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  • Factoring works when working capital needs quicker than bank loans

    Greystone invoice factoring enables fast-growing, transitional or restructuring businesses to get their working capital faster by financing their receivables. We’re able to combine the “in-house” resources of a large company with our entrepreneurial agility to deliver financial solutions that can address clients’ immediate-term financial needs and big-picture business goals.

    Our invoice factoring company facilities range from $100,000 to $5 million. That means we have sufficient money under our immediate control that’s readily available to grow with your invoice factoring needs. We are not capital aggregators or brokers.

    We work with companies across the country – and across almost all industries – with a variety of business needs.

    We welcome the opportunity to help your business through the smart business of invoice factoring.


    Peter Cooney and Jeff Kassing are at the helm of Greystone Commercial Services. Together with their teams they establish and nurture sustainable business relationships with entrepreneurs and small to mid-size businesses, providing operating capital and superior customer service.

    Under their leadership, Greystone Commercial Services continues as a well established and reliable invoice and receivables factoring company.


    Invoice factoring enables fast-growing, transitional or restructuring businesses to get the cash they need to reach their goals.

    Factoring invoices is a flexible and effective way to produce results quickly. What’s more, invoice factoring doesn’t require a commitment to a multi-year facility. Don’t let invoice factoring myths keep you from exploring this smart financing alternative.


    Factor invoices, convert your accounts receivables into cash and allow your business to:


    • Fund payroll
    • Pay taxes
    • Purchase inventory & materials
    • Increase production capacity and sales
    • Take advantage of trade discounts
    • Improve trade credit rating and/or vendor relations (i.e. A/P)



    Banks are an excellent source of business financing. However, banks often decline requests for new working capital or renewal, extension or increase of existing credit line for one or more of the following reasons:


    • Your company has been in business for less than 3 years.
    • Your company’s profitability significantly dropped 1 year (or was unprofitable).
    • Your company’s business is growing too fast.
    • Your company is past due on taxes.
    • Your company has negative net worth or negative cash flow.
    • Your company’s business is seasonal.
    • Your company violated a financial covenant.


    Greystone’s invoice factoring often provides financing to companies with one or more of the above reasons banks use to decline financing to small and mid-sized businesses.


    Greystone’s invoice factoring helps remove two large headaches of business owners – collections and customer credit. Invoice factoring lets you focus on building your business while Greystone Commercial Services assists you with:


    • Collecting the amounts owed to your business with its experienced and professional staff.
    • Helping you decide how much credit to extend to your customers. Greystone’s experienced credit department provides valuable information necessary to make these important decisions.


    Credit and collection not only helps cut costs, it gives you more time to focus on sales, product development and BUSINESS GROWTH. Learn more about who factors with Greystone.

  • International School of Texas

    I’m Granier O’Reilly, and I’m the Headmistress of the International School of Texas. I’ve been very privileged to be part of the international world now for about 15 years. I have over 30 years experience in the world of education.
    The International School of Texas is really the epitome of everything that is the very, very best in education worldwide. It is an opportunity that has arisen out of a group of parents seeking the absolute best that can possibly be achieved on behalf of their children.
    We are supported by the standards of the British National Curriculum, so we’re talking about very, very high standards. One of the reasons for choosing the British National Curriculum as the backdrop to our standards is because it is considered to be a broad and balanced curriculum; a curriculum that feeds the whole child, academically, intellectually, socially, emotionally and culturally.
    We have small class sizes with very good ratios. We teach Mandarin Chinese and we teach Spanish from the age of three. We’re looking at the physical process of PE, and swimming. We’re looking at art, we’re looking at drama, we’re looking at performance, dance, music, and we are also a school that is going through the IB process. Brain Twenty learning and Positive Behavior go hand-in-hand, and I truly believe that every school wherever one may be in the world should have positive, a whole schools positive behavior model. The child should always know what to expect. They always know that they’re going to be treated tremendously fairly. They always know that they’re going to be treated with great respect.
    At the International School of Texas currently we take children between the ages of three to eleven. Now that would be the equivalent to well before pre-school, any sort of pre-school experience in this country, and right through to what would be the equivalent here of fifth grade. We are going to be developing our middle school, so we’re going to be growing organically, through to sixth grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade. This is not a day-care experience in any way whatsoever; this is a very robust, a very challenging, a very academic, and indeed a very wonderful school experience.
    We have a beautiful campus. It’s set on a hill above Lake Travis with beautiful views. We’re set on eight acres, it’s a garden setting, its safe, and secure. As a selective private school it is tremendously important that I meet every single family individually; every child and of course the parents. Its really not the children that I’m choosing, most often it is the families that I’m choosing, because I want families to come to me who really do understand what we do; who applaud and celebrate what we do, and who are going to applause and celebrate their children in the same way that we do it.
    We don’t test children in our school we continually assess them. So, what we are able to do is really get to the root of what the child has learned, what they need to learn, and how we can challenge them. Basically they have learnt how to learn. They are life-long learners, and that’s what we’re setting out to achieve. It’s a tremendously positive experience, and it’s something that works with every child, not only in the greater Austin area, not only in Texas, but I would certainly … well, I wouldn’t hesitate to say in the world.
    If you feel that the International School of Texas maybe the right set for your family, for your children, we would really encourage you to contact us, give us a call, and we will organize a tour for you, and I really look forward to meeting you.

