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WalletHub ranks Laredo as best large city to start a business

The Social Barber opened during the pandemic and held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 16, 2021.

The Social Barber opened during the pandemic and held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 16, 2021.

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The City of Laredo is proud to announce that it has ranked No. 1 on WalletHub’s “2021’s Best Large Cities to Start a Business” study. The results were published on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

In its efforts to help aspiring entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub conducted a study comparing startup opportunities across 100 cities in the U.S. In addition, the organization used 21 metrics to determine these opportunities depending on job growth, business environment, business costs, five-year business survival rate, COVID-19 cases and affordability of office space.


“This is a huge recognition for our city, which truly represents a vast opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs,” City Manager Robert A. Eads said. “I am

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Jen Shah From ‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ Has Been Arrested for Fraud

Jen Shah from Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” has been indicted and arrested for conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The charges, brought about from the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, were announced on Tuesday. Shah was arrested along with her assistant, Stuart Smith, who has also been featured on the show, as one of her many assistants.

The charges allege that from 2012 until today, Shah, Smith and others ran a telemarketing scheme that defrauded older people by selling “lead lists” for nonexistent business opportunities.

According to a Department of Justice press release, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businessperson on ‘reality’ television, and Stuart Smith, who is portrayed as Shah’s ‘first assistant,’ allegedly generated and sold ‘lead lists’

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Tina Herbert strongly considering Columbia City Council run

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Tina Herbert spent plenty of time at Columbia City Hall in her former role as the director of the city’s Office of Business Opportunities.

Now it appears she may look for a return to City Hall in a policy-making role.

Herbert, an attorney, told The State she is strongly considering a run for Columbia City Council in District 1. That seat in the largely African American district in north Columbia has been held by Councilman Sam Davis for 23 years. However, Davis announced recently he would not be seeking reelection this year.

There are a host of seats up in this year’s Nov. 2 municipal election, including mayor, an at-large post, District 1 and District 4. Filing for the elections is expected to be in August.

Herbert said she would likely make a formal announcement about her Council intentions in the spring. However, she was clear that

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Businessman Thomas Lee seeks seat on Chattanooga City Council

Local business owner and longtime Chattanooga resident Thomas Lee is running for the District 2 City Council seat to provide an even playing field for all residents, he said.

According to a release, Lee, co-founder of Goodhew LLC, has successfully built a range of businesses employing hundreds of people, volunteers with multiple nonprofits, and has raised three children in the Scenic City, but it’s his love for Chattanooga that makes this businessman with zero political experience ready to bring legitimate solutions to the challenges Chattanooga faces.

“I have watched all of city politics over the years with interest and I really felt like we’re at a point where it made a lot of sense for me to bring my experience and enthusiasm for Chattanooga and take a run at city council,” said Lee, a Memphis native who has lived in the district for more than two decades. “As a city

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