Author Archives: VBR

Brownsville black-tie fundraiser March 24

One lucky patron will walk away with a one-carat diamond at the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce’s spring fundraiser, the 13th Annual Diamond Ball, March 24. The black-tie evening also features a three course sit-down dinner prepared by Joe Kenney Jr. of Cobblehead’s Bar & Grill, and music for dancing by the international amusement band, Choco Band. The diamond being given away is sponsored by Nevill Imaging Solutions. Proceeds from the…

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Shredding event March 20

As part of National Consumer Protection Week, a free shredding event will be held March 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. outside of Lone Star National Bank in McAllen. The Better Business Bureau of South Texas, Lone Star Shredding, Lone Star National Bank, the U.S. Postal Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are sponsoring the event. Discardable paper items are accepted and will be shredded and disposed of safely.…

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Vote to put local invention on Walmart shelves

Local inventor Gerald Guerra is competing to “Get on the Shelf” at Walmart with his Banana E-Z Split and needs online public votes to do so. The online competition is offered by Walmart to encourage businesses and individuals to submit products that are not sold by Walmart. Guerra’s Banana E-Z Split is a sachet filled with the three most common banana split syrup flavors, strawberry, chocolate and pineapple. The sachet…

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Entrepreneurship training on the FastTrac

The Harlingen Economic Development Corporation announced last week it will sponsor a new hands-on training program for entrepreneurs to develop the skills needed to create, manage and grow successful businesses. In addition, the Harlingen EDC will help offset training costs for participants. The program, FastTrac, is geared to entrepreneurs at all levels, will be conducted over the course of ten weeks in weekly three-hour evening sessions by the International Innovation…

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UTPA economics professor appointed to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics committee

The University of Texas-Pan American professor of economics Marie T. Mora has been appointed a member of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Users Advisory Committee. Her term lasts three years through Jan. 15, 2015. As a DUAC member, Mora is considered a prominent expert in labor economics, being an active member and past president of the American Society of Hispanic Economists and studying recent entrepreneurial trends along…

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Job fair Feb. 23 in Edinburg

The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library and Edinburg Economic Development Corporation host a free job fair Feb. 23, 2012 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the library, located at 1906 S. Closner Blvd. Job seekers are encouraged to attend, have resumés ready to hand to potential employers, and be prepared for possible interviews. Eleven employers are scheduled to be on hand, ranging from banking to food service. For more…

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IDEA Public Schools teacher job fair Feb. 23

IDEA Public Schools is hosting a teacher job fair for prospective K-12 teachers Feb. 23 from 5-8 p.m. at the McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd. The job fair starts with a panel discussion in which principals, teachers, and current students discuss what it is like to be a part of the IDEA Family. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet IDEA principals and learn about teaching positions…

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Author offers “wake-up call” to challenges facing U.S.

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, author and reporter Thomas L. Friedman speaks as part of The University of Texas-Pan American’s Distinguished Speakers Series Feb. 29, offering a call to collective action to pass along the American dream to future generations. Friedman’s latest book, “That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back,” gives recommendations for meeting four major challenges currently facing the…

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Local SBDC advisor earns national recognition

Senior Business Advisor at The University of Texas-Pan American Small Business Development Center Janie Caballero will be honored at the Association of Small Business Development Centers National Conference as the 2012 with a National ASBDC Star Performer Award for the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network. ASBDC Network is SBA’s largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses. The network includes…

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Learn to create a business plan Feb. 23

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s I&E Network invites innovators to learn the important aspects of a professional business plan for their business ideas at the program’s next meeting Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at the chamber’s offices, 1200 Ash Avenue. Business advisor at the Small Business Development Center – UTPA Aaron Gonzalez covers important elements such as market analysis, competitive advantage, marketing strategy and financial strategy. RSVP is required, seating…

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