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Jobs in Austin

It’s one thing to cite statistics about the strength of Texas and the Austin economy and job growth as I have frequently, including this post last week: Growth and employment in Austin.

It’s another thing to discuss specific examples.  This week has provided several:

Spiceworks Inc., a fast-growing company that sells network management software … has leased 29,000 square feet at the project at RM 2222 and Jester Boulevard, as it prepares to expand its Austin work force from 80 employees to 115 by the end of the year, said CEO Scott Abel.”Spiceworks doubling office space as it adds jobs

CKE Restaurants Inc., the owner of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s chains, is considering moving its headquarters from California to Texas ….  Austin, among other large Texas cities, would be a possible site for a new headquarters ….  CEO Andrew Puzder said the company is considering a move to Texas because the state encourages business growth, has no personal income tax and has less regulation than California does.”Carl’s Jr. parent eyeing Texas as possible new headquarters

“Austin-based uShip Inc., which hosts online auctions for shipping services, has raised $2 million of a planned 4 million funding, according to a securities filing.” — Austin’s uShip raises $2 million; plans to continue expansion

And finally, a salute to some distinctly Austin brands:

“While the Austin market has fared better than the national average — the area’s restaurant growth was up 1 percent in 2010, according to NPD — it still doesn’t seem like an environment ripe for small businesses to expand. But a handful of Austin-based restaurant chains are bucking the national trend.”Austin-based restaurant chains find opportunity in tough economy

I really don’t have to go out of my way to be a cheerleader for Austin.  Not only is it a great place to live, but we must be doing something right business-wise.  Examples abound.

About Bill Morris, Realtor

More than thirty years of business experience (high tech, client service, business organization and start-up, including many years in real estate) tell me that service is the key to success and I look forward to serving you. I represent both buyers and sellers throughout the Austin metropolitan area, which means first-hand market knowledge is brought to bear on serving your needs: -- Seller Representation is a comprehensive process that begins with thorough market analysis and consultation, continues with properly staging the home to achieve the highest price possible in a reasonable time on market, a complete program of marketing and promotion, ongoing updates and communication, closing coordination, and follow-up throughout (and after) the sale. -- Buyer Representation is also full service: shopping, previewing, price and market consultation, contracting, negotiating, coordination of inspections, appraisals, repairs, and closing details, and follow-up beyond the closing of your purchase to ensure your lasting satisfaction. Because the real estate industry is becoming more sophisticated and challenging every day, you need a professional that understands the industry and is positioned to stay ahead of the game. I go the extra mile to help you achieve your goals. That's why I constantly research the market and property values so your home is priced effectively from day one. I also make sure the public knows your home is for sale by using innovative advertising and marketing techniques to attract potential buyers.

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