James Hong and Jaron K. Barganier (photo by Stephanie De Alba)

WHEN TWO FORMER UH football players put their helmets together to form a plan to impact under-privileged youth through sports, education and nutrition programs, neither expected to be where they are today. Jaron K. Barganier and James Hong are co-founders of Be A Champion, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to set children on a path to success. Today, Texas students are returning to the classrooms, and with House Bill 4545 in effect, Be A Champion staff are once again suiting up to keep students fed and education institutions supported.

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When Juan Jose "JJ" Carrion and Ericka Zuleta decided to launch their gourmet mobile coffee cart Brightside Coffee at the beginning of the year, they had no idea how tricky things were about to get. Carrior is in finance for a major chemical company, and Zuleta's getting an MBA at UH while juggling her own day job in oil and gas project management, so the idea of opening their own biz may taste a little, well, bitter. But despite setbacks, the couple has found bold success, through pop-ups at weekend farmers markets, and through an innovative new big-batch cold-brew delivery service.

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Little did entrepreneur and interior designer Laura Umansky know that when she tapped Gina Brown to help renovate her Boulevard Oaks home in 2017, she selected someone who would also change the face of her business three years later.

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