  • Parker School Uniforms - A Cut Above The Rest


    Parker School Uniforms...cut from a different cloth


    Since 1931, we've been doing our best to be the best... for every customer, every time. That's the cut of our cloth.

    Troy Pike, President/CEO:  Parker surely is a service company, not a uniform company. We start with the customer and end with the customer. Everything that we design has that end customer in mind so they can focus on education.

    Mike Porter, Vice President - Sourcing:  We're tailoring different silhouettes; whether it would be a jumper, a skirt, a culotte, a blouse, a polo shirt, there's pants and shorts, micro-fleece. We have sweaters, oxford shirts; but, we've got a variety of products for almost any school situation.

    Troy Pike:  From a school's perspective it certainly helps them market their school.

    Mike Porter: We will go to the ends of the earth to find the fabric, to find the best value proposition for the construction of the garments, for the lead times, for everything. 

    Troy Pike: Our goal really is to let the customer deal with us in their way of choice, in their channel of choice. If they want to buy online we make the tools available for them to know how to fit clothes. It's not a consumer-grade product that you wear for a season or a few months and throw out. This has got to be a durable item that's going to have hand-me-down type quality; so it has to be really almost industrial strength. At the same time we're talking about kids, and kids who want to have comfort and run and play and really don't want to think about what they have on. So we've done a number of things with our uniforms, making them cotton-rich, but also having fibers that allow them to repel stains and keep their shape extremely well. 

    We have more boots on the ground than any other company in this business. We have sales reps who go and call on these accounts and are in these schools every single day of the year. We have more stores and more people than any of our competitors, and we invest in more inventory.

    Hi, welcome to Parker.

    I need to get some school shirts.

    What school?

    Houston Christian

    Troy Pike:  If you come into our store, and we don't have what you want, we will find it, we will make it, and we will ship it to you for free. So we will get you in clothes, and you know, it's our commitment that every student is going to have a quality well-fit uniform on the first day of school. 


  • School branding with Parker School Uniforms


    School Branding with Parker School Uniforms

    School branding works because school uniforms instill pride.

    They help students feel like they're part of something important, and worthwhile. They foster school spirit, and they build unity. Rather than sorting themselves into cliques and groups through "fashion statements," students who wear uniforms can better see and appreciate one another as equals, and come together more readily as a cohesive community.

    Lucia Boss, Director of Product Development & Quality Assurance:  Every school is like having a unique client. Every product that we do is unique to them, whether it's a monogram or a silhouette, or a fabric, or a trim.

    It's almost like a color-form kind of perspective. We can kind of piece together a whole collection for them. How will these kids be wearing it, what is the function of it. A lot of our schools really have an approach of a branding perspective, so it's understanding what their perspective is, and then building the collection for them.

    Let's lower the armhole like a good three-eighth, and just kind of scoop into nothing at the across-front, it would give her better rotation once the blouse is on.

