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Austin’s fast-growing Tiff’s Treats plans first out-of-state locations

Austin’s fast-growing Tiff’s Treats plans first out-of-state locations

For nearly two decades, Austinites have been getting hot cookies and cold milk delivered by Tiff’s Treats with just a few clicks or a quick call.
A&M System plans research, education campus near main university

A&M System plans research, education campus near main university

The Texas A&M University System is spending $150 million to develop a new research and development campus near its main university, and officials plan to propose a $38 million education center for the site as well.
$1 a year? The 9 absolutely lowest-paid CEOs

$1 a year? The 9 absolutely lowest-paid CEOs

Getting paid millions of dollars a year seems to be the given right of most CEOs. But a few can't even scratch together five quarters with what they were paid last year.

The return of the home as personal ATM

Hey, real estate is back!It’s not just San Francisco and its new homes “starting in the $1,000,000s,” as the now-famous billboard cries out.
Top Local Business Stories of the Week

Top Local Business Stories of the Week

TEXAS ECONOMYTexas factory output expands in April, but cautious outlooks persist: Output from Texas factories expanded for a second consecutive month in April, showing some signs of stabilization in a difficult environment for manufacturers, according to a survey released last week by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Up the Ladder

BiomedicalMirna Therapeutics has named Vincent O’Neill chief medical officer.SoftwarePersonify has named Scott Adkins chief revenue officer.
Austin’s food, beverage startups riding wave of VC interest

Austin’s food, beverage startups riding wave of VC interest

Austin-area startups in consumer packaged goods are riding a new wave of opportunity.In the first quarter of 2016, three local startups in the emerging sector each raised $3 million or more, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers and National Venture Capital Association joint survey.

Business Digest: Cousins Properties to merge with Parkway

REAL ESTATECousins Properties to merge with ParkwayAtlanta-based Cousins Properties Inc., a key player in Austin’s office market that developed the high-profile Frost Bank Tower and Colorado Tower downtown, said Friday it will merge with another publicly traded real estate investment trust, Orlando-based Parkway Properties Inc.
Documents: Apple has created over 2,000 Austin jobs since 2012

Documents: Apple has created over 2,000 Austin jobs since 2012

Technology giant Apple Inc. has created more than 2,000 new jobs in Austin since 2012 and remains on track to meet the Central Texas hiring goals it promised in exchange for millions of dollars in public incentives, according to documents filed with the city of Austin.

Business Digest: Cousins Properties to merge with Parkway

REAL ESTATECousins Properties to merge with ParkwayAtlanta-based Cousins Properties Inc., a key player in Austin’s office market that developed the high-profile Frost Bank Tower and Colorado Tower downtown, said Friday it will merge with another publicly traded real estate investment trust, Orlando-based Parkway Properties Inc.
Documents: Apple has created over 2,000 Austin jobs since 2012

Documents: Apple has created over 2,000 Austin jobs since 2012

Technology giant Apple Inc. has created more than 2,000 new jobs in Austin since 2012 and remains on track to meet the Central Texas hiring goals it promised in exchange for millions of dollars in public incentives, according to documents filed with the city of Austin.

Cousins Properties to merge with Parkway

Atlanta-based Cousins Properties Inc., a key player in Austin’s office market that developed the high-profile Frost Bank Tower and Colorado Tower downtown, said Friday it will merge with another publicly traded real estate investment trust, Orlando-based Parkway Properties Inc.

Business Digest: Austin gas prices jump by 6 cents

FUELAustin gas prices jump by 6 centsAfter holding steady last week, Austin-area gasoline prices continued their climb this week, rising by an average of 6 cents per gallon, according to auto club AAA Texas.
Meet the Austin tech CEO leading the Chamber's innovation efforts

Meet the Austin tech CEO leading the Chamber's innovation efforts

Akshay Sabhikhi came to Austin in 1989 to study engineering and never left.  After graduating from the University of Texas with degrees in electrical and computer engineering, he joined Trilogy, where he spent seven years in product management roles.
Column: Who are my ‘Real’ friends on Facebook?

Column: Who are my ‘Real’ friends on Facebook?

Some of the staff of Facebook celebrate the 12th anniversary of the social network on Feb. 4. To celebrate, the company this year created “Friends Day” videos for its users.
J.J. Abrams to speak at SXSW

J.J. Abrams to speak at SXSW

Director/producer J.J. Abrams speaks onstage at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Jan.

