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Noboby enjoys the miracle of the USA more...

Houston: We can be nimble. We can be creative, do the impossible, and win against the big box retailers and even against the low wages in China.

In 1962 Lupe Fraga left his bookkeeping job to buy an office supply business but steady profits did not come quickly. Today, over 150 employees turn $40 million a year making Tejas Office one of the largest minority - owned businesses in the greater Houston area.
He borrowed some of the start-up capital from his girl friend and the owner financed the purchase. He married Irene -- "the best thing I ever did in my life..." -- and then he learned that in business profits do not come easily.

Michelle is the first born and the day we met her, she was busy teaching a new manager and leading a customer service training session. Alisa, the middle child, handles human resources and says that caring can be measured on the bottomline.

Stephen, the youngest Fraga says that they all wear many hats, but he is now focusing on improving systems in the warehouse. Stephen followed in his father's footsteps and graduated from Texas A & M. Rather than coming to work at Tejas Office right from school, Lupe encouraged Stephen to work for a large company which he did for two years before joining Tejas in 1998.

Named by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas A&M Board of Regents and currently Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank Dallas-Houston, he also volunteers for the Greater Houston Partnership and The United Way.

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Presidents set the tone, charter a course, share a vision, imbibe an ethos.

The President/CEO truly does reflect the character of the business and the nation. Here you'll necessarily find the top sales person. Here's the person who sells concepts and future developments. Presidents must invoke confidence and trust that tomorrow will come and it will be better than today.

Are you ready for such leadership? Prove yourself in business and then raise up and lead the nation, your state, even your neighborhood. You can do it. More about leadership...

This business revolution is changing our world:


Start a Business
Homepage. They were chemistry wizards in high school together, then college, and now business. Yet, their kind of chemistry transformed their industry, transformed a neighborhood, their city, and the hearts of everyone they touched. Learn from Arnold Joseff and George Hill, true alchemists of our time.
» Be a magnet for talent
» Change Your Driving Force
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Key Question: How do I start a business?"


Grow a Business
Homepage: Meet the Navarro family. They came from Cuba with nothing. They started a pharmacy and it slowly grew. Today this family business runs a chain of the most productive discount pharmacies in the USA:
» Do what you know
» Enroll the kids in the school of hard knocks
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Key Question: What is a path for growth?


Buy a Business
Homepage: Meet Howard Kent of Newark, New Jersey. He bought Ironbound Supplies over time from his father-in-law. When he tried but failed to broaden his scope, he focused on closely-related businesses.
» Work your way into ownership
» Teach employees everything
» Stick to your knitting
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Key Question: Who is the best buyer?


Sell a Business
Homepage: Anne Beiler has sold part of her business to hundreds of people. It is called franchising. Consider selling your business concept! If you can create systems is actually the beginning of an exit strategy.
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» Create A Truly Unique Selling Proposition
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Learn eight possible ways to exit your business!
Key Questions: Who is the best buyer?
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