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Lone Star College SBDC awards five Businesses of the Year for 2011

HOUSTON (Nov. 22, 2011) — The Lone Star College System Small Business Development Center and its Advisory Council has named five 2011 Small Business of the Year Award winners.

The winners, one from each of the five Lone Star Colleges, were honored on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the LSCS SBDC 25th Annual Small Business of the Year Awards Banquet held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.

This year marked the silver anniversary of the Small Business of the Year awards.

As the winners were announced by each of the LSCS college presidents, the recurring theme was that all of the finalists were worthy of the award but only one could be the winner.

The 2011 25th Annual Small Business of the Year award winners : The Backyard Grill, Mark McShaffry, representing the LSC-CyFair area; Skylla Engineering, Gabriel Beltran, Robert Hill and Mark Perlioni, LSC-Kingwood; Milstead Automotive, Amy and Dick Milstead, LSC-Montgomery; All About Doody Pet Waste Removal Service & Products, LLC, Nathalie-Claire Bland, LSC-North Harris; and Outback Western Wear, LLC, Michelle and Chris O’Rourke, LSC-Tomball.

Each year, the LSCS SBDC Advisory Council recognizes successful small businesses that make an impact in the local community. More than 200 nominees were gathered from the community this year and narrowed down to the 15 finalists. The finalists were selected by 25 members of the advisory council on the basis of leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, business growth and contribution to the community.ÿ

The winners for each college service area are then named from the list of 15 finalists.

“The diversity of the businesses chosen as finalists is amazing,” said Sal Mira, executive director of the LSCS SBDC. “Each owner’s passion to succeed especially in these times is inspiring and their generous commitment to serving the community is unselfish. In my mind they are all winners.”

Ray Laughter, LSCS vice chancellor of external of affairs, was also honored as part of the event for his many years of outstanding leadership of the LSCS Small Business Development Center and in the region’s sustained economic growth. Laughter began his LSCS career in 1987 with the SBDC.

The LSCS SBDC works with existing companies to help them get started, grow and compete in today’s global economy. SBDC services are available for companies in every phase of the business life cycle, helping entrepreneurs make sound decisions and succeed. For more information about the SBDC visit

North Forest HS shooting incident mars attempts at district progress

NORTH FOREST– Police responded last Tuesday to a shooting inside North Forest High School. Incidents continue to happen at North Forest High School, possibly affecting the District’s appeal of closing the district. This time a student was shot by another student, who had a gun apparently to protect himself from others who were “bullying” him.

An 18-year-old, Warren Lewis, shot a16-year-old freshman in the leg in the middle of a second floor hallway around 12:30 p.m. The incident “was apparently the result of a dispute between a group of students that started off-campus and continued onto the campus,” said Sue Davis, spokeswoman for North Forest ISD. “The 16-year-old was not part of the dispute, so he was not the intended target of the alleged shooter.”

A nearby teacher, in a government class, who happened to also be a deputy constable, apprehended the shooter. Lewis has been charged with aggravated assault while the 16-year-old boy is in stable condition at a local hospital. In court Wednesday, prosecutors said that he actually fired the gun 5 times, and filed additional charges of carrying a gun on campuse.

This is the second incident within three months at North Forest High, back in October, two students were expelled after they attempted to hide a gun that one of them had brought to class.

North Forest ISD recently received final orders from the state Education Commissioner to close down and merge with Houston ISD by July, which they are appealing.

Statement from Edna Forté, Superintendent, North Forest Independent School District:

January 10, 2012

At approximately 12:30 p.m. today, an 18-year-old 12th grade student allegedly shot a 16-year-old 9th grader at North Forest High School. The 9th grader was shot in the leg and taken to hospital in stable condition. The alleged shooter was apprehended at the school and turned over to the Houston Police Department. The school was put on lockdown until it was determined the situation was over and then students were allowed to return to class after about 30 minutes. The parents of both students have been notified.

The ensuing investigation by school officials has determined the incident was apparently the result of a dispute among students that started off-campus. The student who was shot was apparently not the target of the alleged shooter.

While the high school has metal detectors, it is still under investigation as to how the alleged shooter got the gun into the school. As a result of this incident, the school district has determined to keep the metal detectors in operation longer each day.

The district has also decided to ban backpacks that are not transparent at the high school. The district will purchase clear backpacks for all the students and hopes to have them available by next Tuesday.