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THE BUSINESS LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

October 2011

Vista Bank Texas Now in Fort Bend… and beyond

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exas Direct Auto just completed the acquisition of a former retail mall in the City of Meadows Place including 45 acres and over 350,000 square feet of retail space. Combined with their current location this expansion will put them on over 70 acres and give them over 400,000 square feet collectively. Texas Direct Auto is very excited about the expansion project in the City of Meadows Place. They are providing new amenities to the residents, the first of which is a new Dog Park scheduled to be completed Spring of 2012. They will also be updating the exterior of the old buildings and have designed a beautifully fenced and landscaped perimeter for the property. According to Mayor Charles Jessup, “The City of Meadows Place is thrilled to have Texas Direct Auto choose our wonderful little city to be the home of it’s new North Campus. Because Rick and Mike approached this project with a long term ‘we want to be part of the community’ outlook, they were not only able to take advantage of our outstanding location but also help us fulfill our freeway frontage revitalization efforts. This expansion is a win-win for all concerned. Texas Direct Auto now has almost unlimited growth potential while their investment in our city will help Meadows Place continue to be…. Your Place for Life.”

Texas Direct Auto is already the largest single store independent dealer in the nation with sales exceeding half a billion dollars a year. “Every day more and more customers are choosing Texas Direct Auto. Our massive selection, value based models, and state-of-the-art facility are causing smart consumers to make us their dealer of choice.” said co-founder Mike Welch. In addition to the success of Texas Direct Auto’s value and selection based sales approach, Texas Direct Auto’s “Sell Us Your Car“ campaign has been even more successful. “We are on pace to buy over 10,000 locally owned vehicles from our surrounding community,” said co-founder Rick Williams. “By making it quick, easy, and guaranteeing the most money for your vehicle, we have once again set the bar by which the market must compete.” The acquisition will not only assist in revitalizing The City of Meadows Place but it will also provide the ability for Texas Direct Auto to continue on their path of revolutionizing the car buying experience. “We believe this expansion will help us give an even better value and experience to our Fort Bend County neighbors and also our customers around the globe.” said Jessica DeMarr, Director of Business Development. Feel free to check on updates about the expansion by visiting www.cityofmeadowsplace.org.

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PUBLISHER.................................... Beverly Carter

Breast Cancer Awareness Month................................................ 48

Inside Stories

GENERAL MANAGER............Michael Fredrickson EDITOR ...........................................Sharon Wallingford

NRG Energy eVgo charging station coming to Sugar Land.................................................. 8 All Texas HOA’s receive a plateful of marching orders.........................................................12 HCC, Goldman Sachs mean business.....................................................................................14

ADVERTISING DIRECTOR ..................Mary Doetterl MARKETING CONSULTANTS.................Diane Strehl Ann Sturrock

The City of Meadows Place - Your Place for Life..................................................................20 YMCA kicks off camp exploratory committee.......................................................................28 Cinco Charities in Katy seeks hospitality house for medical patients.............................29 Coal Vines opens in Lake Pointe...............................................................................................45

Patty Tristan RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE SPECIALIST.........................................Becky Hall

Fort Bend levees at risk of inclusion of NFIP’s new plan....................................................46

CONTRIBUTORS . .......................Wayne Chandler

Associated Lumber Buzzing in Kendleton..............................................................................52

Gene Hall

Revolution Food sets the table in Stafford..............................................................................61

Monthly Columns

Brian Covault Business Resources

ART DIRECTOR.................................Joey Belleza GRAPHIC DESIGNER / WEB.............Carlo Arcillas

Discusses Local Resources to Help Your Business Grow ...................... 15

Kolbe Curtice CCIM, CLS

Alan Sandersen

Commercial Real Estate

Tax Smart

Discusses Commercial Real Estate Mid-year Report 2011.................... 13

Discusses Employee or Independent Contractor? A Matter of Timing....... 19

Monthly Departments Newsworthy.......................................................................................................22-25 Name in the News.............................................................................................26-27 Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Newsletter...................................................37-44 Data Beat...........................................................................................................54-57 Service Directory...............................................................................................58-60 Dining and Entertainment.................................................................................63-64

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Editor’s Preview

by Sharon Wallingford

Fort Bend rivals with none

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The Editorial Advisory Board Kolbe Curtice CCIM, CLS Managing Director – Colliers International | Fort Bend

ith the month of October comes autumn. A time for Mother Earth to cool. And with the season comes lots of interesting events and happenings in and around Fort Bend County.

In this issue meet Vista Bank and the friendly and responsible staff that wish to serve you. Learn more about the Fort Bend County Flood Management Association in a new two-part series and their ongoing interaction with our Federal government. Read about the new products and jobs at one of Fort Bend’s newest employers Revolution Foods, Skeeter’s others coming through Fluor awarded projects. All you electric car enthusiasts will want to learn about the placements of charging stations being placed throughout the county, Houston and the state by NRG Energy.

Jacqueline Baly Chaumette President and CEO Baly Projects, LLC

Dee Koch Grant Officer The George Foundation

I hope you have been keen listeners to the national Presidential debates to learn more about the candidates as well as how their changes would affect the needs and concerns in our communities and country. I have been surprised how the debates have not included our infrastructure needs.

Becky Munnell President and CEO Blue Jungle Marketing

Alan Sandersen Certified Public Accountant Sandersen Knox & Co. L.L.P.

America’s infrastructure needs bold leadership and a compelling national vision. During the 20th century, the federal government led the way in building our nation’s greatest infrastructure systems by means ranging from the New Deal programs to the interstate highway system and the Clean Water Act. Since that time, federal leadership has diminished and the condition of the nation’s infrastructure has suffered. Currently most infrastructure investment decisions are made without the benefit of a national vision. That strong national vision must originate with strong federal leadership and be shared by all levels of government and the private sector. Without a strong national vision, infrastructure as well as the nation’s other top priorities will continue to deteriorate. It’s been interesting to learn that of the 261 millionaires members of Congress, 55 have an average calculated wealth of $10 million or more. US Senator Jay Rockefeller and seven other members of Congress reported personal wealth in the $100 million - plus range. All said and done, Fort Bend continues to lead this state and rivals with none. Keep the cash registers ringing. Sharon K. Wallingford

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NRG Energy eVgo charging station coming to Sugar Land

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RG Energy’s [NYSE: NRG] eVgosm electric vehicle (EV) charging network will soon include Fort Bend’s first Freedom Stations, allowing eVgo subscribers to plug in their vehicles while they are shopping and take advantage of DC chargers that can add 30 miles of range in as little as 10 minutes. Currently, the eVgo network is the only electric vehicle charging network in the nation to offer this extremely fast charging option. The first Freedom Station is in the final permitting stages and will be located along State Hwy. 6 in Sugar Land. Four additional Freedom Station sites have or will soon open in Houston. These include H-E-B at Buffalo Speedway at Bissonett, the Shops at Houston Center in downtown Houston, the Walgreens at 19710 Holzwarth Street and the Walgreens at 8942 West Sam Houston Parkway North. This is part of a network that will include 25 Freedom Stations around Houston by year-end and 25 more in 2012 with additional stations located on the grounds of retailers such as H-E-B, Best Buy,

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and others. Each Freedom Station offers room for two cars to charge simultaneously. In addition to the 480-volt DC fast charger able to charge an EV at a rate of 160 miles of range per hour of charge, Freedom Station sites also offer a 240-volt Level 2 charger that can add up to 25 miles of range in an hour. “These Freedom Stations, and the many that will follow in the coming months, will provide EV drivers with a convenient option for charging and offer them complete range confidence knowing they can power their vehicles throughout Fort Bend and the greater Houston area,”said Arun Banskota, president of eVgo. The country’s first privately funded charging network, eVgo provides EV owners with extremely convenient and affordable unlimited miles “home-and-away” charging plans with no upfront cost and a flat monthly fee. eVgo will install and maintain the region’s charging infrastructure of home chargers and public fast charging stations. EV drivers who purchase one of eVgo’s charging plans will have access to the eVgo network in both Houston and Dallas as well as the

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Interstate 45 corridor, expected to be electrified by the end of 2012. eVgo subscribers will also have access to other eVgo cities which are expected to be announced in the future. “eVgo’s 50 Freedom Station sites in Fort Bend county and Houston will help reduce air emissions, offer a way for drivers to avoid high prices at the gas pump and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil,” said Banskota. “Plus, they are fun to drive.” EVs--powered by electricity generated from cleaner domestic fuels, including Texas wind-- have the potential over time to reduce air pollution dramatically and begin to put the brakes on the ongoing transfer of American wealth to oil-producing nations. America spends approximately a billion dollars a day for imported oil and transportation accounts for more than a quarter of America’s greenhouse gas emissions. NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 Index company, owns and operates one of the country’s largest and most diverse power generation portfolios. Headquartered in Princeton, NJ, the Company’s power plants provide nearly 25,000 megawatts of generation capacity—enough to supply nearly 20 million homes. NRG’s retail businesses, Reliant Energy and Green Mountain Energy Company, combined serve more than 1.8 million residential, business, commercial and industrial customers. With investments in solar, wind and nuclear power, as well as EV infrastructure, NRG is working to help America’s transition to a clean energy economy. NRG Energy is a founding member of the Electrification Coalition, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit group of business leaders committed to policies and actions that facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale. More information is available at www.nrgenergy.com.


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New First Victoria Bank center opens in Rosenberg at Reading Road

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fter much anticipation, First Victoria National Bank is proud to announce that the newest banking center in Rosenberg is now open. The banking center officially opened its doors on August 15, 2011 and is located at 7415 Reading Road in Rosenberg. With the opening, First Victoria has now expanded its presence in the Rosenberg area with two banking centers. The Reading Road Banking Center offers local residents the convenience of a fullservice branch and motor bank to compliment the bank’s current location

in the Kroger Marketplace at Brazos Town Crossing. Area residents are encouraged to stop by the new banking center to experience traditional banking services, as well as a “V-Source Center™,” which can best be described as a third space away from the home or office that provides customers with non-traditional services, including financial resource materials, copying machine, faxing services, coin counter, internet access and more business center amenities. In addition, safe deposit boxes and a 24-hour ATM will be available. A month-long Grand Opening celebration is scheduled at the banking

center from October 1 – 31, 2011. The celebration will include daily giveaways, food Fridays, weekly drawings and a grand prize drawing to be held on Halloween. First Victoria National Bank is the oldest independent bank in Texas and currently has 27 banking centers, 36 ATMs, assets in excess of $1.9 billion and more than 70,000 customers in the Texas Gulf Coast, the I-45 corridor north of Houston, the Brazos Valley and Fort Bend County. For additional information about the new Rosenberg Banking Center or the Grand Opening, please contact Sollie Davis at 832-595-7981.

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Classic family of dealerships expands into Galveston

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he Classic Family of Dealerships, that includes Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land, has purchased the Sand Dollar Autoplex in Galveston bringing the total number of dealerships owned by the Durant Auto Group to ten. Classic Galveston will offer multiple brands including Chevrolet, Ford, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Honda, Toyota, Scion and Ford Medium Duty trucks. Howie Bentley, who will be the managing partner of the new Galveston franchise, plans to emulate the successful formula for business that is used by all the Classic family of dealerships. Don Kerstetter, owner and managing partner of Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land, expects the honest and straightforward reputation of Classic Chevrolet to be a huge asset from day one. “We do things differently than most dealerships and have a real culture of respect that permeates the entire organization. We have an excellent reputation in the Houston market that we are immensely proud of and it is something we’ve worked very hard at to establish. Howie Bentley is extremely well-suited to instill our culture into every single employee at the new store,” said Kerstetter. “Under Howie’s leadership, we expect Classic Galveston to be very successful in a relatively short period of time.” A longtime resident of Galveston and Brazoria counties, Bentley joined the Classic organization in 2009 and is personally very active in the Bay Area community. “Giving back to the Howie Bentley, Managing community is not only important to Partner of Classic Galveston me individually, but it is truly a hallmark of this entire organization,” says Bentley, “You can expect Classic Galveston to be very supportive of the Galveston community from the get-go.” Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land is an excellent example of how doing things right from the very beginning can quickly generate tremendous success. Within 90 days of opening, Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land was already ranked 15th in the nation for Chevrolet sales. And in just their first full year of business, they were chosen by General Motors as GM’s “Dealer of the Year”, an award that represents the highest honors in the industry and recognizes only 2% of all of the nation’s Chevrolet dealerships. Classic Chevrolet in North Texas has received this honor for nine years and Stingray Chevrolet in Tampa (also owned by the Durant Auto Group) is also a recipient. The Sugar Land dealership has also received the Service Hero award multiple times recognizing excellence in the service department as well as Chevrolet’s Mark of Excellence award. CLASSIC CHEVY, continued on page 31 October 2011 • Fort Bend Business Journal

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Residents in Fort Bend County included

All Texas HOAs receive a plateful of marching orders By Wayne Chandler

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very homeowners association in Fort Bend county and throughout the state got a bunch of marching orders from the 82nd Texas Legislature to spell out how it treats its residents. Roy Hailey, who was deeply involved in the state legislative wars on behalf of dozens of HOAs which his law firm represents, stated, “Changes (in HOA laws) were so broad and so sweeping that it will take some time…(to complete an update)…” Ralph Troiano, president of C.I.A. Services, Inc., a management company which represents 100 HOAs, said “The world has changed…. This is nothing like we’ve had Ralph Troiano before.” The new laws mandate HOAs to get specific with guidelines in the entire scope of board management: property use, collections, association records, elections and voting, board meetings and re sales. Laws already are in effect, since last June 17, cover religious items, rainwater harvesting, solar panels, roof shingles, and flags and flagpoles. A second group went into effect on September 1 regarding elections, director qualifications, voting rights and voting methods. Laws that go into effect January 1, 2012, include enforcement action, dues collections, payment plans, liens, third party collections, foreclosures, association records, document retention, access to records, filing documents, and web site posting. Troiano concludes that “the laws that passed in prior sessions provided many new protections for homeowners. Although the vast majority of associations are well run and fair to their owners, some were problematic….This session laws are largely about making private corporations called homeowners associations, look more like governmental agencies. Each of the laws adds an administrative burden on associations that

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adds costs and procedures with a small return on owners rights or protections.” The new laws have teeth. HOAs have been required, for years, to file their rules with Fort Bend County Clerk Diane Wilson, but there has been no penalty for not doing so. As of the first of the year, the HOAs must have filed their documents , or, in effect, they don’t exist. Residents won’t be bound to obey anything that’s not filed. Troiano said, “I would guess an association could run into problems in delinquent collections if it had violated the law by not filing the Payment Plan policy…. without guidelines for items described in the new laws, almost anything would be legal… with no recourse by the association: voodoo symbols on the front door, front yard 5,000 gallon water tank, white roof shingles, front yard solar panels, 60 foot flagpoles…” “The new laws allow reasonable regulations in the way of guidelines.” Troiano said. “This new legislation has been in the works for a long time,” Hailey said. The champion of most of this legislation has been State Senator Royce West (D-Dallas). “It all almost got passed the previous session, “ Hailey said, “but West ran out of time. It’s a new day now.” Disgruntled residents have been hounding state legislators to some degree since 1991 when an HOA board in the Champions area foreclosed on an elderly widow who owed the association about $800. “It only takes a bad board or two…” Hailey said. County Clerk Wilson recently mediated a case where a resident owed $230 to his HOA but didn’t seek to resolve the matter until fees to the HOA lawyer had totaled $3,300. Wilson hopes these new rules will urge residents and HOAs to get together a lot earlier. Troiano and CIA Services gave a half dozen seminars in the Greater Houston area, inviting HOA representatives to get specific information and suggestions. This management company may have saved most HOAs a lot of effort and expense, by suggesting a book of guidelines which the various HOAs can adapt to their own neighborhood.

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Now, it behooves every HOA board to make the changes, file them with the county, and let residents know the new rules. Senator West responded that since he was appointed chair of the Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee in 2007 that he has been “aware of an outstanding list of issues regarding homeowners associations… and I was finally able to get legislation across the finish line.” The senator said, “My legislation provides greater transparency before purchase by giving prospective home buyers the information needed to make an informed decision regarding purchasing…( a home). It also gives homeowners a voice on all HOA boards and during elections by voiding existing provisions in some HOA bylaws that prohibited certain homeowners from running for their board or voting… It also helps homeowners facing financial hardships by requiring HOAs to offer a payment plan; apply payments to delinquent assessments that are subject to foreclosure first, and to provide notice prior to being turned over to a collection agent or attorney. …it also prohibits HOAs from using non-judicial foreclosure methods and gives homeowners the ability to vote to remove an HOA’s ability to foreclose. “…I am confident that (these changes) will improve relations between HOAs and homeowners in the upcoming years.” Senator West concluded that “Session after session, my committee heard testimony from homeowners regarding egregious actions taken by some homeowners associations… and it soon became apparent that some ‘best practices’ should be placed in the statute. “It was my goal this past session to work with all groups – consumer and industry alike –to develop a consensus on these best practices. This approach resulted in legislation that was supported by the vast majority on interested stakeholders.” Most of this legislation goes into effect January 1, 2012. “We should allow these changes to take effect, before determining if any changes are necessary.”


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By Kolbe Curtice, CCIM, CLS

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Commercial Real Estate - Mid-Year 2011 The overall commercial real estate market in Fort Bend County has showed steady improvement this year with the largest yearover-year change (2010 versus 2011) coming in the office market. The overall office space vacancy rate in the market dropped from 33.4% in the 2nd quarter of 2010 to 21.5% in the 2nd quarter of 2011. This rate is still high and will need to improve before the office market will fully stabilize. The current excess supply of available space is due to the large amount of new office construction that occurred in the market in the years preceding the recession. Although a significant improvement over last year, we will still need to absorb about one half of the existing vacancy before we will begin to see new construction activity. The good news is that we are headed in that direction as the amount of newly leased office space in our

market exceeded the amount of vacated office space by 25,395 SF in the second quarter this year. This was a substantial improvement over the same period in 2010 when the amount of vacant space added to the office market exceeded leased space by 497,234 SF. The retail and medical office segments of the market also saw improvement with both categories experiencing slightly lower vacancy rates and rising rental rates. Year to date retail leasing activity in the county now stands at 144,464 SF, which is a significant improvement over last year. Only 23,760 SF of new retail space was added to the market and no significant new projects are currently under construction. Newly announced retail tenants which will be opening soon in in Sugar Land Town Square include Lasagna House, Bling Boutique, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Zoe’s Kitchen,

Stadia Sports Grill and Gem and Bead Gallery. Other retailers under construction or opening soon in Sugar Land include HEB, Dimassi’s, Churrasco’s, Coal Vine Pizzas, Diego’s Cantina, Genghis Grill, Tutti Frutti Yogurt and Sweet Boutique Bakery. The industrial market also continued to see improvement with a decrease in the vacancy rate of .6% (to 7.3%) from the previous quarter and the average quoted rental rates increasing $.12/SF to $6.36/SF/ YR over the previous quarter. Total industrial leasing activity over the first half of the year reached 231,000 SF, while only 72,000SF of new space was added to the market. Fort Bend continues to be a preferred choice for businesses looking to expand in

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HCC, Goldman Sachs mean business By Wayne Chandler

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here’s a small business growth program getting started in the Katy-Houston area which really means business. It’s part of a no-nonsense effort which hopes to sprout 10,000 jobs nationally in the next five years. Houston Community College’s Northwest and Southeast campuses are just spawning their first graduates who already are veteran entrepreneurs, but now have the opportunity to expand, thanks to some special intensive training and an opportunity now to borrow funding to make it happen. With all this success, these individuals will hire people, create jobs. HCC is part of a national program which already is in New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans, funded with $25 million from Goldman Sachs, a high-profile investment Dr. Zachary Hodges firm. The Katy-Houston angle to all this was explained last month by Dr. Zachary R. Hodges, HCC Northwest president, and staffer Art Beatty, before the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s General Member Assembly breakfast. These graduates aren’t your normal high school or college-age grads. To qualify for the program you must have had a for-profit business in operation for at least two years, already have four to 100 employees, and lack other sources of funding. Upon graduating, you may be able to borrow $50,000 to $700,000, for from 7-25 years at a 1 to 1.5 per cent interest rate. Twenty-seven students were graduated from HCC Northwest last month, and 26 more are expected to complete a HCC Southeast course this October 3. These 53 were from 125 applicants and 80 who were interviewed. Each student received a total of 90 hours of instruction, with classes held five Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Classes were divided into growth teams of four or five scholars each. The curriculum: Course Launch, You and Your Business, Growth and Opportunities, Money and Metrics, It’s the People –Human Resources, You Are The Leader, Selling, Being Bankable, Strategic Entrepreneurial Growth, and Putting It All Together. At the end of the seventh class each scholar presented a threeminute pitch of his growth plan. Monitors were present at the pitch sessions and offered feedback. “They supported each other, yet worked on their own individual growth plans,” said Maya Durnovo, dean of Workforce Development and executive director for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative. “The element that makes the program so powerful is that the students are able to apply theory to practical use,” Durnovo said. The Northwest students appreciated and valued the class so much that they gave each of the faculty certificates of appreciation and took the staff out, on their own dollar, to celebrate completion of the course, Durnovo said. “The classes were very interactive, ” Durnovo said. Scholars were able to talk

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about their issues, and, though the exchange of ideas, were able to understand the lessons better. “The interactive element made the classes valuable and dynamic,” she said. In addition to the in-class instruction, students attended four clinics, separate seminars at night: 1) financial profit/loss analysis, 2) how to negotiate, 3)legal, and 4) social media –marketing and promotion. The students were on full scholarship after completing the 17-page application, intense interviews, and the full courses. “HCC is the only college in the nation having two classes operating at the same time, having the most students enrolled,” Dr. Hodges said. HCC was invited to partner in the program because Northwest already has a business program and structure in place through its Bizconnect Centers for Entrepreneurship. That program was initiated though a grant awarded by HCC Chancellor Dr. Mary S. Spangler. Profiles and scenarios involving these graduates will be monitored by HCC, Goldman Sachs, Babson College and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), the four partners in this program. And it’s just getting started.


