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This is What Happens When Small Credit Unions Think Big

By Coopera Consulting | Business

Some of their best ideas come to them after hours, when the halls of the credit union are quiet and they’re free to think beyond the day-to-day business of serving members. That’s precisely when Dustin Fuller and Deke Alexander, executives for Living in Fulfillment Everyday Federal Credit Union in Denton, Texas, began to wonder aloud about a credit union mission trip. No strangers to the lifechanging impact of churchsponsored mission trips, Fuller, LiFE’s CEO, and Alexander, the cooperative’s chief lending officer, envisioned immediate potential. Not only would a trip like…Read More

McKinney EDC Receives International Award for Excellence in Economic Development

By 380news | Business

McKINNEY, TX – The McKinney Economic Develop Corporation (MEDC) was honored with the international Bronze Excellence Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) during the IEDC Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada. MEDC received the award for innovation in campaigning Economic Development Week by utilizing multiple media platforms including newspaper, YouTube, radio, social media and the website to educate the community on the importance of economic development and highlight initiatives identified in the recently adopted five-year organizational strategic plan. “On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in…Read More

Denton County Tax Office Closed October 9, 2017

By 380news | Business

For Employee Training On October 9, 2017, all Denton County Tax Offices will be closed to conduct Employee Training. All locations will reopen on October 10, 2017 with normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “Our staff works very hard to serve our citizens. By bringing all of our staff together for a full day of training, we can provide important information to the entire staff that will promote and enhance continued excellent customer service”, stated Michelle French, Denton County Tax Assessor/Collector. The Denton County Tax Office offers…Read More

Use Farmers Essentiallife Simple Whole Life To Protect Your Family

By 380news | Business

You’re looking for life insurance. You want the process to be simple and the policy to help provide coverage for a lifetime Whether you want to provide for your final expenses, lock in life insurance for your child or grandchild, or simply have a permanent life insurance policy for those you love, a Farmers EssentialLife® Simple Whole Life policy from Farmers New World Life Insurance Company can help. What is Farmers EssentialLife Simple Whole Life insurance? Farmers EssentialLife Simple Whole Life is a permanent life insurance policy combining the traditional guarantees of whole life with flexible riders2 and discounts for customers with other Farmers insurance policies.3 In addition to death benefits paid to beneficiaries, a Farmers EssentialLife Simple Whole Life…Read More


Commissioner Ryan Sitton Discusses Texas-Mexico Opportunities at Border Trade Advisory Committee Meeting

By 380news | Business

AUSTIN  – Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton today met with Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos, local government officials, academics, and members of the private sector to discuss the importance of Mexico’s energy sector reforms and potential opportunities for Texas-Mexico trade. The Border Trade Advisory Committee advises the Texas Department of Transportation on trade issues, priorities and projects and funding needs to support the state’s robust economy and global competitiveness. The focus of the quarterly meeting mirrored a recent panel moderated by Sec. Pablos, which highlighted the critical importance of the Texas-Mexico trade alliance. “We have an incredible opportunity in Texas to provide Mexico with much-needed energy resources while stimulating our own economy,” Sitton said. “Right now, Mexico imports about…Read More

City of Denton Announces Finalists for City Attorney Position

By 380news | Business

UPDATE – Sept. 15, 2017 – The Sept. 25 reception has been moved to the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center at 400 E. Hickory St. On Sept. 12, the City Council announced the following five finalists for the position of Denton City Attorney: Stephen Button – County Attorney, County of St. Lawrence, State of New York Courtney Goodman-Morris – Attorney, Courtney Goodman-Morris, Attorney at Law Julian Grant – Principal, Law Offices of Julian Grant Victoria Huynh – Deputy City Attorney, City of Plano Aaron Leal – Interim City Attorney, City of Denton “The City Attorney is a crucial member of Denton’s leadership team,” said Mayor Watts. “We were very impressed with the candidate pool and confident in these five finalists.” The Council…Read More

Comptroller Glenn Hegar Distributes $668 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

By 380news | Business

AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $668.3 million in local sales tax allocations for September, 6.2 percent more than in September 2016. These allocations are based on sales made in July by businesses that report tax monthly.Read More

What Science Can Tell Us About Teen Drivers

By 380news | Business

Inexperience behind the wheel is one thing, but short attention spans, distracting emotions and undeveloped frontal lobes may also impact young drivers. When government researchers asked a sample of teens to use a smartphone while driving on a test course, the group proved remarkably well—on the smartphone tasks. They dialed numbers correctly, sent texts, looked up information online and did everything else the researchers asked. Adults in the same study didn’t fare so well with the smartphone, but they did obey every stop sign on the course. The phone-savvy teens, on the other hand, blew through 30 percent of the stop signs. “Inexperienced drivers are much more comfortable with taking their eyes off the road,” notes Bruce Simmons-Morton, the study’s…Read More

Why Pay Taxes?

By 380news | Business

I know, I know, we all hate to pay taxes…I hear it every day, ad nauseum. I don’t think my little article in our small-town paper will add up to a hill of beans, but I want to influence the discussion about taxes. Our taxophobia is deeply ingrained in the American political culture. If I may ask you to think outside of your political mindset, give me a few moments to reframe some of your thinking that taxes are bad. I think taxes are good and here is why: Government on balance is a very positive force in society. You can’t support the things government does and still maintain that the taxes that support those things are bad. These are…Read More

Life Insurance Can Help Protect Your Business

By Jeff Clarke | Business

As a business owner, you are faced with many challenges when it comes to running a successful enterprise. Without proper planning, the premature death of a business owner may result in assets being liquidated, the business being sold or the business becoming a burden on family members. If your goals are to help: Fund a buy-sell agreement Maintain cash flow for the business Provide liquidity to help sell or re-establish the business Have key-person coverage Offer an affordable optional employee benefit Secure a business loan Scenario: Carla runs a successful…Read More

Tax Fraud and ID Theft

By 380news | Business

The IRS’s efforts to combat tax ID theft are paying off. Complaints of ID theft fell 46% for the 2016 tax filing season. That does not mean you should be complacent about ID theft as it remains a common problem and can create significant issues for you. Identity (ID) theft is a crime where a thief steals your personal information, such as your full name or social security number, to commit fraud. The identity thief can use your information to fraudulently apply for credit, file taxes, or get medical services.…Read More

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