Neighbors sue city of Austin over proposed Grove project

Nearly two dozen opponents of The Grove at Shoal Creek, a development planned in central Austin, have filed a lawsuit alleging that the city of Austin has rejected their “valid petition” protesting the proposed zoning for the site.
Austin startup PrideBites tackles pet products market

Austin startup PrideBites tackles pet products market

Thanks to an Austin startup, taking pride in your pet has never been easier.PrideBites offers a line of fully customizable products – everything from beds to leashes to toys – that can be emblazoned with a pet’s name and photo.

Business Digest: Mitsubishi says false tests done since 1991

AUTOMAKERS Mitsubishi says false tests done since 1991 TOKYO — Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the Japanese automaker that acknowledged last week that it had intentionally lied about fuel economy data for some of its models, said an internal investigation found such tampering dated back to 1991.
Retail sales recovery fuels service-sector growth in Texas

Retail sales recovery fuels service-sector growth in Texas

Texas retail sales rebounded in April after two consecutive months of declines, helping accelerate the growth of the state’s entire service sector, according to a report released Tuesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
Austin artificial intelligence startup gets $6 million to expand

Austin artificial intelligence startup gets $6 million to expand

Cybersecurity is no longer just about credit card hacks and identity theft. "It's now about hackers causing physical damage in the real world," said Amir Husain, founder and CEO of Austin-based artificial intelligence startup SparkCognition.
Commentary: Let’s say “no” to digital billboards

Commentary: Let’s say “no” to digital billboards

The city of Austin is considering a proposal from Reagan Outdoor Advertising, headquartered in Utah, to allow electronic changeable message digital billboards to replace certain nondigital ones across our city.
Commentary: Let’s say “no” to digital billboards

Commentary: Let’s say “no” to digital billboards

The city of Austin is considering a proposal from Reagan Outdoor Advertising, headquartered in Utah, to allow electronic changeable message digital billboards to replace certain nondigital ones across our city.

Business Digest: Austin apartment complex gets new ownership

REAL ESTATE Austin apartment complex gets new ownership Presidium Group LLC said it has acquired Balcones Club, a 312-unit apartment complex in Northwest Austin, and plans to make interior and exterior renovations.

Commentary: How to reduce your property tax liability

You’ve likely recently received this year’s property tax appraisal. If you own property in Travis County, after picking your chin up off the floor from the massive increase, there could have been a sense of delight or frustration.
Delivery services vie to offer faster gratification

Delivery services vie to offer faster gratification

Not long ago, two-day delivery was considered a premium service. Now a number of services — from Amazon to much smaller startup companies — are trying to get shoppers’ purchases to them even faster.

Required minimum distributions are not a bad thing

This is about required minimum distributions. I find it very strange and upsetting. We are taught to save and invest for our future and own good, and then we are forced to spend part of what we have saved.

A better way to collect federal college debt

As you watch the creation of Joy Mangano’s Miracle Mop unfold in a delightful movie called “Joy,” you can only wonder one thing: Why did it take so long to come up with such an obvious idea for a useful cleaning product?

For many older Americans, renting replaces buying

Baby boomers are altering the American Dream. After having the home in the suburbs, the kids, the two cars, and maybe even the picket fence, a growing number now want to ride elevators to rental apartments and walk out the door to restaurants.

Top Local Business Stories of the Week

DELL-EMC DEALExecutive insists Dell-EMC deal still on track: EMC Corp. CEO Joe Tucci assured analysts this past week that EMC and Dell Inc.

Up the Ladder

AdvertisingHCB Health has named Kim Carpenter associate partner and executive vice president of integrated services.
Experts: Whole Foods was right to counterattack on cake claims

Experts: Whole Foods was right to counterattack on cake claims

Whole Foods Market co-CEO John Mackey issued the first warning back in December. Reeling from a string of public relations gaffes and tired of seeing the company he co-founded get beaten up in the media, Mackey vowed Whole Foods was taking a new stance to protect its reputation.

Craymer: Is the Texas Miracle on ice?

The Texas economy — long a standout among the states and a major source of Lone Star bragging rights — has gained national attention as the “Texas Miracle.
Central Texas home sales up 9.2% in March

Central Texas home sales up 9.2% in March

The Austin area saw a 9.2 percent jump in home sales in March, with the median sales price of those homes rising to $278,000, the Austin Board of Realtors said Thursday.
SXSW Interactive staying 'Interactive' for 2017

SXSW Interactive staying 'Interactive' for 2017

The longtime director of South by Southwest Interactive on Tuesday dispelled suggestions from the Internet that the festival will merge its Film, Music and Interactive components.
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