Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Business Digest: Jan. 28

Jan. 28, 2018 at 12:30 a.m.

Hayes takes over for retiring CPA Green

Certified public accountant David M. Hayes, owner of David M. Hayes, CPA PLLC, said he has taken over the offices of Green Turner and Associates Inc. at 300 N. Green St., Suite 401, because CPA Kirk Green decided to retire after 45 years of practice.

Hayes, a Longview native, said he has been in both public and industry practice for more than 33 years and has an office in Kilgore as well.

The phone number for the Longview office will remain the same: (903) 238-8200.

Cattle Raisers, Rollins Hall of Fame honorees

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has selected honorees for the 2018 Texas Conservation Hall of Fame. They are the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Dr. Dale Rollins.

The association is being honored for its commitment to the stewardship of Texas' natural resources. Rollins is being honored for a lifetime of conservation achievements, including the development of the Bobwhite Brigade youth program, which has evolved into the statewide program Texas Brigades.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 140-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas, with more than 17,500 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members steward 76 million acres of range and pastureland, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma.

Rollins has served as professor and extension wildlife specialist for The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in San Angelo since 1987. He also held a research appointment at Texas A&M University until 2013 and has served as the executive director for the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation since its inception in 2007.

The 2018 inductees will be honored April 5 at the Texas Conservation Hall of Fame dinner and concert featuring Jerry Jeff Walker and Lukas Nelson. The event will be at Austin City Limites Live at the Moody Theater in Austin.

Fortune names UP to most admired list

Fortune magazine named Union Pacific its most admired company for the eighth year in a row, marking the 15th time in 19 years the railroad has been named No. 1 among trucking, transportation and logistics leaders. The magazine's annual World's Most Admired list is published in the February issue, on newsstands this past week.

UP ranked No. 1 in eight of Fortune's performance categories: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, and quality of products and services.

UP, based in Omaha, Nebraska, has about 600 employees working in the Longview-Marshall area.

AgriLife overgrazing webinar set for Feb. 1

COLLEGE STATION — "The Sin of Overgrazing" will be the topic of the Feb. 1 natural resources webinar conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's ecosystem science and management unit.

The webinar is a part of the Texas Range Webinar Series scheduled the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m., said Pete Flores, AgriLife Extension webinar coordinator in Corpus Christi.

Dr. Emi Kimura, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Vernon, will be the presenter. She said the webinar will help producers identify common signs of overgrazing.

"Overgrazing is the worst enemy to pasture and rangeland during the drought conditions persisting across Texas," Kimura said. "I will discuss when, where and how to effectively quantify your forage supply for sustainable utilization of forage resources."

No Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered during this webinar, so there is no fee, Flores said.

This webinar and others in the series can be accessed at For more information on the webinars, contact Flores at

Gregg County sees SBA loan benefits

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved three loans so far this fiscal year for Gregg County that exceed $5.6 million, according to Ahmad Goree, an economic development specialist at the Dallas/Fort Worth District office.

During the past fiscal year, which concluded Sept. 30, small businesses in Gregg County received 20 loans worth more than $5.4 million, he said. The loans created 52 jobs and helped to retain 305 jobs.

Gregg County is part of the district, which as of Dec. 31 saw loans 18.5 percent higher in dollars and 8.5 perent larger in numbers compared with the same period a year ago.

SBA says its flagship 7A Loan Program provides small businesses with comprehensive financial help that covers the vast majority of small-business needs. Those needs include capital and fixed and tangible asset financing, as well as refinance and export support through term and revolving loans.

The 504 Loan Program provides small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing to acquire fixed assets for expansion or modernization. The 504 loans are available through certified development companies.

For more information about SBA loans, visit or call the district office at (817) 684-5500.

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