Austin burrito chain adds to executive’s responsibilities

Freebirds World Burrito, the Austin-based chain of fast-casual restaurants, has added to the job description of Chief Operating Officer Bobby Shaw: he will now also serve as the company’s president.
Shaw, who oversaw the relocation of Freebirds’ headquarters from California to Central Texas in 2015, will oversee the company’s day-to-day business and be in charge of implementing its growth strategy.
Shaw has been with Freebirds since 2013. Prior to that, he was an executive regional director at…

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Downtown Austin overnight concrete ban extended — again

Austin City Council has approved yet another temporary extension of a ban on pouring concrete in the central business district in the early morning hours.
The measure, approved Thursday as part of Council’s consent agenda, extends the existing ban on concrete pouring after 2 a.m. through May 31 to give Austin city staffers even more time to finalize more permanent regulations on late-night downtown construction activity.
The previous Council, led by former Mayor Lee Leffingwell, first approved…

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Mental health facility breaks ground in Southeast Austin

Construction has begun on the Judge Guy Herman Center for Mental Health Crisis Care at 6600 Ben White Blvd.
The project is funded by an $8.9 million grant from St. David’s Foundation and a land donation from Central Health, valued at an estimated $1.2 million.
The 12,000-square-foot clinic will incorporate 16 beds and provide short-term residential psychiatric care to patients in crisis. Completion is expected in early 2017.
Duke C. Garwood Architects Inc. is the architect and interior designer.…

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Marketing tech company completes $4.5M funding round

ERelevance Corp., a marketing service company, has completed a $4.5 million Series A round of funding.
The Austin company said Thursday it plans to use the capital to ramp up its sales and marketing efforts. The funding increases to $8.6 million the amount of investment capital eRelevance has raised since launching.
Investors include Chicago Ventures and three California-based firms: Rally Ventures, Miramar Venture Partners and Rothenberg Ventures. In January 2015, eRelevance reported completing…

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ABJ’s Mentoring Monday: Connect face-to-face with experienced female leaders

Mentoring is often highlighted as a critical component in career advancement for female professionals.
Mentoring Monday, an annual event hosted by Austin Business Journal on April 4, will bring women together with 40 venerated mentors across a variety of industries at the downtown JW Marriott. Think of it as speed dating with CEOs: Attendees will meet with mentors for seven-minute conversations, then move on to the next mentor, so they can make the most of the experience. Go here to register.
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Austin Web company expands into on-demand services

SpareFoot Inc., which runs an online self-storage marketplace, is opening a new front in its bid to shake up the industry: on-demand logistics. Now customers can have their belongings picked up at home and delivered to a self-storage facility.
The Full-Service Storage service was announced Wednesday in a press release and painted as a move to make storage more convenient. The company linked it to the increasing ubiquity of on-demand services, pointing out that 42 percent of U.S. adults have used…

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Marketing to Your Old Man: Fathers Looking for Inclusion More than Praise

A quick survey of consumers might indicate that people think Moms are the biggest researchers …

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comScore: 2016 U.S. Cross-Platform Future in Focus

comScore, Inc. on Wednesday published its 2016 U.S. Cross-Platform Future in Focus report. Available to …

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Liquor Ticker: Big numbers hide tough winter for Central Texas bars

Austin-area mixed-drink sales were strong in February, with $65.4 million worth of liquor sold at bars, hotels and restaurants around the region. But for individual bars, the winter woes continued.
That’s an increase of nearly 11 percent compared to February 2015, when Austin-area bars pulled in $59.1 million in mixed-drink sales. It also continues a run of three consecutive months in which total liquor sales increased by double-digit percentage points. December saw a 13.2 percent year-to-year…

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Op-Ed: How Phone Numbers Can Transform Your Marketing Attribution Efforts

The following is a guest contributed post from Bayan Towfiq, CEO & Founder of Flowroute. …

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