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PEDC business plan unfolding

PEDC business plan unfolding

Paris Economic Development Corp. has had six months to work with its business plan – and work they have. “If we have a business plan and we’ve implemented it, the role of staff is to stay focused on these activities. The role of the board is to hold us accountable,” PEDC Director...

06/17/2012 by eParisExtra
Discussion continues over PEDC sales tax vote

Discussion continues over PEDC sales tax vote

Voters may get a chance to change how the Paris Economic Development Corp. is funded this year. If they do, it will mean changes for the organization. Bruce Carr “If the A/B thing comes to fruition, I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, but that would reduce the amount of money we...

06/16/2012 by eParisExtra
PEDC adopts $1.5 million budget

PEDC adopts $1.5 million budget

By JEFF PARISH eParisExtra! Paris Economic Development Corp. has a budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, although it didn’t come without a great deal of discussion. “I don’t know how we can keep doing budgets like this,” said board member Kenny Dority, the lone dissenting vote...

06/16/2012 by eParisExtra
PEDC approves 'new' old tax abatement policy

PEDC approves 'new' old tax abatement policy

By JEFF PARISH eParisExtra! Paris had a few requests for tax abatements on projects at local businesses, but first the city has to adopt a policy to establish one. “We’re required to renew these policies every couple of years. We’re behind current, I guess you could say,” PEDC...

06/12/2012 by eParisExtra
Williams Brothers keeping us rollin'

Williams Brothers keeping us rollin'

From North Main Street, Williams Brothers Auto Salvage doesn’t look like much — a long, plain brown metal building with few windows or doors. But it’s got a long history of serving the do-it-yourself drivers of Lamar County. “The yard itself has been here over 60 years,” Manager...

06/01/2012 by eParisExtra
Small Business Development Center sets schedule for June

Small Business Development Center sets schedule for June

The Small Business Development Center at Paris Junior College will offer a free seminar as well as free counseling for current and prospective small business owners in the Paris area during the month of June, according to Director Bradley Gottshalk. Create Your Own Job – Start Your Own...

05/23/2012 by eParisExtra
Hayden Makes Historic Gift to Lamar National

Hayden Makes Historic Gift to Lamar National

Pictured accepting one of the Land Grants are Sr. Vice President Debbie Lewis (right) and Greg Wilson of Lamar National Bank, and Elizabeth Hayden (left).   Original Texas land grants bearing the signatures of Sam Houston, first President of the Republic of Texas, Mirabeau B. Lamar, the...

05/23/2012 by eParisExtra
R3bi Press Release

R3bi Press Release

 Business Incubator Announces Streamlined Pre-Application Process May 23, 2012 Paris, Texas Effective immediately, the Red River Region Business Incubator is implementing a new application process intended to accelerate the acceptance procedure and provide enhanced service to startup and...

05/22/2012 by eParisExtra
Brown Bag is Back!

Brown Bag is Back!

R3bi’s Brown Bag Seminar is back! Come to a FREE seminar on Thursday, May 17th 12:00 to 1:00 at the incubator – 1445 Clarksville Street PRICING FOR PROFIT Are you focused on making sales or making money? Does your profit meet your projections? Do you have cash flow issues in your...

05/14/2012 by eParisExtra
Local Bank of America shutting its doors in the fall

Local Bank of America shutting its doors in the fall

Bank of America’s Paris branch will close in September. The branch, located at 1161 Clarksville St with a motor bank at 1160 Lamar Ave., shuts down Sept. 21. “We constantly evaluate our retail network to ensure we are meeting evolving customer demand, and may close banking centers as a...

05/09/2012 by eParisExtra
Century 21 Harvey Properties Announces 2011 Million Dollar & Multi-Million Dollar Agents

Century 21 Harvey Properties Announces 2011 Million Dollar & Multi-Million Dollar Agents

Paris, Texas, April, 2012 – CENTURY 21 Harvey Properties is pleased to announce their 2011 Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Producers. The announcement was recently made at CENTURY 21 Harvey Properties’ main office located at 2550 Lamar Avenue in Paris. CENTURY 21 Harvey Properties...

04/27/2012 by eParisExtra
Texas Employers Add Jobs for 20th Straight Month - Texas unemployment rate down to 7.0 percent

Texas Employers Add Jobs for 20th Straight Month - Texas unemployment rate down to 7.0 percent

AUSTIN — Texas added 10,900 jobs in March, marking the 20th consecutive month of growth in the state’s total nonfarm employment, which now stands at 10,741,700 positions. Texas added 245,700 jobs over the year for an annual job growth rate of 2.3 percent. Private sector employers in Texas...

04/23/2012 by eParisExtra
Federal grant could help fulfill PEDC goals

Federal grant could help fulfill PEDC goals

Paris Economic Development Corp. has a detailed business plan to help it retain and attract business of all sizes, with budgets set and allocated. A $715,000 federal grant could help make the job a little easier. PEDC is applying for a three-year Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge...

04/19/2012 by eParisExtra
No Brown Bag Seminar at the R3bi in April due to SBECON

No Brown Bag Seminar at the R3bi in April due to SBECON

Due to the Small Business Entrepreneurs Conference (SBECON) on April 10, there will not be a Brown Bag Seminar at the incubator. Instead, come to SBECON next Tuesday, April 10th from 8:30 t0 1:30 at Texas A & M  Commerce. Learn how the entrepreneurial mindset is part of our economic...

04/04/2012 by eParisExtra
Small Business Development Center's Calendar of Workshops for April

Small Business Development Center's Calendar of Workshops for April

The Small Business Development Center at Paris Junior College will offer workshops as well as free counseling for current and prospective small business owners in the Paris area during the month of April, according to Director Bradley Gottshalk. The workshops will be held at the Bobby Walters...

03/20/2012 by eParisExtra
Local Instructor Ranks Top 10 in the World

Local Instructor Ranks Top 10 in the World

Local martial arts instructor, Clayton Watkins, is a man who wears many hats.  Not only does own and operate Clayton Family Martial Arts Academy, where he teaches around 120 students the craft of martial arts, he also is a world-ranking competitor and national tournament promoter. Recently he...

03/15/2012 by eParisExtra
Employers Wanted for Upcoming Job Fair

Employers Wanted for Upcoming Job Fair

Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas is teaming up with area businesses and organizations to host the Paris Career & Community Resources Fair on Thursday, March 22.  The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Paris/Lamar County Fairgrounds Event Center, 1875 Fitzhugh Street in...

03/14/2012 by eParisExtra
Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference

Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference

Do you have a vision for your future? Does that vision include owning your own successful business venture and being your own boss? If that thought describes your vision then come spend a few hours with other like minded entrepreneurs at the Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference (SBECON)...

03/13/2012 by eParisExtra
Business Assessment Matrix Seminar to Grow Your Business

Business Assessment Matrix Seminar to Grow Your Business

Are you ready to move your business forward?  If you are starting a new venture or want to take your business to the next level, there is a simple assessment tool that will help you understand your operation and the constraints that impact your profitability. This high energy, hands-on,...

03/07/2012 by eParisExtra
Paris Optical Welcomes New Owners with Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Paris Optical Welcomes New Owners with Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Paris Optical had their ribbon cutting at 11:30 am today, March 3, 2012, with the Chamber of Commerce to welcome the new owners, Colton & Katie Wicks, to the Downtown family.  The Wicks are excited to be back in their hometown area.  Visit the Paris Optical Official Website for more...

03/02/2012 by eParisExtra