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Traveling Scissors Salesman Builds a Business with an Edge

To most people, scissors are just a tool for cutting. But for Aaron Ko, they have been the foundation of a promising enterprise. 

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Boycott Spurred in Texas Restores Gun Deals to Groupon

On the same day in January that Groupon Inc., the online coupon company, abruptly terminated firearm-related deals, Michael Cargill called his Groupon sales representative.


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Novelty of Eco-Friendly Bamboo Garments Lures Consumers -- If the Price Is Right | bamboo,
Novelty of Eco-Friendly Bamboo Garments Lures Consumers -- If the Price Is Right

Texas Business reports:  WACO—Consumers who plan to buy eco-friendly bamboo apparel are attracted if the price is right, but their next consideration is the novelty of the product, according to a new study by Baylor University researchers. 

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Vericrest Financial Changes Name to Caliber Home Loans

Texas Business reports: IRVING, Texas—Vericrest Financial, Inc., a financial services company specializing in the servicing of residential mortgage loans, changed its corporate name to Caliber Home Loans Inc.  

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Luminex Corporation and EMD Millipore Extend Global Supply and Distribution Agreement

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Luminex Corporation extended its global supply and distribution agreement with EMD Millipore—the Life Science division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. 

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Rentrak Adds Fourth Station In San Antonio With KCWX-TV

Texas Business reports: PORTLAND, Ore.—Rentrak, a provider of multi-screen measurement serving the advertising, television and movie industries, reached a multi-year local TV ratings contract with KCWX-TV, San Antonio. 

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Boutique SEO Company Moves Headquarters To Austin From San Antonio

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Geek Powered Studios, an internet marketing firm founded in San Antonio in 2009, opened a new office in Austin.  

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Young Women Hold the Key to Marketing Success of Sunless Tanning | wac_txbz, Jay Yoo, sunless tanning,
Young Women Hold the Key to Marketing Success of Sunless Tanning

Texas Business reports: WACO—Sunless tanning -- whether with lotions, bronzers or tanning pills -- has been promoted as an effective substitute to dodge the health risks of ultraviolet rays, but if the products don't provide the perfect tan, young women likely will not use them, according to a Baylor University researcher.


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DFW Delegation Promotes Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as Leading U.S. Gateway for South Africa

Texas Business reports: JOHANNESBURG—Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) executives and a delegation of Dallas/Fort Worth civic and business leaders are visiting Johannesburg on a business mission to strengthen ties between the regions and promote DFW as the premier mid-continent entry point into the United States. 

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Baylor's S3 Program Launches Online Sports Sales and Marketing Publication | S3, sports marketing,
Baylor's S3 Program Launches Online Sports Sales and Marketing Publication

Texas Business reports:  WACO—Baylor University's Sports Sponsorship & Sales (S3) program launched the S3 Report, a monthly online publication featuring the best sales and marketing practices shared by the sports industry. 

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Marketing 101: Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Arrive in Afghanistan | dal_ftw_txbz,Cassie Trammell,Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, USO,

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Marketing 101: Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Arrive in Afghanistan
Texas Business reports: Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders Cassie Trammell, front, and Jackie Bob arrive on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 1, 2013, during the USO spring tour. U.S. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted the tour, which also includes athletes and entertainers. Full Story »
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Houston-Based Ad Agency Signs on Whitmeyer's Distilling Company as Newest Client

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—They Creative Advertising announced Whitmeyer's Distilling Company, LLC has chosen the agency as its advertising agency of record.  

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Want To Name a Texas Rest Stop? Pay TXDOT

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—One day, you might take a break at the Kodak Rest Stop.  Or you might need to check your route at the Bobby's Big Burgers Travel Infornation Center. That's the next step for raising money for state coffers: To commercialize and privatize by selling advertising sponsorships for the public roadways. 


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American Airlines Partners With Kaufmanfranco for New Uniforms

Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—American Airlines tapped fashion designers Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco of Kaufmanfranco to design new uniforms for its employees. 