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Local resources to help your business grow All businesses have an office of some sort. Some have a store front, while others are in business parks. Office buildings are also a popular choice for larger companies, and some have an office in their home. However, not every business needs a store front, lots of square footage, traditional office space for a large number of employees or has room for a home office. So, historically smaller businesses with only a few employees requiring office space have experienced a challenge to solve their office needs. TCRN-Sugar Land is filled with resources to help every local business thrive. Whether you are a start-up business or a seasoned company cemented in the community, TCRN Business Services can provide the resources every local business needs. An alternative for smaller companies with

only one or two employees or those with an outside sales force yet need office space strictly for administrative purposes now have an option relatively new to the scene. Office Suites are quickly growing in popularity for these types of businesses because they offer a “suite” of resources at affordable monthly rates. Attorneys, CPAs, web designers, even store fronts that need a “corporate office” and others like them are flocking to the office suite arena. Town Square Office Suites is a full service, Class A office space provider that is now open in Sugar Land Town Square, and is accompanied by numerous industry leading amenities. TSOS is the new kid on the block and offers flexible lease terms, a large variety of space size options with copy and fax services in

addition to mail and package receipt. TSOS also offers staffing services plus cutting-edge technology such as VOIP telecom service with phone equipment in each office. The VOIP system allows personalized reception services included for all tenants. There is a full range of meeting solutions boasting three professional elegant conference rooms of various sizes and a training room complete with white board, all with state-of-the-art flat screen TVs and complete AV connections. These services alleviate the business owner from requiring anything more than an individual office and occasionally a second office for additional staff.

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Bud Light to be official domestic beer of Startex Power Field

Skeeters add Silver Eagle Distributors to the plate

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he Sugar Land Skeeters announced today a Founding Partner agreement with Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., making Bud Light the official domestic beer at StarTex Power Field. Silver Eagle joins a long list of partners for the Skeeters and is among the elite Founding Partners, joining StarTex Power, Texas Direct Auto, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Coca-Cola and Republic Services in this premiere group of ten-year partnerships. “We are excited to welcome Silver Eagle to the team,” said Matt O’Brien, President of the Skeeters. “They are a well respected company that understands the importance of community involvement and being a part of a winning team. We look forward to Skeeter fans toasting multiple championships with

Bud Light.” “Our local sports teams provide Houstonians with a great opportunity to unite with family and friends and cheer on the home team. Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors is proud to once again be a part of this great tradition as a founding partner of the Houston-area’s newest baseball team,” said John L. Nau, president and CEO, Silver Eagle Distributors. “The Sugar Land Skeeters will be a welcomed addition to our community, and we look forward to a long-

standing partnership with the team.” The cornerstone to this ten-year agreement is Silver Eagle’s premiere presenting sponsorship of the “Ice House” located at StarTex Power Field. The “Bud Light Ice House” is yet another entertainment area at StarTex Power Field and will be located just beyond the right-center outfield wall. Other attributes to the partnership include a sponsorship of a “Best in Texas” Concert Series, both an in-game promotion and in-game campaign, annual game sponsorship and outfield and digital concessions signage. Both the Skeeters and Silver Eagle will work collectively with Anheuser-Busch to proactively develop and implement alcohol awareness and education initiatives at StarTex SKEETERS, continued on page 18

Delay avoids administering the H-2B program under potentially conflicting court orders

US Labor Department postpones revising wage calculations for H-2B program

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he U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has announced a 60-day postponement of the effective date for the final rule concerning the wage methodology for the temporary nonagricultural employment H-2B program. The delay will permit the various courts involved in ongoing litigation surrounding the implementation of the rule to determine the appropriate venue for the resolution of all claims and allow the department to avoid the possibility of administering the H-2B program under potentially conflicting court orders. In consideration of these pending

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challenges, the department determined under Section 705 of the Administrative Procedure Act that the interest of justice would be served by postponing the effective date of the rule from Sept. 30, 2011, until Nov. 30, 2011. A Federal Register notice to that effect will be published in early October. The H-2B program allows the entry of foreign workers into the U.S. when qualified U.S. workers are not available and the employment of foreign workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers. The H-2B program is limited by law to a cap of 66,000 visas per year. The department published a final rule on Jan. 19, 2011, that revised the wage

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methodology for the H-2B program and set the effective date of the wage rule as Jan. 1, 2012. On June 16, 2011, in response to a challenge, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania invalidated that date and ordered the department to announce a new effective date within 45 days. In response to that court’s order, the department issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on June 28, 2011, which proposed that the wage rule take effect 60 days from the date of publication of a final rule. After a period of public comment, the department published a final rule on Aug. 1, 2011, which set the new effective date for the wage rule as Sept. 30, 2011, without altering the substance of the rule.


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As nation’s economic recovery hinges on small business, success comes “By Design”

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mall businesses are considered the backbone of the American economy and with national Leaders saying the economic revival begins with small firms, a well-executed business strategy has never been more important, says Richard B. Sanford, an entrepreneur and business coach who has launched 11 successful smaller companies himself. In past recessions, independent smaller businesses helped fuel economic recoveries. But tightened credit, government regulatory impediments and a lack of Federal support for community banks – the principal source of capital and financial support for small business – has many modern day entrepreneurs fearful of what the future may hold! Proper planning and a well-executed business strategy, though, can clear the way for a smaller enterprise to expand and take reasonable risks that will lead to an improved bottom line, and which usually requires an increase in its work force, Sanford says. Most people are not aware that the American Small Business success rate of 20

percent is, and has been, unchanged, decade after decade, according to the U. S. Small Business Administration. The challenge facing American entrepreneurs is to increase this success rate. Sanford, also author of a strategy guide for smaller businesses called Success By Design (www.ssbp.biz), believes that the heart and soul of any small business is its strategic plan, and a formal strategic plan increases an entrepreneur’s odds for success! “The plan is the framework and foundation that outlines how to think, how to plan and how to take action to succeed,” he added. “The American Small Business sector creates more than 70 percent of all new jobs annually. Small business is the job creating engine that expands employment and creates the majority of all new jobs in our country.” Sanford believes that every small business failure is a direct result of insufficient planning, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Sanford’s strategy tips for small businesses and entrepreneurs include: • You must have a strategy. An entrepreneur’s dreams for a successful business venture require strategic planning to

turn them into reality. If you don’t have a strategic plan, create one before you make another mission-critical decision. • You become what you think about all day long. If you can visualize success, chances are you’ll achieve it. If all you do is fret about failure, it can become the self-fulfilling prophecy. Think success and encourage your team to do the same. • There may be situations out of the control of the owner, but customer service isn’t one of them. Every business controls how they serve their customers. The ones who can’t get a handle on that simple fact will fail, plain and simple. “The irony of small business is that, as a business sector, it should be considered ‘too big to fail,’” Sanford added. “The problem is, small business does not have the luxury of a government bailout. It needs to heal itself from the inside, using only available resources and the wits in their leaders’ heads. With all things being equal in the marketplace, no matter the economic conditions, strategic planning makes the difference between success and failure every time.”

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Power Field. These programs, designed to encourage fans to act responsibly and respect others while attending games, will include communicating messages on alcohol responsibility and providing training for concession workers on responsible serving techniques. Silver Eagle Distributors, headquartered in Houston is the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products. Founded in 1961, the company currently operates five branches, which are located in Houston, Cypress, Rosenberg, Conroe and San Antonio, along with two depots in Carrizo Springs and Del Rio. Over the years, the company has expanded its portfolio of products to include the Grupo Modelo family of beers such as Corona and Negro

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Modelo and a vast selection of microbrews and craft brands, including Saint Arnold’s, Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada. Today, Silver Eagle’s portfolio includes more than 160 different products, including domestic, import and craft beers, flavored beverages, energy drinks and Icelandic bottled water. Silver Eagle employs more than 1,100 employees and serves close to 11,000 accounts throughout 16 counties in Texas. The Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball team, led by Manager and former Major League All-Star Gary Gaetti, will play in the $35 million-dollar StarTex Power Field, which is being constructed by the City of Sugar Land and the Skeeters at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A. The Sugar Land Skeeters will play 70 regular season home games annually, starting with the 2012 season which begins in

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April, 2012. StarTex Power Field will play host to a multitude of other sporting events, including football, soccer, lacrosse, cheerleading and band competitions, as well as concerts, group outings and scout sleepovers. Fixed-seat stadium capacity is approximately 6,200 for baseball, plus additional lawn and standingroom-only tickets. StarTex Power Field has a capacity of 10,000-plus in concert configuration. The Sugar Land Skeeters offices are presently located at 16160 City Walk in Sugar Land Town Square, Sugar Land, where additional information, tickets and Inaugural Season merchandise are available. The Skeeters may be reached at www. SugarLandSkeeters.com or by calling 281.240.HITS (4487), and on Facebook and Twitter.


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Employee or Independent Contractor? A Matter of Timing Given the current economy, many “employers” are tempted to cut corners and attempt to treat legitimate employees as contract labor. Employers are generally required to withhold and pay employment taxes (FICA, FUTA, and withheld income tax) on wages paid to employees. An employee is someone who qualifies under the common law (case law) rules as such which for tax purposes falls under a “20 question” test. If you attempt to classify employees as independent contractors and then fail to withhold payroll taxes the IRS can retroactively reclassify them and assess significant penalties. Section 530 relief has been a key provision often used to avoid disaster in these erroneous classification situations. This allows a business to treat an individual as an independent contractor if all four following hurdles are cleared: 1. It never treats the person as an employee;

2. It does not treat any other person with a substantially similar position as an employee; 3. All required federal tax returns and Forms 1099 show the worker as an independent contractor; and 4. The business had a “reasonable basis” not to treat the person as an employee. You can satisfy the fourth requirement by reasonably relying upon: • Judicial precedent or IRS rulings; • A past IRS audit; or • A long-standing practice of a significant segment of the relevant industry. In a recent Technical Advice, the IRS concludes that you have to demonstrate actual and reasonable reliance before the period for which employment decisions are made. This test is most clearly met when you can demonstrate actual and reasonable reliance on the asserted reasonable basis before

taking on the workers at issue or substantially similar workers. That means before the initial employment decision being made. However, the IRS says you may be able to satisfy the reasonable basis requirement by establishing that you “actually and reasonably” relied on the asserted basis before making the employment decisions regarding the workers’ status for later periods. This seems to potentially take the epiphany factor out of defenses. There are developing cases that bear watching for their outcomes. The important thing to remember as an “employer” is that the penalties for cutting corners can be stiff and that regulators are not typically inclined to give much room for gray. Alan Sandersen is a columnist for the Fort Bend Business Journal and is a Partner with Sandersen Knox & Co, L.L.P., Certified Public Accountants. He can be reached at 281-2423232. www.sktx.com. H

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rom its prime location along Hwy 59 off Beltway 8, the City of Meadows Place is perfectly situated between Houston, Stafford and Sugar Land. We offer easy access to major metropolitan amenities including the arts, sporting events, shopping, fine dining and multiple medical centers. Meadows Place location can not be beat. The Meadows Place motto, ‘Your Place for Life” says it all. Both residents and businesses enjoy the best of both worlds: small town character and big city convenience. The Meadows Place Police Department, one of the finest in Texas, is committed to protecting our neighborhoods and maintaining positive resident relationships. They watch over the kids while they walk to school and make sure they are on the streets when the kiddos go home. We feel safe here, you

The new Meadows Place Lake is part of a cost saving water reclamation project that will provide Meadows Place with an inexpensive and nearly inexhaustible water supply for both play and irrigation purposes. Meadows Place is committed to the environment and selected native Texas trees and recycled materials for the new park.

can’t beat that either. Since the City’s incorporation in 1983, intelligent zoning ordinances and commercial property regulations, along

with aggressive enforcement, have preserved the value and appearance of our neighborhoods. We continually seek ways to improve our parks and common areas making sure they are inviting to both our youngsters and our young at heart. Business development is a priority as well. The recent addition of Kelley’s Country Cookin’, Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse and the new Texas Direct Auto North Campus attest to that. The people of Meadows Place are proud of our community and work hard to protect the quality of life that makes the City of Meadows Place so great. So, if you are looking for a place to start or move a business, or if you are looking for a place to live in Fort Bend County, drop by and see why so many of who grew up here stayed to raise our own children here. It’s because it’s more than just a place – it is Your Place for Life!

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Meadows Place. There’s something rather unique about the City of Meadows Place. One square mile of safe streets and happy families. Wonderful Fort Bend schools which help pave the way to bright futures. Twelve acres of developed parklands. Fourth of July parades and Christmas memories. A beautiful pool and community center. It’s truly a small town feel with big city convenience. A friendly community of neighbors who look after one another. Simply a town unlike any other.

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exas’ private sector continued to grow in August, with 8,100 jobs added. Texas’ total nonfarm employment was up over the year for a total gain of 253,200 nonfarm jobs, despite declining by 1,300 jobs in August. This most recent annual growth brings total nonfarm jobs in Texas to 10,615,000. Texas has experienced positive annual job growth in the past 16 months, with annual growth rates above 2.0 percent for the last three consecutive months. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in August, up slightly from 8.4 percent in July, and below the national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent. “Texas continues to feel the pressures of a stagnant national economy,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “Private sector gains were offset by Government losses of 9,400 jobs in August, including 11,500 jobs lost in Local Government.” Following a revised increase of 3,300 jobs in July, Education and Health Services added 9,600 jobs in August. The industry has added 42,100 jobs since August 2010. The Trade, Transportation, and Utilities industry lost 4,600 jobs in August, but added 49,600 jobs over the year. Professional and Business Services added 4,200 jobs in August, growing by 49,100 positions over the year, for an annual job growth rate of 3.8 percent. Jobs in Manufacturing grew by 1,200 positions last month, adding 20,700 positions since August 2010. “Although we saw some government job losses this month, Texas continues to be a great place to find work,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “We encourage those who are looking for work to use the many tools and services offered by TWC to find the right fit for them.” Six of the 11 major industries in Texas gained jobs in August, and all but two continued to show gains over the year. The private sector in Texas has added 272,200 jobs during the same time period. “TWC stands ready to connect workers with available jobs and since January, we’ve added 144,000 jobs in Texas,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar. “The Texas labor force, which now stands at nearly 12.3 million individuals, is evidence of Texas’ growth, and our 28 local workforce boards are committed to providing the best job-search assistance and services needed to get Texans back to work.” The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest August unemployment rate in the state at 4.8 percent. The Amarillo MSA came in second at 5.9 percent, and the Odessa MSA third at 6.5 percent (not seasonally adjusted). Audio downloads from TWC Chairman Tom Pauken on the latest labor market data are available at the following link: http:// www.twc.state.tx.us/news/press/2011/praudio11.html.

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NEWSWORTHY Richmond Police Department receives state recognition The Richmond Police Department began a lengthy process to become a “Recognized” Law Enforcement Agency by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Recognition Program in June of 2010. The Law Enforcement Recognition Program is a voluntary process where police agencies in Texas prove their compliance with 164 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. These best practices were care-

fully developed by Texas Law Enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service, the reduction of risk, and the protection of individual’s rights. Being “Recognized” means that the agency has proven that it meets or exceeds all of the identified Best Practices for Texas Law Enforcement. These Best Practices cover aspects of law enforcement operations such as use of force, protection of citizen rights,

Greystar awarded management of Plantation at QV Missouri City, Texas - Greystar Real Estate Partners is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the management of Plantation at Quail Valley. The 124 unit senior living community offers a wide variety of services and amenities for both active seniors and those who prefer to reside in a limited assisted-living environment. “Plantation at Quail Valley provides an exceptional lifestyle and value for residents,” said Kathy Perry with Greystar Real Estate Partners. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to manage this premiere property.” Plantation at Quail Valley is located in a quiet residential neighborhood and provides residents the freedom of low-maintenance living. In addition, the community offers transportation, meals, trips and a social cal-

endar filled with activities that contribute to an active lifestyle while meeting new friends. One and two-bedroom floor plans are available and range in size from 795 to 1,072 square feet of living space. To learn more about Plantation at Quail Valley, visit PlantationQV.com. Greystar Real Estate Partners is a fully integrated company offering expertise in multifamily management, development and investment throughout the United States. Greystar was founded in 1993 with the intent to become a provider of world-class service in the multifamily real estate business. Headquartered in Charleston, S.C., Greystar manages over 180,000 units in 100+markets with a team that is more than 5,000 strong and growing.

Katy Rice Festival set for October 8 & 9 If you are looking for quality family entertainment, enrichment and fun, look no further. The Katy Rice Harvest Festival rolls into Katy on October 8 and 9 and has become known as a first class, affordable quality family event. The annual parade will be held Saturday, October 1 in Historic Downtown Katy. The Honorable Don Elder, Jr. – Mayor, a descendent of Sam Houston IV, will serve as the parade Grand Marshal. He is the greatgrandson of General Sam Houston and the grandson of Temple Lea Houston, the first child born in the Texas Governor’s mansion. Among the entries will be a 1943 Ford

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Military Firetruck, plus floats and many other entries. The parade line up begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 1 in the Church of Christ parking lot located at Fifth Street and East Ave. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and from the church go down Ave A to Second Street, over to Ave C and up to Tenth Street. To register for any of the activities or events, purchase carnival armbands or admission tickets, visit the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce website www.katychamber.com or www.riceharvestfestival.org. This will be the 31st Anniversary of the Katy Rice Harvest Festival.

