When All Hope was Seemingly Lost...Gloria Sanderson of Pioneer Bank Showed Up for Arthur J. Smith Sr. and His Family with a $15,000.00 dollar Check

Arthur Smith Sr., his wife Darlene Koffey Smith, son Arthur Smith III, also known as “Yung Giant”, Gloria Sanderson, SVP, CRA/Fair Lending Officer for Pioneer Bank are the featured individuals on the cover of “VERSION 1” of Houston Business Connections Magazine’s “2017 Year-End Review” edition. Houston Texans football player J.J. Watt is also featured on the cover of this version. Inside this edition, J.J. Watt shares how he plans to distribute the millions of dollars the J.J. Watt Foundation received in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Beyoncé, Mattress Mack, Jim Crane, State Senator Borris L. Miles, State Rep. Shawn Thierry, Dr. Letitia Plummer, Judge Loyd Wright, Judge Christine Riddle Butts, Judge John Schmude, Judge Renee Magee, Attorney Sandra Peake, and Attorney Melanie Wilcox Flowers are just a few of the other distinguished individuals featured inside this edition. Houston Business Connections Magazine© is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. All Rights Reserved. Cover photo by: Kennedy Hall, Phillis Wheatley High School Journalism Department/Photographer


Gladys Knight is coming to Houston on Friday, January 19, 2018, for the Diamond Dreams Gala at Minute Maid Park

Held on the field at Minute Maid Park, the Diamond Dreams Gala features seven-time Grammy winner, Ms. Gladys Knight -The Empress of Soul, as well as Astros players and legends. The event benefits the Astros Foundation and New Hope Housing, an organization combatting homelessness by providing housing and support services for those in need. In case you don’t know, The Astros Foundation supports local 501(c)3 nonprofits and their causes through fundraising events. They support organizations whose efforts benefit Youth Baseball/Softball, Education/Literacy, Childhood Cancer, Military and Quality of Life.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Go See Tenesha Zetar with Colbert Ball Tax Service at 11006 Airline in Houston, Texas to Get Your Taxes filed Right in 2015

Tenesha Zetar is asking for your business. Do you need to get your taxes filed? Do you need a fast, friendly, and experienced tax professional? Well look no further than Tenesha Zetar. She can be found inside the Fiesta on Airline & West Road). Call (832)229-8499 if you speak English. Call (210)264-8749 if you speak Spanish. The Wednesday, April 15, 2015 income tax filing deadline is quickly approaching. So go see Tenesha Zetar today!

About Us Colbert/Ball Tax Service

Colbert/Ball Tax service was founded in Houston, TX, by first cousins Al Colbert and Yrejali (Ja Ja) Ball. The duo came up with the idea of starting their own tax preparation business during their senior year at Texas Southern University. Due to a fluctuating job market, the two business majors decided to brand what would later become one of the largest tax companies in the U.S. Colbert/Ball opened their door to their first location on January 2, 1995 in the Third-Ward area of Houston, TX. They processed over 270 returns that year, allowing them to upgrade to a professional corporate office centrally located near the Astrodome.

By 2000, Colbert/Ball expanded to four office locations and processed over 4,000 returns. After painstaking hard work followed success, Al Colbert and Ja Ja Ball started a franchise program. The program was designed to create opportunities for other entrepreneurs to own and operate their own Colbert/Ball Tax business.

In December, 2002, Colbert/Ball Tax Service was recognized by the distinguished Black Enterprise Magazine for having one of the best franchise opportunities, followed by Ebony Magazine in their February, 2003 edition, featuring Entrepreneurs 30 and under. In 2004, Black Enterprise Franchise 500 ranked Colbert/Ball Tax Service as the 59th fastest growing franchise system in the nation. By 2007, Colbert/Ball Tax Service reached their projected goal of 75,000. After, reaching their goal, they have taken a huge step toward becoming the fourth largest tax Preparation Company in the United States. Their focus for the next two years was to continue to expand through the Colbert/Ball Franchising opportunities program.

Currently Colbert/Ball Tax Service, with its corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas, has added over 350 locations in 28 states. Their success garnered CBTS the Pinnacle Award from the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce. CBTS is the fourth largest tax preparation company to franchise in America. This alone marks them as being among the elite of specialized financial services. The emblem symbolizing their success is visually located on top of their corporate location at, 2616 South Loop West, Houston, Texas, and exposed to thousands drivers daily. Colbert/Ball’s long-term goal is to compete and surpass the top three tax preparation companies in the United States. By 2015, Colbert/Ball Tax Service is expected to become a publicly traded company with several locations throughout the nation. We want to extend the opportunity of entrepreneurship amongst all.

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