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Posts published in “Day: October 5, 2010”

East Aldine Lunch group discusses shoppers program

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By GILBERT HOFFMAN
The East Aldine District’s quarterly Business & Economic Development Forum was held at lunch last Thursday, with strong attendance from interested parties. About 45 persons attended the luncheon, held at the District’s offices at 5202 Aldine Mail Route.
Gretchen Larson, Economic Development Director, presented further details of the Shoppers Card program, and then took comments from the group on the business community’s interest in the program.
The program is intended to function as a “Loyalty Card,” where shoppers can get a bonus offered by the merchant, for shopping in local East Aldine stores. The Shopper’s Card does not cost the customer or the merchant anything except the incentive offered by the store.
However, this in turn brings repeat and additional business to the business.

The incentive is decided by each individual business, and could be a discount, or a special merchandise or service award.
The East Aldine District would benefit from additional sales tax revenue, but in turn would offer participating merchants free or reduced cost advertising and publicity, in newspapers, websites, and billboards. A free window sticker would identify participating stores.
Some of the meeting’s participants offered suggestions for approaching merchants, and mentioned concerns that some had in joining the program. It was suggested that the District could offer each store owner a free publicity or ad as a way of immediately benefitting.
Reggie Gray, president of the Houston Intercontinental Chamber and previously involved in retail merchant marketing, suggested ways that the Shoppers Program or a Merchants Association could benefit stores:
– Marketing classes
– Shared Security
– Accounting & Tax seminars
– More customers
– Holiday decorating jointly
– Clean-up common areas
Larson indicated that many of the ideas and suggestions from the meeting would be studied, and some implemented to improve the program and attract more merchants.

Lone Star College holds Groundbreaking for Victory Center

By JULIETA PAITA
There was a groundbreaking ceremony last Friday Oct. 1 in the 4000 block of S. Victory St. for the upcoming LSC-Victory Center that will replace the LSC-Carver Center.
The LSC-Victory Center is being built in the southern portion of the LSC-North Harris service area.
The new upcoming center will be a 85,000 square foot facility and there are “3 parts all in one building,” said Dr. Steven Head, president of LSC-North Harris. “25,000 square foot will be the early College that we are bringing here; the second part, about 40,000 square foot will be an academic classroom part and about 20,000 square foot will be a state-of-the-art construction facility.”

Dr. Head said in the academic classroom’s area besides college classes, they will also have GED and ESL classes. And in the construction facility “people living in Acres Home and Inwood Forest will come in and get education in things like plumbing, welding, sheet metal, electrical work to get them in and out in better paying jobs,” said Dr. Head. “We are working with a lot of construction groups to accomplish this.”
“It’s about an opportunity and giving the people living here a chance to be successful,” said Dr. Head.
At the beginning of the ceremony, Dr. Head recognized all the ISD Board Members, as well as Dr. Wanda Bamberg, Aldine ISD Superintendent for their partnership and hard work as well as Jarvis Johnson, Council Member for being present.
Dr. Head conclude that classes will start in Fall 2011, and they expect to have a little bit over 1,000 students enrolled at this facility.