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Pandemic-induced retail conveniences are here to stay, official says

According to Jazz Hamilton, first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services group for CBRE, between January and November of 2020, consumers spent almost $550 billion online—a 33% increase from 2019.


Here's what small businesses should know about the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program

A second round of the Paycheck Protection Program has been approved by Congress and aims to continue distributing financial relief to small businesses. Here is everything you need to know about the second round of the loan program.


Impact roundup: Top 10 business stories from Sugar Land, Missouri City in 2020

This year the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions that came with it posed many challenges for the Sugar Land and Missouri City business community. But as some business had to permanently close, others announced they had opened or were coming soon.



Fort Bend County small businesses eligible for up to $25,000 in forgivable grant funds

On Dec. 16, Fort Bend County began accepting applications for the Small Business Grant Program, a forgivable grant program for small businesses in the area.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott addresses COVID-19 vaccine, economic effects

The governor explained what Texas has learned from the pandemic and how that will affect legislative priorities.


Q&A: How the pandemic could change Houston’s restaurant industry long term

From ghost kitchens to margaritas to go, experts believe some restaurant trends from 2020 are here to stay beyond the pandemic.


Employment forecast: Houston’s economy has ‘a long way to go’ to fully recover from COVID-19 recession

Patrick Jankowski said he projects between 35,000-52,000 new jobs will be added to the Houston region in the coming year, but it all depends on whether the COVID-19 virus can be contained.



Amazon fulfillment center coming to Missouri City in 2021

The 1 million-square-foot facility is set to create more than 500 full-time jobs.


Texas shoppers to save millions during tax-free weekend, Aug. 9-11

Editor's note: This post has been updated to clarify the 8.25% sales tax charge refers to the state and local charges.


Historically low unemployment may help Sugar Land job seekers

Texas' low unemployment rate serves Sugar Land-area job seekers well, according to John Romanow, vice president market leader for the South Central U.S. region at workforce solutions company Kelly Services.


Sugar Land to get two new industrial buildings constructed following approval of tax abatement agreement

Sugar Land is poised to get two industrial buildings constructed in its business park off Gillingham Lane between Jess Pirtle and W. Airport boulevards after City Council approved a tax abatement agreement with Johnson Development Associates during the June 4 meeting.



Texas shoppers pay no sales tax on emergency preparedness supplies this weekend, April 27-29

As hurricane season approaches in Texas, state Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced a statewide sales tax holiday this weekend, April 27-29, on emergency preparedness supplies.


Greater Houston Partnership: energy industry stabilizing but will not drive job growth in Houston

Following two years of recovery in 2017 and 2018, job growth in Houston is expected to level off and remain stable for 2019, said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership. Houston will see an increase of 71,000 jobs this year compared to 73,000 last year, Jankowski said.


One-third of Fort Bend County households struggle to afford basic needs, report says

Fort Bend County is often considered a wealthy and healthy county, but a new report shows that nearly one-third of households struggle to afford basic necessities.


Texas lawmakers unite against Trump's potential use of Hurricane Harvey funds for border wall

More than 20 Texas lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have signed an open letter urging President Donald Trump to avoid using the $15 billion in federal funding appropriated for Hurricane Harvey relief as a means to pay for a border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and end the ongoing government shutdown .



See how the government shutdown is affecting residents in the Greater Houston area

As the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history continues, local agencies and residents have begun …


December sales tax allocation down for Sugar Land, up for Missouri City

Sugar Land’s December sales tax revenue allocation was down 2.5 percent over last year, the Texas comptroller reported on Dec. 12.


Greater Houston Partnership projects Houston to create 71,000 jobs in 2019

The Greater Houston area is projected to create 71,000 jobs in 2019, according to the Greater Houston Partnership's annual Houston Employment Forecast released Dec. 5.


Greater Houston Partnership: Houston must recruit talent, focus on collaboration to maintain economic status

The greater Houston area boasts strong economic assets—it is home to the world’s largest energy center, two international airports and the sixteenth busiest port in the world, and it is the number one region for exports in the country, said Susan Davenport, senior vice president of economic development for the Greater Houston Partnership.



What you need to know about the sales tax holiday this weekend, Aug. 10-12

Every year, the Texas Legislature sets the dates for an annual sales tax holiday on school supplies and clothing. This year’s sales tax holiday is Aug. 10-12.


UH Law Center launches new post-Harvey relief program

The University of Houston Law Center received a $205,000 grant from the Greater Houston Community Foundation on July 12 that will allow the law center to launch its Hurricane Consumer Assistance Program.


Houston city population plateaus in 2016-17 as metro misses list of fastest-growing U.S. cities for first time in years

The city of Houston added 8,235 people last year, according to 2016-17 U.S. Census estimates released this week, growing the overall population by a fraction of a percent after more steady growth in recent years.


Texas Central, Amtrak reach agreement for $16.5 billion bullet train services

Texas Central and Amtrak announced Friday that the two companies have reached an agreement offering through-ticketing and transfer services for passengers traveling between Amtrak and Texas Central stations.