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Marlin Price, Recognition Program Coordinator for the Texas Police Chiefs Association, presented Chief Bill Whitworth and Assistant Chief Steve Waterbury the Certificate of Recognition at the Richmond City Commission meeting on August 15.

pursuits, property and evidence management, and patrol and investigative operations. Recognition Program Standards address these areas in an attempt to minimize risk and increase officer safety and training. While being “Recognized” does not guarantee an agency will not make a mistake, it does ensure that the agency has studied these critical issues, has developed policy and procedures to address them and has systems in place to identify and correct problems. This voluntary process requires a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations. The Richmond Police Department prepared proofs of compliance for each of the Texas Best Business Practices for Law Enforcement which were presented to a review committee during an on-site visit in July, 2011. The results of this review were sent to the Texas Police Chief ’s Association’s Recognition Committee for final analysis and decision to award the agency with a “Recognized” status. This process allows an independent review of the department’s operations and will assure the citizens of Richmond that its Police Department is conforming to the highest professional standards in law enforcement in the State of Texas. More information and a description of the program may be viewed on the Texas Police Chiefs Association website at www. texaspolicechiefs.org.


Texas to honor the Father of Texas and 175 years of independence The Old 300 were the first settlers brought to Texas by Stephen F. Austin. Many settled in Fort Bend and the surrounding counties. Located northeast of Sealy, Texas in San Felipe, the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site commemorates the location of Stephen F. Austin’s original colony settled in 1823. On November 5 the site will host a special day to honor the Father of Texas and to mark the grand opening of their visitor center with a ribbon cutting ceremony and guest speakers. Join fellow Texans at San Felipe during the 175th Anniversary of Texas Independence for special events, activities, and tours on this special day. For more information, please visit the San Felipe de Austin SHS website at: www. visitsanfelipedeaustin.com

Lasagna House now open in Sugar Land Town Square The Lasagna House is now open for business in Sugar Land Town Square. The familyowned, Italian eatery offers an extensive menu featuring traditional Italian appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts, liquor and wine. Located at 16089 City Walk, the restaurant’s Town Square location marks its third in the Houston area. Lasagna House boasts a spacious outdoor patio, offering direct views of the plaza according to Planned Community Developers, Ltd. (PCD). For a complete list of Sugar Land Town Square retailers, visit www. SugarLandTownSquare.com. More information about Lasagna House can be found at www.LasagnaHouse.com.

County public sector career and information fair Five business groups are sponsors of a Fort Bend county public career and information fair set for October 20 in Sugar Land. Sponsored by the City of Sugar Land, Fort Bend County Human Resources, the City of Richmond, the City of Rosenberg, and Workforce Solutions, the program is the fifth annual Fort Bend County Public Sector Career and Information Fair that is to be held on Thursday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center located at 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land, TX 77478. The purpose of this event is to allow county residents to explore job opportunities and to gather information from Fort Bend County’s public and government agencies. Fort Bend County has a talented workforce pool that should be able to live, work, and play in the county. This career fair will give job seekers and recruiters an opportunity to connect.

Prior to the event, Workforce Solutions will be providing participants with workshops on interview tips, resume writing, and how to dress for success. You may contact Workforce Solutions at www.wrksolution.com or by phone at (281) 344-0279 for a schedule. Also, we are looking forward to Rick Gillis author of “Really Useful Job Search Tactics”, “The Real Secret to Finding a Job?”, “Make Me Money or Save Me Money!”, and the college eBook “Make Me Money or Save Me Money!”, being on hand from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to assist attendees with tips on navigating the contemporary job market. Mr. Gillis is also currently co-producing and hosting an employment-based TV show. HCC (Houston Community College)-TV will be producing and airing the show beginning in October. If you have questions about this event, contact Sharon Jenkins (281) 275-2210 or Ernestine Ware at (281) 344-3956.

MD Anderson in Sugar Land announces look good… feel better class The University of Texas MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land continues to host a series of classes for the Look Good…Feel Better program, a free, public service program created by the American Cancer Society to inspire women with cancer and improve their self esteem during treatment and recovery. The Look Good…Feel Better program consists of a series of classes where volunteer cosmetologists teach women diagnosed with cancer how to cope with skin changes and hair loss due to chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Each woman attending the class will receive a complimentary cosmetic kit selected to enhance her complexion type. All cosmetics and skin care products are donated by The Personal Care Products Council Foundation and are tested to be safe for women undergoing chemotherapy treatment. UPCOMING CLASS: Thursday, Oct.13 from 10 a.m. - Noon

The Look Good…Feel Better class will be held in the first floor conference room of the MD Anderson Center in Sugar Land at 1327 Lake Pointe Parkway in Sugar Land. Pre-registration is required; participants can call (281) 566-1800, ext. 2 to register or get more information. The program is open to MD Anderson patients as well as any cancer patients in the Fort Bend area. The MD Anderson Center in Sugar Land, located on the campus of St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital, provides medical oncology, hematology and radiation oncology services; outpatient chemotherapy; social work counseling; and on-site pharmacy, nutrition and laboratory services. The Center is housed on the first and second floors of a medical office building adjacent to the hospital, offering convenient direct appointment scheduling, and free parking for patients. Visit www.MDAnderson. org/SugarLand.

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NEWSWORTHY Two workshops set in October Concerned & Confused about Medicare?

2011 Celebration Ball scheduled for November In 2010, the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance celebrated 100 years of service to the Fort Bend business community. In 2011, the Chamber is celebrating the start of another century of value, service and the promotion of positive growth within our region. On Saturday, Nov. 12, the Chamber’s Annual Celebration Ball, which is presented this year by Legacy Ford and Kevin Patton State Farm, will recognize the member businesses, organizations and individuals who are the backbone of not only the Chamber but the business community itself. The black-tie affair is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Safari Texas Ranch’s Texas Ballroom, 11627 FM 1464, Richmond. The Ball will commence at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by seated dinner and a live auction. The dance floor will remain open until midnight. Sponsorship opportunities start at $600 and individual reservations start at $150 for Chamber members. For more information about the 2011 Celebration Ball, call 281-342-5464, stop by the office at 4120 Ave. H (Hwy. 90) in Rosenberg, or visit www.CFBCA.org.

Celebration Ball Committee member Blake Greer, Presenting Sponsor Kevin Patton, Kevin Patton State Farm, Margaret Patton, Juliana Ewer, Presenting Sponsor Ron Ewer, Legacy Ford, Celebration Ball Committee member and Chamber Board of Directors Vice-Chair Tom Crayton, CPA, and Celebration Ball Committee member Derek Finley, WJ Interests.

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What started out as a way to help unravel the maze of Medicare has turned into a mission for Fort Bend resident Toni King. Author of “Medicare and Health Insurance Survival Guide: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You.” Toni has set out to educate and inform the public about a system that is constantly changing and presenting new challenges. “The Medicare and You Handbook is only rules that can affect a person’s pocketbook if they are not properly enrolled in certain Parts of Medicare,” says King. She took the Medicare handbook and her experiences of working with Medicare clients and put it into people terms. Now the Average American can understand a complicated system. She says her book is written in “Good Old Fashion Texan!” “There is no more Marvin Zindler,” she reminds us, “and someone has got to step up to the plate and I’m doing it.” Looking after the public’s interest is what she intends to do when it comes to Medicare. She helps to guide a person to which plan is the best fit for their personal health situation. King states that several years ago, she started noticing that there were so many confused Americans as a result of what she says has been

inaccurate information from Medicare and Social Security employees. King invites the public to join her Tuesday, October 4 at either 10:00 AM or 6:30 PM at Sugar Creek Toni King Baptist Church LYF Center at 13444 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Please RSVP by calling 281-800-4674 as space is limited. King has an extensive knowledge of Medicare insurance and will explain many subjects that confuse those on Medicare. She will discuss the difference between a Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage plans, when to enroll in Medicare at the right times and most of all what is the “famous donut hole” and how to avoid getting in it. Come and join King at George Library in Richmond on October 13, from 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. for another medicare workshop sponsored by Fort Bend Chamber. For those who cannot attend and have questions concerning you or a loved one, King can be reached by email at toni@survivingmedicare.com or can visit her website www.survivingmedicare.com.

RailAmerica development efforts to add carloads, grow local businesses In the first six months of 2011, 34 customers have announced plans to build, expand or re-open facilities on RailAmerica railroads. When completed over the next 12-to-18 months and operating at full production, the thirty-four projects are expected to generate over 25,000 annual freight carloads that RailAmerica railroads will handle. RailAmerica’s industrial development team actively works to increase rail shipments by locating new customers on RailAmerica railroads and by helping current customers expand their existing facilities. RailAmerica’s development experts have access to a diverse catalog of sites across 7,400 track miles and 43 railroads and in-house logistics capabilities available to help customers with their ship-

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ping needs. “Our clients and the communities that host them benefit from a number of advantages that arise when raw materials and finished products move by rail versus other modes of transportation. The environmental benefits, energy-cost savings and overall efficiency of rail transportation are all compelling drivers of continued development on our railroads,” said RailAmerica Vice President Industrial Development Gary Lewis. RailAmerica, Inc. owns and operates short-line and regional freight railroads in North America, including Texas, with a portfolio of 43 individual railroads and approximately 7,400 miles of track in 27 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces.


World Trade Center artifact on display at Sugar Land city hall

Labor secretary, IRS commissioner sign memorandum of understanding to improve agencies’ coordination on employee misclassification compliance and education

A steel beam that was once part of the World Trade Center towers is on public display in the lobby at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North. The artifact was acquired with the help of Turner Construction Company, the firm that built the city’s newest Fire Station #7 in Telfair. Turner Construction has a personal connection to the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy - 12 employees in its New York office who were located in the World Trade Center’s North Tower. Turner Construction also assisted extensively in the Ground Zero clean-up. The ground zero artifact was formally dedicated during a special 911 memorial event in Sugar Land Town Square. The twisted piece of metal with a small, remnant of fabric still attached that was once part of the World Trade Center. The twisted metal is currently housed at Fire Station No.1. Sugar Land firefighter Adam Palmer led the effort to obtain the ground zero memorial piece after visiting http://911blogger. com/node/23113, a site detailing the Port Authority’s efforts to find new homes for “World Trade Center 9/11 Steel.”

11 state agency leaders also sign, agree to memorandums of understanding

Job-Search assistance at Missouri City Branch Library Series Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway, will present a series of free Job-Search Assistance programs in October. LaTonya Rogers from Texas Workforce Solutions will offer tips on a variety of topics for job-hunters. All programs will take place from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon in the Meeting Room of the library. The schedule of programs is as follows: October 5 Evaluate Your Skills & Develop a Plan October 12 Networking & Using the Internet The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2100.

A ceremony at U.S. Department of Labor headquarters in Washington was held in September 19 to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Internal Revenue Service that will improve departmental efforts to end the business practice of misclassifying employees in order to avoid providing employment protections. In addition, labor commissioners and other agency leaders representing seven states signed memorandums of understanding with the department’s Wage and Hour Division and, in some cases, its Employee Benefits Security Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Office of the Solicitor. The signatory states are Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah and Washington. Secretary Solis also announced agreements for the Wage and Hour Division to enter into memorandums of understanding with the state labor agencies of Hawaii, Illinois and Montana, as well as with New York’s attorney general. The memorandums of understanding will enable the U.S. Department of Labor to share information and coordinate law enforcement with the IRS and participating states in order to level the playing field for law-abiding employers and ensure that employees receive the protections to which they are entitled under federal and state law.

“We’re here today to sign a series of agreements that together send a coordinated message: We’re standing united to end the practice of misclassifying employees,” said Secretary Solis. “We are taking important steps toward making sure that the American dream is still available for all employees and responsible employers alike.” “This agreement takes the partnership between the IRS and Department of Labor to a new level,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “In this new phase of our relationship, we will work together more efficiently to address worker misclassification issues, and better serve the needs of small businesses and employees.” Business models that attempt to change, obscure or eliminate the employment relationship are not inherently illegal, unless they are used to evade compliance with federal labor laws – for example, if an employee is misclassified as an independent contractor and subsequently denied rights and benefits to which he or she is entitled under the law. In addition, misclassification can create economic pressure for lawabiding business owners. These memorandums of understanding arose as part of the department’s Misclassification Initiative, which was launched under the auspices of Vice President Biden’s Middle Class Task Force with the goal of preventing, detecting and remedying employee misclassification.

Child Advocates set training date Child Advocates of Fort Bend is offering a Fall Volunteer Training Class in the evening beginning on October 10th. Before attending the training, volunteers must fill out an application, be interviewed and submit to background screening. Child Advocates helped more than

1,300 children in 2009. To continue to help all of the children in Fort Bend County who need our help, we need more volunteers. Any help you can provide to get the word out about volunteer training and the need for volunteers would be greatly appreciated.

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NAMES IN THE NEWS Central Chamber presents State of the Cities Fulshear, Richmond and Rosenberg mayors to speak at breakfast event The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance’s Governmental Affairs Department will present the mayors of Fulshear, Richmond and Rosenberg at its inaugural State of the Cities Breakfast. The event is set for Friday, Oct. 7, from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at Pecan Grove Country Club, 3000 Plantation Drive in Richmond. Fulshear Mayor Tommy Kuykendall, Richmond Mayor Hilmar Moore and Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales will update attendees on recent, current and future Vicent Morales projects. The event is sponsored by Finnegan Auto Group and corporate support is provided by LJA Engineering and Surveying, Inc., and SouthWest Water Tommy Kuykendall Company. Sponsorships are still available and start at $250. The cost for individual members is $25 and for individual nonmembers is $35. The early reservation deadline is Hilmar Moore Thursday Oct. 6 at noon, with a $10 late-reservation add. To sponsor this event or to register, contact Angie Sanders at 281-342-5464 or asanders@ CFBCA.org. The purpose of the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Department is to maintain enhanced communications with local, state and national representatives and governmental agencies in order to serve the business community and protect the present and future economy of Fort Bend County. For more information contact Jeremy Heath at 281-342-5464 or jheath@CFBCA.org.

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Fabiola Garza joins Summus Industries Fabiola Garza has joined Summus Industries in Sugar Land as director of marketing & strategic initiatives. In her new role, Garza will manage and market Summus Industries’ office supply business. In addition, she will also play a key role as part of the company’s executive management team. “Fabiola is an outstanding fit for the Summus Industries team,” said Chief Executive Officer Rodney Craig. “She brings several years of successful account management and marketing experience. Additionally, we have worked together managing major accounts in the higher education market. Fabiola is a true professional and has established an outstanding reputation in the business.” Prior to joining Summus Industries, Garza spent five years at Staples Advantage as an account manager in South Texas where

she marketed and managed major institutional accounts in the public and private sectors. While there, she earned numerous awards including the prestigious 2011 Sales Excellence Award. Fabiola Garza A native of McAllen, Texas, Garza earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas - Pan American. Summus Industries, headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, is a leader in strategic sourcing, utilizing proprietary software to streamline the procurement process for large institutional customers. The company offers technology hardware and software, office supplies, medical/laboratory research products, and logistics. Learn more at www. summusindustries.com.

Elaine Bowman wins prestigious NACE award Elaine Bowman was named the 2011 recipient of the NACE Foundation Founders Award at the organization’s annual international awards ceremony in recognition of her contributions to education and publicizing corrosion science. Elaine, a member of NACE International for more than 20 years and a past president, has been a steadfast supporter of science and math education and developed outreach programs for students and teachers that offered financial assistance and opportunities to attend conferences and educational summer camps. The NACE Foundation has given away US$80,000 to students in scholarships and stipends in the last year. “It was a great honor to accept the award, and I did it on my behalf and on Champion’s behalf,” Elaine said. “Champion Technologies has been a large part of the foundation’s success because whenever I came and asked for sponsorships, they always gave.” As Champion’s previous U.S. Marketing Manager – and most recently Regional

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Manager of Champion’s Operation & Technical Excellence program – she has continually involved the company in efforts to introduce more students to corrosion science, espeElaine Bowman cially because 35 percent of Champion’s product line is corrosion inhibitors. The study of corrosion is becoming more prevalent in higher education because the annual cost of corrosion in the United States is about US$240 billion, according to a recent NACE study for the U.S. government. Elaine has also been instrumental in recruiting more women to the technical society and has seen the number of female engineers skyrocket in her 20 years as a NACE member. About 20 Champion employees attended the awards event, including Elaine’s family, Champion’s U.S. Vice President Mabry Thomas, Chairman Steve Lindley and Vice President of Marketing Matt Forcey.


Fort Bend County hires director of Health and Human Services Fort Bend County has hired a new administrator for its office of Health and Human Services (HHS). Mary desVignesKendrick, M.D. has accepted the position and will begin her employment with Fort Bend County on October 1. “We’re excited to have someone with Dr. Kendrick’s credentials join the HHS team,” said Couty Judge Bob Hebert. “Her high level of education and experience in Public Health will serve her well in working within our community.” Dr. Kendrick was most recently employed as a professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health, and brings more than 30 years of experience to the Fort Bend administrator position. She was also deputy director of the Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Preparedness at the University of Texas School of Public Health as well as a professor of Management, Policy and Community Health at UT. Prior to her academic career as a professor and research scientist, Dr. Kendrick worked as the health authority and director of the City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services, a position she held for 12 years. As the health director for the fourth-largest city in America, she led the department through significant challenges with numerous noteworthy successes. Dr. Kendrick, who is the recipient of several public health awards and has served on national, state and local public health boards and committees, com-

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pleted her undergraduate degree with majors in Biology and Spanish at New York University, and obtained her medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. Dr. Kendrick is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Department of Health & Human Services is Fort Bend County’s principal

agency for protecting the health of county residents and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The department oversees six departments including Emergency Medical Services, Clinical Health, Social Services, Environmental Health, Veterans Services and Animal Services.

“Local Finance Advisor Wins the 2011 Five Star Wealth Manager Award” Texas Monthly magazine designated Sharon Duncan, a Sugar Land-area financial advisor, as a 2011 Houston Region Five Star Wealth ManagerSM. Partnered with the publishers of Texas Monthly, Five Star Professional, a research company that recognizes outstanding industry experts, determines the wealth managers in the Houston region who provide exceptional service and overall satisfaction. As a winner of the Five Star award for the third year in a row, Duncan, president of Selah Financial Services, Inc., is part of a select group of less than seven percent of wealth managers in the Houston area. The award is given through Texas Monthly’s survey process which is based on personal experience, highest overall satisfaction, client evaluations, peer nominations,

and industry experts. “It is truly humbling to receive this award again, especially in such a large city as Houston,” says Duncan. “We appreciate so Sharon Duncan much all who participated in the survey. We are honored by this endorsement and the wealth management entrusted to us by so many individuals and families in the Houston region.” Sharon Duncan, owner of Selah Financial Services, a company doing business in the greater Clear Lake area, recently opened its doors for business in Sugar Land at 1 Sugar Creek Center Blvd., Suite 150 in the Sugar Creek district.

Kyler Cole joins Sugar Land’s EDC Kyler Cole joined the City of Sugar Land’s Economic Development Department as assistant director in late August. Cole’s focus includes working with Sugar Land businesses on retention and expansion matters. Cole has more than 15 years of public administration and management experience, including military service as a U.S. Army officer. His eight years in regional and municipal economic development includes working with the Pearland

Economic Development Corporation and the City of Pensacola, Fla. He earned a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor Kyler Cole of Science in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also serves on the board of directors of the Houston Chapter of CoreNet Global.

