Small Business Marketing Austin Texas

Michael asks…

I feel completely lost! I own a home service business that began to grow. Good thing, right?

Well the problem is that once it began to grow, I needed to add staff, get a bigger office, more vehicles, etc., etc. What started off as a small home based cleaning and home repair service branched off into new home construction. Good, right? Well, I took my attention off my home services business to concentrate on construction. I built a home that is now on the market to be sold but I’m sure you can guess how well that’s going. Anyone in the market for a 500k house in downtown Austin, Texas??? So now I’m going back to my roots and trying to redevelop my home service business. I’ve been cleaning carpets, repairing water heaters, climbing on roofs…anything to get the bills paid. My issue is that I loved to construction process. Designing homes with the help of architects, meeting with tradesman, picking out finish materials. I’ve been thinking about going to school to get some type of degree in this field. It just feels like I’m so far away from doing another project because of lack of financial backing. I’m trying to stay motivated to keep working my small service business but I’m just not making enough. House payments, car payments, bills. Overwhelming! If you were me, what would you do???

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

First, i would review my expenses with an eye to cutting back on cost; second, i would concentrate on home service and maybe home repair. Since people would definitely be repairing their houses instead of building new ones given the state of the economy. The housing situation is definitely down. You might take advantage of the doldrums by getting that degree you were thinking about. You might look into enlarging your geographic coverage in the hope of getting more business. You can also look up government and institutional clients which may give you building repair contracts. Concentrate on your core competencies and keep it up.

Maria asks…

Know of any local remodel / builders in the Austin, Texas area?

Our family has been building our own house and we need a little extra help getting it done. I’m looking for quality, inexpensive, fast workers to help us do the job. Enter-to-win programs do NOT work for us and we are very unlikely to be chosen due to our circumstances, so they are out of the question. We need workers who are efficient, honest and flexible; all of which criteria are difficult to find, I am aware. If you know of some small business or hometown service that sounds like they could work for us please leave an email address, project reference, phone number, website link or any other contact information. I’ve been searching everywhere and nothing seems to fit the bill. Thank you so much if you can contribute! -K. W.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You may go to the Standard Pacific and David A for help. They are both very great and famous builders in Austin. These two companies build great houses for people to buy and also offer workers for people like you. They are professional and honest. Standard Pacific and David A have a very good reputation in this city. You can try.
The contact info of Standard Pacific is: 26 Technology Drive
Irvine, CA 92618-2301
Telephone: (949) 789-1600
Fax:(949) 789-1609

David A is seated at 4571 Ware Creek Road in Williamsburg. The official web is

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Places Hiring In Austin Tx

Richard asks…

Is oregon a good place to live for a young couple? Please, I could really use opinions?

My husband and I would love to move to oregon because of its weather and green, however, we dont have very much work experience and we would like to go to college there. I also hear there is a high crime rate and that scares me a bit. Is it really that hard to get a decent salary job? Or will we bite off more than we can chew? Please comment and share opinions and experiences thank you.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Portland is the most wonderful city ever. I have lived there all my life and I have recently moved to Austin TX because I thought i wanted a change.. But I find myself missing Portland so much and every time I go back to visit I never want to go home. I’m actually moving back once I finish school down here.
There is so much culture In Portland. There is a huge Art scene full of so many many many creative people! I grew up in north east Portland in the Hollywood district and it was and still is a very safe neighborhood full of tons families and children. I love the East side and although downtown (west side) is great you cant beat the east side of Portland.
I would recommend checking out NE Alberta St, NE Albina St, NE Fremount St, SE Belmont St, SE Hawthorne St, Mt, Tabor neighborhood and also NE Hollywood dist. Where I grew up.
All of these St.and neighborhoods have such a sense of culture and community and there is still so many great streets around Portland that are slimier to these.
There is so much to love about Portland not to mention everyone is extremely friendly. There is tons and tons to do summer and winter.
As far as career jobs go you may have to look and see who is hiring before moving down there but I’m sure you will come across something.

