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R3bi Director Addresses Returning Texas National Guard Unit

R3bi Director Addresses Returning Texas National Guard Unit

R3bi director, Fred Green participated of a full day of presentations to the 176th Engineering Brigade of the Texas National Guard.  Approximately 90% of the unit is from the Dallas Ft. worth metroplex.  The event was sponsored by the Texas Military Family Yellow Ribbon Program at the Crown...

09/13/2011 by eParisExtra
Jazzy Frog Gets Hoppin With New Contract

Jazzy Frog Gets Hoppin With New Contract

Kay O'Dell of NE Texas Workforce Solutions & James Wallace of Jazzy Frog Local web designer James Wallace has only been a part of the Red River Region Business Incubator (R3bi) since February, but already the program is paying off for Wallace and his firm Jazzy Frog. On Friday, Kay...

09/12/2011 by eParisExtra
Time Refinance Your Mortgage

Time Refinance Your Mortgage

Headlines today read mortgage levels hit lowest national average since 1971, with an average 30 year rate of 4.21%.  So should you refinance?  Here are some things to consider: What is my current interest rate? The are costs associated with refinancing a mortgage such as an appraisal, a new...

09/09/2011 by eParisExtra
Spotlight on Howland Pecan Co.

Spotlight on Howland Pecan Co.

Howland Pecan Co. is a locally owned family business owned and operated by Harvey and Nancy McCoin.  We live in the small community of Howland in the southwest part of Lamar County, so that is how we came up with the name Howland Pecan.  We live on the family farm that Harvey grew up on as a...

09/07/2011 by eParisExtra
Are you a Veteran? Do you want to run your own business?

Are you a Veteran? Do you want to run your own business?

If  you are a Veteran and what to start a new business, the Northeast Texas Veterans Entrepreneur Assistance Program has the tools to get you in business! Resources abound in the Red River Region to assist Veterans interested in starting or acquiring a new business and the Red River Region...

08/29/2011 by eParisExtra
Home Based Business is a Viable Income Stream in Today's Economy

Home Based Business is a Viable Income Stream in Today's Economy

eParis Extra!  Announces New Column “Home Work” As the country faces some of the most turbulent economic times and highest unemployment in recent memory, many people are examining supplemental income options and alternatives to the traditional workforce.  These alternatives come in a mind...

08/23/2011 by eParisExtra
What is Happening with Local Gas Prices?

What is Happening with Local Gas Prices?

Gasoline Economics This week eParis Extra! columnist Charles Richard reported a price disparity between unleaded gasoline prices here in Paris and the rest of Northeast Texas.  The emails and facebook responses have been numerous and residents clearly feel at the least gouged and a few feel...

08/21/2011 by eParisExtra
R3bi Continues Ag Opportunities Exploration

R3bi Continues Ag Opportunities Exploration

As a follow up to the well attended Agricultural Entrepreneurs Forum back in late April, the Red River Region Business Incubator (R3bi) held a roundtable meeting on Tuesday to continue to explore potential ag related business opportunities for the Paris Area. The purpose of the meeting was to...

08/17/2011 by eParisExtra
Don't Let Downgrade Deter You from Investing

Don't Let Downgrade Deter You from Investing

Stephen Gerrald - Financial Advisor Just when you thought you could take a break from financial drama, following the resolution of the debt ceiling issue, here comes Act 2: the downgrade of the U.S. long-term credit rating. As a citizen, you may be feeling frustrated. And as an investor, you...

08/12/2011 by eParisExtra
R3bi Announces Services to Help Your Business

R3bi Announces Services to Help Your Business

The Red River Region Business Incubator (R3bi) exists to serve our community.  You probably know R3bi provides services to start-up and early stage businesses.  But you may not know that those very services are available to all businesses and individuals in our community! Need a QuickBooks...

08/05/2011 by eParisExtra
Local Businesses Support Major Attraction

Local Businesses Support Major Attraction

Build it and they will come.  That has been the philosophy of many of the major sponsors of the upcoming Red Dirt Revolution.  What is the Red Dirt Revolution? Music and Mud.  8 different  bands and hundreds of acres of mud to ride four wheelers.  The brain child of  Red Dirt organizer...

08/04/2011 by eParisExtra
What Does Debt Ceiling Debate Mean for You?

What Does Debt Ceiling Debate Mean for You?

Stephen Gerrald - Financial Advisor If you’re like most Americans, the term “debt ceiling” probably didn’t mean that much to you until recently. Now, of course, the debt ceiling debate is front-page news, day after day. As a citizen, you’re no doubt hoping the situation is resolved in...

07/25/2011 by eParisExtra
Roth 401(k) or Traditional 401(k)?

Roth 401(k) or Traditional 401(k)?

  When 401(k) enrollment time rolls around, many eligible 401(k) participants must decide among the traditional pre-tax 401(k) salary deferral, the new after-tax Roth 401(k) salary deferral, and, perhaps, splitting their salary deferrals among the two, for example, 50% designated as pre-tax...

07/20/2011 by eParisExtra
Peoples Bank Named a Top Performer

Peoples Bank Named a Top Performer

‘ICBA 400’ Ranking Credits the Community Bank’s Teamwork and Commitment to Community ICBA Independent Banker®, the award-winning magazine of the IndependentCommunity Bankers of America (ICBA) and the nation’s number-one source for community banking news, recognized Peoples Bank as an...

07/11/2011 by eParisExtra
Keys to Debt Management

Keys to Debt Management

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07/01/2011 by eParisExtra
Work Toward Your Own Financial Independence Day

Work Toward Your Own Financial Independence Day

Stephen Gerrald, Financial Advisor On July 4, we shoot fireworks, attend picnics, watch parades and otherwise celebrate our nation’s independence and the many freedoms we enjoy. But as you go through life, you’ll find out how important it is to work towards another type of freedom —...

06/23/2011 by eParisExtra
Benefit From Good Advice

Benefit From Good Advice

Thomas Callaway, Raymond James Financial Advisor In this time of corporate downsizing and restructuring, many people find themselves pursuing a new career with a new employer. Embarking on a new career should inspire a revision of your existing retirement plan including your future income,...

06/16/2011 by eParisExtra
Job Fair Tuesday June 14th with Over 30 Area Employers

Job Fair Tuesday June 14th with Over 30 Area Employers

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06/09/2011 by eParisExtra
Free Business Seminar Today to Improve Your Business

Free Business Seminar Today to Improve Your Business

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06/08/2011 by eParisExtra
Investing Beyond Short-Term CDs

Investing Beyond Short-Term CDs

Stephen Gerrald, Financial Advisor Many people depend on certificates of deposit (CDs) to provide extra income. Yet CD rates have been fairly low for a while. In recent months, in fact, one-year CDs were paying about 0.5%, two-year CDs topped out at around 1%, and five-year CDs paid in the 2%...

05/29/2011 by eParisExtra