    "Monogram came out really nice. I like how it came out."

    Lucia: One of the things that we love about this particular part of the board is that there is sort of a uniqueness. One of the things that is important about school apparel is that it doesn't look boring in everyday, and that's one of the things that we kind of trend-watch, is to see what's happening at retail level. It's little things that you can do to a garment that specialize it, that make it unique for the school and make it unique for Parker. 

    School Branding with Parker School Uniforms


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  • School uniforms In stock... behind the scenes with Parker


    School uniforms In stock... behind the scenes with Parker's 


    School uniforms are in stock at Parker School Uniforms. This video is a behind the scenes look at how do they do that... 

    Clay Pike, President/CEO:So this is the mysterious Parker back room.

    People often ask, you know, "Why we don't have a self-serve front of the store?"

    The reality is because we have so many items back here, we literally have tens of thousands of SKUs back here that are uniquely customized to individual schools and their exact needs. We have some things like a blue oxford, for example, or this Peter-Pan blouse that, you know, can just be worn without a logo; but, the majority of the product that we actually deal with is customized specifically for the school, to manage and to meet the school's branding expectations, and to help them better manage the student population.

    It's incredibly surprising how many different colors of blue there are in the world. If you buy pants from five or ten different places and wash them a few times, you will see there are a hundred different colors of blue.

    We have just a zillion different plaids, and all kinds from jumpers for the little bitty kids, to skirts for the big girls, and it's a wide range. So we have to be able to fit every child, and so we carry something of everything for every single child in here.

    So here in back we have all of our custom schools. Items we might pull slightly less often, so they're not as close to the front. But here's something, this is Clay Road Baptist School. We're the only company in, you know, the school uniform industry, that pre-embroiders the vast majority of our goods. In fact, we keep almost two years supply on hand of many of these garments, so that when you walk in the store you get to walk out with merchandise. You can try on two or three sizes, see what you like, and carry it out the door. In many cases, other companies will have you buy the garment, then they will take it away and monogram it, and have you come back to pick it up.

    Another thing that we do, the reason we have so much inventory in stock, is that our commitment to our schools is that we will have it in stock, in your size, or we will ship it to your home for free. Again, we're the only company in the industry that has that guarantee.

    So we invest a lot in our inventory, we want to be sure that the schools get the service that they are expecting, and that the families are happy, and get to carry their merchandise home.


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  • Social responsibility for education is the bottom line at Parker


    Social Responsibility | | Parker School Uniforms


    Social Responsibility is serious business at Parker, because we believe we can do well and do good... building a strong business while also making a positive contribution to our world.

    There are three responsibilities we take especially seriously...

    1. First is the responsibility to be good stewards of our environment.
    2. Second is our responsibility to support humane working conditions and fair labor practices.
    3. Finally, we have a responsibility to our communities. 


    Troy Pike, President/CEO:      We take the clothing question off the table at our schools. It's really kind of cool to see these little toddlers, especially, who go to these pre-K schools, and you know, when they put their uniform on they're so proud. I mean they're like a big kid, all of a sudden going to school and they know to behave differently.

    Mike Porter, Vice President - Sourcing:     What we're trying to do is to provide uniforms to kids to keep their minds focused on school; not on what's the latest fashion, or the latest logo, or how much did you pay for something? We don't want the kids thinking about what they have to put on in the morning and judging each other when they get there to school. They typically allow the childrens' minds to focus on  the school environment, the learning environment, and to me that's probably unspoken value proposition of school uniforms.

    Troy Pike:     The way that we look at is we have a responsibility to that school and to every child in that school to be in a quality well-fit uniform on the first day of school. 

    Mike Porter:     Uniforms are way, way beyond just how do I look and whatever. They're about how do I feel, they're about how do I learn, they're about how I interact with my community.

    Troy Pike:      I think the relationships that we have with our schools and with the families in our schools is what has made us a special company, and that's what makes us a partner as opposed to a vendor. You know, we're involved in the day-to-day happenings at a school, so we help sponsor golf events, if they have a child in need we provide scholarship uniforms for those children in need. It's something that is one of our core principles, as a business, is that we support schools. 


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