Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
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Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: Extend Health, operator of the nation's largest private Medicare exchange, today opened its second Richardson service center at 1122 Alma Rd. in the Richardson Telecom Corridor, where it will hire an additional 200 benefit advisors and customer care representatives. This brings the total number of jobs Extend Health is bringing to Richardson to more than 500 in two new service centers.
“I am thrilled that Extend Health is bringing even more jobs and opportunities to Richardson Telecom Corridor,” said Mayor Bob Townsend in a prepared statement. “Extend Health's choice to make our community home to yet another service center and over 500 jobs is a testament to our workforce and business-friendly environment. Richardson is a great place to live, and having strong business partners like Extend Health goes a long way to supporting our thriving community.”
Interested applicants with current life and health insurance licenses as well as those who would like to become licensed are asked to submit an application online at the career center on the Extend Health website. Online applicants should receive a call back from Extend Health within 24 hours.
“Richardson is a great place to find highly skilled employees,” said Towers Watson managing director of Extend Health in a statement. “Having a second service center here will allow us to serve our customers well and grow with them. We have a long-standing, deep commitment to the Richardson community and we look forward to expanding our employee base in the greater Dallas area.”
Benefit advisors provide are the direct point of contact for the individuals Extend Health serves. Benefit advisors hold life and health insurance licenses and offer a higher degree of Medicare expertise than most employers can offer to retirees and employees through their human resources departments.
Benefit advisors help callers find and enroll in Medicare plans tailored to each caller's circumstances, including finding the most competitive national or regional plan at the lowest possible cost.
The seasonal benefit advisors being hired at the Alma service center in Richardson are expected to bring the number Extend Health employs in Texas to more than 700, including planned hires at a new service in the Greenspoint neighborhood of Houston.
Founded in 2004, Extend Health operates the largest private Medicare exchange in the country. Extend Health is a Towers Watson company.
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