Galveston Financial Capital: About The GC SBDC

What is the SBDC?

The Galveston County Small Business Development Center (GC SBDC) provides free business consulting and affordable training seminars to small and medium-sized business owners and managers. The GC SBDC is a business consulting and training center of the UH SBDC Network, which serves 32 counties in Southeast Texas through 15 business consulting and training centers.

How can the center help my new business?

The GC SBDC offers affordable training seminars on business topics for start-up and pre-venture entrepreneurs. Our training seminars are designed to help broaden your business knowledge and are focused on business basics that will help you make your business a success. GC SBDC consultants help entrepreneurs assess their business idea and assist with the creation of a solid business plan at no cost.

My business has been established for some time. How can the center help me?

GC SBDC consultants help business owners develop strategies, attract customers, increase sales and improve productivity and profitability, all at no cost. Our consultants have extensive, practical experience in varied fields, including marketing, finance, retail and management.

Our center offers affordable training seminars taught by instructors who share their practical business experience with you. Business topics include marketing, finance, management, computers, taxes and executive skills enhancement.

The GC SBDC also offers specialty assistance for entrepreneurs wanting to sell to the government, do business internationally, or commercialize their technology.

Does the center charge for its services?

GC SBDC offers free consulting and very affordable training seminars and workshops.
Date: 2017.03.19 Category: Business Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)

Galveston Financial Capital: Resources

Newsletters:
Star members and clients of the GC SBDC have access to a wide variety of resources to assist them in market research, general business management, or in getting their business started. The Director and the Consultants frequently write articles and are featured in newsletters addressing the concerns of business owners. As a Star member, you will receive our future newsletters as they are published.

Articles:
The GC SBDC maintains a library of articles of interest to business owners and managers. Some are written by our own consultants and some are written by other experts. You can search these articles by topic here. If you do not find an article that answers your question, please call us for more information, or search the additional resources provided at the Regional center.

Regional Resources:
The GC SBDC is a member of the University of Houston SBDC Regional Network. We have access to a wide variety of specialty services offered through the University.
Date: 2017.03.15 Category: Business Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)

Williams & Connolly LLP: Honors and Awards

Williams & Connolly LLP is frequently awarded top ranks in nationally renowned business, legal and trade publications.

Firmwide Honors

The National Law Journal - "Washington Litigation Department of the Year" (2014)

  • Recognized as the leading litigation law firm in Washington, D.C. for General Litigation.


Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms (2014-2015)

  • #1 law firm in Washington, D.C.

  • #1 in associate/partner relations.

  • #2 in business outlook.

  • #2 in selectivity.

  • #1 white collar defense practice in the United States.


Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2014)

  • Ranked as a #1 litigation firm in Washington, D.C.

  • Ranked as a #1 white collar crime and government investigations firm in Washington, D.C.

  • Ranked as a #1 product liability and mass torts firm nationwide.


The Legal 500 United States (2014)

Recognized as a leading law firm in the following practice areas:

  • Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense

  • Securities

  • Supreme Court and Appellate

  • White Collar Criminal Defense


Benchmark Litigation (2015, 2014)

Received national top tier rankings in the following practice areas:

  • General Commercial Litigation

  • Product Liability

  • White Collar Crime

  • Appellate


The National Law Journal - "Washington Litigation Department of the Year" (2013)

  • Recognized as the leading litigation law firm in Washington, D.C. for Mass Torts.


Law360 Pro Bono Firms of the Year (2013)

  • Selected as one of the top 20 firms in the nation for strong firmwide commitment to pro bono work.


LMG Life Sciences (2014, 2013)

Recognized as "Highly Recommended" in the areas of:

  • General Patent Litigation

  • Hatch-Waxman (branded) Litigation

  • Product Liability


Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms (2013-2014)

  • #1 law firm in Washington, D.C.

  • #1 in firm culture.

  • #1 in business outlook.

  • #1 white collar defense and internal investigations practice in the United States.

  • #2 appellate litigation practice in the United States.


Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2013)

  • Ranked as a #1 litigation firm in Washington, D.C.

  • Ranked as a #1 product liability and mass torts firm nationwide.

  • Ranked as a top 2 media and entertainment firm in Washington, D.C.


The Legal 500 United States (2013)

Recognized as a leading law firm in the following practice areas:

  • Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense

  • Supreme Court and Appellate

  • White Collar Criminal Defense


Benchmark Litigation (2013)

Received top-tier rankings in the following practice areas:

  • General Commercial Litigation

  • Product liability

  • Appellate

  • Antitrust


U.S. News and World Report - "Best Law Firms" (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)

Received top-tier rankings in several practice areas:

  • Commercial Litigation

  • FDA Law

  • First Amendment Litigation

  • Media Law


The National Law Journal - "The Appellate Hot List" (2012, 2010, 2008)

  • Recognized as one of few law firms with impressive appellate advocacy.


LMG Life Sciences (2012)

  • Listed as a "Highly Recommended" law firm in product liability.

