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  • 28 Oct 2016 8:26 AM | Anonymous

    Jill Mazur gave a Spotlight presentation to our group outlining the opportunities for businesses of many types to benefit from changes to legislation making tax benefits much more accessible. Her presentation, "2015 PATH ACT and Changes to the Research & Development Tax Credit", is available for download from this link.

    Two slides from her presentation hold particular interest: Qualifying Activities, and Services Offered by Tax Group International. These may be downloaded individually.

  • 15 Jan 2016 6:22 PM | Anonymous

    This is our most current list regarding  suggestions for our holiday soiree:


  • 15 May 2015 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    Steve presented a good overview of his services with an explanation of how his practice differs from other commercial brokerages. His presentation included a good written description that he handed our, and we have decided to post that to the site to make it available to other members for reference, and to the public as an introduction to his firm.

    Materials such as this from other members can be included on the site as well. See our Supplemental Information page to view what has been made available so far.

  • 07 May 2015 10:41 AM | Anonymous

    Today was no exception. This is what we saw when we walked in:

    Table in the morning!











    I was expecting a "hat dance". but, instead, we got an overview of the real estate market in Houston (and the country). Very informative, and livened up by the setting!

  • 07 May 2015 8:52 AM | Anonymous

    We have just received notice from our provider that their prices for service will be increasing before our next renewal. Annual cost will increase from $270 to $432. This results from upgrades to their features and ongoing software maintenance, and is across the board for all their plans. This will have no impact on our operations (though we have benefited from their recent addition of mobile friendly themes for our site), and our budget will provide for the increase without requiring any increase in dues.

    After today's meeting, the Board met informally and agreed to accept the price increase. The primary consideration is the efficiency and ease of administration that the site provides for our organization. This is an information announcement for the group and no further action is required. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have.

  • 25 Apr 2015 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Fred Costa did his spotlight this past week and handed our materials pertaining to computer security.. He sent the following message for members:

    Yesterday I spoke about Cybersecurity and Total Internet Home Protection.  Attached, please find the handout and extra information about both topics. (These documents are available for download from our Members Only Documents page.)  I currently have a few speaking engagements on the subject of Total Internet Home Protection.  Groups include Churches and Schools.  If you know of an organization that may be interested in the topic please let me know.


  • 10 Apr 2015 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    As we have begun re-focusing our attention on the ability of the group to generate referrals, I thought it might be interesting to look backward and see how we have performed have the years. While  we must understand that the reporting of referral activity is not a rigorous process, it does provide some measure of how well we are doing. This file is a tabulation of our monthly reported referrals given and received beginning in 2006. There is no significance to the starting date of this tabulation, other than the facet that there is a continuous record beginning around that date.


    How we are doing now and how that compares to our history might make an interesting, productive topic for discussion.

  • 12 Feb 2015 11:50 AM | Anonymous

    In today's meeting, the results of our recent Board election were announced. The new board consists of Dawn Cornell, Fred Costa, Dick Myers, and Myrna Newman. Congratulations to them, and many thanks to Joanne Ericksen and Mike Siegel who served on the board for the prior term. Their service and contribution to the group are greatly appreciated!


    Per the bylaws of our group, the new board term is 12-18 months, so the next election should be held between February and August of 2016. The exact timing of the election is at the discretion of the board. If a departure from the group causes a vacancy on the board prior to that time, our past practice has been to hold a full election for a new board.


  • 22 Jan 2015 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    At today's meeting, we made the final selection of items to be served at our dinner. Go to the event page to find a menu to review.


    This morning also featured a first time event for our spotlight schedule, when Mike Till and David Martin led a discussion of what is happening in the oil markets, and what impact that might have on our businesses. They did a fine job, and we all appreciate the extra effort that they put into organizing this informative and entertaining presentation!

  • 11 Dec 2014 2:56 PM | Anonymous
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    General Discussion

    In this morning's meeting, we held a general discussion of how we might take steps to generate more referrals within the group. A number of elements of our program were brought up:

    • ""One on Ones"" are one of the best ways to get more referrals from other group members.
    • Spotlights explain what your business is to the group, and each presentation should include a discussion of how members can identify a referral prospect for your business.
    • Referrals have different characteristics, and in some cases, giving someone a name and contact information may be enough. In other cases, more of an introduction is appropriate. Be aware of how different circumstances might call for different approaches.
    • The point was made that the website contains a lot of information about members and their businesses that could usefully be referred to by the membership.
    • A ""pocket card"" or ""brochure"" listing all members and their businesses could be a useful tool to make available within the group.
    This last point met with the approval of the group, and Doug Wagner and Gary Cross volunteered to design something for the group to consider. More details to follow when available.


    Additional Suggestions

    Our guest for the day, Rosa Villanueva, mentioned that she has been in a group that has such a document, and she will send it to us for reference. That will be posted to the site when available for the members to consider. Rosa also suggested a form or checklist to be used in a ""one on one"" to help participants focus on things that could lead to more referrals. She will also provide us with an example of that form for our use.


    Website Comments

    A question was raised about making the web site more ""SEO friendly"", and Dick Myers commented that the site has the features to be productive, but needs more content to make it effective. A blog page has been created on the site to provide a space for members to post articles that could attract more traffic to the site. Unfortunately, upon further investigation, it appears that the level of subscription that we have for our site does not allow for granting administrative access with the necessary specificity to make this possible.


    As a compromise, we can experiment with having members who wish to publish to the site send their content to a Board Member who can post it to the blog. All Board Members have full administrative rights to the site and can perform this function.





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