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Forbes Names Houston a Top City for Female Founders

Houston, business

Houston is the second-best city nationwide for female founders, a new Forbes analysis shows.

Forbes created the list of the top 15 cities for women to launch their own businesses using the most populous markets on its Best Places for Businesses and Careers list. Forbes then evaluated those cities using metrics from AMEX Open and the Small Business Administration.

Between 1997 and 2012, women-owned businesses in Houston increased 42.2 percent to 167,300. Those companies made $35 million in revenue in 2012.

Public Education Gets Boost From Houston A+ Challenge "Power of the Network" Dinner Fundraiser

Houston A+ Challenge, Public Education

Improving public education – that was the motivation that found more than 330 men and women filling the River Oaks Country Club ballroom for the Houston A+ Challenge "Power of the Network" fundraiser. 

With Franelle Rogers and Irma and Roberto Gonzalez as chairs, the dinner brought in more than $200,000 for the program that works to improve classroom teaching, school leadership and student achievement. A+ executive director Scott Van Beck discussed the various educational programs.

Cypress Creek Lakes Great American Dream Grand Opening Celebration

Grand Opening, event, expansion

This weekend, Saturday & Sunday October 13 & 14, Cypress Creek Lakes is celebrating the grand opening of Phase 3 of the community. The Great American Dream Grand Opening celebration will showcase three brand new sections of Cypress Creek Lakes and introduce five new home builders, seven new model homes, as well as new price ranges to the community. Located less than two miles from US 290 in the Cypress area, Cypress Creek Lakes, which first opened in 2004, has added a 50-foot and a 70-foot building program to its existing 60-foot and 80-foot programs.

Houston Moves into Top 5 in Economic Health Index

Economic index

In an analysis that measures the economic health of major metropolitan areas, Houston ranks No. 4 in the Business Journals’ On Numbers Economic Index moving up two spots from last month. Houston ranked No. 3 in August and No. 6 last month.

In the analysis of 102 markets, Houston is the leader in long-term housing appreciation, with values up by an average of 5.8 percent during the past five years, On Numbers reports. The area’s private-sector job growth is up 5.3 percent over the past five years.

2012 Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival in Old Town Spring

Autumn Art & Texas Wine Festival, Old Town Spring

The weather is perfect and the smell of fall is in the air! October is Texas Wine Month and Houston area residents can enjoy great wine and original art from the Lone Star State at the newest area wine festival in Old Town Spring. The event takes place Saturday, October 13 through Sunday, October 14.

Sample beer, wine and spirits as well as sauces, spices, dips and oils. Wine sampling is $25 and includes a commemorative wine glass, ID bracelet and five tickets for tasting. Individual wine tasting tickets are $1 each.

Bayou City Art Festival Set for October

 

The 2012 Bayou City Art Festival takes center stage in Downtown Houston on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th.  Set against the backdrop of the Houston skyline in front of City Hall and around Hermann Square on Downtown streets, the annual event showcases 300 artists from around the country with various media formats including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, glass, clay and more.

2012 Walk to End Alzheimer's

On Saturday, September 22, 2012, the Northwest Houston Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held at Vinage Park.

Registration is at 7:30 am and the walk starts at 8:30 am.

The event hopes to raise $80,000 for the cause. You can walk as an individual or join a team. For event information, click here now.

City Hall Farmers Market Returns

While it may still be in the 90s, this week will mark the beginning of fall in downtown Houston with the return of the City Hall Farmers Market.

The weekly gathering of 35-plus vendors is back again for the fall season, offering downtowners fresh produce, cheese, coffee, breads and plenty of prepared foods perfect for a lunch picnic around the City Hall reflection pool. The public can enjoy lunch or pick up groceries weekly and at the same time support local, fresh and sustainable food all amidst Houston's dramatic downtown urban setting. 

Nordstrom Set to Open Store in The Woodlands Mall

Nordstrom, Houston shopping

No need to drive to the Galleria for high-end department store shopping: After years of rumors, Nordstrom has finally officially announced it's opening  a full-line store in a Houston suburban area.

Nordstrom will open a department store in The Woodlands Mall in fall 2014. They will set up shop in the two-level, 138,000 square-foot anchor pad that will be left vacant when Sears closes next year.

The store in The Woodlands Mall will be the fourth Nordstrom in the Houston area, including Nordstrom Rack discount outlets at Post Oak and at Sugar Land's Town Center.
 

Healthier Meal Standards Making a Difference in Schools

Schools

A new study is showing that higher health standards for school lunches is improving children’s health.

The study, “Weight Status Among Adolescents in States That Govern Competitive Food Nutrition Content,” published online Aug. 13, examines whether states that govern nutrition content of foods and beverages experience lower adolescent weight gain than those who do not. Study authors linked height and weight data from 6,300 students in 40 states with nutrition law ratings from the National Cancer Institute’s Classification of Laws Associated with School Students database.

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