stewardship to ministry clients, the foundational principle of Building God’s Way. They understand that a ministry’s resources are sacrificially given and strive to achieve the best balance in quality, reliability, cost and serviceability. Derek Johnson, CEO of Building...

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Promoter Major Burke Makes a Comeback of...

01 01 1970

Major John Burke, New York, ca. 1890 The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks took control of the funeral and arranged for him to be buried in DC’s Mount Olivet Cemetery, in an unmarked grave. There he’s lain for 100 years. Cody, Wyoming April 10, 2017 In suitably Burke-like promotion, historians and descendants of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West P.R. man, a rotund fellow dubbed “Major,” gather at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12 at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington, DC, to “right a historical wrong,” according to event organizers. Exactly 100 years ago, Major John M. “Arizona John” Burke of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West died and was then buried in an unmarked grave, left to languish in historical obscurity. Now, descendants, western scholars, writers, researchers, publicity executives, and friends assemble at Mount Olivet to mount a gravestone for Burke and celebrate his amazing life. And it's all happening, in part, because...

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