Business Notes: July 14

Published on Sunday, 13 July 2014 22:41 - Written by Staff Reports

Franklin Covey will be hosting a 170-city preview event Tuesday for “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Edition 4.0,” and Hollytree Country Club is one of the host sites.

Business leaders will learn how organizations are using the “7 Habits” framework to yield greater productivity, improved communication, strengthened relationships, increased influence and laser-like focus on critical priorities. The morning preview event is set for 9 a.m. to noon. An afternoon certification event, from 12:15 to 3 p.m., which includes lunch, will take a deeper dive and explore each habit to understand how the “7 Habits” can serve as a framework for your organization when you implement this solution. Tuition for the event is $49 per person. To register, call 1-800-235-1706 or visit events.franklincovey.com/7h -preview-tyler-july-15-2014.

For more, contact Rachel Anderson at 214-244-0765 or Rachel.anderson@franklincovey.com. Franklin Covey Co. is based in Salt Lake City, Utah and serves clients in more than 150 countries, according towww.franklincovey.com .

LUNCH

The Better Business Bureau Serving Central East Texas is hosting “10 things your website could do better” today as part of its Lunch-Learn-Lead series. Jeff Mills, of Mills Multimedia, will lead the presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and lunch will be provided. The free event will be held at Tyler Junior College West Campus, 1530 SSW Loop 323. For more, contact Kaylen Burgess at 903-581-5888, ext. 108.

SALES TAX

This year’s annual sales tax holiday is set for Aug. 8 to 10.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is reminding shoppers they can save money on certain items priced under $100 during the state’s annual event. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales tax, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

“Families gearing up for the new school year will not pay any sales tax for many back-to-school items ranging from pens to blue jeans,” Ms. Combs said. “When the back-to-school list is long and the money is short, it can be difficult for Texas families. We hope this tax break will help ease that burden.”

This year, shoppers will save an estimated $82.7 million in state and local sales taxes during the Sales Tax Holiday, which has been an annual event since 1999. Lists of tax free items can be found on atwww.TexasTaxHoliday.org .

APPOINTMENT

Kristy Morris, director of quality assurance and performance improvement at The Hospice of East Texas, was appointed to the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Committee of the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals. NCHPP is an interdisciplinary-focused and discipline-specific form supporting hospice and palliative care professionals through the provision of resources, education, and networking opportunities. A nonprofit, community-based organization, Hospice of East Texas provides care to persons with life-limiting illnesses and support to the families who care for them in 23 counties of East Texas. Serving since 1982, Hospice of East Texas is widely recognized as the region’s center of excellence in hospice care.

BENEFIT

Rocket Fizz, at 4129 S. Broadway Ave., will host a charity event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday to benefit the Tyler Tigers Beep Baseball Team, with proceeds going to their travel fund for the World Series in Minnesota. The evening will feature the team members with an autograph session during the meet and greet event. Rocket Fizz will be joined by musical duo Kinfolk, vocalist Mia Tallant and East Texas Apache Belle Gold members. The Tigers team, made up of visually impaired players, was founded 20 years ago by Larry Reed and he manages it with his wife, Rosie Reed. When they hit a ball, the players follow the sound of buzzing to reach each base. The Tigers are part of the National Beep Baseball Association, which enables visually impaired adults to play baseball. For more, visitwww.nbba.org .

SEMINAR

From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Texas Comptroller’s office will conduct a free taxpayer seminar at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce building. Taxpayers will learn how to properly fill out tax forms, and file and pay taxes electronically. Comptroller representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance. There will be 16 seminars held in July across the state. The Chamber of Commerce is at 315 N. Broadway Ave. For more, visitwww.window.state.tx.us or call the Tyler Field Office at 903-534-0333.

ATTORNEY

The Longview-based law firm Ward & Smith announced the addition of attorney Brett F. Miller to lead the new family law practice and handle civil litigation matters for business and individual clients. Miller is returning to Longview after practicing six years in Fort Worth, where he practiced family law, oil and gas, commercial, real estate, and personal injury lawsuits. Ward & Smith family law practice includes divorces with complex property issues, child custody matters and enforcement actions. Miller earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance, magna cum laude, from Texas Christian University before receiving his law degree, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.

SETTLMENT

Ratepayers challenging Monarch Utilities’ most recent water and sewer rate increases reached a settlement with the utility company recently. Orville Bevel, president of T.A.M.ER. (“Texans Against Monopolies’ Excessive Rates”), which is the largest of the protesting parties, said his group is reasonably satisfied with settlement. T.A.M.E.R. represents about 80 homeowner’s associations and people spread across 22 of the counties served by Monarch. The settlement delayed and reduced a scheduled rate increase and locked in a freeze period during which Monarch agreed not to file for further rate increases, Bevel, of Chandler, said in a statement. He said the settlement locks in rates for 18 months, at least until 2016. It will be the last of the Monarch rate increases decided under the old regulatory system, he said. For more, visitwww.tamer tx.org.