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Nov 30, 2021

INDUSTRY NOTICE: September - December 2021 License Expiration Dates

Several updates have been made to the Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS) since it launched in September to improve your user experience. Businesses should continue onboarding into AIMS and filing renewals.

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Nov 23, 2021

AIMS Updates – Nov. 23, 2021

TABC has updated the AIMS Updates webpage containing an ongoing list of Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS) improvements and issues the agency is working to resolve. View the AIMS Updates page.

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Nov 22, 2021

TABC Inspection Leads to Felony Arrest for Drug and Weapon Violations at Harris Co. Liquor Store

HARRIS COUNTY — An inspection of a liquor store by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has resulted in the felony arrest of a Harris County man along with the seizure of several pounds of marijuana and firearms. TABC agents made the arrest while inspecting D&K Spring Liquor at 23311 Aldine Westfield Road in Spring on Nov. 17. Arrested was 37-year-old Damian Shimfarr, who was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana. Shimfarr was taken to the Harris County Jail and later released after posting bond. The drugs and firearms were discovered by TABC agents along with approximately $6,000 in cash. Among the firearms were two handguns and an AR-15-style rifle. “Drugs, guns and cash fuel organized crime, and TABC will not tolerate crime at businesses we regulate,” TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. “We will follow this arrest with a full investigation to hold accountable anyone who’s using a licensed business as a hub for illegal activity.” TABC is continuing the investigation and will explore possible administrative action against the business. Anyone with information about illegal activity within a TABC-licensed business can file a report on the TABC website, by emailing complaints@tabc.texas.gov or by calling 888-THE-TABC.   Media Contact: Chris Porter – Public Information Officer chris.porter@tabc.texas.gov (512) 206-3462

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Nov 19, 2021

TABC Offering Assistance to Military Veterans Seeking To Start Business in Alcoholic Beverage Industry

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is working with statewide organizations and business leaders to assist military service members seeking to start their own businesses within the alcoholic beverage industry. TABC’s Empowering Texas Veterans initiative, launched in 2019, partners veterans who have established a business in the industry with protégés who want to begin a business on their own. The mentor will advise the protégé on issues and challenges associated with establishing a new company. “Our number-one goal with this program is to make sure there is no wrong door for veterans seeking information about breaking into the alcoholic beverage industry,” TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. “We are proud to work with our partner agencies to ensure eligible veterans are directed to the right people with the right answers as they take their first steps into the industry.” As the state’s regulator of the alcoholic beverage industry, TABC ensures mentors are able to assist potential business owners throughout the application process. Multiple Texas state agencies, including the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Veterans Commission and Texas Comptroller, assist both mentors and protégés by providing administrative support as well as information on issues such as veterans’ benefits, licensing fees and more. For more information about the program, help with starting a business, or to download an application, visit the TABC Veterans page. TABC Media Contact: Chris Porter TABC Public Information Officer media@tabc.texas.gov

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Nov 17, 2021

TABC Chairman Kevin Lilly Discusses Human Trafficking on National Program

HOUSTON — Chairman of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Kevin J. Lilly discussed human trafficking in Texas and the importance of preventing these crimes on a recent episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight. “These are situations where you have 300,000 individuals in Texas based upon a University of Texas study are being trafficked in Texas now,” Lilly said on Tucker Carlson Tonight.  Watch video clip. Read the transcript.   Background TABC is on the front lines of dismantling human trafficking organizations with connections to the alcoholic beverage industry. The Commission’s authority gives agents the unparalleled ability to uncover criminal enterprises that use bars, clubs, restaurants and other businesses to hide their illegal activity. Since 2013, the agency has canceled the liquor permits of more than 130 businesses accused of engaging in organized crime, including human trafficking, narcotics trafficking and money laundering. Read about TABC’s mission to combat trafficking.

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