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The Bureau of Labor Statistics Reports Cost of Living Increase

July 17, 2013

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on July 16th that the month of June demonstrated an increase in the Cost of Living. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.5 percent. A majority of this increase is linked to gasoline prices which jumped 6.3 percent accounting for about two thirds of the increase. Compare this to […]

Take A Break, Get More Done

June 28, 2013

Lifehack.com recently posted an article by Jill Harness, The Importance of Breaks at Work. According to the article even a 30 second microbreak can increase your productivity up to 13%. Currently only 1 in 3 people take a lunch break and the other 2 in 3 either snack at their desk and continue working or […]

The App Your Assistant Doesn’t Want You to Know About

June 26, 2013

Each year Forbes publishes a list of the Top 10 Apps to make your business more productive.   What we found is that there are so many applications for small business professionals and they are not taking advantage.  When a smaller company doesn’t have the man power or time to focus on small details it’s nice […]

Texas Becomes Greener at a Steady PACE

June 21, 2013

Friday June 14th Governor Rick Perry signed the Bill SB 385 more commonly referred to as the PACE bill. The Property Assessed Clean Energy Act authorizes local governments to develop and execute plans that allows property owners to obtain low cost financing on modern energy efficient upgrades and water conservation structures to properties that are […]

2013 Tax Free Weekend

June 17, 2013

Mark your calendars parents and students! The newly passed Senate Bill 485 has rescheduled the Sales Tax Holiday, thousands of Texans participate in every year for August 9th-11th. During these days shoppers aren’t charged tax on most clothing items, shoes and school supplies priced under $100 per item. Keep in mind that with the current tax […]

Companies pumped $22.5B into economy

November 28, 2012

A new report estimates manufacturing companies pumped $22.5 billion into the local economy last year, prompting industry leaders to stress the importance of addressing a growing skills gap with workforce development programs. Perhaps San Antonio’s third most powerful economic engine, the manufacturing industry’s workforce expanded less than 8 percent from 45,463 employees in 1991 to […]

Report names Texas best southern state for entrepreneurship

October 4, 2012

Texas is the best southern state for entrepreneurship, according to a report from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. This year’s U.S. State Entrepreneurship Index ranks Texas No. 8, up three spots from last year, university officials said in an Oct. 2 statement. Massachusetts ranks No. 1, followed by North Dakota, California, New York and Minnesota. […]

Texas posts strong performance in recent employment anaylsis

August 24, 2012

Texas was also one of only 11 states that posted construction employment growth on a month-to-month basis as well. In all, the Lone Star State’s construction industry added 200 jobs between June and July of this year. Meanwhile, California’s construction sector shed 1,200 jobs between June and July 2012. Just how long the stronger performers […]

Houston’s job creation is the fastest nationwide, Comerica report says

August 23, 2012

Houston is outperforming the U.S. in many economic indicators, especially in job growth, according to the latest Comerica Regional Economic Update. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area’s payroll job creation was up 3.4 percent on a year-to-year basis for the second quarter. That’s the fastest-growing job creation of any major metropolitan area in the U.S., Comerica Bank said. After […]

Austin, Round Rock among nation’s fastest growing cities

July 2, 2012

Austin, Round Rock and Texas, my how you keep growing. Among the fastest-growing U.S. cities with populations of 100,000 or more, Round Rock ranked second, and Austin ranked third, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report out today, the first population estimates of the nation’s cities since the 2010 census. Round Rock grew by […]

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