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Deadline Approaches for $7,500 McAllen Grant Competition

McAllen Business Plan Competition

The deadline for the 2019 McAllen Business Plan Competition is fast approaching. Applicants have until May 24 at 4:30 p.m. to submit their business plan to possibly receive $7,500 from the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Economic Development Corporation. The McAllen Business Plan Competition is an initiative to foster new business development in McAllen. The $7,500 prize goes to the applicant who presents the best and more feasible business plan.…

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RGV Mental Health Fair May 18

Mental Health Fair

The RGV Mental Health Fair takes place May 18 for the entire Valley community, showcasing mental-health providers, advocates and organizations. During the event, presenters and organizations come together to raise awareness and to break the silence about mental illness. The RGV Mental Health Fair aims to be an example of how a community can speak up about mental health. It can also stop the stigma that often surrounds the topic. Speakers…

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Keppel AmFELS Completes Containerships

Executives from Keppel AmFELS and Pasha Hawaii with Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Reed, fourth from left, and other federal, state and local dignitaries to commemorate the milestones achieved in the construction of two new containerships April 30. (photo Port of Brownsville)

Keppel AmFELS reached a pair of construction milestones April 30 in the building of two containership vessels for Pasha Hawaii. Executives from both companies were joined by Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Reed and other federal, state and local dignitaries for the ceremonial keel laying for M/V George III and the cutting of the first steel plates for M/V Janet Marie, the two containerships currently being built at the Port of Brownsville. Delivery of…

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Brownsville Agreement to Lead to Channel Deepening

Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Dan Brouillette addresses the crowd during the Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement Project Funding Agreement. (photo NextDecade)

The Brownsville Navigation District and NextDecade Corporation have come to an agreement set to deepen of the ship channel. The project will then transform the Valley business landscape. The Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement Project Funding Agreement commits NextDecade to privately fund key improvements to the Brownsville Ship Channel. The company will pay 100 percent of the deepening. The project will run from the Gulf of Mexico to the western…

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UTRGV Hosts STEM Symposium For Latinas

NSF INCLUDES Symposium for ADVANCING Latinas in STEM Academic Careers

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will host the NSF INCLUDES Symposium for ADVANCING Latinas in STEM Academic Careers on May 16-17 at The Pearl South Padre Resort. The event will address best practices and lessons to enhance successful STEM careers, This is the first part of a two-part series on Latinas in STEM academic careers. The series addresses how work-life issues, policies/practices, mentoring and climate affect their pathways/pipelines, recruitment, retention and…

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Boots to Business Reboot

The U.S. Small Business Administration hosts its Boots to Business Reboot May 10 in celebration of Military Appreciation Month. From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., veterans may receive an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Active Duty service members, as well as spouses, may also participate. The two-step training program provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation. Participants also receive an outline and knowledge…

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South Port Connector Road Receives Clearance

The South Port Connector Road Project will improve traffic accessibility to the Port of Brownsville by providing another entry and exit to and from the port. It will eventually offer direct access to commercial lanes at the Veterans International Bridge.

The South Port Connector Road Project is advancing to the construction phase after receiving environmental clearance April 24 from the Texas Department of Transportation Pharr District Office. The project is part of the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority’s East Loop Corridor plan. When complete, the two-mile road will connect Ostos Road at the Port of Brownsville with State Highway 4. The project will enhance the port’s intermodal connectivity. This will…

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Allegiant Offers Seasonal Flights from MFE

Beginning in May, Allegiant Air will be offering direct flights from McAllen International Airport to Orlando/Sanford, Fla. Following soon after in June, the airline will also offer direct travel to Los Angeles, Cali.  Both cities’ non-stop flights will be available throughout the summer until August. “We are excited for another busy summer knowing that Allegiant offers families in our region a great choice for economical fares and inclusive vacation packages,”…

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IBC Bank Teaches Children Financial Literacy

IBC Bank-McAllen employees are spending this spring using their professional expertise to teach local students the fundamentals of financial literacy. McAllen is joining IBCs across Texas and Oklahoma partaking in Financial Literacy Month and the American Bankers Association’s Teach the Children to Save initiative. IBC Bank-McAllen is providing 17 presentations to a total of 300 students. The presentations include real-life exercises like paying a mortgage, buying groceries and budgeting for emergencies. Bank…

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SBA Hosts National Virtual Conference

Small Business Week Virtual Conference

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE are hosting a free online conference. Taking place May 7-8 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., the conference offers exclusive educational webinars and mentoring sessions. Participates will also experience networking opportunities as well as have access to downloadable resources. Participating industry experts include those from Visa, Chase, Constant Contact, Square and Google. Representatives will talk about the…

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