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RadioShack and Target Dissolve Target Mobile Partnership

Texas Business reports:  FORT WORTH, Texas—RadioShack Corp. announced the end of its relationship with Target, where it helps operate Target Mobile in 1,500 Target stores, effective April 8, 2013. 

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New Logo and Livery Revealed as American Prepares to Fly Flagship 777-300ER | American Airlines, Livery,
New Logo and Livery Revealed as American Prepares to Fly Flagship 777-300ER

Texas Business reports:  FORT WORTH—It's a new year and a fresh new look for American Airlines as the company unveils a new logo and exterior for its planes, including the already delivered Flagship Boeing 777-300ER aircraft set to fly on Jan. 31.  

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DFW International Airport Releases New Mobile App for Travelers

Texas Business reports: DFW AIRPORT, Texas—Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport launched its official mobile app for smartphones, giving customers the latest information and updates about flights, parking, shops, restaurants and airport services. 

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Texas Rangers enter into partnership with CPI Office Products

Texas Business reports:  The Texas Rangers announced that the organization has entered into a partnership with CPI Office Products for the 2013 season. 

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Rebranding Fort Worth's AvoClassic to Wholly Guacamole Dip Vaults Product to Nation's Number One Selling   Dip     | chips and dip,
Rebranding Fort Worth's AvoClassic to Wholly Guacamole Dip Vaults Product to Nation's Number One Selling Dip

Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH— Fresherized Foods’ Wholly Guacamole dip is now the number one selling refrigerated dip brand in America, surpassing Deans Dairy Dip to take the top spot. 

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Marketing: Sports broadcasting’s latest technology shows divided results.

Texas Business reports: Beginning Saturday, December 15, there is a college football bowl game nearly every day or night until the Jan. 7 championship game – 35 of them in all – with broadcast advertising dollars and audience reach attached to them. With so many games and viewing choices, how do the networks keep fans engaged? 

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World of Beer Franchise Opens Near SMU

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—World of Beer opened an SMU location at 5600 SMU Blvd. in Dallas.


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Comfortable Clothes and Charity Work | Kaya Reeves, Congress Clothing, Joel Peel, John Peel, Christin Peel, Genevieve Peel,
Comfortable Clothes and Charity Work

Congress Clothing provides comfortable clothes and donates to charities at the same time. The store at 1218 Speight Avenue in Waco offers graphic tees of their own designs in addition to items from some popular brands. They donate a portion of their income to a different charity every two months.


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Marketing: Cell Phone Addiction Similar to Compulsive Buying and Credit Card Misuse | wac_txbz,
Marketing: Cell Phone Addiction Similar to Compulsive Buying and Credit Card Misuse

Texas Business reports:  WACO—Cell phone and instant messaging addictions are driven by materialism and impulsiveness and can be compared to consumption pathologies like compulsive buying and credit card misuse, according to a Baylor University study in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions. 

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Round Rock’s Dell Wins $9.9 Million Military Computer Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Round Rock firm won a $9.9 million contract to supply computers to the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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Round Rock’s Dell Marketing Wins $8.8 Million Military Software Licensing Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Round Rock firm won an $8.8 million contract to provide software licenses to the military, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Hospice Care of Kansas Changes Company Name

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN— Harden Healthcare, a Texas-based senior healthcare services provider with operations in 14 states, announced its subsidiary, Hospice Care of Kansas, will change its name to Harden Hospice Kansas effective immediately. 

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The Cushing Royalty Trust and Upstream MLP Index Changes Name to The Cushing Upstream Energy Income Index

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—Cushing MLP Asset Management LP, a subsidiary of Swank Capital LLC, announced the name change of The Cushing Royalty Trust and Upstream MLP Index to The Cushing Upstream Energy Income Index.


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IQ Tech Pros Debuts a Virtual Class to Enhance Job Search Skills

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—IQ Tech Pros, a full-service IT integration network, announced a series of marketing workshops entitled, "How to Land a Hot IT Project.”  