Hope this helps, take care
and I would be happy to answer any more questions you have regarding Portland :)

David asks…

How do we (a guitar strumming teenage girl two-piece) get a record deal?

We play original songs, are fourteen year old girls. We want to be an English Taylor Swift, but there’s two of us!
How do we get a record deal?
Please help, we will thank you on our album!


AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

With the recording industry in a steady downward decline, a label isn’t going to give anyone a deal unless they can prove to them that they will sell albums. And to do that, you have to have your fan base in place before you go looking for the deal.

It’s all about creating a buzz for your band. YouTube has launched a few careers, but those are the exception and not the rule.

If you’ve played out and developed a fan base (and I’m not talking about the 10 friends and family that come see you play), the most direct way to secure a deal is to hire an entertainment lawyer to shop your demo to the labels. Almost every label out there will not accept submissions directly from artists…they want it from some type of representative, be it a lawyer, agent, manager, etc.

Write great songs, have a great live show, and have a great promotions engine behind you and people will start to notice. But you’ve got to have that fan base first.

Good luck.

Greetings from Austin, TX


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Website Design Austin Texas

John asks…

What is a good college for Theatrical Design?

I’ve been looking hard for colleges with a good Theatrical Design program (more specifically in lighting) and it’s hard to actually find a good website on the subject as it is a specific major.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Here are some schools to check out:

Emerson College
Pratt Institute
Catholic U.
Indiana U.
Boston U.
Columbia College (Chicago)
Arizona State
San Francisco State
U. Of Texas-Austin
U. Of Pittsburgh
Florida State
Ohio State

Some of these schools are hard to get into and some won’t have the specific program you’re interested, but they might have something close.

Thomas asks…

What are good architecture grad schools?

I’m about to graduate from University of Illinois at Chicago with a BS in architecture. I’m looking for grad schools to apply to. I’m tired of the theoretical crap that UIC has stuffed down my throat the passed few years and am looking for a program that will teach me how to build not just design. I know for a fact that I will be applying to Arizona State and University of Texas Austin. I need one more. Any suggestions?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Ohio State seems to have a good program (they are known for great engineering so im sure architecture would be great too)…..look here

Virginia Tech is ranked very well for construction methods

this website should help for all degree types

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Austin Texas Apartments

Sharon asks…

How much is a water bill in Texas?

I will be a single person living in an apartment in Austin, Texas. I will take a shower every day and wash 3 loads of clothes once a week. About how much will I pay in water?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

My water bills average 40-60 in the winter months and 80-100 in the summer months, but I have a large house. I have never had to pay a water bill in any apartment I have ever lived in here in Texas.

George asks…

Is it easy to get to downtown Austin from Sweetwater At Wells Branch apartments?

I’m moving to Austin, Texas, and am considering Sweetwater apartments. I like it because despite the low cost, it seems like a great place to live. My only concern is the distance from 6th Street (about 14 miles). However, I’ll trade living in the ghetto that’s 2 miles from 6th Street for a peaceful neighborhood that’s a bit further away. So, my question is how easy would it be to get to downtown Austin, particularly 6th Street, from Sweetwater apartments? I don’t have a car, just a bike, which I’m assuming would be tough to get around on in the summer. I did hear that Austin has great public transportation, so would it be easy to just take that?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I answered your other question as well. Austin is VERY bike friendly. The buses have bike racks on the front of them. So having your bike, it would be an easy bus ride! Are you planning on going to ACC for school? If so, students ride the bus system here for free

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Boutique Strategy Consulting Firms

Daniel asks…

Is it possible to get into the finance sector(like financial analyst at HSBC) just after B.Tech. without MBA??

I don’t want to do MBA .. though I can … coz i can’t give 2 more year of my life due to some personal problem .. but I want to get in to the finance stream … there could be lots of courses.. which can help me in this concern.. I want to work for Big banks … Big company .. like meakensy …what should I do?? right now I m working in a big Multinational company as a software engineer after completing my B.Tech. from a very very good institute of our country… I m having one year experience.
any one can help me in this concern….

