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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Cousins Properties to sell 777 Main tower in downtown Fort Worth

Cousins Properties Inc. has confirmed plans to sell the 777 Main office tower in downtown Fort Worth, according to a news release from the Atlanta-based real estate investment firm.

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Glen Garden sale closes, distillery on tap

Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. closed late Wednesday on its purchase of the historic Glen Garden Country Club in southeast Fort Worth, with plans to convert it into a whiskey distillery and bucolic visitor attraction.

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Texas No. 2 in nation in creating women-owned businesses

By Betty Dillard

Texas ranks second in growth of women-owned businesses.

Texas has an estimated 737,300 women-owned firms, employing 616,600 and attributing to nearly $115 billion, according to the third annual State of the Women-Owned Businesses Report released on April 4.

The report, commissioned by American Express OPEN, analyzed the 1997, 2002 and 2007 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s quinquennial business census, the Survey of Business Owners.

The analysis, reported by industry, revenue and employment size at the national and state levels, reveals the growth trends among the 8.6 million women-owned enterprises over the past 15 years.

Nationally, the number of women-owned businesses has increased 59 percent since 1997 while employment has increased 9.6 percent and sales have jumped 63 percent.

Texas is ranked No. 2, at 93.3 percent, in growth in number of firms over the past 16 years and No. 19, or 76.6 percent, in growth of firm revenue between 1997 and 2013.

 

bdillard@bizpress.net

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