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Karina Ramírez: Bookkeeper Girl opens Austin office

Bookkeeper Girl recently opened an office in Austin. "It's been in the works for about six months; we launched it officially last week," owner Kim Pollard said.

Pollard began her business from her home in Ponder in October 2008. She opened her first office in Denton, at 100 W. Oak St., the same year. In 2009, her business expanded with a remote office in Dallas.

"We attribute a lot of our success to the fact that we still have that personal touch," Pollard said. "I have no doubt this one [office] will be as successful as the other two. We are excited, of course." Courtesy photo Kim Pollard, owner of Bookkeeper Girl Inc., stands outside the business's new office in Austin. View larger More photos Photo store

The online remote bookkeeping business has remained quite successful during the tough economic times.

"We have clients who have started their business during this time and we are able to handle a whole department for them," Pollard said. "We do everything online and save them so much money."

The business now has six employees.

Her husband, Scott, joined the company officially in 2009 as public relations director. Now he is the company's vice president of operations.

Her daughter, Shayla Cozart, 17, became an operations intern this summer at the Denton office.

"It is now a family business," Pollard said.

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First United Bank has announced it will launch a new initiative called Spend Life Wisely featuring interactive budgeting tools and a mobile banking application to help customers make wise financial decisions.

"Through talking to our customers and taking the time to find out what was important to them, we learned that our customers wanted someone to help them spend life wisely," said Greg Massey, CEO of First United, in a press release. "To our employees, it's what we stand for and at the same time it reminds our customers what we are here for."

The program will officially launch later this month and new online features will be added in September, said company officials in a news release.

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The city of Denton issued the following certificates of occupancy in July:

* Attic Comfort LLC: warehouse, 122 Daugherty, Suite 1

* FEMA: professional services and office, 3923 Morse St., Suite 109

* Harvest Metropolitan Community Church: church, 725 N. Elm St.

* Discount Sport Nutrition: retail, 2215 S. Loop 288, Suite 320

* Denton Professional Tutoring: office, 100 N. Interstate 35E, Suite 202

* New Image Salon: professional services, 1111 E. McKinney St., Suite 105

* Bombshell Kustoms: office, 2820 Virginia Circle, Suite 107.


The U.S. Department of Labor has released a mobile application called Heat Safety Tool to help protect workers from heat-related illnesses.

The app is available in English and in Spanish. It allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, a release said.

"The app combines heat index data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with the user's location to determine necessary protective measures," officials said.

The app is available for Android phones. Blackberry and iPhone versions are in the works.

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Coming up

The Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce will have its weekly coffee at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive.

For more information, call 940-497-3097 or e-mail


The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas will have a Hispanic Welcome Initiative Reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 at the Denton Service Center, 2317 W. University Drive.

"We are holding small events in each area to bring awareness to the initiative and hopefully discussion," said Brenda Gomes, team lead for Area 6 of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. "This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about our Hispanic Welcome Initiative and network with others from the community, as well as Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas staff."

Reservations must be made by Friday, either by calling 972-912-3030 or e-mailing

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is