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What Does “Community” Look Like During Social Distancing?

I will not say these times of COVID-19 are “unprecedented times”.  That is being overused and is obvious.  What is unique to these COVID-19 days, in my opinion, is the extent to which some are looking to government for decisions and related comfort from uncertainty rather than trying to find or create our own level Read More

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Wrapping Up a Decade: Meaningful New Year’s Resolutions

As 2019 comes to a close, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and make resolutions for what we hope to do in 2020. I have never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions as they often seem like short-term, immeasurable goals. Things like “I am going to exercise more” or “I Read More

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Libel Cases Resulting From Social Media: The New Frontier

LIBEL CASES RESULTING FROM SOCIAL MEDIA: THE NEW FRONTIER Everyone is a reporter these days. We all carry a recording studio with high-quality video and sound and a printing press in our pocket. We all have the capability to publish current “news” and go live on Facebook at a moment’s notice and many do. And Read More

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The Local Impact of Sport: It’s Not Just the Dollars

From professional franchises that are valued in the billions (the Dallas Cowboys are valued by Forbes at $4 billion) down to local youth sports, there is no arguing the major impact of sport on global, regional and local societies. The direct economic impact from just a single sporting event can be significant and easy to Read More

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The Keys to Success

Everybody wants to be a part of the “next big thing.” Today’s consumer-driven economy pushes out new retail market concepts daily and they fail just as often. If timed correctly, an entrepreneur can ride the wave of a new retail concept to a very profitable and sustainable franchise-based business. Some franchise concepts last what seems Read More

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Vote! More (Not Less) Of Us Need to Be Shaping the Future

In the midst of the U.S. presidential election period, it seems like a very simple task for each of us to take the time to get educated and vote. Each time we step into a voting booth, we honor the sacrifice of those that made our democracy possible, so when the polls open on Nov. Read More

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The Uber Controversy: An Example of the Clash of Two Worlds

Today we live in a world that is built around handheld devices that satisfy the freedom of instant access and gratification. This new reality means we may have to sacrifice some privacy and sometimes potential safety, for convenience, a controversial trade-off perfectly embodied by the successful car service Uber. Simply open an app on your Read More

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Identity Theft Hits Oil Companies

Potential Risk and Liability for Scammers Stealing Identities and Royalty The oil industry is an interesting mix of the “wildcatter” attitude partnering with property owners (both surface and mineral) to work toward finding and producing valuable oil and gas for the benefit of all.   Since Edwin Drake’s first oil well in 1859 in Pennsylvania, oilmen Read More

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The Importance of an Active Lifestyle to Self and Community

Locally in The Woodlands, Texas, a master-planned community built around the concept of bringing nature and people together, an active lifestyle is always literally just outside your door.  Quoting from the web site of The Woodlands Development Company “With 131 forested parks and 205 miles of hike and bike trails, you can bike, walk, run, Read More

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Continued Resiliency and Innovation in the Oil Field

If you live in or around Houston, Texas and you cannot help but hear concerns about the effects of lower oil prices over the past several months on local jobs and the economy.  Having worked in the industry since 1985, booms and busts are a part of the fiber of the industry.  More integrated global Read More

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) and the Bankruptcy Provisions Therein

Last Friday, Congress passed and President Trump executed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” of “Stimulus Bill”) granting a significant and admirable level of support to the U.S. economy that has been left reeling by the one-two punch of the COVID-19 pandemic and OPEC’s… posturing.  While
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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) and the Bankruptcy Provisions Therein

Combating Consumer Scams Amid COVID-19

As Texans, we have weathered our share of crises and disaster, although, here in southeast Texas, it’s usually in the form of a hurricane. Times of crisis and uncertainty, such as the current COVID-19 outbreak, tend to bring out not only the very best in people, but also the very
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Combating Consumer Scams Amid COVID-19

Considerations for Commercial Property Owners and COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has wreaked havoc on the world and our nation, casting widespread uncertainty and hardship in seemingly every corner of the economy. With many commercial tenants in dire financial straits – particularly those who rely upon customer interaction (i.e. retail, restaurant, and entertainment) – commercial landlords are
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Considerations for Commercial Property Owners and COVID-19

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has put together the below summary of programs and assistance available to small business owners and certain nonprofit organizations through the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).  The following information is current
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Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
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