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Firstly, I have never heard of any “Meakensy” in the Financial Services industry — I assume that you meant the (strategy) Management Consulting firm “McKinsey.” McKinsey is the premier MC firm in the world, and if I may be blunt, your profile doesn’t even come close to getting you in the door there. (If all you have is a bachelor’s degree, you’re incredibly lucky if they even consider you if you’re not the top of your class from Harvard, and even if you do have a MBA, you’d better be from a top 20 program, and have stellar grades or a GND policy working for you.)

Secondly, if all you want to do is work for a “big bank,” I suppose you could always try to get a job as a teller. But it sounds like you want to be at a Bulge Bracket and have a title above Janitor, so again I have to be blunt and say that without prior experience or a Masters, you’re most likely out of luck.

Alright, so so far, I’ve been pretty mean (and realistic). But here’s what you do if you want to have a legitimate shot anywhere:
1. Get a MBA or a Master of Finance from a top school in the country that you want to work in, or the country that the company that you eventually want to work in is headquartered in. (e.g. If you want to work for Goldman Sachs, go to Harvard or Stanford or Wharton or U. Chicago; if you want to work for Barclays, go to LSE or Oxford or maybe even INSEAD.)
2. If you don’t get a Masters, at the very LEAST take the CFA exams. The Chartered Financial Analyst is really the only credential that will get you an interview at any investment bank if you don’t have a Masters degree.
3. Take any job that you can get in any bank and try to work your way up the ladder. If you work at a boutique bank, and climb the ladder high enough, you *might* be able to make a lateral transfer into the Bulge Bracket, and be rewarded with an entry level job, and get to work 100 hours a week for $60k per year.

That’s it. Those are basically your only options if you ever want to do anything real in finance, unless you win the lottery and use the money to start your own hedge fund.

Basically, if you really want to do this, suck it up and go back to school.

Steven asks…

Work for big 4 accounting firm or publicly traded company where I know top executive?

Would you guys work for a Big 4 accounting firm, entry level?


A publicly traded company, where i know one of the top executives. they just nearly doubled in size. and will pay for me to get my MBA. He will be retiring in circa 1.5-2 years. I have been here for a little over a year in an entry level position which I feel I excelling at.

I have my Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Not sure if that’s what I want to do with my life though. My dad’s friend has a connect, and is interested in talking to me.
That’s too bad it didn’t work out for YOU. Sad to say you didn’t answer my question either. So I give you a failing grade. Just like you got at your previous jobs.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

This really depends on where you actually want to be in the mid to long term.

No one joins a big 4 with a view to doing accounting. The rocket science (and the bit the big 4 do better than anyone else) is large-scale complex, cross border taxation structures. Everything else they do is a compromise. But to be a B4 “rocket scientist” you need a law degree with international tax focus.

The other types of people who join big 4s are:

a) People who are not good enough to make it somewhere better – eg: Wall St / some expert consulting firm, their own boutique or a top tier mgmt consultancy. OR;

b) People who are not willing to work the extra maybe 10 or 15 hours per week that a top specialist firm demands and instead want something with an ever so slightly better “work / life” balance.

From what you have written the Big 4 is most likely not for you in the long run. I.e. If it were you would not be thinking MBA but a JD or some PhD in mathematics or some esoteric valuation course. An MBA is of limited value as a B4 accountant- presumably you would be at “manager” level at the end of your MBA.

The other thing that many, many people do is join a B4 then get their MBA from Wharton or Harvard (and yes it absolutely does need to be a top tier ivy league firm); AND get near to the top marks (i.e. Somewhere within the top 3% to 5% of your class) and then apply for a job on Wall St or in one of the Management consulting firms. If this is your strategy you need to think really hard – are you that good? By the time you work 2 years in a B4 and spend 1 year at Wharton the IBs should be recuriting again.

