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: CLEVELAND—CBIZ Inc. acquired the assets of Stoltz and Company LTD LLP of Midland, Texas.
With operations in Midland, San Antonio and Amarillo, , Stoltz and Company was founded by Mark A. Stoltz in 1990.
Stoltz and Company is an established southwest regional insurance broker specializing in multiple insurance products and services including property and casualty insurance, personal lines and employee benefits, and specializes in oil and gas related risk management. The acquisition of Stoltz and Company will add 13 employees and is expected to add $3.2 million in annualized revenue to CBIZ.
“The acquisition of Stoltz and Company is an important step in building out our national property and casualty footprint as well as expanding our presence in both the captive risk and energy markets,” said CBIZ chief executive Steven L. Gerard in a prepared statement. “Mark and his group have an excellent reputation in the southwest and we look forward to growing our business together. We are particularly eager to provide property and casualty products to our clients in this region.”
“We are excited about the privilege to join with the world class CBIZ organization,” said Stoltz in a statement. “Joining CBIZ will allow us to take our business to the next professional level along with allowing us to expand our national energy practice. With the new CBIZ partnership our clients will continue to come first while receiving the additional resources and expertise offered by CBIZ.”
CBIZ Inc. provides professional business services that help clients better manage their finances and employees. CBIZ provides its clients with financial services including accounting, tax and consulting, internal audit, merger and acquisition advisory and valuation services. Employee services include employee benefits consulting, property and casualty insurance, retirement plan consulting, payroll, life insurance, HR consulting, and executive recruitment. CBIZ also provides outsourced technology staffing and support services, real estate consulting services, healthcare consulting, and medical practice management. As one of the largest benefits specialists and one of the largest accounting, valuation, and medical practice management companies in the United States, the company's services are provided through more than 130 offices in 37 states.
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