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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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Taking the Cake: Sundance had pursued Cheesecake Factory for many years

The Cheesecake Factory had been on the white board over at Sundance Square management for some time

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Fort Worth businessman to lead Abbott, Patrick inauguration efforts

Fort Worth businessman Ardon Moore will chair the committee running inauguration festivities for Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick in January, it was announced on Friday.   Moore, president of Lee M. Bass Inc. in Fort Worth, is a vice chairman of the University of Texas Investment

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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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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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