If this is something you might want to do, then Wall St will think your accounting training at the B4 is a good start before you move on and do “real work” – i.e. Be an investment banker. In strategy land, Bain in particular will regard the B4 highly due to its focus on numerical analysis (which actually is not all that great in the grand scheme of numbers); McK, BCG and Booz will all regard B4 work as good because it will expose you to the activities of their clients.

On the other hand if your friendly CEO runs a >$1bn company and you will get direct access to him (and not be buried under 4 levels of finance management) then that training and “industry experience” will be well regarded. The jobs that are most prized there will be in the corporate development teams (code for Strategy + M&A). If on the other hand the company is a small listed dog then that is not the “industry experience” they want because those firms do not advise companies in the “small dogs” industry.

Regardless of what size the company, if you decide to stay and get an MBA and get a job in corp dev, [a lot of ifs there] then that could be a happy time.

Of course I am colouring this answer with my perspective as an M&A banker.

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Entry Level Business Consulting Jobs

James asks…

How do i change careers and become a manager?

I’m 24 and graduated with a BS degree as an applied mathematics major and had a really good GPA. I work for a financial actuarial consulting firm and have been there 2 years and don’t like it, although I feel like I’ve done well. I’m really interested in management and would be willing to take a step down in pay to take that route and climb the ranks from there. Where do I go from here?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You need to apply for openings with company that have management positions to fill. There should be companies that have entry level management trainee positions open. Read the classifies (paper and electronic). Contact placement agencies (ones that do not charge fees). Your college should have a job placement office. Consider going back to college part time to get a degree in business management. Good luck.

Mandy asks…

What would be my career options for a degree in Business with a finance concentration?

I am starting back to school to get a Bachelor of Science Business Administration (BSBA) with a concentration in Finance. What would be my career options once I graduate?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Corporate consulting. At least once you have some real and successful on the job experiences to consult about!

Other than that, an entry level position with most companies that could lead to a climb up the corporate ladder to C.E.O.
Since it is a glass ceiling BREAK IT!

Good luck.

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Management Consulting Recruiters

Lizzie asks…

do I need to take the gmat for entry level management consulting positions in the usa?

Hey, I’m planning on making applications to various different firms in the USA for an entry level position in management consulting, and I’m wondering whether it was routine for the recruiters to ask for applicants to take the GMAT. thanks

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The GMAT is a standardized exam for graduate business schools in the US and abroad. If you attended school outside of the US or a non-accredited undergrad business school, the firm in question may seek to identify your existing skill set with the GMAT in addition to other survey methods. They may also seek an example of your presentation skills to demonstrate your English language skill.

David asks…

Is economics a good major to enter management consulting or private equity?

I’m planning on majoring in economics, but considering business, for my bachelors degree. Is econ good for a top consulting firm? What about something in private equity, venture capitalist?
It has to be Ivy league? So ALL consulting and private equity firms ONLY recruit from ivy league? How about Georgetown or Northwestern, that’s not good enough? My friend goes to Emory, is that good enough? Strictly Ivy?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Yes if you are ivy league and plan on getting a further degree. Most recruiters for top financial firms only hire from ivy league schools and this makes everything in this field very hard to get into.

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Business Consulting Websites

Mary asks…

How can I make my business website come up when people search my name?

I would like to make it so if people google my name they would find my personal consulting website, currently the company I am working with is coming up instead. How can i change this?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

If your web site (domain) does not have your name in it, get the domain name, if it is still available. If it is not available anymore, look for derivatives like “” etc.

Include your name in the “Title” tag (HTML) of your personal web site’s pages. Also use it in the HTML content as well, including header tags (H1..Hx) and normal paragraphs. Use your name in the anchor text of the links to your web site home page whenever possible, on your own site and on other web sites (LinkedIn, forums, social media web sites etc.).

Include a link to your personal web site whenever possible and appropriate, such as your profile page on other web sites.

If companies that you work/worked for mentioned your name on their own web site, make sure that they make the name to a link to your personal consulting web site. If they did not do that already, ask them to change this for you.

If your name is in the domain name itself, its easier to make sure that your name is in the anchor text of links to your web site, because people often use the URL to a site also as the anchor text of the link (especially, if a CMS converts URL’s automatically to click-able links).