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YMCA Kicks Off Camp Exploratory Committee

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he boards of the Fort Bend and TW Davis YMCAs announced the establishment of an Exploratory Committee to develop a YMCA Camp in Fort Bend County. The announcement was made at a special reception held at Minute Maid Stadium. In addition to many YMCA board members, the event was attended by several Fort Bend area public officials and community leaders. The suite was contributed by the Houston Sports Authority, and the event was sponsored and co-hosted by Champion Energy Services. Jocelyn Gordon, Energy Orientation Manager for Champion Energy Services in Fort Bend County, stated “Champion Energy is very excited and proud to be an early community supporter of the YMCA’s efforts to bring a Y youth camp experience to Fort Bend County.” During the event, Charlie Myer, Regional Advancement Officer for the YMCA, announced that the new Camp Exploratory Committee would be co-chaired by two longtime Fort Bend County volunteers Mike Flory and Marshall Whichard. Both Flory and Whichard are former board chairs and Volunteers of the Year for the YMCA. They are being assisted by Mike Davis, Michael Gutierrez, Sharon Wallingford, Bouche Mickey, Raymond Franks, Cee Cee Parker, and Gordon.

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YMCA Camp Support – From Left to Right – Mike Flory, Y Committee CoChair, Jocelyn Gordon, Champion Energy, Energy Orientation Manager, and Charlie Myer, Y Regional Advancement Officer.

The trio, along with the committee is initially looking at a possible location as the Bates Allen County Park in Kendleton. The Bates Allen Park, a Fort Bend County facility, is a 235-acre park nestled on the San Bernard River and includes two lakes, walking trails, pavilions and several other amenities. “We are currently in preliminary conversations about partnering on the camp with Fort Bend County and Kendleton public officials,” stated Flory. The inspiration for the camp came about after members of the YMCA Outreach Committee and County personnel were discussing the development of an additional program outreach site, when the conversations turned to the ever growing need to get Fort Bend youth more opportunities to enjoy and appreciate the great outdoor environments in Fort Bend County. The closest YMCA outdoor camp experience is two and a half hours away at YMCA Camp Cullen, in Trinity. “We need to give our area youth more opportunities to unplug and enjoy the natural environment that our area has to offer,” stated Whichard. As outlined in the Texas Partnership for Children in Nature’s 2010 Strategic Plan, “Children ages eight - 18 spend an average of 7.5 hours a day, over 50 hours per week, connected to a television, computer, video games and other electronic media.” Over the coming months, the YMCA Camp Exploratory Committee will be looking at the feasibility of a camp development, finalizing possible locations and garnering initial support for the proposed camp. The YMCA is a charitable non-profit organization with three locations in Fort Bend County, including the Katy YMCA, TW Davis YMCA in Richmond and the Fort Bend YMCA in Missouri City. The YMCA is focused on strengthening the foundations of community through the development of youth, healthy living and social responsibility. For more information about the YMCA go to www.ymcahouston.org.


Cinco Charities seeks hospitality house for medical patients By Wayne Chandler

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aty manufacturer Monty Ballard and his wife, Erin, a recent cancer patient, have pledged $1.5 million to Cinco Charities, dedicated to finding a site and building a Ronald McDonald type hospital hospitality house in the Katy area. Cinco Charities is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization since 2008 which has assisted more than 100 patients and families. Realtor Ginger Hopper, announced the gift at the September Katy Area Economic Development Council breakfast along with the news of a unique golf tournament will be held for Cinco Charities November 21 courtesy of the Ballards. Hopper, Cinco Charities board chair, and Dr. Greg Chronowski, an M.D. Anderson surgeon who lives in the Katy area, told the KAEDC members of the progress being made to raise funds, and provide a “home away from home” for Katy patients and their families. “Our mission is to provide temporary housing in our community,” Ginger said, “for individuals and their families who are hospitalized or receiving treatment for a serious medical condition.” Ginger said that in 2006 a Keller Williams International executive challenged his agents to “leave a legacy” in their community. Ginger said that, in their brainstorming sessions, they soon recognized that Katy was developing a huge medical center, and that there was an urgent need to accommodate patients in ways other than direct medical care. “We knew of the phrase, ‘build it and they will come’,” Hopper said, “ and then we realized they’re already here.” “Our goal is to provide a free standing home that can house 12 to 15 patients and their families,” Ginger said. A two to three acre site in the Katy area,

near the hospitals, is being sought. Cinco Charities began a pilot program in 2008 and determined the beginning applicants never would be asked to pay. We house guests in local hotels and extended stay suites. “Doctors have told us, had it not been for Cinco Charities providing fee housing, a number of them would not have been able to receive treatment. Monty and Erin Ballard, last month, in addition to the generous pledges, provided a loaner home and purchased new furnishings. The home is located near hospitals and convenient to the patients. The Ballards were introduced to Cinco Charities by Katy oncologist Dr. Sunil Patel who has been treating Erin, who has been fighting her own personal battle with cancer. “The Ballards exemplify the beautiful giving spirit found in the people in Katy,” Hopper said. Monty Ballard’s own-profile firm, Fluoro-seal, has manufactured materials for plastic containers for the past 28 years, and his products are sold all over the world. “We’re fortunate,” Ballard said, “to have this opportunity to help change the way people in Katy live.” Cinco Charities joined the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses in 2008, and has gained valuable knowledge on how other similar groups have met needs of patients. “We have several fundraisers a year to bring in the needed monies to continue fulfilling our mission,” Ginger said, “and we have received donations from individuals, as well as a couple of grants.” The next big fundraiser will be the Don Hennigan Memorial Marathon Golf Tourney November 21 at Willow Fork Country Club. A feature will be the participation of area residents of Wounded Warriors, injured military veterans. To help , call Cinco Charities at 281220-2188, or go to Board@cincocharities. org.

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Lake Olympia Animal Hospital opens its “dream clinic”

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ake Olympia Animal Hospital recently opened its "dream clinic", a state-of-the-art wellness / treatment facility for those "other" family members. An impressive building with lots of parking, Lake Olympia Animal Hospital is dedicated to comfort, care, and safety of the pets entrusted to it. With six veterinarians and an auxiliary staff of 25, pets are compassionately and knowledgeably treated with as little stress as possible for the pampered pets. Love of animals is evident throughout, from the reception and separate waiting areas ( dogs to

the left and cats to the right ) to the exam / treatment rooms. Lake Olympia Animal Hospital was opened on March 15, 1985 by owners Dr. Michael Jacob and Dr. Terry Dobson, graduates of Texas A & M Veterinary School, on FM1092 where the Southern Maid Donuts is now. In 1993, they moved into their new 3603 Glenn Lakes location in Quail Valley. In 2001 Dr. Glenda Wall, another Aggie, joined the practice and became the third partner in 2006. In 2007, the trio purchased land in Riverstone and began planning a new facility. Meanwhile Dr. Heather Remark,

University of Florida, Dr. Adrianne Brode, and Dr. Mary McCaine, both Texas Aggies, also joined the practice. With six veterinarians the hospital is fully equipped for regular treatment, preventive care, and emergency care. In addition Dr. Brode is CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner) and Dr. McCaine is ABVP (Board certified in feline medicine). The new hospital (located at 20413 S. University, Missouri City) was completed in early July and opened its doors July 11, 2011. An interesting aspect of surgery is removing various objects swallowed by "hungry" pets. Some things removed include

Fluor selected by LCRA for new power project in Texas

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luor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) has announced that the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has awarded the firm an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its new 540 megawatt (MW) combined cycle Ferguson Replacement Project near Marble Falls. Once LCRA receives the required permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is projected to be by the end of 2011, Fluor expects to receive a notice-toproceed to replace the 37-year-old, 420 MW

Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant near Marble Falls. Construction will begin after LCRA receives all required permits. Fluor will book the undisclosed contract value into backlog once the permits are issued. “This new EPC contract for LCRA continues our 30-year successful track record of providing engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services for power generating units in Texas,” said Dave Dunning, president of Fluor’s Power Group. “We are poised to provide LCRA with the industry’s best engineering and construction professionals to provide clean

energy solutions for their customers in Texas.” A Texas-based company, Fluor will aim to employ local Texas craft and subcontractors for the construction of the project once permits are issued. LCRA began operating Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant in 1974 to meet increased demand, especially in the western part of its Central Texas service area. The single-unit, natural gas-fired plant can generate up to 420 megawatts, enough electricity to meet the peak demand for nearly 100,000 Texas homes.

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he Sugar Land Park and Recreation Department is partnering with Shape Up Sugar Land to host “Walk The Art Park Fitness Challenge & Scavenger Hunt” at Oyster Creek Park, 4033 Highway 6 South during October. This unique program encourages participation in integrated health, fitness and intellectual exercises. The month-long challenge is focused around the Bernar Venet Sculpture Garden which is being spotlighted at Oyster Creek Park as part of the City’s support and promotion of fine arts in the local

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community. The scavenger hunt will begin Oct. 1 on the Shape Up Sugar Land website, www.shapeupsugarland.org, where participants will download a list of questions about the art exhibit. They will then begin the hunt at Oyster Creek Park, where they will find the answers to questions such as “How much does sculpture #5 weigh?” and “Where is the artist from?” Participants must submit their answers at www.shapeupsugarland.org by Oct. 31. All completed entries will get a chance to win a variety of prizes. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to experience art in a fun and

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interactive format,” said Leon Kaplan, administrative manager for the Parks and Recreation Department. Shape Up Sugar Land is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to promote wellness, raise awareness and encourage activities that foster a healthy lifestyle for the community. The group supports and provides Sugar Land residents with resources and activities that promote healthier lifestyle choices. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at(281) 2752885 or visit www.sugarlandtx.gov or www. shapeupsugarland.org.


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socks, rubber duckie, lingerie, Isle of Capri coin, leather gloves, tennis and other kinds of ball, needle and thread, and a corn cob! Lake Olympia Animal Hospital has not only the general features of many animal clinics (boarding, general medicine / wellness care, vaccinations, in house laboratory, radiology, grooming, and prescription diets) but also dentistry, endoscopy and ultrasound, surgery, rehabilitation, pain management, and stem cell therapy. It is all a caring pet owner could ask for. Take time to go by and take a tour. If you don't have a pet, you will want one by the time you finish the tour! The website is www.lakeolympiaanimal.com and phone number is 281-499-7242.

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“We intend to grow the business in Galveston exactly the way we did it in Sugar Land,” explains Bentley, who currently works at the Sugar Land store and has been instrumental in its success, and who expects to take over the Galveston dealership as early as November 2011. “Our goal in Sugar Land from day one was to bring honesty and integrity back into the car business, and that’s exactly what we will do in Classic Galveston. We don’t play “cat and mouse games” with our customers, we honor what we advertise, and we make the entire transaction completely transparent.” One of the most unique things about Classic is that the sales people are empowered to handle the entire transaction with the customer from start to finish without the “let me check with my manager” game that many dealerships still practice. “We want to promote a non-confrontational relaxed atmosphere at the new location, just as we have here in Sugar Land,” said Bentley. “Classic Galveston employees will wear jeans in the winter and shorts in the summer, just like we do at all of our dealerships, so that our customers get that “relax and enjoy the difference” feeling. Our focus is to build our repeat and referral business by earning a customer for life and not trying to make a short-term profit from a single transaction.”

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Vista Bank Texas Now in Fort Bend… and beyond Vista Bank Texas stakes its claim in Fort Bend through a merger with Sugar Land’s Founders Bank


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ike Founders Bank – the bank it acquired to create a presence in Fort Bend County – Vista Bank Texas has small-town roots. In late 2006, a group of investors purchased Community State Bank of Boling, which had been formed in 1971 to serve farmers and oilfield workers in Wharton County. Though they started small, from the beginning the investors’ vision for the newly named Vista Bank Texas went far beyond the tiny town of Boling. And in less than five years, Vista has moved its headquarters to Houston and grown to seven offices throughout the area, including its newest bank in Sugar Land. The July 1 merger with Founders Bank gives Vista Bank Texas a strong presence in Fort Bend County, and Vista intends to build on that foundation. “We’re here because we recognize the tremendous opportunities that Fort Bend presents,” says Vista Bank-Sugar Land Chief Executive Officer Philip Davis. “We believe in Fort Bend and we’ve made a significant, long-term commitment to the community through our merger with Founders Bank. Since July 1, we’ve been out talking to customers and prospects and we’re excited about continuing the bank’s tradition of being involved and active in the Fort Bend business community.” continued on page 34


TheThe strength besuccessful successful strengthto to be In an economic climate that has many banks struggling, Vista Bank Texas is financially healthy with a strong balance sheet. In fact, Vista is one of the strongest capitalized banks headquartered in Houston, with $600 million in assets and $75 million in capital. “We have money to lend and we’re eager to do business,” says Executive Vice President Mike Dinges, a long-time Fort Bend banker who served in the same role at Founders Bank. Vista Bank primarily services the owner/ operators of small businesses and the medical community, with loans that typically run in the $250,000 to $5 million range. “We focus on physicians, law firms, executives, company owners – the types of small- to midsized businesses that drive the economy of a local community,” says Dinges. “We offer revolving lines of credit, real estate financing, equipment loans, treasury services and anything else a business might need to grow and succeed. Lending decisions are still made locally, and we have a great deal of flexibility that big chain banks just don’t have.” For current customers, the merger had little impact on day-to-day operations. Like Dinges, most of the Founders Bank staff stayed on through the transition and are still working in the Sugar Land branch. “We have a very good team in place here,” says Davis. “They recognize the importance of serving the customers and they do a great job of it.” Founders Bank CEO Jim Sturgeon was named Vice Chairman of Vista Bank Texas, and he is joined on the Vista board by former Founders Bank board members Dr. Juliet Breeze and Rickey Williams. The remainder of the Founders board is now serving as an advisory board to the Sugar Land bank.

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“These are Fort Bend businesspeople who were instrumental in creating Founders Bank and we are thrilled to be able to count on them to assist us moving forward,” says Davis. “Not only will they provide advisory support, but they will also continue to serve as ambassadors for the bank in the community, which is an important element of our outreach efforts.” In addition to the bank’s financial strength, a major advantage for Vista Bank’s local customers is the added convenience of additional locations. Fort Bend customers who work in or visit areas such as downtown, Highway 290 near Gessner, Greenway Plaza or Champions have easy access to a Vista Bank Texas branch, along with the branches in Boling and Wharton. “Our customers have been extremely receptive to the merger,” says Davis. “They recognize this is a positive step forward, because Vista Bank Texas is financially strong and committed to its markets. No matter what the economy does over the next 12-24 months, we’ll stay true to our core values and continue to focus on building and strengthening relationships with our customers here in Fort Bend.” Local tiesTies Local Despite his new position as CEO of the Sugar Land branch, Davis is no newcomer to Fort Bend. In fact, he and his wife Rose have lived in Sugar Land for 21 years. Daughter Sara, a junior at Texas Tech University, is a graduate of Clements High School; younger daughter Morgan is a Ranger senior. And Davis himself was just named as a director of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. “I’ve worked as a lender since 1985,” he says. “And I’ve been involved in community

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Vista Bank Texas - Lending Team. (l-r): Klye Atchison - Vice President, Paul Reade Executive Vice President, Lindsay Boston Loan Officer, Phil Davis - CEO Sugar Land and Mike Dinges - Executive Vice President.

banking for more than 15 years. I’m enjoying this opportunity to work with business leaders who are essentially my neighbors.” As a local businessperson himself, he was familiar with Founders Bank well before his own organization got involved with the Sugar Land institution. And he pledges that Vista Bank Texas-Sugar Land will continue the tradition of supporting local charities – such as the recent “Shred Day” event, benefiting the Fort Bend County Women’s Shelter, where Vista Bank provided document disposal services in exchange for school supply donations. “I always felt that Vista and Founders shared similar philosophies,” Davis said. “We believe in the important role that community banks play in economic development and the growth of local businesses. And we recognize that the best way we can serve our community is by taking care of our customers’ financial needs, both business and personal, and giving back when we can. If you’re a Fort Bend businessperson looking for a bank that can grow with you, Vista Bank Texas is a great choice.” To learn more about Vista Bank TexasSugar Land, visit www.vbtexas.com or call the bank at 281-325.5000.


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Membership The following firms have realized the importance of economic growth and development for the Fort Bend County area. They have pledged their support to the cause by investing their time and efforts in the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Please support your community by calling on these organizations when you have a need for products and services.

Welcome New Members ACE Endodontics

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Mauricio Ceballos CEO 1415 Highway 6, Suite C100 Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-491-0069 Health Care

Centurion Advisors Corp. Paul Jackson President 19901 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-207-5485 Financial Services

CIA Services, Inc. Renea Miksch Vice President 3000 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 200 Houston, TX 77042 713-981-9000 Homeowners Associations, Management

Greenway Cleaning Solutions Amaris Kinsey Operations Manager P.O. Box 554 Fresno, TX 77545 281-756-7114 Cleaning Services

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Nath Healthcare Business Solutions

Texas Critical Care EMS

Jack Molho Director 4413 Blue Bonnet, Suite 6 Stafford, TX 77477 281-207-8787 Medical Management Services

Swati Nath Owner/Manager 10701 Corporate Dr, Suite 228 Stafford, TX 77477 713-772-6690 x206 Financial Services

Lehia Aprea RN/Quality Control 1918 Foster Leaf Lane Richmond, TX 77406 832-451-6994 Health Care

Lasagna House III

The Linda Bell Team Prudential Gary Greene

The Wadhawan Law Firm

Linda Bell Realtor 2323 Town Center Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-684-9112 Real Estate, Residential

Manik Wadhawan Owner 7324 SW Freeway, Ste 545 Houston, TX 77074 713-777-5891 Attorney(s) at Law

Lauren Dorn General Manager 16089 City Walk Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-277-3400 Restaurants

Liberty Logistics Suhail Shariet President 10701 Corporate Dr. Suite 172 Stafford, TX 77477 713-659-0599 Export & Import Modern Spine, PLLC Kenneth J.H. Lee 16659 SW Freeway, Suite 151 Sugar Land, TX 77479 713-774-6337 Health Care

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Santikos Theatres Alexis Smith Director of Marketing 18402 US Hwy 281 N., #229 San Antonio, TX 78259 210-496-1300 Entertainment

St. Hope Foundation Mika Sam-Cooper Director of Operations 4915 S. Main St. #110 Stafford, TX 77477 281-277-8572 Foundations

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October Education Division Milestone

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Welcoming Reception for Superintendent Lance Hindt October 6, 2011, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd., Stafford

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Healthcare Division

Medicare Survival Workshop October 13, 2011 - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm The George Memorial Library 1001 Golfview Dr., Richmond Community Resources Division

The IMPACT of Juvenile Justice and Mental Health on Our Children Friday, October 14, 2011 - 7:30 am - 9:30 am Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land Governmental Relations Division

City of Stafford Update with Mayor Leonard Scarcella

October 17, 2011, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd., Stafford

Network Nites October 20, 2011, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Smart Financial Credit Union 9810 Highway 90A, Sugar Land Business and Professional

Series on Sales and Marketing with Curt Tueffert October 21, 2011, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land

OPEN Saturday

9am-1pm, RAIN or SHINE HWY 90 at Imperial Development In front of the Char House & Silos

SHOP Local & EAT Well Local produce and edibles Live music . Chef tastings and demonstrations Picnic grounds

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October 26, 2011 Sugar Creek Country Club 420 Sugar Creek Blvd, Sugar Land Business and Professional

Series on Sales and Marketing with Curt Tueffert October 26, 2011, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land

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October 27, 2011, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land

November 2, 2011 Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land

Legislative Wrap-Up with Representative Reynolds & Zerwas

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Curt Tueffert – “Recharge Your Fourth Quarter Sales”

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We Believe in you. Thanks for Believing in US! 1 Year

Shape Up Sugar Land Joy Dowell, 281-844-4982

Sterling Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sterling L. Carter, 281-240-3140

