Everything’s Bigger In Texas, 04.03.2014

Rumor has it that the word "BIG" was invented in Texas, specifically Houston. Don’t quote us on that — we’re just saying that it makes sense, considering the enormity of the Houston Greek Festival and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. With the end of the rodeo, however, the Southwest Freeway has finally been restored to its normal, moderately congested state, and we’re already preparing for our next big bash: 47th Annual WorldFest.

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Shop (Locally) ‘Til You Drop, 11.14.2013

Shop local, shop often: Isn’t that how the saying goes? As we gear up for the gifting frenzy of the holiday season, we want to stop and consider the effects of where we choose to do our shopping.
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The horror.

Over half of the working population works in a small business, and, according to Forbes, businesses with fewer than 500 employees generated over 65 percent of the net new jobs since 1995.  When you shop locally, you put money directly back into the community, which helps create even more jobs and new products. Besides, who would know better what items to provide to Houstonians than our fellow neighbors? read more »

Houston, I’m home!, 09.12.2013

Hi! My name is Carolyn Shaffer, and I am so excited to be the new intern at 20K Group. I graduated from Purdue University with degrees in professional writing and English literature in May of 2012. About six months ago, I moved to Houston from Chicago in search of warmer weather and employment opportunities. The 20-hour, 1090 mile distance separating Houston and Chicago makes for some interesting cultural variations, so I have compiled a few of my observations and adventures during my introduction to a new city.

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You do WHAT with these?

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Summer Camp, Adult-Style: Week One, 06.11.2013

Remember how excited you used to get at the start of the summer? School was out, the weather was perfect and the world was your oyster. And then, after a week or two of euphoria, the novelty wore off and the whining began. “I’m booooooooored. There’s nothing to dooooooooo. AND IT’S SOOOOOO HOT.” Even though most of us no longer get a summer vacation, there’s still no need for the summertime blues. We’ve decided to take the work out of play and compile a weekly list of upcoming events to help you stay busy (and maybe even learn a thing or two) this summer. Think of it as the adult version of summer camp! St. Arnold’s Fall Season All Team Fundraiser: Wednesday, June 12 The Houston-area Team In Training participants invite you to join them on Wednesday, June 12th at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Enjoy a variety of beers and ales all night, bid in a silent auction and, most importantly, support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the fight against blood cancers. SMBHou: Online Influencer Marketing: Matching Brands and Influencers: Friday, June 14 NFL Gerome Sapp read more »

Not Just Another Three-Day Weekend, 05.30.2013

I’m pretty sure my colleagues would agree when I write that the chief reason we love our business is the diversity of industries, people, projects and ideas we work with daily. One recent example inspired this blog. An event we have helped support for four years over the Memorial Day weekend has become something my husband and I really look forward to. Honestly, we didn’t initially think we were the types. Classic case of laziness or lack of understanding, I guess. Every third Monday in May, our client, Dignity Memorial ®, a huge funeral home and cemetery operator, asks us to support their community Memorial Day commemoration at Memorial Oaks Cemetery out in West Houston. The event, which is timed to last exactly one hour, draws hundreds of loved ones of people buried at the cemetery and, as it turns out, lots of veterans and family members who love or have loved and lost veterans from throughout the Greater Houston area. Flag read more »

Y’all aren’t from around here, are you?, 05.24.2013

You’ve probably heard that Houston was selected to host Super Bowl LI in 2017. And you’ve probably noticed that Houston is racking up the national accolades this year, including features in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. The convergence of a booming city on the cusp of “cooldom” and one of the world’s most popular sporting events is bound to bring in more visitors to Houston than we may have ever had. Here’s what we think they should know about the Bayou City: Houston Skyline read more »

Breath of Funky Fresh Air, 05.03.2013

This month’s field trip was hard work. As the hectic month wore on, we found ourselves postponing it again, and again… and again. But, we buckled down, completed our work to our exacting standards and allowed ourselves to get some fresh air. As usual, we were glad we did – this time, under Patrick’s direction. Our first stop on this month’s field trip was the famously quirky Beer Can House, located at 222 Malone Street. A monument to longtime owner John Milkovisch’s passion for beer, the shimmering house is a sight to see on sunny days. Once we got over the initial “wow” factor, the sheer magnitude and detail of the project set in. Fences, awnings and spaces where grass would ordinarily grow are all occupied by meticulously trimmed and arranged beer cans.  When Ripley’s Believe It Or Not visited the house, they estimated that about 50,000 beer cans adorn the structure. John’s wife, Mary, had this to say about her unusual residence: read more »

It’s National Volunteer Week! How are you going to give back?, 04.25.2013

According to the 2012 Census, about a quarter of Americans volunteer, and those individuals spent a median of 50 hours in selfless service each year. In addition to helping their communities, those that volunteer tend to be healthier and happier than their peers. National Volunteer Week, established in 1974 to celebrate volunteerism of all kinds, is a great time to recognize those around you who donate their time to the community and get involved yourself.

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Volunteering: good for others, good for you.

At 20K, we try to give back as often as we can. Our founder and vice president have been lifelong advocates for both local and global communities. Some of the Houston-based organizations they’ve donated their time to are: read more »

20K Group’s Going Out Guide, 04.19.2013

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Recently, one of our clients asked us to create a "Nightlife Guide to Houston" for visitors to an international conference. Narrowing down our favorite hot spots wasn't an easy task, but that's a good thing -- it's testament to our city's nearly endless entertainment options. We kept our recommendations to Downtown, Montrose and Midtown for easy access from the George R. Brown Convention Center, but we know there are a ton of other great bars for out-of-towners. Where would you take guests to show them that Houston is the coolest city in America? read more »

Breath of Fresh Air: Lost and Found in Houston, 03.10.2013

Last month, we told you that we're making it a priority in 2013 to get out of the office and seek inspiration around the city. We'll be taking turns planning these field trips, so we could end up anywhere from a mountain bike trail (Patrick) to a punk rock show (Amy), but we're certain there will be curious wonders found lurking in Houston's nooks and crannies. For our March adventure, Courtenay thought our Houston newbies should learn some local and cultural history at Project Row Houses, a nonprofit arts organization established by African-American artists and community activists in the city's Third Ward. Alas, Courtenay did not pay attention to the difference between office hours and exhibition hours. (For the record, exhibition hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m.). But we're a PR agency. We're used to figuring out bigger and better solutions on the fly, and we like adventure. A quick Google search later, we found ourselves at the fabled The Flower Man House. For decades, Cleveland Turner has turned his Third Ward home (2305 Francis St.) into a carefully-arranged milieu of found junk. This folk art explosion feels like a secret discovery, as if only true Houston explorers (and neighbors, of course) know of its existence - and that may, in fact, be true.

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