Welcome to the Business Issue of LOCAL Houston magazine.
The business of Houston is, well, business. From start-ups through multinational corporations (we’re second only to New York in those head- quarters), Houston’s can-do attitude, business-friendly climate and spirit of cooperation make this city a business engine like no other. Meet someone in Houston and likely their first question is, “What do you do?” The second is, “Do you know XYZ? I can introduce you.”
It’s that spirit of “we’re all in this together” that makes Houston a great place to find your fortune, however you define it. In this issue, we meet the new faces of Houston business, from DEAN PETER RODRIGUEZ of the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Rice University, to AIDA ARAISSI of the U.S. Bilateral Arab Chamber of Commerce, to financial author and broadcaster MONICA MEHTA, who advises us to invest in ourselves. You’ll also learn about alumni from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and experience the hope and excitement generating at Station Houston, a co-working incubator.
As always, we’ve got all the food (another enormous Houston business) coverage, the arts, style, fashion (Marzi kills it this month), community news, film recommendations and more that balance out our workdays. And, in “Things We Love,” get to know the one and only WALTER BERING, whose family has developed much of Houston and who continues on as one of Houston’s leading realtors. You may be surprised.
As always, I am grateful for the writers and photographers and those who contribute in so many ways to get this magazine out each month. Glad we’re in business together.