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Austin’s GSD&M Wins $41 Million Additional Funds for Military Advertising   | GSD&M, DOD, military advertising,
Austin’s GSD&M Wins $41 Million Additional Funds for Military Advertising

Texas Business reports: An Austin firm won a $41 million contract change for military advertising, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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MutualMind Signs Agreement With LexisNexis to Offer Marketing to Small Law Firms

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—MutualMind, a social media technology developer based in Dallas reached an agreement with LexisNexis, a leading provider of legal content and technology solutions, to bring to market an exciting portfolio of social media intelligence solutions, specifically designed for small law firm marketing. 

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AgriLife agencies include A&M to align with statewide system

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Four state agricultural agencies — three of which have served Texans for about 100 years — are adding A&M to their names to reflect their connection to the system that includes Texas A&M University. 

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Pinnacle Propane Completes the Name Change of Conway Oil Company

Texas Business reports: IRVING—Pinnacle Propane LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of JP Energy Partners LP, completed the final stage of integrating its 2011 acquisition of Conway Oil Company by changing the name to Pinnacle Propane.

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RealPage Acquires Rent Mine Online

Texas Business reports:  CARROLLTON, Texas—RealPage Inc., a provider of on demand software and software-enabled services to the rental housing industry, acquired RentMineOnline Inc., a software-as-a-service provider of social network marketing solutions for the multifamily rental housing industry (www.rentmineonline.com).

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Seeks Official Corporate Partners

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—The state is seeking private sponsorship for public lands, including advertising.  

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Texas Armoring Releases New Lineup of Bomb-Resistant SUVs

Texas Business reports:  SAN ANTONIO—Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), producer of lightweight armored passenger vehicles, announced a new line of special explosion-resistant SUVs in response to the recent string of bombings and terrorist attacks across West Africa and the Middle East.

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Southwest Airlines Previews Live TV Inflight On Five Aircraft

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—Southwest Airlines, in conjunction with Row 44, is taking the next step in wireless inflight entertainment with a preview of live TV on five of the carrier's aircraft, with plans to expand to 20 aircraft by mid-July.

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Manticore Technology and Sales Engine International Execute Merger Agreement

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—The executive teams of Manticore Technology, a provider of SaaS marketing automation software, and Sales Engine International, a B2B integrated marketing and sales acceleration company, executed an agreement to merge the organizations. 

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Baby All Corp Changes Name To Santa Fe Petroleum

Texas Business reports: PLANO—Baby All Corp. changed its corporate name to Santa Fe Petroleum, Inc. (Santa Fe). 

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Texas Tech Professor Recognized as Best in Nation by Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science

Texas Business reports: LUBBOCK, Texas—As economies struggle worldwide - including here in the United States - one Texas Tech University professor may have the answer.

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Texas Tech Researchers Play Big Role in Storm Shelter Business | lub_txbz,tornado,Texas Tech,
Texas Tech Researchers Play Big Role in Storm Shelter Business

Texas Business reports:  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration there were 1,688 confirmed tornadoes in the U.S. in 2011.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group to Work with University of Texas MBA Students To Market Yoo-hoo

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Dr Pepper Snapple Group and the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin have embarked on a novel program to grow one of the company's iconic brands.

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Texas Tech Professor Theories On Competition Receive Wide Recognition

Texas Business reports:  LUBBOCK—As economies struggle worldwide - including here in the United States - one Texas Tech University professor may have the answer.

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End of an Era and a Brand: World's Last Continental Aircraft Is Repainted   | hou_txbz, Continental,
End of an Era and a Brand: World's Last Continental Aircraft Is Repainted

Texas Business reports:  Leading Edge Aviation Services (LEAS), the largest commercial and military aircraft painting company in the world, converted the world’s last remaining Continental aircraft to the newly merged United livery. 

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Ohio’s Sunny Street Café Plans 40 Stores In Texas

Texas Business reports: COLUMBUS, Ohio—The breakfast-lunch chain Sunny Street Café signed a 40-store development agreement for Texas with Cafe Management Systems. 

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First Victoria National Bank and FHLB Dallas Award $245K in Grant Funds to City's Home Accessibility Program

Texas Business reports: VICTORIA— First Victoria National Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) collaborated to award the city of Victoria a $245,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant to assist 35 low-income elderly and special needs homeowners with necessary home repairs and modifications through the city's Home Accessibility Program.

