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News & Upcoming Events from the Greater Sharpstown District - October 10, 2014

Transportation Town Hall
for Southwest Houston

Transportation Town Hall for Southwest Houston

State Representative Gene Wu presents:
A Transportation Town Hall for Southwest Houston

Date & Time: Monday, October 13, 2014
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Southwest Multi-Service Center
6400 High Star
Houston, Texas 77074 (map)

Featured Speakers:
Transportation Advocacy Group (TAG) Houston, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Harris County (METRO), Southwest Houston Redevelopment Authority/TIRZ #20, Harris County Toll Road Authority, Move Texas Forward

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Small Business Economic Development Summit

Highlighting over $2 Billion in City of Houston Projects

Date & Time:
Monday, October 20, 2014, 9:00am - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Ballroom C (3rd Floor)
1001 Avenida De Las Americas RM 362
Houston, TX 77010 (map)

Hosted By:
Council Member Larry V. Green
Lunch Keynote Speaker:
Mayor Annise Parker

Small Business Economic Development Summit

The Summit will highlight how small businesses can further access participation in the City of Houston and Port of Houston Authority large-scale projects.

Free (no charge). RSVP is required - Limited seating available. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.



Asian Chamber of Commerce Business Forum

Date & Time:
Friday, October 24th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5430 Westheimer
Houston Texas 77056 (map)

*Understand how to do business with and develop relationships with supply chain/procurement representatives
*Learn lessons from entrepreneurs
*Learn about Protocol and Diplomacy, Assessing Risk in Business Transactions, and Foreign Affairs
*Light breakfast and Lunch included
*Karaoke Happy Hour

8:30 am - Light breakfast/registration
9:00 am - Doing Business with H-E-B, Houston Airport System, Texas Medical Center, Jacobs Program Mgmt Co (HCC)
10:45 am - Entrepreneur Panel - Saja Energy, LAMIK, Merrick Systems, eRail Commerce
Noon - Luncheon - Protocol and Diplomacy - Sonia Garza-Monarchi
1:30 pm - Assessing Risk in Business Transactions - Dee Smith
2:30 pm - Foreign Affairs - U.S. Cong Ted Poe
3:30 pm - Networking/Door Prize/Exhibits
5:00 pm - Karaoke Happy Hour

Members $75 until October 20, $85 thereafter
Guests $100

Register Now

Asian Chamber of Commerce
6833 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S., Ste. 207. Houston 77072
Tel: 713-782-7222 * Fax: 281-823-7712



Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity Forum

Date & Time:
Wednesday, October 15th, 8:00am - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas RM 362
Houston, TX 77010 (map)

Connectivity Forum

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) recently formed a partnership to leverage agency capabilities to ensure the development of a more robust domestic transit supply base.

The Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity Forum is designed to bring large transit OEMs and Tier1 Suppliers together with smaller, capable and interested U.S. manufacturers in an effort to facilitate the use of a higher percentage of domestic suppliers in transit products and systems. The Forum will provide a venue for smaller manufacturers to learn what products are needed and find out more about investments they need to consider when entering the transit industry

Registration fee is $25 per attendee for this event, breakfast and lunch is included.

Register Now



Annual Real Estate Forum has been POSTPONED!

Please stay tuned for updates regarding the Annual Real Estate Forum.

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Kim Son Restaurant
10603 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston Texas 77072 (map)

Annual Real Estate Forum has been postponed


Neighborhood Matching Grant Program Application Deadline Date: Friday, October 24, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program helps neighborhoods fund various beautification and improvement projects by providing a dollar-for-dollar matching grant reimbursement ranging from $500 to $5,000. The program is designed to cultivate the spirit of volunteerism to help neighborhood-based organizations learn the art of planning and community building through neighborhood projects.

Materials relating to the Neighborhood Matching Grant Program are now available on the Department of Neighborhood's website: http://www.houstontx.gov/neighborhoods/matchinggrants.html

The material include the grant application, FAQs, and past grant recipients (which outlines that respective grant project).

For more information, contact Conya Barreras at the Department of Neighborhoods at 832-394-0654 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Whitestone REIT Welcomes Crown Seafood to Its Asian Community Center Property, Lion Square in Houston

HOUSTON, Oct. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Whitestone REIT (NYSE:WSR) ("Whitestone"), a fully integrated real estate company that owns, operates and re-develops Community Centered PropertiesTM, is pleased to announce the signing of a lease with Crown Seafood for a 9,700 square foot, upscale Asian restaurant scheduled to open late 2014 at Whitestone's Lion Square property in Southwest Houston. The addition of Crown Seafood brings the redevelopment of the Lion Square property near completion, and will increase occupancy of the center from 77% to 85%.

Lion Square is located in the heart of the Asian district, along with Hong Kong Mall Viet Hoa International Market, Sun's Club, and other top Asian destinations. Also located in the Houston's International Management District (IMD), Lion Square benefits from an estimated 250,000 daytime employees that work for companies including Halliburton, National Oilwell Varco, Jacobs Engineering Group and the International Trade Center. In addition Lion Square is benefiting by the City of Houston's significant investments in infrastructure in the surrounding area.

Whitestone redeveloped Lion Square to include new architectural and landscaping features that transformed its dated American strip center design to one influenced by Asian architecture, with features to enhance the international focused culture of the center and redefine Lion Square as a destination within the IMD. In 2011, Lion Square welcomed new anchor tenant, Teletron, a Vietnamese-owned electronics store, when Whitestone began its redevelopment of the property. Adding Crown Seafood solidifies the repositioning and redevelopment program. Crown Seafood will join other tenants at Lion Square including Teletron, Ten Ren Tea, Merryland Bakery, and Quan Yin Vegetarian Restaurant.


Millionaire invests in city's most notorious apartment complex

HOUSTON -- A Houston man is doing the unlikely: spending millions to revitalize pockets of southwest Houston. But he's not just spending money. He's moving in.

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Annual Real Estate Forum has been postponed