7 Years

Top Shelf Prithvipal (Paul) Likhari, 281-240-9463

The Enchanted Forest Judy Jones, 281-937-9449

Reserve at Woodbridge Mandy Gerner, 281-494-2200

ADP TotalSource Amanda Redd, 832-308-5566

Flowers by Tiffany, LLC Anne S. Yao, 281-208-8681

Lone Star Medical Products, Inc. Marc Gelnett, 281-340-6010

Dorf Ketal Chemicals Specialty Catalyst, LLC Matthew Knight, 281-243-4487

Brazos Ranch Apartments Jennifer Hampton, 281-342-4700

Hyatt Place Houston/Sugar Land Michael Gleeson, 281-491-0300

Crossbridge Church Chuck Land, 281-313-8300

Colony Limousine of Sugar Land Hamid Mirabi, 281-265-5466

Milestone Members

IronStone Realty Advisors Barkley Peschel, 281-242-2300

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4 Years

SCORE Beth Shapiro, 713-773-6565 UT Physicans Sharay Zeitz, 713-486-1200

2 Years

Sweetwater Specialty Consulting, LLC Zeenat Mitha, 713-922-6622 Shell and Tube, LLC James Hartsell, 281-499-0909 Principal Financial Group Wesley Forte, 713-783-1818 x234

3 Years

Printing-X-Press John Molloy, 713-771-9485

5 Years

Strategic Public Affairs, Inc. Andrew Biar, 713-335.099 Personal Physicians of Sugar Land Helen Hofmeister, 281-242-2221 Engineered Construction Specialists, Inc. Leonor Poindexter, 713-627-3622 Forty Holy Martyrs of Sebaste Orthodox Christian Church Gabriel Karam, 281-240-4845

8 Years

Frederick P. Forlano, Attorney at Law Frederick P. Forlano, 713-621-6611 KSA Engineers, Inc. Craig Phipps, 281-494-3252 Fort Bend Community Partners Rainbow Room Tonya Lewis, 832-595-3000 Burney Road M.U.D. Alexis Walker, 713-758-2852

9 Years

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Regina Zaragoza, 713-292-0300 Business Network International Gayle Swafford, 281-343-7336 Blue Jungle Marketing Jim Munnell, 281-240-6700

H. Bradley Whatley, PC Brad Whatley, 281-494-8200

Freese and Nichols, Inc. Jeff Taylor, 713-600-6800

6 Years

Fort Bend Junior Service League Catherine Kubala, 281-636-6272

HMG Park Manor of Quail Valley Vance Hale, 281-499-9333

Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union Pat Wleczyk, 281-342-8245

Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors Debbie Marcell, 281-782-2102 Traffic Engineers, Inc. Rachel Carleton, 713-270-8145

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GreenScape Associates, LLC Justin Morales, 281-341-9975

LaBarge Inc. Liz Jordan, 281-207-1357

Cornerstone Christian Academy Rachel Matthys, 281-980-0842

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Fort Bend Focus Magazine Lisa Fredrickson, 281-690-4242

Dagley Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. Nathan Dagley, 281-980-4600 Chiang, Patel & Yerby, Inc. Sanjay Ram, 713-532-1730

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Texans Insurance & Financial Group, Inc. Basil Housewright, 281-277-7800

11 Years

City of Missouri City Allen Owen, 281-403-8500

12 Years

Gomez & Company Benjamin Gomez, 713-666-5900 Shadow Creek Ranch Development Co. Gary Cook, 713-436-0003 The Grand Parkway Association David Gornet, 713-965-0871 Huitt-Zollars, Inc. Gregory R. Wine PE, LEED AP, 281-496-0066

13 Years

Titanium Engineers, Inc. Mitchell Dziekonski, 281-265-2910 FairfieldNodal Industries Inc Debera Fontenot, 281-275-7500 Denny’s Raymond G. Sewell, 281-208-2231 Laserzone Gary Wilhide, 281-277-2900

14 Years

Milestone Members 15 Years RE/MAX Heritage- Don Burns Team Sherry Burns, 281-491-6274 The Design Source Birdie Blackburn, 281-242-3336 PerryLee Home Health Care Services, Inc. Marion Tresvant, 281-491-2200 Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union Lu Beth Cloudt, 281-980-1850

16 Years

MetroBank, NA Mohammad Tariq, 281-565-7766 MACRO Remodeling and Restoration Services Michael McCroskey, 281-933-1244 University of Houston System at Sugar Land Susan Reynolds, 281-275-3300

17 Years

20 Years

East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Inc. Vickie Coates, 281-261-4902 Colony One Auto Center Rod Tate, 281-980-4440

22 Years

Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels Manuela Arroyos, 281-633-7049

24 Years

Freedom Automotive Services, Inc. John Miller, 281-499-4797 Ronald K. Rich, DDS, MAGD Ronald Rich, 281-980-2537

26 Years

Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors Nikki Owen, 713-465-6644

37 Years

Stewart Title Mary Alice Gonzalez, 281-491-7050

Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Chapels & Cemetery James B. Duke, 281-341-8800 Consolidated Home Health Holdings, L.L.C. Larry F. Willman, 281-238-8775 Klotz Associates Inc. Tom S. Ramsey, 281-589-7257

Early, McClintic & McMillan, LLP Richard Early, 281-491-5260

Meridian Medical Dental Healthcare Duncan G. Foulds, 281-265-6565

Fort Bend County John Healey, 281-341-4473

Wells Fargo Bank Rey Diano, 281-208-6222

19 Years

Hrbacek & Associates, PC Dean Hrbacek, 281-240-2424 www.FortBendChamber.com

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Ribbon Cutting

Contract Land Staff 2245 Texas Drive, Ste 200 Sugar Land, TX 77479 281- 340-3309 www.contractlandstaff.com

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ontract Land Staff (CLS) recently hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house celebration in honor of its new corporate headquarters at 2245 Texas Drive, Suite 200, in Sugar Land Town Square. Local officials, chamber members, clients, business partners and CLS employees attended the event. Guests toured the new office and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided by Post Oak Grill and the Vineyard, and entertainment provided by Luxury Trio jazz band. The relocation moved CLS from Stafford, where the company reached maximum capacity. “Our new location allows us to better serve our clients, and also offers a vast-

ly improved environment for our employees,” said Laurie Markoe, President and CEO. Founded in 1985, Contract Land Staff, LLC is one of the leading land management and right of way consultants in the United States. With over 400 employees, CLS provides a combination of land and property management solutions including right of way acquisition and IT consulting services, training, staffing, and land and real estate administration services.

Champion Energy Services 13831 Northwest Freeway #250 Houston, TX 77040 281-653-0059 www.ChampionEnergyServices.com

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ouston-based Champion Energy ranks among the top retail electric providers in the United States. Champion Energy currently serves residential, commercial and industrial customers in deregulated electric energy markets in Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey. Backed by the financial strength of Texas-based Crane Capital and EDF Trading North America, LLC, the company serves 700,000 residential customers equivalents, with a peak

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load of near 2,000 megawatts. PUCT No. 10098, PA PUC license A-2009-2124113, Ohio PUC certificate 09-166E(1), Illinois (ICC) docket 10-0168, New Jersey BPU license ESL-0082.tsbcakes.com.

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Town Square Office Suites 2245 Texas Drive. Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.TSOfficeSuites.com

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lanned Community Developers, Ltd. (PCD) announced that Town Square Office Suites, a full-service, Class A office space provider, is now open for business in Sugar Land Town Square. The Office Suites offers a state-of-the-art business center providing a unique package of furnished office and meeting space, virtual office services and advanced technology, with customizable packages to accommodate any need. All office space is move-in ready and allows for immediate access without construction or moving delays. The Office Suites were created to offer individuals and businesses Class A office space and service through a business suite

environment and meet the need for flexible lease terms and smaller space options that provide staffing services, cuttingedge technology and a full range of meeting solutions and amenities. Town Square Office Suites are located at 2245 Texas Drive. Visit www.TSOfficeSuites.com for more information.

H & R Block 6261 Hwy 6 S. Missouri City, TX 77459 281-261-4156 hrblock.com

Classic Chevrolet 13115 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-491-9000 www.classicchevysugarland.com

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Upcoming Chamber Events NETWORKNITES Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce

Smart Financial Credit Union 9810 Highway 90A Sugar Land, 77478 Land, TX 77478

ThursDAY, October 20, 2011 5 pm - 7pm COMPLIMENTARY DRINKS AND TASTINGS

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For more information contact Jan-michael Jenkins 281.491.0218 or jan@fortbendcc.org

MAYOR LEONARD SCARCELLA CITY OF STAFFORD BUSINESS UPDATE Monday, October 17th, 2011 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

10505 Cash Road . Stafford 77477

Sponsorship Opportunities Available Mayor Leonard Scarcella The Governmental Relations Division of The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce provides Chamber members with access to local and state government officials and promotes understanding of current legislative issues.

Please contact Farrah Gandhi for reservations or more information. farrah@fortbendcc.org - 281.566.2152 - fax 281.491.0112

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Coal Vines opens in Lake Pointe

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oal Vines, the popular bistro that originated in Dallas’ popular Uptown is heading to Sugar Land’s lively Lake Pointe Village on the banks of Brooks Lake. With full lunch and dinner offerings, Coal Vines brings a casual neighborhood restaurant and coal-fired oven pizzeria to Sugar Land. Executive chef Michael Hensley heads up the Coal Vines kitchen, showcasing the popular a la carte menu with signature New

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the greater Houston area. The remainder of the year and 2012 will be strong for new activity in Sugar Land with the approximately 200 acres at the intersection of Highway 59 and University Blvd. soon becoming available for commercial development. Our company is currently fielding numerous calls from a large variety of prospects who are interested in new development opportunities on the property. The City of Sugar Land is also moving forward with their due diligence for the development of an approximately 6,000 to 7,000 seat indoor concert/performing arts arena on the property. Another exciting commercial project continuing to move forward is the Johnson Development redevelopment of the Imperial Sugar factory site on Highway 90. Although not necessarily at the dizzying pace of a few years ago, commercial real estate activity in the county is well positioned to see strong growth over the upcoming years. That will only improve if we see continued stability in the capital markets and an increasing level in consumer confidence. For a copy of Collier International’s 2nd Quarter 2011 Fort Bend Commercial Market report, go to www.colliers.com/markets/ sugarland. Kolbe M. Curtice CCIM, CLS is the Managing Director of Colliers International - Fort Bend., 15999 City Walk, Suite 250, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. He can be reached at 281-494-4769 phone / 281-494-3227 fax / Kolbe.curtice@ colliers.com.

York-style pizzas, salads, pastas, chef specials and desserts as well as an extensive list of wines that has become synonymous with quality and value as well as premium selection of beer. Weekend brunch offerings including the popular Coal Vines Benedict, Nova Scotia Scrambled, Breakfast Calzone and more will be announced shortly. Coal Vines seats over 140 diners and includes bar seating as well as a private party room and large outdoor patio overlooking Brooks Lake. Styled with red curtains, dark woods, brick walls, wine racks and old-school photographs with the likes of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra crooning in the background, Coal Vines’ atmosphere is casual, yet elegant. Restaurant veterans Jim Hammond and Larry Klinghoffer who licensed the rights to Coal Vines in 2010 partner up to expand the

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Coal Vines concept throughout Texas with restaurants already open in Dallas, Austin and now Sugar Land. “We are thrilled to open Coal Vines in a development bustling with new restaurants and shopping options,” says Jim Hammond, co-general partner of Vines Over Texas. “We feel we will add a touch of New York City to the hip, urban Lake Pointe development and we look forward to sharing the Coal Vines experience with the Sugar Land community.” Located at 1550 Lake Pointe Parkway, Coal Vines will be the newest addition to Lake Pointe Town Center, the Whole Foodsanchored, mixed-use, lifestyle development at the northwest intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 6. Lake Pointe Town Center is a Planned Community Developers, Ltd. development. For more information email jesse@coalvinesoftexas.com or call (281) 491-0464.

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Fort Bend levees at risk of inclusion of NFIP’s new plan First in a two-part series

DAMAGES FROM FLOODING IN LEVEE-RELATED AREAS

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ccording to the American Society of Civil Engineers, more than 85 percent of the nation’s estimated 100,000 miles of levees are locally owned and maintained. There are 881 counties in the United States with levees. Those counties contain more than 50 percent of the nation’s population. “Fort Bend County is located within the City of Houston metropolitan area,” says Andrea McDonald, president of the Fort Bend Flood Management Association and a member of the Committee on Levees and the National Flood Insurance of The National Academies Organization located in Washington, D.C. The Sugar Land resident says Fort Bend County has more than 60 miles of levees and numerous drainage facilities that protect more than 35,000 acres and more than $10 billion in property values. “Fort Bend is among the Top 20 counties in the United States for economic excellence and population growth,” says McDonald, explaining levees in the county have been accredited by FEMA and NFIP as providing protection against a 100-year flood. “Most Levee Improvement Districts (LIDs) protect against a 250-year flood. Due to new FEMA floodplain models, many LIDs were required to construct new levee segments and increase the height of their existing levees by varying degrees. LIDs in Fort Bend County spent almost $40 million in local funds to improve existing levee segments and construct new segments to meet new FEMA freeboard requirements. “No federal funds have ever been used to construct, operate, and maintain levee systems in Fort Bend County,” says McDonald. “We’ve assumed self responsibility for our world class community.” The levees in Fort Bend County have been built exclusively with local funds and serve as a stellar example of responsible planning at its best. There are 48 levees in Texas and 17 of them are located in Fort Bend County. Levees are man-made barriers

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LOCATION/YEAR

DAMAGES IN DOLLARS

Midwest 1993

$272,872,070

North Dakota/Minnesota 1997

$152,039,604

Hurricane Katrina 2005

$16,467,524,782

Midwest 2008

$583,596,400

SOURCE: National Committee on Levee Safety

(embankment, flood wall, structure) along a water course constructed for the primary purpose of providing hurricane, storm and flood protection. Levees are often part of complex systems that include not only levees and flood walls, but also pumps, interior drainage systems, closures, penetrations, and transitions. Many levees are integral to economic development in the protected community. So why the fuss? The current draft of the Senate’s Johnson-Shelby Bill, which reauthorize’s the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) contains a provision of great concern to McDonald and many of our public officials. Section 107 of the draft legislation institutes a mandatory NFIP purchase requirement for properties in “residual risk” areas, including areas protected by levees, dams, and other flood control structures regardless of their Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) accreditation status. “The costs would be high to individuals and businesses.” “We believe it should take into account local flood risks and the quality of the local facilities that reduce the risk,” adds McDonald. There are over 60,000 structures that sit behind levees within Fort Bend County. These should not be lumped into one category for the determination of risk. Federal levee systems currently provide a six-to-one return on flood damages prevented compared to initial building cost. Despite this, baseline information has not been

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systematically gathered through inspections and post-flood performance observations and measurements to identify the most critical levee safety issues, quantify the true costs of levee safety, prioritize future funding, and provide data for risk-based assessments in an efficient or cost-effective manner. According to the Report Card for American Infrastructure produced by the American Society of Civil Engineers, there is no definitive record of how many levees there are in the U.S., nor is there an assessment of the current condition and performance of those levees. Recent surveys by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials and the Association of State Floodplain Managers found that only 10 states keep any listing of levees within their borders and only 23 states have an agency with some responsibility for levee safety. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that levees are found in approximately 22% of the nation’s 3,147 counties. Forty-three percent of the U.S. population lives in counties with levees. Many of those levees were designed decades ago to protect agricultural and rural areas, not the homes and businesses that are now located behind them. In the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, Congress passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007. The Act required the establishment and maintenance of an inventory of all federal levees, as well as those non-federal levees for which information is voluntarily provided by


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state and local government agencies. The inventory is intended to be a comprehensive, geospatial database that is shared between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the states. While the USACE has begun the inventory of all federal levees, to date few states or local agencies have provided any formal information, leaving the inventory far from complete. In addition, there is still much to be determined about the condition and performance of the nation’s levees, both federal and nonfederal. As of February 2009, initial results from USACE’s inventory show that while more than half of all federally inspected levees do not have any deficiencies, 177, or about 9%, are expected to fail in a flood event. The inventory data collection process is ongoing and these preliminary findings are expected to change as the process continues. WRDA 2007 also created a committee to develop for the first time recommendations for a national levee safety program. The National Committee on Levee Safety completed its work in January 2009 and the panel recommended that improvements in levee safety be addressed through comprehensive and consistent national

leadership, new and sustained state levee safety programs, and an alignment of existing federal programs. Often, the risk of living behind levees is not well-known, and the likelihood of flooding is misunderstood. For this reason, little focus is placed on measures that the public can take to mitigate their risks. Though the 1% annual chance flood event (“100-year flood”) is believed by many to be an infrequent event, in reality there is at least a 26% chance that it will occur during the life of a 30-year mortgage. The likely impacts of climate change are expected to increase the intensity and frequency of coastal storms and thereby increase the chance of flooding. In 1968, Congress enacted the National Flood Insurance Program (NIFP). One of the primary purposes of the NFIP was to address the inability of the public to secure privately backed insurance for economic losses from flooding. The NFIP designated the 1% annual chance event (“100-year flood”) as a special flood hazard area in which those holding federally backed mortgages would be required to purchase flood insurance. Never intended to be a safety standard, the 1% annual chance event became the target design level for many levees because it

allowed development to continue while providing relief from mandatory flood insurance purchase for homeowners living behind accredited levees. Allowing levees to simply meet the minimum requirements of the NFIP has created an unintentional—and potentially dangerous—flood insurance standard that is now used as a safety standard. During the past 50 years there has been tremendous development on lands protected by levees. Coupled with the fact that many levees have not been well maintained, this burgeoning growth has put people and infrastructure at risk—the perceived safety provided by levees has inadvertently increased flood risks by attracting development to the floodplain. Continued population growth and economic development behind levees is considered by many to be the dominant factor in the national flood risk equation, outpacing the effects of increased chance of flood occurrence and the degradation of levee condition. Unfortunately, lands protected by levees have not always been developed in a manner that recognizes the benefits of the rivers and manages the risk of flooding. Fort Bend County likely stands as the preventive model for the nation.

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the old saying goes, everyone loves a parade. The Inaugural Pink Ribbon Parade was held on September 13 at Houston City Hall’s Reflection Pool. It’s mission? To increase awareness of breast cancer. “The main purpose of the parade was to bring visual awareness to breast cancer,” said cancer survivor Amy Waltz. “Each person or business purchased a ribbon for $5,000 and participated in this parade. The parade is not a one-time event. It’s actually a tour of the city. It will be like the Cow Parade in the past where individually decorated cows toured the city.” This campaign has many layers that will benefit cancer patients and survivors in countless ways. Each ribbon purchased will

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raise funds and awareness for the BHCT (Breast Health Collaborative of Texas), a charitable organization of your choice, and your organization. It’s an excellent way to show how your company supports the fight against breast cancer. The BHCT initiative is a network of over 200 non-profit, for profit, social service agencies, survivors and individual members improving access to breast health services in Texas, the purpose of which is to make each program strong. Organizers of the Pink Ribbon Parade are in the process of getting the public to support this event by creating and gathering many larger-than-life size sculptures of uniquely designed pink ribbons that will be showcased in the parade.

Butterfly Kisses Amy was diagnosed in 2008 with stage 2 breast cancer at age 35, the mother of a sixyear old daughter and three-year old twins. “Isabella has been around conversations about breast cancer since she was six years old,” said Amy. “This year when we heard about the first annual Pink Ribbon Parade, nine-year old Isabella and her friend were taking an art class with Betsy Miller, a well-known artist in

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Hailey and Isabella display Butterfly Kisses at the Art in the Park.

