With all the modern technology that has flooded the market—to assist us in getting the client from point A to point B as quickly as possible, perhaps nothing has impacted us more than the advent of GPS. Unfortunately, no matter how sophisticated they make it, or how many technological upgrades we download into it, there is no GPS capable of showing us the correct path to building a successful ground transportation company. For that, we have to go “old school” and use a business road map, one that points out six important stops along the way as we rock on down that highway en route to creating a successful company. Buckle up.
This article appears in the July 16 issue of Forbes magazine.
Direct Energy Chief Executive Chris Weston needed a new home for his company, which provides electricity, natural gas and home energy services to 6 million residential and business customers across North America. The Toronto firm considered as many as 15 cities for its new headquarters, but only one ever really had a chance. “Houston was the obvious answer in the end for us,” says Weston.
TransGates Limousine Receives 2012 Houston Award
Houston Award Program Honors the Achievement
LOS ANGELES, CA, May 8, 2012 -- TransGates Limousine has been selected for the 2012 Houston Award in the Limousine & Car Services category by the Houston Award Program.
Each year, the Houston Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Houston area a great place to live, work and play.
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