Ruth asks…

I want to learn how to start a business and run a business in the philippines. anyone know anything online?

usually when i google it, all i get is consulting websites that don’t offer all the info i need.

I need an ultimate guide. something online, or maybe a store i can purchase it from.

I need it for both starting/registering and also how to run a business.


AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

95% of the 250,000 expats would also like to learn how to start a business in the Philippines (and make a profit).

The other 5% has found a pretty good business in selling “How to Books” to expats who want to learn how to start a business and run a business in the Philippines…..

Even Filipinos are trying to figure out how to start a successful business here in the Philippines.

As the old saying goes “If You Want To Make a Small Fortune In The Philippines, You Have To Start Off With A Large Fortune.”

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Business Consulting Solutions Inc

Sandra asks…

What are some typical expenditures for a small business?

I need help with a project for my business class. we have to make up a business and one of the components is to make a cash flow statement but i am not sure what the cash inflows and and outflows of a normal small business would be….so if you can please help, i need some examples of inflows and outflows of a small business. Thanks
Would rent and the loan payment be included in the expenditures too?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Try Manage Aid Inc.

I have been using Manage Aid Inc. For many years. Try their Soft Business Loan Scheme. Manage Aid Inc. Is a leader in professional business & legal consulting. Manage Aid Incorporated is a Total Business and Legal solution for the Business Person. All our clients benefit from over 25 years experience of Management and Legal Consulting. Featured products: Management consulting, project management, business planning, company formation and many more.

Helen asks…

How many store/ offices does Canada Post have? How many employees do they have? Where are the posts in Canada?

Need for business class quickly!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

This is a quick set of facts:

Canada Post Corporation is the nation’s official mail service, providing letter and parcel delivery to over 14 million addresses across the country. With roots dating back to before Confederation, Canada Post maintains the country’s most extensive distribution network with 6,600 postal outlets, stamp retailers, 20 sorting plants, 500 letter carrier depots and a fleet of approximately 6,800 vehicles.

In addition to providing mail and parcel delivery services as well as a specialized business products and services, the Crown corporation provides overnight and international delivery services (reaching over 220 countries) via its Purolator Courier Ltd. Subsidiary, shipping and logistics services through its Progistix-Solutions Inc. Subsidiary, and information technology consulting services through its Innovapost Inc. Subsidiary (which is jointly owed by Canada Post and Montreal-based CGI Group Inc.).

After over 150 years, Canada Post continues to adapt to the needs of its individual and business customers. Impressively, the for-profit Crown corporation has enjoyed 13 consecutively profitable years in a decade of increasing competition and rapidly changing communications technology. Canada Post is one of the country’s largest and most recognizable employers, with over 77,000 full- and part-time employees in cities and towns across the country.

Industry: Postal Service. Established: 1851. Major Canadian Hiring Locations: Halifax NS, Montreal QC, St-Laurent QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Stoney Creek ON, London ON, Winnipeg MB, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Victoria BC. Revenues: $7,500 million. Full-Time Employees: 62,610. At this location: 2,317. Part-Time employees: 14,148. New jobs created in Canada last year: 754. Voluntary employee turnover last year: 1.1%. Longest serving employee: 55 years. Workforce engaged on a contract basis: 7.1%. Number of applications received last year: 10,272. Percentage of employees who are women: 49%. Of managers: 70%. Percentage of employees who are visible minorities: 10%. Of managers: 6%. Average age of all employees: 43.

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Small Business Consulting Firms Atlanta

Ruth asks…

How to start a business in Atlanta Ga?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:



Write a business plan. Include a description of your business and explain how you intend to market, finance and manage it. Consider contacting the Georgia chapter of the Small Business Association (SBA), located in Atlanta, for help in writing your plan and getting started with a business. Small business consulting firm SCORE Atlanta also offers free counseling and low-cost classes for small business owners.