Friendswood.” Betsy, Isabella and her friend, Hailey Moore, came up with Butterfly Kisses. The artwork was done primarily by Betsy with the girls helping her to paint and draw. Butterfly Kisses is a life-size pink ribbon sculpture between six and seven feet tall. The


Hailey and Ms. Betsy showing off Butterfly Kisses.

plaster sculpture is hollow and was clearcoated at a body shop. It rolls on casters for easy mobility. To mirror the changes women with breast cancer undergo and the transformations that butterflies undergo during their life cycle, it sports rainbowcolored butterflies with the words: faith, believe, strength, courage, love and hope. Thus, the name Butterfly Kisses. “We thought of butterfly kisses one day in the car and it totally blew our minds,” said Isabella. “It was such a great name because it explains breast cancer. Butterflies kiss you, and when you have breast cancer, you will think of a butterfly’s life. First you are in an egg, and then you become a caterpillar. Then, you grow and grow and grow until you become a chrysalis and hatch into a beautiful butterfly. When a breast cancer patient gets healed, it is just like a butterfly coming out of its chrysalis.”

raised $2,000, and the winner was Pearland resident Roberta Torres. Proceeds will go to Pink Ribbons Project and the BHCT via the Pink Ribbon Parade. “Hailey and Isabella have grown so much from this experience. They have learned about breast cancer and how to speak to others about their mission. They have learned to look strangers in the eye and ask for money. They have gained great confidence and a softness that I believe will help shape their character. We are so proud of them,” said Amy. Amy’s husband, Brett, has worked alongside the family with fundraising. His colleagues at Microsoft have been huge supporters of Waltz Warriors and fundraising efforts related to breast cancer. “Brett encourages me to live healthfully and has had a consistent positive outlook on my prognosis. He proudly wears pink!” For twins Jacob and Julia, the language of breast cancer has been in their word bank for as long as they can remember. “We have always been open and concrete in explaining the disease, treatments and side effects to our children.” Amy pens a blog called Anticancer Amy in which she chronicles her experience as a breast cancer survivor and how she lives a healthy life by providing healthy choices for herself and her family. Her blog offers links to related books, guides pertaining to personal

care products, and research with the goal of informing readers on healthy lifestyle choices and related issues. When she was diagnosed, there was no family history of any kind of cancer, and she was unprepared for her role as a breast cancer patient. “Sometime during my second year as cancer patient, I began to read everything I could get my hands on related to living beyond cancer,” she said. “I knew my cancer was not genetic, and I didn’t have any other risk factors that I knew of. I filled my brain with books and literature on anti-cancer living; specifically how I could help my body defend itself against cancer. I transitioned our grocery lists from process to whole. I started practicing yoga and meditation. I prayed fervently. I wanted to live and had to live. Thus, began my quest for healthy living.” For more information on the Pink Ribbon Parade or the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas, visit www. pinkribbonparade.org.

Hailey sewing a quilt that raised $2,000 through a raffle for the Pink Ribbon Parade.

Waltz Warriors “We have two ribbons: the Butterfly Kisses ribbon that we’re raising money for and a ribbon called Waltz Warriors.” Waltz Warriors is, of course, the Waltz family and supporters who have raised money though Pink Ribbon Projects. “It finally came to fruition this year, and we put the money to use and funded 50 mammograms at a UTMB clinic. We were able to do that through Pink Ribbon Project,” Amy said. Isabella and Hailey also sewed a pink quilt with the help of Valerie Boessling and sold $5 raffle tickets to raise money. They

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Associated Lumber buzzing in Kendleton

(l-r) Kendleton Mayor Darryl Humphries, Owner Linda Picard, and EDC Director Mike Flory.

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new business is growing in Kendleton. Recycled from a cotton gin that once operated on the grounds at 13202 Gin Road in the northern half of the city, the wood product re-saw manufacturing company is buzzing its way into profit by handling small business and company contracts throughout the Gulf Coast region. Associated Lumber Enterprises, LLC is a wood product distribution center. “We take lumber and re-saw it to create various wood products,” says owner Linda Picard, who

(l-r) Paul Muniz, Gary Muniz, Pete Alameda. Absent from photo is Robert Allen.

acquired the business September 1. “In the early 1900s this facility was a cotton gin. It was bought in 1989 by the previous owner. But today you can say the company is a miscellaneous wood product manufacturer. “There is not a custom re-saw mill in the general Fort Bend County area,” she adds. When Linda Picard was a little girl she worked with her family at her father’s saw mill in Westlake, Louisiana. Her three brothers and one sister knew the sound of the saws and the experience of sawdust on their jeans. However, little did Picard know back

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then she would one day be the newest woman-owned business in Kendleton, Texas. “My father had a sawmill that took logs to lumber,” states Picard, “but I take lumber and make products.” Some of the products manufactured by Associated Lumber Enterprises consist of custom pallets, packaging wood products and custom wood products of various uses. “We are considering green wood product manufacturing of wood pellets for biomass fuel and animal bedding,” says Picard. Associated Lumber employs four technicians and plans to expand in the near future. Deliveries are made by company trucks. Skills and safety training is completed on a regular basis. “Associated Lumber Enterprises has a strong commitment to the environment. We strive to utilize 100% of all our materials. Wood is the only major structural material that is natural and renewable,” adds Picard. “Linda Picard has some great plans in the future for products and services that match sustainable trends,” says Kendleton Economic Development Director Mike Flory. “We are extremely fortunate to have new business opportunities springing up in our community.” Kendleton is located along US 59 in West Fort Bend County eleven miles west of Rosenberg. Additional information is available at www.AssociatedLumberEnterprises.com For more information about Kendleton, Texas contact Mike Flory at 281-499-0128 or Mike@CityofKendleton.TX.US


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Blue Fin Aquatics Corporation Blue Fin Swim Club 8433 Fm 1464 Rd Ste L-160 77407

Kouri Donald J (+) Djk Investments 2714 Avalon Ct 77406

Zepeda Janie M (+) Rock Your World 4905 Greenwood Dr 77471 Gamino Cindy Pure World 13910 Panhandle Dr 77498 Boos Marie Anne Popcorn Cravings 12123 Brighton Lane 77477 Shah Girish (+) Music Bank Of India 1627 Berkoff Dr 77479 Campbell Gloria Gee-Wiz Entertainment 12700 Stafford Rd #1327 77477 Premium Cell & Wireless Inc Houston Cell Proz. 7030 Addicks Clodine Rd Unit 104 77083 Lee Sheree Hsin Chen Dreams Come True Realty 4502 Hwy 6 #B 77478

Vasquez Jeremy S Gulf Coast Office Furniture & Cubicle 4107 Meadowbend 77469 Edwards Shannon Swag Entertainment Of Houston 17035 Evening Run Ln 77407

Utomi-Polk Felicia (+) Victorious Christian Life Ministry 2331 Sunset Trail 77478 Chapa Louis Louis Automotive 2801 Ave H 77471 Jes Jay Inc Speedy Stop 13 1417 Jackson St 77469 Lindsey Ronald Blake King Ranch Fence Company 2414 W Shane St 77511

Murski Tara S (+) Mane Attraction Tara Caryn 210 Hwy 90 Ae 77469

Bass Clinton L (+) K.L.B. Environmental Pest Control Svcs 2027 Kashmere Spring Ln 77545

Edwards Shannon Rooting Systems Landscaping 17035 Evening Run Ln 77407

Trevino Audrey Cheng Ethos Brand Consulting, Lp 1910 Oakhurst Parkway 77479

Yarborough Siteria Sew Perfectly U 8307 Radial Ct 77583

Schindler Tracy Something Else 10407 Farmersville Fork 77459

Le Nghia Thanh Earth Market Trading Company 7322 Sw Fwy #475 77074

Flores Jesus Eye Mechanic 1723 Crestmont Dr 77477

James Robert K Los Carnales Fort Bend 19818 Dahlia Brook Way 77407

Butler Leonard Dr. Clean Ice Machines, Inc 1450 W Grand Pkwys Ste 161-G 77494

Stamps Lamarcus N Neat & Complete Services 21107 Rebecca Hill Ct 77406

Wilson Meredith Thirty-One Gifts By Meredith Wilson 6502 Drewfalls Drive 77402 Mathews Trina Abrilliant Affairs 522 E Sycamore 77545

Thompson Keith D Batiste Phyllis A Tomie Fan Independent Beauty Consultant 14430 East Glen Willow 77489 1407 Yeldell Ct 77545

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Gibson James R Jr Gibson Gavels Etc 2426 Willow Bend Dr 77406

James Shalaina Precise Hair By Shay 2222 Settlers Way 77478

Fort Bend Business Journal • October 2011

Nah Samuel (+) Stinguai Annointed Independent Living 14814 Delbarton Dr 77083 Berkeley Wilbour Wil’s Home Repair & Remodeling 8238 Aliso Canyon Ln 77083

Sassin Gabe A The Law Office of Gabe A Sassin (+) 22023 Treesdale Ln 77450

Regner Kenneth Thomas Dc Pa (+) Grand Parkway Chiropractic & Rehabilitation 7830 West Grand Parkway St 180 77469 Watson George Wilson Jr Details 4U2c 4522 Autumn Orchard Ln 77494 Bhandari Arvind Houston Cancer & Medical Clinic 8200 Wednesbury Ln Suite 290 77074 Huff Arthur Iii (+) Southwest Bbq 2516 1St Street 77471 Okehie Stanley Uzoma (+) East2westdeals 7726 Candlegreen Ln 77071 Spacek Mike (+) Cm Auto 21019 Flower Croft Ct 77407 Khan Shahid Nawaz Shahid Motors 10200 Synott Rd 77498 Fvc Food Mart Inc Fvc Wholsale 1503 S Yegua River Cir 77478 Jamison Keisha Kdt’s Kitchen Catering Service 3223A Palm Desert Ln 77459 Busch Lida Martiza (+) Eagle Remodeling Services 3515 Mallard Pass Ln 77494 John W Varghese & Co LLC Prompt Mortgage Company 4501 Cartwright Rd #104 77459 Henderson Richelle Texas Outlawz 10214 Rosebud Lane 77459

Williams Tamisha Chic Hair Spectrum 1818 Thornbrook Dr 77489

Mcdaniel Hill Incorporated Mcdaniel Hill, A Texas Family Cafe 815 Plantation Drive #100 77406

Jenkins Amanda Classic Kuts 1110 Fm 2234 Ste 400 77477

Goldfarb Shari This-N-That 9023 Carriage Point Dr 77479

Granados Rene A & R Body Shop 15734 Boss Gaston Rd 77498

Smith Della Mpowered Consultants 11569 Hwy 6 S #158 77498


DBA (Assumed Names)

Data Beat

Smith Della Socially Mpowered 11569 Hwy 6 S #158 77498

Grear Duran Reliable Movers 15423 Willview Rd 77489

Eissler Lawrence L (+) Carleigh’s Angels 11926 Meadowdale Dr 77477

Shah Rita Lakissha Music Co. 1627 Berkoff Dr 77479

Smith Jarvis E (+) Do It All Lawn Service 307 Manor Ave 77583 Mask Geraldine A.D.M. Delite 3 16423 Quail Call 77489 Miller Herbert E (+) Suncoast Office Services 13107 Newberry St 77478 Vietnam Infrastructure, Energy & Technology LLC Viet LLC 903 Whitby Ct 77479 Magoti Adria Across The Globe Travel Services 2727 Youpon Glen Way 77545 Radovich Investments Lc Radovich Investments 903 Whitby Ct 77479 Rodriguez Perez Liliana M Global Surgical Services 2802 Spring Lakes 77459 Bansal Rakesh Texas Discount Realtor P O Box 17632 77496 Bansal Rakesh Bansal Properties P O Box 17632 77496 Dubey Candice Candice Dubey Photography 8326 Phantom Mist Dr 77406 Leach Terri (+) Faith League P O Box 711 77406 Garcia Nelida Ohthisisso Me 4522 Hwy 6 77478 Weiss Brian A-Fast Bail Bonds 1208 Front Street 77469 Ibe Emanuel (+) House Of Hope Centers 5802 Mills Point Ln 77469 Reed Travis R (+) Coastal Landscape Management 637 Trammel-Fresno Rd 77545

(+) = More Names Fisher Johnson Randalls Mayberry Family Trucking LLC P O Box 81 77489

Hannon Kizzy Flashback Graphics 10101 Fondren Rd Suite 244 77096

Large Lovenia Beauty - U - Love 7010 Dawn Bloom Ln 77469

Van Overbeke Phillip Van Overbeke Home Inspections Gordon Katherine 119 Main Street 77498 K. Gordon & Associates 12122 Murphy Rd #B1 77477 Velasquez Matthew Amaku Samkuel O Impeccable Gems Ambassador Security Berger Mark 2005 S Mason Rd #827 77450 4326 Brights Bnd 77459 Green Source Monitoring 2011 Glenn Lakes La 77459 Maui Nail & Skin LLC Davis Bobby Maui Nail & Skin A Gentlemans Touch Acc Inc 6302 Hwy 6 Suite N 77459 1918 Lauren Place 77489 Carrier Worxs 1515 Stone Canyon Dr 77479 Lapekas Molly Tom T Nguyen Md Pa Partyline Sugar Land Advanced Castillo Braulio 16535 Southwest Fwy 77479 Ob-Gyn Associates Houston Windows & Glass 9722 Us Highway 90A 6201 W 34Th St Ste 6 77092 Lapekas Molly Ste 201 77478 Partyline Tillery Shayla (+) 500 Katy Mill Circle 77494 Chan Monica Divinity Event Planning Monica’s Math Mall M3 Po Box 6178 77491 Frantz Derek (+) 3414 San Vicente Ln 77450 Creative Concepts Ccc. Innih Austin G (+) 8923 Bell Flower 77063 Mensah Yaw Fire Might Ministries Int’l Wabud Salvage 11755 Southlake Drive 77077 Robinson Tamintris 16734 Lonesome Quail 77489 Monthly News Messenger Tabor Cheryl (+) 809 Stafford Springs Ave 77477 Garcia Lorena Textured Tresses Pronto Ac & Heating Po Box 2308 77459 Robinson Tamintris 6643 Mccullum Rd 77489 T R Notary Of Texas Kimble Jermaine 809 Stafford Springs Ave 77477 Rubin Marisela (+) All About You Transportation Hydrotech 15866 Alger Dr 77489 Johnson Julian 1450 W Grand Parkway Bueno Concrete Company Suite G-273 77494 Obinani Chidi 4115 Shadow Haven Dr 77545 Edoc International Wedegartner Paula (+) 1907 Appleton Dr 77489 Nicholson Zach (+) Championship Trophies Rosenberg Life & Supplies Yu Jian Sheng 6215 Watford Bend 77471 1107 Ave H 77471 Hh America Co. 494 Plantation Run Dr 77478 Mulkay Annette D Sanchez Omar Orzanizing Mama El Nachito Ice Cream Y Mas Jones John M (+) 1831 High Gate Ct 77478 28120 Southwest Fwy John M Jones Contractor Jmj #202 77471 11315 Ashwood 77338 Mabry Charles Bizznest Man Entertainment Korenek Klint Williams Colette 2601 Cartwright Rd Suite D Make It Rain Hopespeak Publications #158 25111 Blumm Ranch Dr 77494 Po Box 1085 77497

Alvarez Alexander Loguis Auto 439 S Pine 77583

Colbert Deshawn Me & B Management 2601 Cartwright Rd Suite D #158 77459

Dowty Jessica Williams Colette Wide-N-Low Bullies Kennel Colette Hope Communications 23422 Lakewind Park Ln 77407 Po Box 1085 77497

Kroboth Bobby Chilly Breeze 2510 Palace 77477

Jcu Services Inc Memorial Methodist Home Healthcare 4800 Sugar Grove Blvd Suite 385 77477

Jones Thomas M Iii Lone Star Animal Control 19706 Heron Shadow Ct 77407

Dirks James (+) M & J Coaching Services 2855 Commercial Center Blvd 922 77494

#1 Showcase Properties of Texas LLC Jones Dena S (+) Showcase Properties Of Texas Designs By Dena 1708-B Washington Ave 77007 1111 Austin Colony Dr 77406

Avery Derek J (+) Avery Real Estate 3022 Road Runner Walk 77459

Almaguer Julian A Kwh Rate Management 7322 Coldstone Creek Ct 77407 Nwagbara Uzoamaka Easy Procurement 1415 Eldridge Pkwy #1831 77077 Elliott Dee Dee Elliott Marketing Consulting 1526 Chestnut Ln 77469 Nelson Noemi Memories By The Dozen 3514 Glennlakes Ln 77459 Alvarado Felipa F.A.B. Cleaning Service 9754 Gaines Rd 77478 Le Thanh Houston Auto Spa 1 8710 Hwy 6 S 77083 Comeaux Jacquelyn E Jackie’s Cuts N Curls Beauty Salon 9301 Hwy 6 Suite C 77083 Cordes John Forlorn Hope 5526 Cherish Trail 77494 Powell Bettie Sonny’s Elite Transportation Srvc 2014 Arbor Gate Court 77469 H E E A T Holdings LLC Fruity Yogurt 4645 Highway 6 Ste D 77478 Brew Esther E & B Tires & Wheels 2400 Fm 2234 77489

Jennings Barbara J Hefner Julie Music Unlimited Z Plus Services 4334 Palmer Plantation 77459 10506 Quail Ridge 77498 Harris Dierra (+) Dainty Edge Fashion Jewelry 14231 Fm 1464 #18204 77498

Meuth Matt Ics Renovations & Energy Products 8031 Church Street 77461

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Data Beat

September 2011 Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports

Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary reports present data about monthly local sales and use tax allocation payments to local sales taxing jurisdictions. These net payments represent monies identified for the local jurisdictions since the previous month’s distribution. These reports will allow you to compare current year sales and use tax payments with the previous year. When used with other local economic indicators, they may help indicate present and future trends. County/City Fort Bend

Net Payment This Period

Comp Payment Prior Year

% Change To Date

2011 Payments To Date

2010 Payments Change

Percent

Arcola Beasley Fulshear Kendleton Meadows Place Missouri City Needville Orchard Pleak Richmond Rosenberg Simonton Stafford Sugar Land Thompsons

0.00 6,811.39 35,933.77 1,618.68 75,346.27 436,631.08 28,460.05 4,113.65 3,760.19 314,209.16 838,406.62 12,832.44 1,022,813.71 3,019,753.01 1,339.52

21,602.48 7,532.30 28,522.23 1,147.81 78,783.06 482,825.56 26,777.96 4,056.65 4,787.24 323,478.48 921,506.14 15,985.62 992,406.57 2,749,220.47 1,322.93

-100.00% -9.57% 25.98% 41.02% -4.36% -9.56% 6.28% 1.40% -21.45% -2.86% -9.01% -19.72% 3.06% 9.84% 1.25%

182,714.31 58,791.43 344,853.23 14,575.27 680,840.87 4,414,909.85 267,003.89 32,405.96 36,937.74 2,926,746.27 8,568,211.52 100,725.70 9,999,663.40 29,760,710.38 17,898.84

178,811.42 48,196.87 279,886.99 11,990.71 729,685.45 4,534,479.87 266,474.28 33,203.43 59,245.84 3,114,942.18 8,453,214.90 85,612.90 9,740,165.72 28,372,943.87 25,926.26

2.18% 21.98% 23.21% 21.55% -6.69% -2.63% 0.19% -2.40% -37.65% -6.04% 1.36% 17.65% 2.66% 4.89% -30.96%

COUNTY TOTAL 5,802,029.54

5,659,955.50

2.51%

57,406,988.66

55,934,780.69

2.63%

Top 20 City Sales and Use Tax Comparison Summary - September 2011 Please note that Sugar Land is 17th in sales tax revenues in the state. City

Houston San Antonio Dallas Austin Fort Worth Arlington El Paso Plano Round Rock Corpus Christi Amarillo McAllen Lubbock Irving Midland Frisco Sugar Land McKinney Abilene Mesquite

