Author Archives: Ricardo Cavazos, VBR content editor

Ricardo D. Cavazos is a Rio Grande Valley native and journalist who has worked as a reporter, editor and publisher at Texas newspapers. Cavazos formerly worked as a reporter and editorial writer at The Brownsville Herald, Dallas Times Herald, Corpus Christi Caller-Times and San Antonio Light. He served as editor of The Monitor in McAllen from 1991-1998 and from there served for 15 years as publisher at The Herald in Brownsville. Cavazos has been providing content for the Valley Business Report since 2018.

Edinburg Adds Assistance For Home-Based Businesses

Edinburg City Hall

The City of Edinburg and its economic development corporation are starting the new year with a new addition to an existing program designed to assist locally owned businesses through COVID-19-related hardships. The city’s Stimulus Program Aimed at Recovery from COVID is adding assistance to business owners who are based out of their homes. The SPARC program will provide up to $2,000 in grants for use to purchase furniture, supplies and…

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Finding Fertile Ground In `Underserved’ Weslaco

Schlotzsky's is among the restaurant chains entering the Weslaco market in recent years.

Corporate Asset Partners has developed retail and business plazas across South Texas and one of its chief executives has come to a conclusion about Weslaco. “The community has been underserved,” said Craig Garansuay of the San Antonio-based asset partners.  Garansuay has crunched the numbers and determined that Weslaco is above area market averages in some key consumer categories. In Weslaco, restaurants featuring hamburgers are 35 percent above area averages in…

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Business Perseveres & Keeps Faith In Employees

Rose Snell relied on employees like Clarissa Elizondo, center, and Christina Duran, far right, to get through tough times in early 2020.

Rose Snell’s two decades of experience of being a business owner were put to the test in early 2020. The fears and uncertainties of the time left businesses like Snell’s FASTSIGNS to grasp for answers. Business plummeted at her stores in Harlingen and Brownsville.  “The phones stopped ringing,” she recalled of that time. “We didn’t know if the business was going to survive.” It wasn’t long before Snell reached a…

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Mission Ranks As Top Texas City For Winter Texans

RV and trailer parks have daily events for Winter Texans residing in their facilities.

The City of Mission every February hosts a Winter Texan Fiesta to show its appreciation for tourists who are often seen more as local residents than visitors. Winter Texans have been mainstays in the Rio Grande Valley economy for decades. Mission perhaps more than any other Valley city has a reputation for catering to its winter visitors. It has more RV parks than other Valley cities. The Greater Mission Chamber…

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Millennial Entrepreneur Transforms Space To Success

Mexican artisans hand make all of the items at Para Mi.

Roxy Trevino figured it would be a gap summer after earning a graduate degree in architecture from Texas A&M University. Back home in Weslaco, she was helping her parents run one of the Rio Grande Valley’s better-known Mexican food restaurants. Trevino lent a hand with the business’ social media, marketing and event planning. It was the summer of 2019. She was getting a breather after rigorous academic work that included…

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School Of Rock Beating Strong In McAllen

Leo Salazar, left, owns School of Rock McAllen with JJ Gomez working as his musical director.

The practice rooms at the McAllen school on North Ware Road bear the names of musical icons whose songs students learn to play. Zeppelin, Hendrix, Queen and Rush are among the names on windows looking into the practice rooms at School of Rock McAllen. Inside there are guitars in blues, black and green standing tall on stands where the instruments lean over just right. Drum sticks line up like pencils…

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Queen City Food Park Coming To Mercedes

Queen City Food Park owners Ashley and Roy Gonzalez.

  The Mid-Valley area will soon be getting a second food truck park when Mercedes opens its version in early 2022. The Queen City Food Park will be located right alongside the south side of Expressway 83 on its access road where it intersects with Virginia Street. Its owners are Ashley and Roy Gonzalez, who began the process of having a food park in mid-2020. The couple has worked closely…

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SPI Moves To Fortify Dune System Via Grant

Kristina Boburka measures the durability and defenses of South Padre Island’s dune system as the city’s shoreline director. The city of South Padre Island does annual surveys to assess beach erosion and the wear-and-tear of wind and waves inflicted on the dunes. Fortifying the barrier island’s natural defenses has become even more important in an era Boburka describes as being one of “rising seas and intensifying storms.” The information gathered…

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Incubator Creates Space & Opportunities

Christmas paintings are among the works by students at the Young Masters Academy.

Eddie Mirza is a survivor of job layoffs, illness and economic upheavals, but there’s one thing he could always depend on.  His talents as an artist, teacher and soccer coach have served him well, as has the multiple languages he speaks, giving him a versatility to make a living when buffeted by misfortunes. Mirza has worked at newspapers, advertising agencies, and printing and telecommunications companies. These days, he is up…

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Museum Tells Story Of City In Heart Of RGV

Sheila Shidler serves as the executive director of The Weslaco Museum.

The origins of Weslaco read much like the beginnings of the Rio Grande Valley’s narrative of the early 20th century.  It includes railroads, canals, irrigation and agriculture, with U.S. troops at the border to chase and capture Pancho Villa should he cross the river. The latter did not happen. There are no indications Villa and his riders ever ventured close to the South Texas border with Mexico. About 12,000 troops…

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