Small Business

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Google Comes to Houston for Free Houston Small Biz Business Workshop

    If you've poured blood, sweat, and tears (or even just two out of three) into growing your small business, but you need a little help establishing an online presence, you owe it yourself to check out the Google-sponsored Texas Get Your Business Online workshop at the Hobby Center May 5. At this fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    State Rep. Jason Villalba Pleads Once Again for Sriracha to Bring Operations to Texas

    In January, we told you about Texas state representative Jason Villalba and his quest to convince Huy Fong Foods, Inc. to move to our fair state. At that time, complaints from the city of Irwindale, California, where the plant that makes Sriracha is located, threatened to force the company to halt p ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    The Great Yelp Debate Continues

    To love, hate or use: Yelp is stirring the pot yet again

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Brewery Incubator Wants to Bring Nano-Brewing to Downtown With Your Help

    While American craft beer has often been called a small business renaissance, that doesn't mean that entry into the business is a cheap initial investment. Brewing space and equipment can push start-up costs well north of six figures and beyond. This prohibitive figure often means that some of the v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Google Discontinues Free Version of Google Apps for Business

    Most people could care less about Gmail outside of the free e-mail accounts so many of us use on a daily basis, but one of the best kept secrets of Gmail was the fact that Google provided a free version of its Google Apps for business that allowed small businesses to create up to seven users under a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Heights Walmart Opened Over the Weekend; Redefines "Local"

    Jeff Randall, the store manager for the new Walmart that just opened on Yale Street over the weekend, is incredibly eager and affable as he leads me around the giant Supercenter that covers 150,000 square feet of retail space -- and roughly triple that in a parking lot outside that the Walmart share ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Sorry Houston, No Farm-Fresh Milk for You

    Here's a riddle: why would a dairy choose to stop selling milk to Houston resellers for $5 a gallon and instead sell it all to a giant co-op for a mere $1.62 a gallon? The answer? Unbearable pressure. Local milk producer Way Back When Dairy, run by the Ganskey family, has become a valued resourc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Where Are We Eating? Clue: Wax On

    This sushi joint epitomizes the phrase "mom-and-pop restaurant." Don't expect to rush through your meal here, either, as it's only staffed by the mom and pop themselves -- and no one else. Know where we're eating this week? Leave your best guess below.

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    James Dinkins: Justice of the Peace Charged With Hurricane Ike Fraud

    A former longtime Justice of the Peace in Montgomery County has been charged with fraud in connection to receiving Hurrican ike relief funds, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced. James W. Dinkins, 64, got $120,000 in relief funds by falsely claiming his primary residence was in Galveston County, p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Loans on Tap: Sam Adams Launches Lending Program

    Sam Adams has recently launched "Brewing the Dream," a campaign aimed at providing loans to aspiring food, beverage and hospitality small business start-ups and entrepreneurs. With a goal to both create and save jobs in a tough industry, Sam Adams is looking to provide opportunity for small-time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Restaurant and Bar Owners Crowd City Council Chambers In Advance of Proposed Parking Ordinance

    Photo by Troy FieldsThe 82 stops right in front of El Real. Do you ever take it?​"I don't see anyone riding the bus to El Real," remarked James Jard, one of the 26 members of the City of Houston's Planning Commission that was gathered in City Council chambers yesterday afternoon for a public h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    The Cake Boss: Buddy Valastro on Experience Over Education and the Importance of Small Businesses in America

    ​Buddy Valastro is better known as The Cake Boss, and his eponymous show on TLC -- Cake Boss -- has become one of the network's biggest hits. The show, which averaged 2.3 million viewers during its first season, follows Valastro and his family as they run Carlo's Bakery, the family business in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    City To Implement Plan Favoring Local Vendors And Businesses

    Keeping it local​Mayor Annise Parker announced today an initiative called Hire Houston First, which gives preference to local businesses in awarding contracts. The big change: For contracts under $100,000, the legislative changes allow the City to award contracts for the purchase of goods to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Beaumont Chuck E. Cheese's Brawl Adds to City's Sterling Reputation

    We noted earlier today that Beaumont is gaining an Internet rep for the quantity, if not the quality, of its catfight videos of teenaged girls duking it out. Not to be outdone, the adults are getting into the action. The latest from the Golden Triangle city is this family outing at a Chuck E. Chee ... More >>

  • News

    July 15, 2010

    Battle in the Heights

    Walmart brings out the passion.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Walmart Vs. The Heights: About What You'd Expect (Plus Annise Parker Weighs In)

    Trouble in Quirkytown​The Heights may soon be dealing with an unwanted resident, and they're going to have to put up a strong fight to keep them out. The possibility that Houston's seventh Super Walmart could land in the historic area has residents squirming, and a strong reaction for and against ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 24, 2010

    Houston LGBT Pride Parade

    Everyone loves a parade

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Minutemen Get Their Wish: Tomorrow Will Be A "Day Without Mexicans" In The Valley