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Net Payment This Period

Comp Payment Prior Year

% Change To Date

2011 Payments To Date

39,242,667.05 16,375,471.73 18,580,709.26 10,452,237.20 8,331,018.23 7,486,513.34 5,612,228.75 4,600,766.90 4,850,560.63 5,028,492.04 5,071,622.58 4,056,115.31 3,873,366.15 3,515,328.70 3,499,783.72 3,553,145.92 3,019,753.01 7,614,770.01 3,179,321.87 2,502,028.58

36,211,769.26 16,640,047.69 15,112,011.23 10,630,899.03 8,908,974.19 6,315,270.35 5,269,587.41 4,223,667.30 5,109,873.30 4,440,730.82 4,591,248.25 3,877,347.95 3,704,685.92 3,165,287.01 2,745,810.04 3,168,486.87 2,749,220.47 2,427,146.17 2,580,219.20 2,476,752.92

8.36% -1.58% 22.95% -1.68% -6.48% 18.54% 6.50% 8.92% -5.07% 13.23% 10.46% 4.61% 4.55% 11.05% 27.45% 12.14% 9.84% 213.73% 23.21% 1.02%

377,909,396.34 165,681,067.02 163,067,249.45 107,394,872.97 79,173,876.52 63,962,779.26 55,285,023.33 48,893,657.08 48,063,344.73 46,731,658.79 46,687,737.33 41,718,543.81 38,495,177.43 35,422,040.76 34,358,597.21 32,856,643.64 29,760,710.38 29,386,139.63 28,687,999.88 26,550,268.44

Fort Bend Business Journal • October 2011

2010 Payments Change

355,743,616.65 157,351,053.98 154,160,405.31 103,480,610.74 74,817,862.44 61,995,175.32 51,700,852.03 44,242,734.17 47,533,223.42 41,669,930.43 42,726,035.82 41,270,367.35 37,139,789.63 33,118,515.64 26,155,932.45 30,299,949.48 28,372,943.87 24,128,432.97 24,963,993.87 25,523,757.75

Percent

6.23% 5.29% 5.77% 3.78% 5.82% 3.17% 6.93% 10.51% 1.11% 12.14% 9.27% 1.08% 3.64% 6.95% 31.36% 8.43% 4.89% 21.79% 14.91% 4.02%


Data Beat

Commercial Building Permits

Some significant building permits in cities in Fort Bend during the month of August ADDRESS

TYPE OF PERMIT

MISSOURI CITY 9212 Sienna Ranch Rd 4827 Hwy 6 4747 hwy 6

New Commercial $1,425,000 Commercial Lease New $49,000 Commercial Lease Alteration $6,300

Grand Total Valuation (Commercial & Residential)

VALUE

08/01/11-08/31/11

ROSENBERG 24221 SW Fwy 1000 Garden Center Dr 27309 SW Fwy 7807 Lake Commons Dr 28120 SW Fwy #102 1406 Southgate Dr

Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building

Grand Total Valuation (Commercial)

08/01/11-08/31/11 $1,644,359.50

STAFFORD 12705 South Kirkwood 12705 South Kirkwood 10650 West Airport Blvd 195 11210 West Airport Blvd 802 Texas Parkway 12790 Fountain Lake Circle 12826 Murphy Rd 12670 Jebbia Ln 4800 Sugar Grove Blvd 550 Stafford Run Rd 1 1002 Texas Parkway 13000 Murphy Rd 104 3303 South Main

Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building

Grand Total Valuation (Commercial & Residential) SUGAR LAND 16929 SW Fwy

$38,150 $77,125 $233,600 $15,000 $13,900 $997,000 $80,000 $300,000 $10,000 $21,620 $98,000 $28,000 $30,000

08/01/11-08/31/11

Commercial Building

Grand Total Valuation (Commercial & Residential)

$1,250,000 $300,000 $28,683 $13,989 $46,000

$309,848

08/01/11-08/31/11

OWNER/CONTRACTOR

Mike Bricker & Associates, Inc Eqyinvest Outparcel Owner LTD Eqyinvest Owner I LTD LLP $3,779,690

Olive Garden Texas Hyundai Summer Lakes Rec Center Tortas Las Llardas M & M IV Limited Partnership

First Industrial Realty Trust/Atlas Universal Inc First Industrial Realty Trust/Atlas Universal Inc Trammell Crow Company/Detroit Diesel McDonalds/Be and De Construction Dawani Business Inc/Houston Foundation Repair Guitar Center/SLS Johnson Garza Management Office/Gaba Construction Texas Textile/MRE Builders Parkway Properties Stafford Run Apartments/Larry D Kolb II Inc Chemplast Inc/Konecranes, Inc. Elizbeth Mesfin/Sanchez Construction Services Taqueria Mexicano/Marlin Commercial Contractors $1,958,954

Sugar Land Properties Inc/C.A. Walker, Inc. $309,848 October 2011 • Fort Bend Business Journal

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Fort Bend Business Journal 281-690-4200 www.fortbendstar.com Fort Bend’s ONLY business publication. Fort Bend Focus - 281-690-4242 www.fortbendfocus.com Fort Bend’s ONLY feature magazine Direct mailed to almost 40,000 homes every month in Fort Bend’s most affluent subdivisions. Fort Bend Star - 281-690-4200 www.fortbendstar.com We have been delivering a free community newspaper to homes throughout Fort Bend County longer than ANY OTHER Newspaper.

Auto Repair / Maintenance Auto Central-Automotive Service & Sales 281-499-9684 www.autocentral.biz david@autocentral.biz. David Fauvelle, 2526 Fifth Street, Stafford, Texas 77477, Fax: 281-499-0183, Fast, friendly and professional automotive repair. AAA approved auto repair. Charlton’s Body Repair - 281-499-1126 www.charltonsbodyrepair.com. Chuck Charlton, 1131 Staffordshire @ 5th St., Stafford, TX 77477, Fax: 281-499-1694, Complete collision repair. Frame & Unibody straightened. Expert computer color matching. Custom painting & pin stripping. Honest service. 79 Years Strong and 3 Generations Proud! Colony One Auto Center - 281-980-4440 www.colonyoneauto.com Rod Tate, 1131 Dulles Avenue, Stafford, TX 77477, Fax: 281-261-0048, Complete state of the art automotive repair & maintenance facility. First Tire & Automotive - 281-313-2886 www.firsttireandauto.com Craig Popp, owner,3 Sugar Land Locations. 960 Eldridge, 281-313-2886 & 2303 Williams Trace Blvd. 281-9802666 (First Colony), 20015 Southwest Freeway. 281-343-5666 (Greatwood), Diagnostic testing and evaluation, Manufacturer’s routine recommended maintenance, domestic and foreign vehicle repairs, AAA approved, ASE certified. Ask about our Fleet Service!

Banks Vista Bank - 281-325-5000 www.vistabank.com Fax: 281-325-5050. Fort Bend County only. 4690 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land 77479 The State Bank of Texas - 281-494-6686 www.tsbot.com nbb@tsbot.com. Nicki Black, 13010 Murphy Road, Stafford, TX 77477, Fax: 281-494-6747, , Locally and independently owned - our prime interest is you! 12 MONTHS LISTING CALL 281-690-4204

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Sterling Bank - Fort Bend - 281-277-0100 12840 Southwest Freeway, Stafford, TX 77477, Fax: 281-277-0223, Serving owneroperated businesses with local decision makers.

Blinds / Window Coverings Budget Blinds - 281-416-8499 www.budgetblinds.com bdimmitt@budgetblinds.com. Bob Dimmitt, 1306 FM 1092, Suite 401, Missouri City, TX 77459, Fax: 832-220-8051, Custom window coverings, personal style consultant, “expert fit” measuring and installation.

Country Clubs Riverbend Country Club 281-269-2526 www.riverbendcountryclub.org triciarbcc@gmail.com. Tricia Hawks, 1214 Dulles Avenue, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Conveniently located in the heart of Sugar Land, Riverbend Country Club is just 25 minutes south of downtown Houston, Texas. Established in 1957, Riverbend continues its tradition as Fort Bend County’s only member owned club. Whether you’re looking for championship golf, fine dining, pools, tennis, fitness facilities or a wide variety of social and golf activities Riverbend is definitely the place to belong. The Houstonian Golf & Country Club 281-494-4245 www.houstoniangolf.com Nicole Scarbrough, Membership Private golf & country club, *Limited membership available.

Fire Extinguisher Service Gillen Fire Extinguisher Service Commercial/Residential 281-342-6969 www.GillenServices.com Gillen Fire Extinguisher Service provides a full line of fire extinguisher inspections, sales and services, as well as lighted exit sign inspections and service. Our highly trained staff can even provide fire extinguisher training for your employees. For all of your safety needs, call Gillen Fire Extinguisher.

Financial Products & Services Sugar Creek Financial Group - 281-565-2266 www.sugarcreekgroup.com robroy@windstream.net. Robert H. Roy, ChFC, Fax: 281-565-2277, 12946 Dairy Ashford #430, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Life, Health, Pensions, Investments for businesses and individuals.

Gifts Thirty One Gifts - 281.780.0038 JSBerner94@aol.com Our stylish, affordable products are exclusive to Thirty-One. From our signature purses and totes to storage solutions that help organize your life, you’ll find something to fit every personality and situation. Each season, we develop new products built on the idea that our products must be functional AND fashionable (and, of course, make great gifts!).

Fort Bend Business Journal • October 2011

Health & Beauty Mary Kay Consultant / Susi Berner 281.780.0038 www.marykay.com/sberner sberner@marykay.com Mary Kay® has been a trusted leader in beauty for nearly 50 years, creating innovative products that are available through Independent Beauty Consultants worldwide. Along with age-defying skincare, on-trend makeup, luxurious fragrances and pampering body care. Let me offer you personalized attention, and can even help you earn FREE products by hosting a party with your girlfriends! Call today to book a party with your friends, family and coworkers!

Golf Carts / Mobility Scooters CBC Golf Cart Services, Inc. - 281-494-1164 Scooters by CBC - 281-494-3454 www.cbcgolfcarts.com chris1001@windstream.net, 203 Ulrich Street, Sugar Land, TX 77498 (Behind Imperial Sugar). CBC offers Sales, Service, New & Used, Rentals and Parts for two lines of products, GOLF CARTS and MOBILITY SCOOTERS. Authorized Dealer for Fairplay and Pride Mobility products. fax 281-494-1189

Home Health Care Texas State Healthcare 281-208-4344 www.txstatehealthcare.com What we do: Skilled Nursing - Home Health Aide Physical/Speech/Occupational Therapies - Medical Social Worker assisting with durable medical equipment needs and helping to provide Resources & Services in the Community - Wound Care - Catheter Care - Diabetic Care Lab Services - IV Therapy and more... “Hometown Nurses Helping Hometown People”

Insurance Agencies Insurance Solutions of Texas 281-565-2222 • 281-341-5060 www.insurancesolutionsoftexas.com Jay Harris, Auto, Home, Business, Flood Insurance. 14140 Southwest Freeway, Suite 150, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. 281-565-2222, Fax 281-565-3333. 2515 Ave. H, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. 281-341-5060, Fax 281-341-5558.

Jewelers The Gold Connection Jewelers 281-344-9900 • We Buy Gold www.goldconnection.net Full service jewelry store. Diamonds, Gold & Silver Jewelry and Watches. Repairs done on the premises. Custom design are our specialty. Front door parking. 206 Hwy 90A, Richmond, Texas 77406.

Landscaping / Lawn Care JDT Lawn Care • 281-435-5408 Commercial property maintenance and landscaping service, fully insured professionals offering superior customer service and accountability, owner/operator and all employees were born and raised in Fort Bend County. High quality service from the ground up!


Fort Bend Business Journal • 281-690-4200 www.fortbendstar.com Fort Bend’s ONLY business publication. Reaching over 10,000 businesses monthly. The place to advertise to teach the vital Fort Bend County business community. Fort Bend Focus - 281-690-4242 Pearland Focus - 281-690-4242 Focus on Women - 281-690-4242 www.fortbendfocus.com Fort Bend’s ONLY feature magazine Direct mailed to almost 40,000 homes every month in Fort Bend’s most affluent subdivisions.

Medical Billing Complete Business Solutions - 1-888-445-8609 cbsolutions@callmykate.com www.cbsbillingservices.com Complete Business Solutions, the medical billing professionals, is dedicated to improving your cash flow results. Our goals include: lower billing costs, savings of up to 50% by outsourcing with us, reduced rejection rates, faster payment of claims, average of 14 days response. To find out more about this and other services, visit our website for a FREE practice analysis and 50% off the initial set-up fee.

Nails P&L Nails – Sugar Land • 281-277-5072 PL Nails – Sienna Plantation • 281-778-8558 PL Nails - Katy • 281-347-1122 www.plnails.com Providing the most luxurious service available, PL Nails has Fort Bend county covered with locations in Sugar Land, Sienna Plantation, and Katy. Whether it be nails, body waxing, massage, or lots more, the expertly trained staff at PL Nails is committed to making your experience most pleasurable! Located at 4777 Sweetwater Blvd in the Kroger Shopping Center, Sugar Land, 281-277-5072. Located at 8880 Hwy 6 South, Suite 110 in the HEB Center, Missouri City, 281-778-8558. Located at 25681 Nelson Way in the HEB Center near Katy Mills Mall, Katy, 281-347-1122.

Newspaper Fort Bend Star – 281-690-4200 www.fortbendstar.com We have been delivering a free community newspaper to homes throughout Fort Bend County longer than ANY OTHER Newspaper.

Open MRI Upright MRI of Sugar Land – 281-494-0505 www.mri911.com CLAUSTROPHOBIC? Upright MRI is the only True OPEN MRI in Sugar Land. We scan patients standing, sitting, or lying down. For the first time, patients can be scanned in weight-bearing postures and in their position of pain. It is ideal for patients who have difficulty lying down due to respiratory or cardiac problems. Mention this ad and receive $25 off your first scan. 2655 Cordes Drive #150, Sugar Land, 77479. Open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Optometrists

Real Estate / Residential

Elissa R. Wedemeyer O.D., FCOVD, F.A.A.O 281-499-2600 www.drwedemeyer.com 6026 Hwy. 6 Missouri City, TX 77459. Therapeutic Optometrist; Visual Perceptual / Binocular Therapy; medical management of eye infections and diseases. The office has a large selection of fashion frames.

Pediatric Therapy MedCare Pediatric Group, LP • 713-773-5100 www.medcarepediatrics.com Occupational, Physical, Speech Therapy at home or at Rehab Center located at 12371 S. Kirkwood, Stafford, TX 77477. We also provide in home nursing services. All services available in Houston and surrounding counties.)

Pest Control - Commercial / Residential Gillen Pest Control 281-342-6969 - Fort Bend 979-532-5701 - Wharton www.GillenPestControl.com Family owned and operated in Fort Bend and Wharton Counties since 1963, Gillen Pest Control’s highly trained professionals know where bugs hide, what their eating and breeding habits are, and how to get rid of them. They try to avoid the use of chemicals inside by working with you to create a barrier on the outside of your home or business, thus keeping those unwanted pests at bay. From the first time we visit your home or business, you will recognize we are no ordinary pest control company!

Pharmacies Ed’s Pharmacy - 281-499-4555 Ed Sziy, 3740 Cartwright, Missouri City, TX 77459, Fax: 281-499-7088.

Physicians Immunizations & Drug Testing IMU Southwest, The IMUnization Clinic 281-313-7468 www.IMUnizationclinic.org imusouthwest@windstream.net. 3727 Greenbriar Dr. Suite 403, Stafford, TX 77477- Vaccines for children and adults for school, fertility, work, immigration, or travel needs. Daytime, Evening, and Saturday hours and no wait appointments available. Vaccine titers and Drug Testing for individuals or corporations. Certified Drug Testing Center & CDC Designated Yellow Fever Provider. We perform oral HIV testing also. Mobile on-site clinics available for churches and corporations.

Printers / Graphics Star Printing - 281-690-4200 www.fortbendstar.com We professionally design and print flyers, postcards, brochures, magazines, newspapers and catalogs in high-quality digital graphics.

Colliers International, formerly Curtice Commercial Real Estate 281-494-4769 kcurtice@curticecommercial.com. Kolbe M. Curtice, CCIM, CLS, 15999 City Walk Suite 250, Sugar Land Square located at U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 6, Fax: 281-494-3227, Brokerage, Development, Investment & Tenant Representation, 25 yrs exp. in Fort Bend. Riverstone Development Co. 281-499-8700 www.riverstone.com tom@riverstone.com. Tom Wilcox, 4855 Riverstone Blvd, Missouri City, Texas 77459, Fax: 281-4998704, Luxury waterside living in Fort Bend from $200s to the many millions. Jeanne Gregory, CRS, GRI 281-344-8918 www.jeannegregory.com jeannegregory@earthlink.net. 14905 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas 77478, Fax: 281-242-6754, Re/Max Southwest. Residential real estate sales & corporate relocation. Jennifer Weaver, ABR, CRS, GRI 281-207-5037 www.jenniferweaver.com RE/MAX Southwest, 14905 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. Residential sales and corporate relocation since 1979.

Remodeling / Outdoor Living Living Improvements 281-499-7000 www.living-improvements.com AWARD WINNING - 2010 Houston’s BEST “Outdoor Living Space” Living Improvements’ commitment to excellence makes us the perfect fit for your building needs. We have over 200 years cumulative in-house experience in the remodeling and construction industry making us highly skilled, professional and detail oriented striving to exceed our customer’s expectations. We feature outdoor living spaces, custom homes, interior and exterior renovations. Our commitment to excellence is just one of the reasons we have over 4,000 satisfied customers. SERVING FORT BEND & SURROUNDING COUNTIES FOR OVER 35 YEARS. See more on page 60

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Staffing / Recruiting / Job Seeking Technical ProSource Meeting Your IT Staffing Needs 713-272-8800 www.TechnicalProSource.com Serving Fort Bend companies since 1989 by providing all levels of IT personnel, contract, contract to hire and direct-hire. We are the IT experts! To save our clients time we offer Video Resumes which allow you to move faster through the interview process. Recognized in Forbes magazine as a leading Staffing Firm Provider. Recognized in Texas Monthly as Most Dependable Staffing Firm and voted Best of Staffing by CareerBuilder. We look forward to helping with your staffing needs.

Storage Facilities Summer Lakes Self Storage 281.239.7199 www.SummerLakesSelfStorage.com 102 Benton Road @ FM 762 in the Richmond/Rosenberg area. Check out our monthly specials along with our unique facility and monthly community events. Also, join us Saturday, October 10, from 7:30-3:00 for our community event – Indoor craft/garage sales. Only cost $20 per indoor unit for the day. Mention this ad and receive 30% off supplies.

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Windows / Sidings Aaron Schneider 832-878-7444 www.savemoresidingandwindows.com Save-More@Hotmail.com Business overview: Save-More Siding & Window Company is a premiere James Hardi Siding and Simonton Window firm. Our professionalism and attention to detail has set us apart from the rest. Call 832-878-7444 and deal direct with Aaron Schneider owner.

