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Big Business

While small businesses are very important job generators, more than half of Americans are working in large enterprises. The tendency toward large or small size firms varies markedly by industry as well as geography. Average pay per employee is also affected by size. The essential requirements for the success of any business are largely the same (quality workforce and infrastructure, predictable regulatory environment, manageable cost, and tax structure). However, there are differences, which can inform the policy and economic development process.

From the Desk of Ida Schossow

The Bassmaster Elite Series Fishing Tournament presented by the Stark Cultural Venues in conjunction with the Orange County River Festival will be back in Orange on March 19-22. The anglers will launch daily at 6:30 a.m. from the City of Orange Boat Ramp on Simmons Drive. There will be a ribbon cutting Thursday, March 19, at 11 a.m. as we kick off the Orange County River Festival. Plan to attend the daily weigh in at 3 p.m. to cheer your favorite angler on to victory. The High School Fish with the Pros Tournament will weigh in on the Bassmaster stage on Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m.

From the Desk of Bill McCoy

The first two months of 2015 have been busy and productive for the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce. As I have said many times, the key to a productive cham­ber is to be active in legislation, edu­cation and transportation. These are the three nec­essary ingredients for a strong economic develop­ment organization.

Over the past two months, we have written letters of support for The LNG Permitting Certain­ty and Transparency Act, and the Clarification Bill as requested by the Sa­bine-Neches Navigation District.

From the Desk of Jim Rich (March 2015)

As I write this column we are in that time period for sports nuts known as no man’s land. Football is done. College recruits had their signing day. Baseball spring training is weeks away. March madness is waiting for March. So when Charles Barkley said analytics is crap when discussing basketball, it be­came a major sports news story for several days. He specially mentioned the Houston Rockets and its general manager, Daryl Morey, who he never met but criticized for his ap­parent use of analytics for personnel decisions.

LIT has two new faces for spring semester

Lamar Institute of Technology has two new faces in its executive administration for spring 2015.

LU business professors close knowledge gaps with new book

The two-year journey of Lamar Uni­versity professors George Kenyon and Kabir C. “KC” Sen recently culminated in a new work designed to fill a signifi­cant gap in business knowledge.

Their new book, “The Per­ception of Quality: Map­ping Product and Service Quality to Consumer Per­ceptions” was published by Springer-Verlag, Ltd. of London in December 2014 and is avail­able as an eBook, as individual chapters or in hardback.

Beaumont has a new place for fun!

Jumping World on 11th Street is a new place for kids – and kids at heart – to jump around and let off steam.

Set in a family-friendly atmosphere, the gigantic indoor trampoline park has more than 20,000 square feet of bouncing, offering guests a variety of physical and fun activities for all ages.

25th annual Beaumont CVB Hall of Fame Reception recognizes local event planners

The Beaumont Convention & Visi­tors Bureau (CVB) hosted its 25th Annual Hall of Fame Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Event Cen­tre in downtown Beaumont, where it recognized and honored the meeting planners who chose Beaumont as their host city for con­ferences, sporting events and reunions in 2014.

Best Year's Senior Center Senior Mardi Gras 2015

More than 1,200 people turned out for the Senior Mardi Gras party Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Beaumont Civic Center, said Lynn Huckaby, services coordina­tor for the Best Years Senior Center, a nonprofit that offers a multi-purpose facility providing recreational activities to active seniors ages 55 and older.

Transportation Summit features update on state, county projects

The Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce hosted a Transportation Summit on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Holiday Inn – Park Central in Port Arthur.

Guest speakers included Sara Dupre, public infor­mation officer for TxDOT; Bob Dickinson, direc­tor of transportation and environmental resources at Southeast Texas Regional Planning Committee; and Fred Jackson, attorney to the county judge, and associate judge of Jefferson County. A wide variety of topics were discussed including reconstruction of Highway 87, TxDOT projects, and the 2015 Trans­portation Alternatives Program.