Author Archives: VBR

Harlingen Launches Small Business Loan Program

The City of Harlingen and the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation have established the Harlingen’s Emergency Loan Program (HELP) for Small Business with $1,000,000. The HEDC will provide the emergency loans at zero interest to qualified businesses. Repayment of the loans will then start a year after fund disbursement. “Our business community is so interconnected and when businesses are hurting, it impacts others as well,” says HEDC President Mickey Boland. “The decision…

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STC Receives Rare NSF Grant

STC NSF Grant

South Texas College is the recipient of a significant grant directly from the National Science Foundation to support students in STEM fields. The grant of $649,369 is part of NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant. It provides scholarships to two cohorts of 20 undergraduate students pursuing various associate degrees. These include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics. The funding period for the grant is…

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Causeway Run Sets New Date

Causeway Run 2019

Update: As of May 20, 2020, the Causeway Run and Fitness Walk has been cancelled for this year. Port Isabel’s sixth annual Causeway Run and Fitness Walk has a new date. Runners and walkers alike can look forward to Aug. 22 to cross the 2.6-mile Queen Isabella Causeway on foot. The annual event was originally scheduled for June 6, yet was postponed by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce due…

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“Member Bingo” Supports Edinburg Restaurants

Member Bingo

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce is encouraging social distancing in a creative way by launching its Member Bingo. The bingo-style game encourages citizens to patronize participating restaurants, as local businesses take a hit from COVID-19. Each square on the bingo card features a different Edinburg Chamber member. Players must order to-go from any of these members, spend a minimum of $10 and save their receipts. Once the “BINGO” is complete,…

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Classic Rock Radio Premiers in RGV

105.5 Rocket

A new classic rock station, KRIX-FM, 105.5 Rocket, is now up and on the local airwaves. Dubbed “The Valley’s Classic Rock Station,” 105.5 Rocket broadcasts classic rock music from the ‘70s, ‘80s and early ‘90s. According to owner Eduardo Gallegos, 105.5 Rocket is the only classic rock station in the region. “Classic rock is very popular in metro markets,” Gallegos said, “and it’s actually a perfect format for the Rio…

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Sunest Live Must Go On-line

(photo Sunset Live)

In adaption to our “new” reality, the Sunsest Live Music Series knows the show must go on. It has thus joined a number of concerts and artist who have taken the same approach to go on-line. Sunset Live Music Series’ main objective for this season is to support the local music community. It will continue to spread the happiness of music and health through livestreaming services in the comfort of…

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50-Cent Wings Now at Wing Barn

Wing Barn's offers chicken wings coated with one of 18 sauces created by the owners. (VBR)

The Local Rio Grande Valley’s own Wing Barn restaurant is now offering all wings for 50 cents each until things are back to ‘normal’. This includes both bone-in and boneless. The local family restaurant most recently received accolades from Big 7 Travel one of the “Top 25 Best Places for Chicken Wings in Texas” and is also featured in the April 2020 edition of VBR. “We know things are changing and…

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Local Webinar Addresses SBA Disaster Loans

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce joins the SBA’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office to provide a webinar about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program April 3 at 10 a.m. This webinar will address and inform small businesses with an interest in applying for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan. The program covers vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue due to…

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Area Hospitals Seek PPE Donations

In their effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, two Brownsville-area hospitals are reaching out to the business community for assistance in obtaining personal protective equipment. Both Valley Baptist Medical Center and Valley Regional Medical Center are low in supplies. The hospitals are looking to purchase or borrow and replace PPE equipment. This includes face shields, gloves, masks and other types of PPE. They are looking for all types of PPE,…

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A Healthy Dose of Success

TSC Licensed Vocational Nursing students. (photo TSC)

Working to fill a national nursing shortage, the Licensed Vocational Nursing program at Texas Southmost College recently saw its largest graduating class. In addition, it is maintaining a solid 92-percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination. “I am so proud of what our team and students have been able to achieve,” said TSC Vocational Nursing interim program director Molly Showalter. “This type of success gives our program a…

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