Sysco makes seafood pledge to Marine Stewardship Council

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ou see their trucks on our major highways and their product is in the grocery markets, schools and restaurants. Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) has pledged to assess its current seafood supply and to develop ways to improve the sustainability of its seafood-buying practices and standards by 2015, as part of a multiplestage World Wildlife Fund (WWF) commitment. Specifically, the company will obtain its top ten Sysco brand wild-caught seafood species -- which represent about 52 percent of the Sysco-branded seafood product line -- from fisheries that are either certified, under assessment by the Marine Stewardship Council or involved in fishery improvement projects with WWF. These wild-caught seafood products include tuna, clams, cod, pollock, shrimp, scallops, salmon, calamari, lobster and crab. Additionally, Sysco has agreed to encourage its tuna suppliers to engage in the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation in order to move toward longterm procurement from sustainable, MSCcertified tuna sources. “Sysco is eager to begin this phase of sustainable work with WWF,” said Craig Watson, Sysco’s vice president-Agricultural Sustainability. “We believe that this level of supply-chain engagement will help with greater efforts to improve the health of the

oceans and fisheries that we share.” Sysco also has committed to work closely with WWF on mahi-mahi and spiny lobster fishery improvement projects in South and Central America. These improvements, such as the adoption of a National Plan of Action for an Ecuadorian mahi-mahi fishery, will support the sustainable management of the fishery. Sysco’s involvement in helping to improve management of the lobster fisheries will also directly help these fisheries to perform at levels consistent with MSC standards. This benefits local communities, fishermen, suppliers and consumers. The MSC sets standards for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability. WWF, the world’s leading global conservation organization, is at the forefront of helping businesses to responsibly source wild seafood products. “As a market leader in seafood, we applaud Sysco’s commitments to adopt more sustainable practices for the benefit of the industry and our planet,” said Bill Fox, vice president and managing director of WWF’s Fisheries Program. “Commitments like this are essential if we hope to conserve healthy oceans. We are pleased by Sysco’s visionary approach to improve its impact on the environment and the sustainability of some of their most popular seafood products. This approach is good for the long-term success of Sysco’s business and for our collective futures on the planet.”

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mail and package receipt, a business lounge, live telephone answering and a prestigious business mailing address. Located at 2245 Texas Drive, Town Square Office Suites boasts a prime location with convenient access to more than 25 restaurants and dining options, all within walking distance, as well as major highways and a corporate airport. The building offers

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superior amenities including state-of-the-art telecommunications, 24-hour roving security, monitored call boxes and a sky bridge -- a pedestrian walkway which connects the second story of the office building with the second floor of the existing structured parking garage located directly across Texas Drive. For more information about Town Square Office Suites visit TSOfficeSuites.com or by telephone at 281-566-2500. For more information about Sugar Land Town Square visit SugarLandTownSquare.com.


Revolution Foods sets the table in Stafford

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o ignite a healthy food revolution and promote their products in Texas, Revolution Foods has occupied 56,000 square feet of space and hired 156 employees in Stafford. The business is located at 13823 North Promenade near US 59 and 90A. Before there was Revolution Foods, there were two mothers in Oakland, California, who had an idea about revolutionizing the way children eat. Kirsten Saenz and Kristin Groos Richmond teamed up to take arms against the growing tide of childhood obesity and poor eating habits. It was their belief that access to healthy foods is a fundamental right to school children everywhere, says Christine Sullivan, regional vice president. “When they started Revolution Foods in 2006, they started with a handful of pioneering schools willing to take the risk on a new approach to school lunch programs. They prepared and distributed healthy school lunches themselves out of, of all things, an old McDonald restaurant,” she adds. “Today Revolution Foods is leading the healthy lunch charge and serves over 70,000 freshly prepared meals a day to schools across the country.” Revolution Foods serves 500+ lunch rooms and almost 70,000 meals a day to improve nutritution and health of 100,000s of impressionable students. “We have the power to move the needle as we create strong bodies and active minds.” The company has served 23 million healthy meals nationwide and it’s only getting started. Sullivan claims there are no scalable companies addressing the national epidemic by serving fresh, healthy school lunches at an affordable price. Getting kids to eat healthy is a huge challenge, but there’ good news. Revolution Foods has culinary center in markets across the country and serves almost 600 school programs in northern and southern California, Denver, Houston/San Antonio, New York/New Jersey and the Washington DC Metropolitan area. “We’re for fresh foods prepared by real cooks daily, growth spurts from healthy diets, super foods like whole fruit, nutrient-rich vegetables and fresh salads served daily, being for real and all natural ingredients, naturally

sweet foods, low sodium, natural real meats, and so we’re opposed to Twinkie shelf lives, growth hormones in milk, fatty and fried foods, artificial preservatives, flavorings and colorings, high fructose corn syrup and sugary foods, artificial trans fats and mystery meats. “Our natural chicken breast has no fillers, no animal by products and no mechanically separated meat,” she added. “We educate our

future generations. It’s about creating an environment where kids enjoy learning to cook and eat real food. We also can supply healthy vending machines.” “We’re happy to be in Stafford and we feel its a perfect location for Revolution Foods. We began scoping for a location in late 2010 and committed to Stafford in early 2011. We built out a 25,000 square foot culinary center and since August, we’ve hired 156 people.” Sullivan says: All employees, including kitchen staff and driving fleet are paid above minimum wage, all employees are provided health benefits, all employees are given ownership in the company, the team stays employed during the summer months and down time, they receive paid vacation and sick time and we recruit and hire from the local community.

Texas named best state for business by Area Development Magazine

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recent survey of site consultant firms conducted by Area Development Magazine names Texas the 2011 Best State for Doing Business. Texas ranks first with an overall weighted score of 38 points, placing 10 points higher than the runner-up. The survey was divided into 12 categories, and consultants were asked to rank their top 10 choices for each. Texas ranks No. 1 in the following five categories: • Economic recovery • Incentive programs • Overall cost of doing business • Business friendliness • Corporate tax environment The favorable business climate in Fort Bend County, located in the southeastern portion of the state, helps contribute to Texas’ success. Fort Bend County is ranked fifth in the nation for job growth, with strong growth projected through 2015, according to Woods & Poole Economics and CNN/Money Magazine. The 2010 Census results also show the County “Number One” for population growth out

of the 10 largest counties in Texas. “The County is unique in that its public and private sectors, cities and county officials work together to make deals and accomplish goals that other counties find difficult,” says Jeff Wiley, president of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council (GFBEDC). “This true partnership allows companies located within county lines to benefit from a business climate conducive to growth and new development.” Fort Bend County has prospered during the national economic downturn and repeatedly leads the region in job growth, which Wiley attributes to Fort Bend’s pro-business environment. “Qualified businesses enjoy a wide variety of incentives,” said Wiley, “ranging from value-added tax abatement to Freeport tax exemption.” For more information about doing business in Fort Bend County, including a comprehensive listing of accolades and recognitions, visit www.FortBendCounty. com or call (281) 242-0000. To learn more about the survey results, visit www. AreaDevelopment.com.

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U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance to build a bridge between farmers and consumers By Gene Hall

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’m watching The Food Dialogs. This is a massive coast-tocoast webcast sponsored by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance to bring farmers, ranchers, food experts and consumers together for a discussion of how food is grown and brought from farm to plate. It is an article of faith among farmers and ranchers that consumers don’t really know much about their food supply. In this, they appear to be correct. Prior to this hopefully helpful effort, a nationwide survey delved into the question of how consumers and farmers regard one another, how much consumers know about their food supply and what opinions they hold about their food. Here are some of the findings of that survey, which are detailed in a news release. • 72 percent of consumers know nothing or very little about farming or ranching • 69 percent of consumers think about food production at least somewhat often

• 70 percent say purchase decisions are affected by how food is grown and raised, with three-quarters (72 percent) of Americans saying they think about this topic while purchasing groceries • 42 percent, or two in five Americans, say the way that food is grown and raised has improved in the last 10 years, while a slightly smaller group say it has worsened (37 percent) • Those who say the way that food is grown and raised has improved cite food safety (22 percent) and food quality (17 percent) • Respondents who said the way food is grown and raised has worsened also cite food safety (21 percent) and food quality (21 percent) • Of all the aspects of how food is grown and raised, Americans are most satisfied with the availability of healthy foods (73 percent) and food safety standards (66 percent) • One in five consumers who say food production has worsened in the last 10 years cite environmental impact as the top area of demise • 79 percent of consumers say producing healthy choices for all consumers is very important for farmers and ranchers to consider when planning farming and ranching practices USFRA also asked survey respondents what they wanted to know more about. This is what they learned: • How chemicals are used in farming/ranching • How pesticides are used in farming/ranching • Food safety standards • Effect of government regulations on farming/ranching • How antibiotics are used and genetic engineering in crops Clearly, there is a lot going on right now in our national discussion about food issues. However, and unfortunately, much of it is occurring in a vacuum of consumer knowledge. Much of this dialog is unhelpful. Some, who don’t know very much about the subject, have strong opinions. Agriculture responds defensively. I’ll plead guilty to being a part of that. We have to deal with perceptions, as well as realities. However, consumers, farmers and ranchers seem to care about the same things—food safety, animal health and the environment. We do need to build a bridge and there appears to be common ground for a start. USFRA has pledged to try and do something about this gulf between farmers and consumers. Read more about one of the most important national security issues of the day—our national food supply. We look forward to the conversation.

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FOOD, DRINK, ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE WHERE TO EAT NOW - The following is a list of exceptional restaurants throughout in Fort Bend County & Katy Area. Prices reflect the average cost of a three-course dinner for one person, excluding drinks, tax and tip. $$$$=Very Expensive ($60 & Up). $$$=Expensive ($40-$60). $$=Moderate ($20-$40). $=Inexpensive (Under $20) . FB=Full Bar. WB=Serves Wine & Beer.

Aristotle Grill The Greeks have landed in Sugar Land! Owner Hamid Panah and his staff have just opened on the corner of Hwy 6 and Hwy 59 providing the best Greek dishes in the area! Everything from appetizers to traditional Greek salads, to plates specials and traditional Gyro sandwiches, Chicken Shawarma & Kafte Kabobs, this is the place for a nice, relaxed atmosphere and elegant Greek dining! Aristotle Grill also caters employee lunches, business meetings, and corporate gatherings. Their goal is to leave their guests impressed! Open 7 days, SunThurs 11 am -9 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am -10 pm. 2109B Highway 6 @ Highway 59 South, Sugar Land. 281-277-7787. $ WB AURA Restaurant Chef/Owner Frédéric Perrier brings over 30 years experience to his newest venture - AURA. In an upscale yet casually comfortable setting, Innovative American Cuisine reigns and is highlighted in the numerous Daily Specials. AURA features only the finest, freshest ingredients. A three course prix fixe lunch for $12.95 to Mussles Marinieres, Roasted Red Snapper or Filet Mignon with Cognac Peppercorn Sauce. No need to go to Houston or into Sugar Land for a truly high quality dining experience... you will easily find it at AURA (without ‘Big Restaurant’ prices!) at Township Square - Missouri City. Lunch Mon-Sat 11-2. Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-9 and Fri-Sat 5-10. Please call for Reservations &/or Catering ~ 3400 FM 1092, 81-403-AURA (2872). $$ • WB

Candelari’s Pizzeria Albert Candelari began making sausage over 50 years ago. As the years have passed the flavor remains the same, which is why Candelari’s is the “King of Sausages”! They take that delicious Italian sausage and put it in pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches. Enjoy appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches, pizzas and desserts in there dining room, large patio, or full bar with large screen TV’s. Happy hour is Monday - Thursday 3 to 7pm. This casual dining experience is available at two locations in Fort Bend. Call either location for take-out or delivery. 7425 Hwy 6 S (Just North of Sienna) 832-947-0440 / 6825 S Fry Rd (Fry & 99) 281-395-6746. www.candelaris.com. $ • FB Fernando’s Latin Cuisine We are pleased to announce the arrival of Fernando’s Latin Cuisine-An exotic culinary adventure! Started by, Fernando Echeverria, the same owner of Los Andes by the Compact Center in Houston-Another wonderful Latin American restaurant. Fernando’s Latin Cuisine is located in the same building where Ruth’s Chris used to be. Featured dishes include Empanadas appetizer, Fileton, (Filet mignon) and Asada Y Camarones, Casually called the surf and turf. 14135 Southwest Freeway, in Sugar Land. 281494-9087. wwww.fernandosrestaurants.com. $$ • FB Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen Since 1993, we strive to provide the highest quality Mexican food at the lowest price possible.

Gringo’s offers dine-in, take out and customized catering to fit your needs. Open Sun-Thurs: 11am – 9pm and Fri-Sat: 11am – 10pm. Join us for Happy Hour (Mon-Fri: 2pm – 6pm) with $2.99 Margaritas and $1 Draft Beers. Some favorites include the Pollo Marisco, Smokin’ BBQ Pork Quesadillas, Sizzling Fajitas and Silver Star Margaritas. Located at 12330 Southwest Freeway in Stafford (59S & W Airport). 281980-7482 (RITA) gringosmexicankitchen.com. $ • FB Karl’s At The Riverbend Romantic Dining in the Country, across the creek from a horse farm. Swiss Chef Karl Camenzind’s menu features Angus steaks, Prime Rib, Wienerschnitzel, Trout Almondine and other fresh fish, Rack of Lamb, Steak and other wild game, Atkins specials, a budget weeknight menu offered along with the regular menu, plus a wonderful Sunday Brunch Buffet. Company Luncheons and Rehearsal Dinners invited. Open Tues-Sat for Dinner and Sunday Brunch 5011 FM 723 Richmond 281-238-9300 www.karlsrb.com Read our reviews at www.b4-u-eat.com. $$ • FB La Magia Cafe & Pizza If you are looking for casual dinning with an easy atmosphere then La Magia is just the place for you! La Magia Café & Pizza recipes and menu are based on almost 30 years of Italian cooking. The dishes served at La Magia are prepared and cooked in the traditional Italian way, using fresh ingredients continued on page 64

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and herbs, giving them a home cooked flavor since 1980. In addition to authentic Italian cooking, La Magia offers popular American dishes. The pizzas are made with medium crust and cooked in a stone oven. This cooking process gives the dough a slow rise, for a true pizza flavor. All meals are prepared with extra virgin olive oil and the freshest ingredients and herbs. Open 7 days, Sun-Thurs 11 am -9 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am -10 pm. Lunch menu specials Mon – Fri. 3699 Highway 6 @ Settlers Way Blvd, Sugar Land. 281-565-0366. $ WB Las Alamedas Restaurant & Cantina Relocated Las Alamedas Restaurant from I-10 and Voss to the beautiful “La Centerra” Town Square on Cinco Ranch Blvd and Grand Parkway. Las Alamedas will continue its 31 year tradition of “Mexican Food with Passion” and warm hospitality amid the art, rich warm colors, stone arches, mahogany and wrought iron reminiscent of fine dining in a Spanish Hacienda. The authentic aromas, spirits of traditional Mexican cuisine, warm ambiance and service will make you come back again and again. Open for lunch and dinner and offers the perfect setting for casual dining, romantic evenings, family dinners and parties. Las Alamedas also serves on Saturday and Sundays a great Brunch menu 11 to 3pm. Open Monday - Thursday 11am to 10pm Friday & Saturday 11am to 11pm and Sundays 11am to 9pm BAR 11am till closing. 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Suite F-140, Katy, TX 77494. 281-3473030. www. LasAlamedas.com. $$ • FB Las Haciendas Mexican Bar & Grill Santos Escobar and his brother Ascension Escobar serve up dozens of heaping traditional gourmet Mexican plates. Lunch Specials run weekdays from 11am - 3pm. Great margaritas, fajitas and much more. Catering available as well as a party room for private parties. • 12821 Southwest Freeway. 281240-3060. $ • FB Lupitas Mexican Restaurant Jaime and Lupe Garcia have lived in Fort Bend for 36 years. Twenty-three of those years have been spent in the restaurant business. If you want authentic Mexican food made from only the freshest ingredients and at a reasonable price, go

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to Lupitas Mexican Restaurant formerly Pico De Gallo Mexican Restaurant. The Garcias continually concentrate on customer satisfaction. That includes the quality and freshness of their food as well as the family atmosphere of their restaurant. Dine-In, Take-out, and Catering available. 3121 Highway 6, Sugar Land • Call 281-265-6556. $ • WB Mantra Fine Indian Cuisine Discover India with exotic spices and aromatic flavors that will awaken your taste buds and lift you off your feet, we will make you feel like royalty. Mantra Fine Indian Cuisine offers Lunch Buffet and To-Go lunch options, that’s in your budget and leave you to come back for more. Mantra caters to all from spicy hot to mild flavors. We prepare our meals fresh and offer a wide selection of healthy choices. We have full menu and full bar and you can enjoy the evening out on our patio with your family or friends. Mantra also offers special catering promotions for parties and formal functions or any event any size, host in our restaurant or choosing of your choice. Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday, Friday to Sunday, Lunch: 11a.m. to 2:30p.m. Lunch: 11a.m. to 2:30p.m. Dinner: 5:30pm to 10p.m. Dinner: 5:30pm to 11p.m.Come visit us at 15295 Southwest Freeway off of Williams Trace exit. For more information, contact us at 281-325-0071 or visit www. mantraofsugarland.com. $$ • FB Outback Steakhouse Inspired by Australia’s spirit of adventure, Outback Steakhouse has been an innovator in the culinary world by creating big, bold flavors using only the freshest ingredients. Voted #1 Best Steak in the 2009 Zagat Survey of National Full-Service Restaurant chains, Outback’s mission is to provide high quality fresh dishes at affordable prices. Explore Outback’s new menu with 15 meals under $15 including new choices, classic favorites and down under prices starting at $9.95. Our favorites include the Bloomin’ Onion®, Outback Special Sirloin with Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie, Honey Dijon Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries and much more! The local Proprietor is Anthony Antonidis. Open Mon.- Thur. 4-10 pm, Fri. 4-11 pm, Sat. 3-11 pm, Sun 11 am-9:30 pm. Located at 15253 Southwest Freeway, (Off Highway 59 and Williams Trace Exit) in Sugar Land, Texas. 281-980-4329. $ FB Panda Garden Panda Garden Restaurant, the three times winner for Best Oriental Restaurant in Fort Bend County,

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located at 3563 Highway 6 in Kroger Center, provides a warm, casual environment to best service all diners. The goal of our restaurant is to offer 100% satisfactory to the customers with variety selection of popular Hunan Cuisine. “We offer fresh, made from scratch meals that is unforgettably delicious!” Manager Kenny adds. The restaurant offers accommodations for small group meetings and wonderful party tray for catering to the near by businesses and schools. Panda Garden is open 7 days a week on Mon. – Sat.: 11a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sun. 11a.m. – 9:30p.m. Delivery is available everyday with a min. of $15.00 purchase. A lunch special is offered daily as well as the full regular menu offerings. 3563 Hwy 6 @ Williams Trace, 281265-0303. $ • WB Post Oak Grill Restaurant & Bar The Rios Family invites you to come and experience the same quality, ambiance and service that you have at the original Post Oak Gill. Join us for a wonderful culinary adventure featuring fine center-cut steaks, chops, fresh seafood, soups, sandwiches, salads, and outstanding wine selection. Open lunch & dinner - MondayThursday 11:00-9:00pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00-10:00pm. Happy Hour 3:00-6:00pm. 4524 Highway 6, Sugar Land • Call 281-4912901. www.postoakgrillsugarland.com $$ • FB Sandy McGee’s Restaurant & Catering The “BEST” soups, gourmet sandwiches and salads in TEXAS. Casual Dining in Historic Downtown Richmond. Sandy McGee’s has a sterling reputation for “FRESH”. Mon.-Fri. 10am-9pm and Sat.-Sun. 10am-3pm. 314 Morton St., Richmond. 281-344-9393. $ Tornado Burger Home of the famous Spicy Burger. Find out why Houston’s largest newspaper raves about their burgers! Read the review by the Houston Chronicle at: http://blogs.chron.com/cookstour/ archives/2007/09/burgerology.html. They make their burgers with fresh-ground chuck, and even their buns are handmade! The French fries are fresh Idaho potatoes cut right in front of you and fried to order! They compete with the multinationals with fresh food at low prices and very fast service. Their Philly Cheesesteaks are as good as Pat’s if not better! Open Mon. - Sat. 11am-10pm, Sun. 11am-9pm. Dine-In or DriveThru. 505 Murphy Rd (FM 1092) just south of Hwy 90 in Stafford, 281-403-FAST (3278). $


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