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Published: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:59:51 +0000

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International architecture firm expands to San Antonio with Pearl office

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:35:39 +0000

(image) There have been rumors of its opening in the San Antonio area, but now it is confirmed — the firm that delivered projects from Facebook's (NASDAQ: FB) headquarters to the Shanghai Tower is making its San Antonio debut. Gensler, a global architecture and design firm based in San Francisco, has subleased office space in the Pearl's Full Goods Building within the WestEast Design Group's space on the second floor. The office is the company's fourth in Texas, following outposts in Austin, Dallas and…

What 11 SA businesswomen learned selling Girl Scout cookies (slideshow)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:04:03 +0000

(image) Unless you've recently woken from a weeks-long coma, you've probably noticed an army of green sash-wearing saleswomen out on the San Antonio streets selling irresistible baked goods. This year is the centennial anniversary of the first Girl Scout cookie sales program. The program has helped generations of girls get their first taste of entrepreneurism, and the program has become a well-loved annual tradition for the scouts and millions of lovers of Thin Mints and Do-Si-Dos nationwide. Girl Scout…

What a trend toward unlimited data plans could mean for AT&T

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:47:37 +0000

(image) AT&T followed fellow wireless behemoth Verizon into widely accessible unlimited data plan territory last week, but at least one analyst says the move is “more marketing driven than strategy driven.” Verizon and AT&T have long been pushing their customers away from legacy unlimited plans, using restrictions to facilitate the migration, Gartner Telecom Analyst Bill Menezes said. Meanwhile, their competitor in pink has been gaining market share with the opposite strategy. “A couple of years…

Report: Health care spending increases will outpace GDP growth

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:47:06 +0000

(image) Statistics by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services project that national health care spending will grow at a slightly faster rate than U.S. GDP from 2016 to 2025: In that period, health spending is expected to grow an average of 5.6 percent a year, outpacing projected GDP growth by 1.2 percent. “After an anticipated slowdown in health spending growth for 2016, we expect health spending growth to gradually increase as a result of faster projected growth in medical prices that is only…

Avoid getting roped into one of the 'Dirty Dozen' tax scams

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:45:12 +0000

(image) The Internal Revenue Service released its annual list of the "Dirty Dozen" tax scams, reminding taxpayers that they are legally responsible for everything in their tax return even if it is prepared by someone else. While preparers of illegal schemes can face significant fines and possible criminal prosecution, taxpayers also can find themselves unwittingly part of a scam that results in fees, fines and delays. To avoid this, the IRS offers help to taxpayers looking for credentialed, qualified and…

Scott’s Take: 5 reasons why Spurs’ local TV numbers are way down

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:55:24 +0000

(image) The San Antonio Spurs are dealing with an interesting set of mixed signals from their fans. On one hand the franchise has what it says is a long waiting list for people wanting season tickets, but on the other is new data which indicates that the team's local television audience has shrunk considerably from a year ago. According to SportsBusiness Journal, an affiliated publication, viewership for Spurs games on the team’s regional sports network, Fox Sports Southwest, is down 43 percent so far…

Howard Energy Partners to begin multimillion expansion at Port Arthur

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:26:32 +0000

(image) A long-term shipping contract has given San Antonio-based midstream company Howard Energy Partners the green light to move forward with plans to expand its GT Omniport Terminal in Port Arthur. Howard Energy Partners Senior Vice President of Terminals and Transportation Mark Helmke announced on Thursday morning that it has executed a long-term terminal services agreement with a third-party shipper for the bulk liquids terminal. The name of the shipper is not being released but under the agreement,…

Homebuilders voice concerns to Texas lawmakers over use of impact fees to subsidize affordable housing

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:05:36 +0000

(image) Texas homebuilders are voicing strong opposition to lawmakers regarding the move to levy impact fees to help underwrite affordable housing options for teachers and civil servants in Austin and elsewhere in the state. Commercial linkage fees, assessed in other states to provide affordable housing, are a type of impact fee levied on residential builders. Developers pay a per-square-foot assessment to support public benefits such as open space and affordable housing. Austin has used a similar strategy…

2017 Legacy Leaders to be introduced by local business legends

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:09:12 +0000

(image) The San Antonio Business Journal announces the business community luminaries who will introduce 2017 Legacy Leaders Awards winners. As a part of a custom started during last year's Legacy Leaders Awards luncheon, the new honorees will be introduced by other business leaders who know them well. This year's winners and their introducers include: Jack Guenther, the legendary and multifaceted San Antonio businessman, will be introduced by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who is a 2012 Legacy Leaders…

Local business leaders: Property tax bill a heavy burden for commercial landowners

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:58:47 +0000

(image) San Antonio has long been recognized for its affordability, but as property values continue to soar, an increasing number of businesses and landowners are reevaluating whether the city is as easy to do business in as it once was. At an event hosted by Patel | Gaines and the San Antonio Business Journal, business leaders discussed the challenges that come with rising property tax bills, higher interest rates, rising construction costs and filling commercial space vacancies, local business leaders…