Author Archives: Stefania Trimboli

Stefania Trimboli is a Harlingen native who moved to Austin out of high school to attend culinary school and then went on to work at the Ritz-Carlton in Las Vegas. She later returned with her husband to the Valley where they bought a small BBQ restaurant which they have been running for five years. They also briefly published enCORE, a magazine highlighting the art and music scene in the Rio Grande Valley, where she specialized in travel journalism. Trimboli serves on the Downtown Improvement District board of directors, Harlingen Farmer's Market board and Healthy Harlingen Initiative. She is currently attending TSTC with plans to transfer to UTRGV to earn a bachelor of arts. After ten years of cooking professionally, Stefania wants to start a new chapter following a passion she's had since she was a young girl, photojournalism.

O.W.E. Encourages Local Businesswomen Success

Organization of Women Executives 9.20.18

“The orchids grow in the woods and they let out their fragrance even if there is no one around to appreciate it. Likewise, men of noble character will not let poverty deter their will to be guided by high principles and morals.” –Confucius Orchids are known for representing things like love, beauty, refinement, thoughtfulness, charm and especially elegance. Pink orchids especially have an association with grace, joy, happiness and femininity.…

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Knowledge Gained at Business to Botana Expo

Business to Botana Expo 2018

From the moment people walked into the Brownsville Event Center for the Business to Botana Expo on Sept. 19, they were surrounded by the sights and smells this event was showcasing. There was no shortage of food booths with everything ranging from Taco Palenque to Bara Exotic Food to Vita Zumo. Free to the public, this popular event drew crowds of all ages. Babies in strollers ate pieces of fruit…

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Local, Healthy Eating is Made

photo courtesy of Made. Chef Prepared Meals To Go

Making smart, healthy dietary choices is challenging when combined with modern, fast-paced, hectic work schedules. With the usual fast food options, it’s difficult to make consistent, nutritious choices while trying to follow a meal plan. Imagine a meal delivery service, with expertly created, restaurant-quality weekly meal plans, prepared by a certified executive chef. For the Rio Grande Valley, this is a local reality via Made. Chef Prepared Meals To Go,…

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Bandera Brings New Brew to Harlingen

Bandera Coffee Co.

Downtown Harlingen has scored big points with the addition of the new stylish coffee shop, Bandera Coffee Co. This coffee shop just recently opened, boasting excellent roasts. It takes pride in the origin and source of its coffee with a pour over menu consisting of Ethiopian, Costa Rican and Mexican beans. Flavor profiles range from bright notes of kiwi, apple and grape to refreshing key lime, butterscotch and smooth cocoa.…

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The Basics of 8(a) Government Contracting

SBA Business Opportunity Specialist Gilbert Soliz Jr. explains both the ins and outs of the 8(a) Business Development Program on Sept. 6 at the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is an invaluable resource for any new entrepreneur. The 8(a) Business Development Program began as a public law and was named after Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act of 1953 (Section 204 of Public Law 100-656). The program’s incorporation took place in 1984 in Part 19, Small Business Program of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). Specifically, the program is a creation for businesses to work…

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Downtown Weslaco on the Verge of “Hitting it Big”

Pedro Ayala of BUILDrgv and Weslaco EDC Director Steven Valdez

The historic, Spanish-architecturally inspired Villa de Cortez, built in 1928 in downtown Weslaco, was the perfect venue for “The Future of Downtown” dinner Aug. 30 hosted by BUILDrgv (Building Urban & Innovative Land Development in the Rio Grande Valley), an organization who hopes to spark a conversation about how to engage with your downtown. “These events are to bring people together,” says Pedro Ayala, the evening’s host, founder and chief…

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