Determine the area of town that will be the best fit for your business. Atlanta neighborhoods such as the Virginia-Highlands, Little Five Points, Buckhead, East Atlanta, Downtown, Midtown and Morningside have distinct characteristics and appeal to different consumer groups. Also consider your home location, varying rents and available properties when choosing a location. Consider purchasing an existing business similar to the one you wish to start.

Verify that all local ordinances in your chosen area allow for your type of business. Some businesses, such as consultants and photographers, often work out of their homes. If this applies to you, be sure that no neighborhood or homeowner organizations forbid such businesses. If you intend to see customers in your home, verify that local zoning allows for this activity.

Arrange for financing. This may be as simple as setting aside a percentage of your personal savings or as complex as applying for and obtaining an SBA loan from your bank. You may need to arrange for private financing, recruit backers or even take a partner in order to finance your business.

Determine how you wish to structure your company and file all required paperwork with the state. In Georgia, you may form a sole proprietorship, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), a general partnership, a non-profit corporation, an S Corporation or a C Corporation. You may wish to hire an attorney and/or a certified public accountant to help you choose the structure that’s right for you and to assist you in filing the required paperwork.

Name your new Atlanta business. Choose a unique name by searching the Georgia Secretary of State’s corporation registry. This is a free service. If you intend to do business outside of Georgia, you may also wish to use the United States Patent and Trademark Office website to search nationally for business names and trademarks. This service is fee-based on a sliding scale. In Georgia, if you have incorporated as an LLC, you will need to place the letters “LLC” after the name of your business.

Find a property, if you need one, and arrange a lease or purchase agreement. Both the City of Atlanta and Fulton County will require a place-of-business address for your required paperwork.

File for all permits, licenses and certificates required by the State of Georgia, City of Atlanta, Fulton County and your neighborhood municipality. You will need an Atlanta or Fulton County Business Tax Certificate (business license). You may apply for this certificate through the City of Atlanta Business Tax Division or the Fulton County Occupational Tax Division, depending on your location. You will also need federal and state employer identification numbers, a local health permit and an occupation permit. You may also need a signage permit and/or an alarm permit.

Prepare your selling space. Paint your walls, bring in office furniture and supplies and hire employees, if necessary. If you are operating a retail business, bring in displays and stock your shelves with merchandise.

Advertise in advance. Consider advertising in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution or one of the many small publications specific to neighborhoods within Atlanta. Hold a grand opening or a neighborhood preview to attract customers. Consider joining the Atlanta, Metro Atlanta, Greater North Fulton or South Fulton Chambers of Commerce as appropriate to your location.

Richard asks…

Is my current salary reasonable, and what should I negotiate towards with my employer?

I am an analyst with a small consulting firm. I am coming up on being there for one year. I got a raise after only a few months, and if I make my maximum bonus currently make $37000 + health insurance. They suggested we might revisit the salary conversation next month at the time of my 1 year anniversary of being hired. I am 1 year out of college living in Atlanta, majored in Psych with minors in Marketing and Economics and 4 time Dean’s List Honoree. I do work lots of hours….. probably 55-60 hours per week. What is a reasonable salary expectation?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

This is a little weird because if you were working 55-60 hours and on salary then you would get $37,000 and no overtime and that’s what you agreed to in your contract. But in your verbage you said it’s $37,000 in bonus and not salary, so that’s weird. Only if you were an hourly employee were you supposed to get a raise after a few months. So which is it, are you hourly or are you salaried. If you are salaried then probably your contract would last for one year and is now probably up for renewal and at that time you could ask for what you need to live on. The social majors don’t earn a lot in the public sector unless you have your own business. It’s your “minors” that are pulling you thru this job. To me $37,000 sounds like a good income for an analyst position. If you look online you probably would find a list of salaries and you can see how high it tops off at, so that that top off point you’d know you should look to a different kind of position to increase your salary.

Right now it’s a tough time for business owners and the public because of poor economic times, and it’s still tough to get a job. So if you ask all they can say is no, but remember if you sign that contract then you will have to wait a year before you ask again.

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