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Dunkin' Donuts To Open 25 New Restaurants In Houston and San Antonio

Texas Business reports:  CANTON, Mass.—Dunkin' Donuts signed a multi-unit store development agreement with three franchise groups to develop 25 new restaurants in Texas over the next several years. 

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Reliant Announced as Title Sponsor for Trinity River Wind Festival

 Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—The Reliant Trinity River Wind Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, and Reliant, an NRG company, is returning as this year’s title sponsor. The electricity provider brings a powerful efficiency boost to the festival, a one-day event which features all things wind-related, taking place on the Trinity River floodway in Dallas.

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Panini America Reaches Long-Term Agreement With NFL And NFLPA

Texas Business reports:  IRVING—Panini America, the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company,  reached a long-term agreement with the National Football League and the NFLPA, granting the company domestic and international rights for up to 18 product releases annually. 

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Security Service Federal Credit Union membership opens to UTSA   | David Reynolds, UTSA, Security Services, FCU, credit union,
Security Service Federal Credit Union membership opens to UTSA

Texas Business reports:  San Antonio’s largest credit union is tapping the UTSA market.

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FleetPride Opens New Location in Cincinnati, Ohio

Texas Business reports:  THE WOODLANDS—FleetPride Inc. the nation's largest independent aftermarket distributor of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts, opened a new location in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Enthusiasts and Entrepreneurs Snatching Up Dublin Dr Pepper   | dublin, wac_txbz, abil_txbz, Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper, Snapple, Jack McKinney,
Enthusiasts and Entrepreneurs Snatching Up Dublin Dr Pepper

Paying $70 for a six-pack of Dublin Dr Pepper might seem a bit steep, but that’s apparently the price some are willing to pay to get their hands on the original Texas beverage. 

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Asure Software Certifies Safe Harbor Compliance For European Union and Swiss Standards

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Asure Software Inc. a provider of workplace management software, announced that it has self-certified compliance with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S.-European Union (EU) and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor frameworks. 

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Dallas-based PR Agency Named AOR for Stubbs BBQ brand Dallas-based PR Agency Named AOR for Stubbs BBQ brand Dallas-based PR Agency Named AOR for

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—SPM Communications adde Austin-based Stubb's Legendary Kitchen, makers of Stubb's barbecue sauces, rubs and marinades, to its client roster.

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Encon Safety Products Strategic Agreement With Guard-Dogs, Aggressive Eyewear   | hou_txbz, Encon Safety Products, Guard Dogs, Aggressive Eyewear,
Encon Safety Products Strategic Agreement With Guard-Dogs, Aggressive Eyewear

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Encon Safety Products reached a marketing agreement with Guard-Dogs, Aggressive Eyewear. 

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Global NuTech Changes Name to Texas Gulf Energy

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Global NuTech Inc. will change its name to Texas Gulf Energy Incorporated.

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Sabre Travel Network and Regus Ink Deal to Add World's Largest Network of Public Video Communication Suites to Sabre Virtual Meetings

Texas Business reports: SOUTHLAKE—Sabre Travel Network announced a new strategic relationship with Regus, the world's largest supplier of high definition public video communication rooms.


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Mission Pharmacal Launches Alamo Pharma Services

Texas Business reports:  SAN ANTONIO—Mission Pharmacal Company formed Alamo Pharma Services, which will provide pharmaceutical sales teams with operational and human resources support. 

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Texas’ 7-Eleven Buys 55 Sam's Mart Stores in the Carolinas   | dal_ftw_txbz, 7-Eleven, Sam's Mart, Charlotte, North carolina, South Carolina,
Texas’ 7-Eleven Buys 55 Sam's Mart Stores in the Carolinas

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—Slurpee drinks, Big Bite hot dogs, Big Gulp beverages and other convenient services are on their way to Charlotte.


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Space Chimp Media Selected as Marketing Agency of Record for AP Mobile
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Space Chimp Media (SCM), a creative marketing agency based in Austin,  announced The Associated Press chose SCM as its marketing agency of record for its mobile news application, AP Mobile. 
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