    The Valley gets ready for a reprise of this​We're guessing this isn't going to work out as hoped: The chambers of commerce of several Mexican border towns are calling on residents to stay out of the U.S. tomorrow.That'll teach Arizona to pass a restrictive illegal-alien law, is the thinking. On th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Metro Board Meeting: Near Heart Attacks, And No One Cares What Frank Wilson Thinks Anymore

    ​The newish Metro board got a wild introduction to the Metro-loving public at its first meeting this afternoon, where one Houstonian got so worked up that he nearly collapsed and later was taken to the hospital. DeWayne Lark, the man that almost collapsed, was talking about the light rail construc ... More >>

  • News

    March 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Local High School Sports Outfitter Getting Bigfooted by Nike

    ​For 17 years B-Bad Sportswear of Houston has been providing uniforms for teams in the Houston school district, employing 22 workers, hustling to replace torn or missing jerseys before games, proud to have made the shirts and shorts worn by state champions.At one time, boss Gerald Taylor tells Hai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Great Place For A Water Main Break

    You know what's a great place to have a water main break on Black Friday?The corner of Westheimer and Hillcroft.That's what happened early this morning; the water has stopped gushing out, but local businesses are without services and one southbound lane of Hillcroft has buckled and is closed to traf ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 5, 2009

    Taste of the Town

    Sample Pasadena's finest food, from upscale restaurants to neighborhood eateries

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Journalism, As It Used To Be Practiced In Houston

    ​We've written before of the Houston Chronicle's cozy way of doing pro-bidness journalism in years gone by.Today's Chron offers another charming piece of evidence.The Bayou City History blog, which is always interesting, posts some photos of the development of the North Loop.One of the pictures in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    How To Save Galveston, Part 2: Throw the Bums Out

    This week, Hair Balls is examining the many and varied roads Galveston could take to recover from Hurricane Ike. This week's cover story explores the possibility of casino gambling, while an earlier post here discusses Galveston relying on its existing, tried-and-true economic drivers.But those are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Now Open: A Visual Collection Of "Now Open" Signs In Galveston

    Galveston is still continuing its lonely struggle to recover from Ike, but more and more local businesses are opening.And when they do, island resident Veronica Hugger is there to document things.Hugger has created a website called "Galveston: Now Open" that consists just about entirely of a slide s ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    $7 at Southwell's Burger Grill

    Where: Southwell's Burger Grill, 5860 San Felipe St Ste. F, 713-789-4972 What $7 gets you: A better-than-decent burger and fries, or a couple of chili dogs. No drink, though. All I really wanted to do was sip some chicken broth, take some ibuprofen, and then crawl under my covers and quietly die. ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 13, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    Saavedra Is Safe For Now, Spokesman Says

    All bow before the power of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce!!!! After their press conference yesterday, after a two-hour closed-door board meeting, it appears for now that HISD superintendent Abe Saavedra's job is safe for another year. At least it is according to a terse statement by district sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    College Students Develop Plan for Light Rail on Washington Avenue

    While Metro continues to struggle with ideas for extending the light rail with ease, some college kids might've figured it out. Graduate-level and undergraduate-level interns from the SWA Group recently revealed their redevelopment ideas for the Washington Avenue Corridor, a part of Super Neighborh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008

    Texas Continues To Shine At Being Uninsured

    Texas is at the top of the heap again – this time we are the most uninsured state, health care-wise, in the country. Woo hoo! Oh, snap, wait, that’s not a good thing, is it? The U.S. Census Bureau released a report today stating that the number of uninsured in America was down to just 15.3% in ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 13, 2007

    1st Annual Pre-Kwanzaa Ujamaa Festival

    Enjoy Afrocentric fun on the Almeda Street Corridor

  • News

    August 17, 2006

    Bragging Rights

    The Port praises itself, with omissions

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • News

    July 31, 2003

    Rockets My-Nority Tryouts

    Potential partners face a steep ante

  • News

    February 21, 2002

    Tribal Warfare

    Carroll Cocchia says she's one-third Indian, and is trying to bring local Native Americans together. Detractors say she's white, and is helping to tear them apart.

  • News

    October 11, 2001

    Great Expectations

    Joe's Sandwich Shop is just one of the businesses along Main Street struggling to survive until Metro gets its light rail line up and operating.

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Wash-and-Fold

    Fairview Cleaners

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Boot Repair

    Herman Shoe Repair

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    Paying the Price

    Major gas companies are driving away independent station operators, all in the name of greed

  • News

    December 9, 1999

    Bar Fight

    Margaret Lindsey has battled bad debt, bad luck and a bunch of men in suits to keep Blondie's open - right in the middle of downtown La Porte

  • News

    March 12, 1998

    Waste Not, Want Not

    Local residents unite to fight the mountain of landfill trash headed their way

  • Dining

    May 29, 1997
  • News

    January 16, 1997

    Minimal Theories

    Despite the rhetoric, evidence on the minimum wage initiative isn't conclusive either way

  • News

    December 5, 1996

    Crashing the Grand Old Party

    Dolly McKenna is the GOP candidate for the 25th District. But will Republicans vote for her?

  • News

    October 10, 1996

    Incubating Problems

    The Palm Center was supposed to give small businesses a helping hand. But some businessowners say it's only given them grief.

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