Category Archives: Economic Development

A Little Soul in The Five Corners District

By Christina Autry Five years ago this month, Soul Food by Catherine opened its doors to Five Corners residents and friends looking for an extra helping of soul. After teaching math in Louisiana for almost 35 years, owner Catherine Reado Simon put lesson planning behind her, and made her retirement plans a reality: owning a restaurant specializing in homestyle southern meals. I sat across from Catherine at a table near the serving line, amidst customers trickling in to order home-made favorites like smothered pork chops, smothered oxtails, or (as I also ordered), delicious deep-fried...
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Reminder Small Business Awards: Submit Your Nominations by Jan. 9

Please do not miss out on recognizing a deserving small business in your community... get your nominations in (less than 45 days remaining)! It's Small Business Awards Season! Celebrate awesome small businesses (and those that help them) with the US Small Business Administration! Did you know that our awards event last year attracted over 500 attendees, was emceed by Bob Charlet (President of the Houston Business Journal), and featured entrepreneur Tony Carrabba (of Carraba’s Italian Grill) as keynote speaker? It should be even bigger and better this year! We are counting on YOU to nominate! Just follow the...
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SBA Presentation: Resources for Starting or Growing Your Business

The Five Corners District, in conjunction with other area districts, hosted a SBA Workshop on Thursday Nov 8 at the HBU campus at McNair Hall, 7502 Fondren. The U.S. Small Business Administration makes “the American dream of business ownership a reality by empowering entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, expand, and recover.”

The SBA helps these small businesses in 4 main areas:

  • Providing free business advising and mentoring, plus low cost workshops through SBA resource partners SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, and...
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