Business Publisher’s Column small JUNE/JULY 2015 EDITION HOUSTON MAGAZINE Chairman John Cruise President/Executive Publisher Steve Levine Vice President /Associate Publisher/ Creative Director/Editor Barbara Davis-Levine Business Development/PR Evelyn Pereira Roy Pereira Graphic Designer Lavinia Menchaca Photographers Gwen Juarez Contributing Writers Doug Beattie Randy Boss Sonia Clayton Barbara Davis Mila Golovine Ruben Gonzalez Bruce Hurta Jeff Jones Hank Moore Mike Muhney Howard Partridge Christi Ruiz Rita Santamaria Kim Sawyer Gail Stolzenburg Holly Uverity Jack Warkenthien Heather Green Warner Aimee Woodall Chief Advisor Hank Moore Publisher’s Advisory Board Shah Ardalan Sonia Clayton Donna Cole John Cruise Dirk Cummins April Day Dr. John Demartini Maya Durnovo Kathie Edwards Mila Golovine Dory Gordon Greg Grant David Holt Richard Huebner Jeffrey Jones Darryl King Sandy Lawrence Craig Klein Wea Lee Bertrand McHenry Hank Moore Lisa M. Morton Mike Muhney Leisa Holland Nelson Tony Noun Mayor Annise Parker Page Parkes Howard Partridge Susan Repka Maria Rios Grant Sadler Rita Santamaria William Sherrill Pam Terry Linda Toyota Jack Warkenthien Carlecia D. Wright Aaron Young Phone: 832-419-2814 E-Mail: Steve.Levine@SBTMagazine.net Or Write: Small Business Today 5380 West 34th Street, Ste 230 Houston, TX 77092 See us on the web at www.SBTMagazine.net SMALL BUSINESS Today MAGAZINE IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY LEGACY PUBLISHING GROUP, LLC. 5380 WEST 34TH ST., STE. 230 HOUSTON, TX 77092 EXECUTIVE PUBLISHER - STEVE LEVINE: 832-419-2814 CHAIRMAN - JOHN CRUISE: 832-460-2020 www.SBTMagazine.net ADVERTISING RATES ON REQUEST. BULK THIRD CLASS MAIL PAID IN TUCSON, AZ. POSTMASTER: PLEASE SEND NOTICES ON FORM 3579 TO 5380 WEST 34TH ST., STE. 230 HOUSTON, TX 77092. ALTHOUGH EVERY PRECAUTION IS TAKEN TO ENSURE ACCURACY OF PUBLISHED MATERIALS, SMALL BUSINESS TODAY MAGAZINE CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR OPINIONS EXPRESSED OR FACTS SUPPLIED BY ITS AUTHORS. COPYRIGHT 2012, LEGACY PUBLISHING GROUP, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPRODUCTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION IS PROHIBITED. WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR JUNE ISSUE?? I f you have been a reader/follower of SMALL BUSINESS TODAY MAGAZINE or of any of my other publications (REAL ESTATE EXECUTIVE, PREMIER AGENT MAGAZINE, RISING STAR MAGAZINE, PROFILES MAGAZINE, etc), you know that you can count on a high quality, informative, hard copy and digital edition every single month. So, what happened to the SBT Magazine for June 2015? Great question! As you may or may not know, Barbara and I were flooded out Memorial Day night/ Tuesday morning when five feet of water entered our home and proceeded to destroy everything in it including all of the contents of my home office, my laptop computer, my cell phone, and two cars, etc. To add insult to injury, the electricity never shorted out and an appliance fell into the flooded bedroom. It electrified the water and stranded us on our bed with our four rescue dogs for 14 hours. We had to wait until the water subsided in our home before rescuers could save Barbara, her son Jerry, my sister Tracey, our dogs, and of course, me. When the water had first begun rushing in, I had slipped on the wet tile floor and suffered a concussion. Once we were evacuated by boats and giant dump trucks and taken to the staging area, I was rushed to Memorial/Hermann Medical Center where it was confirmed that not only did I have a concussion but I was bleeding in the brain. As a result, I spent a week in the hospital while Barbara was left to deal with the disaster of our world being flipped upside down. Somehow, she managed to find a place for all of us to stay, a car to drive, and a cell phone to use all within hours after we were evacuated. We are now stuck with 4200sq. ft. of the most toxic mold on all of our contents that we left behind. As far as our business, all of my files, back issues of 13 years of magazines, reprint samples, rate cards, etc. were ruined. We are now in a rental home in the Westbury area thanks to Publisher’s Advisory Board Member Dory Gordon and have two loaner cars thanks to Publisher’s Advisory Board Member Tony Noun. We feel very fortunate and are so appreciative that we have received so many donations, blessings, and prayers from all of you out there - our clients, friends, and total strangers. In addition, with the help of past cover honoree, Angelica Garcia-Dunn with AIM Global Logistics, her team drove all over kingdom come spending hours of their time picking up the donated appliances, bedding, furniture, and household items and loading it onto one of their huge gooseneck trailers. Overnight, we were able to transform a totally empty, foreign place into a warm, inviting home. Despite the traumatic experience and the challenges we still face, we feel totally blessed. Thank you all!!!