  • Listed as a "Recommended" law firm in general patent litigation.


The American Lawyer - "Litigation Department of the Year" (Honorable Mention - 2010)

  • Selected as one of the best litigation firms in the United States.

Date: 2015.02.10 Category: Business Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)

QVF Group Fraud Investigators Civil Risk Management: Courier fraud



Two people have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into a £2m fraud in south-west England.

A woman, 43, and a 23-year-old man were arrested in Glasgow on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud and money-laundering offences.

Some 300 mainly elderly people have been tricked out of money, police said.

Victims of the fraud are given "elaborate and convincing" reasons to withdraw cash which is then sent by taxi or courier.

The two latest victims, in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and Tiverton, Devon, lost £98,000. Other victims have been from the Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall areas.

'Elaborate and convincing'
Properties were searched in the Castlemilk and Crosshill areas of Glasgow, a police spokesman said.

Officers seized a high-value car and a "significant" amount of money following the searches, officers said.

The spokesman said victims of the crimes in the Devon and Cornwall and Wiltshire police force areas had been duped out of about £2m by fraudsters since March.

They said the scam involves criminals phoning victims, who are normally elderly, and pretending to be a police officer.

The victims are then encouraged by the fraudster, who uses "elaborate and convincing" reasons to withdraw large sums of cash, which they are then asked to send to a destination by taxi or a courier, or by electronic transfer to another bank account.

Det Insp Tony Hubbard said he was worried the 300 police know about "may just be the tip of the iceberg" and that others may be "too embarrassed" to report they had been conned.

QVF Group Fraud Investigators Civil Risk Management
Date: 2014.12.26 Category: Business Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)

Elliott Electric Supply: Basic Distributor Services



Exceptional service begins with getting the basics right. This page highlights our fundamentals—a core set of services that electrical professionals expect and deserve. While it's not rocket science, a solid foundation is crucial, and it's the cornerstone of everything Elliott Electric Supply does for you.

Personal Service - It means a lot. Your business with Elliott Electric Supply is personal to us. Our sales crew strives to make this relationship a great one. We promise to make ourselves readily available for anything you may need. We continuously conduct in-house technical training because our knowledge and efficiency directly benefits your relationship with Elliott Electric Supply and sets us apart from the other guys.

Cutting Your Costs - A fellow expert behind the sales counter makes all the difference! We offer all of our employees incentives for completing advanced electrical education programs, like NAED's Electrical Products Education Course (EPEC). This translates to a vastly improved experience for you—when you can promptly get the materials you need with minimal confusion and hassle. What's more, our team includes experts who specialize in crucial cost-cutting areas, like project management, inventory maintenance, quotations, and custom software.

Product Availability - Our system tracks live inventory levels, and we provide you the data in real time. We were one of the first in the field to achieve this, and today we've got it down to a science. Our priority is having the best in-stock availability from quality brands. We offer: quick transfers between our numerous locations, expedited orders from the manufacturer, 24/7 emergency orders, and hotshot deliveries, all from the biggest warehouses around. Chances are, we have it. And if we don't, we'll get it for you!

Easy to Purchase - We accept Cash, Check, Visa, Discover, American Express, and MasterCard at all points of purchase.

In-House Credit - For maximum convenience, we offer an in-house line of credit with an Elliott Electric Supply charge account. Simply download the credit application and follow the instructions. You are welcome to maintain multiple Job Accounts (Sub-Accounts) for all of your projects, with specific credit lines for each.

Notification Services - With our Notifications service, you can find out immediately when an order is shipped, delivered, or ready for pickup (will-call). To opt-in to receive text message Notifications from Elliott Electric Supply, simply text "ELLIOTT" to "41411." (Please note, your carrier's standard text messaging rates will apply.)

24/7 Emergency Service - We provide personal phone numbers that you can call anytime something pressing comes up. Real customer stories, like this one, attest to our sales crew's dedication to this crucial service. Additionally, certain areas offer special hotshot deliveries and other round-the-clock services so that we can react quickly to whatever you need, 365 days a year.

When you log-in, these 24/7 contact numbers are available on the Locations section of our website, or through the Elliott Electric Supply App.

Hassle-Free Inventory Maintenance - One of the major areas where we can help you save costs is in managing and storing your inventory. One basic advantage of Elliott Electric Supply is free scheduled deliveries, available in most areas. But our inventory services go much further. If you need help planning and constructing your own Inventory Facilities, we've got you covered. Or, we offer project storage so you can keep your project materials in our warehouse.

Special Events - We feel it's important that, as a customer of Elliott Electric Supply, you know you're appreciated. That's why we love throwing special events, on the local level as well as regional and company-wide. From counter breakfasts and lunches, to weekend crawfish boils, fish fry's, and open house events, each location schedules its own in-shop festivities. There are also larger, annual events like the Big Bass Classic, regional golf tournaments, clay shoots, and more!
Date: 2014.11.16 Category: Business Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)