By Floyd MillerThe Abilene Black Chamber and the Texas Association of African Americans Chambers of Commerce hosted a Roundtable at TSTC. The purpose of this gathering was to give more African American the information they need to do business with the state. Mr. Charles O’Neal, CEO of TAAACC presented some pretty alarming number when it…

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By Sasha Orloff The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a government agency created after the 2008 financial crisis, is in the process of creating the first set of federal rules governing the short-term lending industry. Fearing that consumers are getting caught in “debt traps” — borrowing money to pay back previous loans over and over again…

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It often seems the only time Black Texans think about Black-owned businesses is when it’s time to complain about shoddy customer service, or the difficulty in finding them conveniently, or their failure to carry preferred brands. Rarely do we equate these perceived shortfalls to the rate at which we patronize these businesses. It’s actually a…

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McMurry University has formed an alliance with the Energy Institute at Texas Christian University to offer a free training program for mineral and royalty owners in Abilene and West Central Texas. The program will be offered on the McMurry campus June 23-25.The non-degreed, adult education program is aimed at mineral owners who want to level…

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Get business continuity tips at a free webinar hosted by SBA & AgilityBy: Kim HobgoodWASHINGTON – Most organizations know supply chain vulnerability poses a threat to their operations, yet few take proactive steps to mitigate that risk. Businesses can protect against costly shutdowns by establishing a solid and far-reaching supply chain. And even if your…

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By: John Reynolds, The Texas Tribune | March 17, 2015 The Big ConversationOil prices are falling again with worries growing anew that the price per barrel might dip below $40.West Texas Intermediate crude fell to $43.88 per barrel, its lowest price in six years, reported Collin Eaton and Robert Grattan of the Houston Chronicle.Andy Lipow,…

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By: Shannon Scott BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Tractor Supply Company , the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced that construction is underway on a new location in Abilene, the Company’s 157th location in Texas.The Abilene Tractor Supply store will be located at 2249 State Highway 351, and will employ an…

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