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Retail forum addresses keeping your business relevant

Retail forum addresses keeping your business relevant

Consumer buying habits have changed, but has your approach to doing business kept up with those changes? Marc Willson, a nationally renowned expert on consumer buying habits, will help answer that question in a free retail/restaurant workshop set for 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Red River Region...

08/16/2012 by Jeff Parish
Public forum scheduled to meet new manufacturer

Public forum scheduled to meet new manufacturer

The public is invited to come and meet Paris’ newest manufacturer in a community forum set for Tuesday at Love Civic Center. “Project Jewel” founders from Triton Corp. will discuss their scientific discoveries and the products that the company will begin to produce, process, package...

08/16/2012 by Jeff Parish
PEDC approves Bodyguard incentive agreement

PEDC approves Bodyguard incentive agreement

Bodyguard Truck Accessories is moving from Tigertown to Paris, and the Paris Economic Development Corp. plans to help. PEDC approved an economic incentive agreement with Bodyguard during a board meeting earlier this week. “The PEDC Board and staff has been working with Bodyguard for...

08/16/2012 by Jeff Parish
PEDC recommends approval for tax abatement on $150M Kimberly-Clark investment

PEDC recommends approval for tax abatement on $150M Kimberly-Clark investment

Paris Economic Development Corp. has recommended approval of a tax abatement for Kimberly-Clark’s plans to invest $150 million at the local plant over the next five years. “It’s a vote of confidence for Paris,” PEDC Director Steve Gilbert said at Tuesday’s meeting. The...

08/14/2012 by Jeff Parish
Only three weeks left in R3bi's business plan competition

Only three weeks left in R3bi's business plan competition

Could you use $10,000 for your small business? Better hurry. There’s only three weeks left in the Red River Region Business Incubator’s business plan competition. The chance to submit ends Sept. 5. The competition will close on September 5, 2012. Five finalists will be announced...

08/14/2012 by Jeff Parish
Do you feel that your Restaurant or Retail store could be doing a lot better?

Do you feel that your Restaurant or Retail store could be doing a lot better?

Let business consultant Marc Willson evaluate your business to give you the edge needed in today’s economy. In this workshop on Monday, August 20th from 8:30am to 10:30 am we will focus on the changes taking place with consumers and the economy.  Topics include: What customers want in...

08/13/2012 by Josh Allen
PEDC seeking new incubator director

PEDC seeking new incubator director

The Red River Region Business Incubator could well have a new director by this fall. Paris Economic Development Corp. has advertised for a new head for R3bi. “I am not going away, just passing the baton for day to day incubator operations,” said Fred Green, the current director. The new...

08/09/2012 by Jeff Parish
R3bi boot camp readies entrepreneurs for economic battle

R3bi boot camp readies entrepreneurs for economic battle

Dozens of entrepreneurs converged on Texas A&M University-Commerce last weekend to learn what it takes to make it in the trenches of the business world “You are the lifeblood of our country,” Sue Malone, director of marketing for Superior Financial Group, the top provider of SBA loans...

08/06/2012 by Jeff Parish
Highway 24 widening inches forward

Highway 24 widening inches forward

The process to widen Highway 24 continues to grind forward. The Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority approved the local project advance funding agreement Thursday.The agreement between SuRRMA and the state of Texas is the local complement of the overarching master advance funding...

08/02/2012 by Jeff Parish
Old Sara Lee plant ready for business

Old Sara Lee plant ready for business

The former Sara Lee plant has a new owner. Now they just have to find someone to move in. Which IRG is already busy doing. After all, it’s why they bought the property. “I think it’s a great opportunity for this area,” said Kasey Floyd, a long-time Sara Lee employee who will...

08/02/2012 by Jeff Parish
Nurses get meducational

Nurses get meducational

See a need, fill a need – it’s the entrepreneur’s mantra. Debbie VanDerWilt and Jenci Wright saw the need they wanted to fill about a year ago. “We were driving back from some continuing ed classes in San Antonio at 2 in the morning, and we were wondering, ‘Why can’t...

07/23/2012 by Jeff Parish
Capital One getting ready to shutter downtown operations

Capital One getting ready to shutter downtown operations

The downtown branches of Capital One Bank will shut their doors for good in October. The bank at 104 Bonham St. and drive-up branch at the corner of 3rd Street Northwest and Price will cease operation Oct. 7. The branch at 2800 Lamar Ave. is scheduled to remain open. “This was a difficult...

07/16/2012 by Jeff Parish
PEDC negotiating with bio-pharmaceutical manufacturer

PEDC negotiating with bio-pharmaceutical manufacturer

Paris Economic Development Corp.’s latest project is a real jewel. The PEDC board Tuesday voted to spend up to $250,000 on “Project Jewel,” a bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing company that will produce an animal milk replacer for the dairy and beef industry. The project is expected to...

07/10/2012 by Jeff Parish
New PEDC board members sworn in, officers elected

New PEDC board members sworn in, officers elected

After a decade of service to Paris Economic Development Corp., Pike Burkhart has chaired his last meeting. Burkhart said his primary goal was to see the PEDC’s business plan set in motion, and that was adopted earlier this year. “I’ve been at this for about 10 years,” he said....

07/10/2012 by Jeff Parish
Minding other people's business

Minding other people's business

For the last year, Fred Green has made it his business to mind other people’s business. It’s what the Red River Region Business Incubator is all about. “We’ve come a long way – not as far as I wanted to. We’re meeting our objectives on a limited scale. We’ve...

07/02/2012 by eParisExtra
PEDC elects to pay cash for Highway 24 project instead of loan

PEDC elects to pay cash for Highway 24 project instead of loan

Rather than get entangled in the transportation department’s requirements for a loan to widen Highway 24, the Paris Economic Development Corp. has elected to pay its $1.45 million share in cash. “Should we just pay the $1.45 million to TxDOT and not have any obligation and get them out...

06/29/2012 by eParisExtra
R3bi contest, boot camp to help jump start business ideas

R3bi contest, boot camp to help jump start business ideas

Every new business idea could use a little cash to help it along. Get your plan together and you could win $10,000 – although you may want to go to boot camp first. Fred Green “The purpose is to find an entrepreneur with a good concept and kick start his business,” said Fred Green,...

06/27/2012 by eParisExtra
PRMC expansion causing some relocations

PRMC expansion causing some relocations

Paris Regional Medical Center’s expansion at the north campus is starting to look a real building. But it’s also causing some temporary relocations. “Although these are exciting times for us, we ask that the community bear with us during the next few months as we continue to see...

06/25/2012 by eParisExtra
The 10 best job markets U.S. college grads face - www.onlinecolleges.net

The 10 best job markets U.S. college grads face - www.onlinecolleges.net

Here is an article from Staff Writers for OnlineColleges.net about the best and most beneficial job markets that United States college graduates have faced. The site has a lot of resources for students looking for online courses, as well as career resources for the students that have completed...

06/23/2012 by eParisExtra
The prescription for a long, happy life

The prescription for a long, happy life

By JEFF PARISH eParisExtra! After 50 years in the same job, most people might think about retiring. And while Pharmacist James Miears has slowed down a little in the last few years, he certainly hasn’t stopped. “I’m blessed with good health, and I still enjoy seeing the old...

06/21/2012 by eParisExtra