Let Your Voice Be Heard


Let Your Voice Be Heard

How’s business? Is it any of my business? It absolutely is. As you know, for these 11-plus years, VBR has been and will continue to be a Rio Grande Valley pro-business advocate.

All Texas businesses should be open! It is way past time for state and local restrictions keeping businesses closed and otherwise restricted from doing business at full capacity. Employers have bills to pay. Employees need paychecks for their bills.

Are “they” trying to break families for more dependency upon assistance programs, handouts and freebies? Texans and especially Valley-ites take pride in working and earning a paycheck. The economy thrives when people go to work, get paid and feed their families. Sadly, this normalcy has been greatly restricted. Deep South Texas plus our neighbors throughout the great Lone Star State need to speak up and demand better, much better from “leadership.”

All businesses’ doors should be swinging off the hinges, but unfortunately some doors are locked and that is ridiculously unacceptable. Others’ businesses are still restricted in capacity. This is disastrous for entrepreneurs, small businesses — all who pump money back into the RGV economy and beyond.

Speak Up Now

What can we do? We as business owners, employees, directors and more should put serious pressure on both local and state officials to put an immediate end to this madness. How do we do that? We can call, email, text and safely visit with mayors, representatives, senators and others who have state-level influence to cease the economy-destroying limitations in place for more than six months that have yet to end as of VBR’s October edition press time.

In mid-March, state leadership set goal posts to be met and sustained before the state could fully open. Once the state met the needed criteria, the goal posts were shifted. Trust me, I have tried to reach Austin’s main office with valid and applicable questions, but “they” choose to only speak not to hear, much less listen. That arrogance is despicable.

As a business owner with a team who takes much pride serving as a multimedia catalyst for Rio Grande Valley economic development, we feel the pain of local entrepreneurs, small businesses and other dedicated organizations — all who have families and employees to feed.

All businesses are essential. Open Texas!! Find your local elected officials and their contact information at wrm.capitol.texas.gov.

We are one. We are the Rio Grande Valley.

My thirty years in the media world has primarily focused on marketing, advertising and writing. This industry is my passion. I have been blessed to serve customers with marketing consulting, advertising concepts, video production and promotion of all forms - broadcast, print and digital. My occupation is a fun job but not work. The opportunity to put clients and customers together awakens me early. Learning clients and their businesses enables me to create effective multimedia advertising campaigns. My media life led me to deep South Texas in 2004 to co-found The Business Times of the Rio Grande Valley and then the Valley Business Report in 2009. This south Louisiana native is proud to call the Rio Grande Valley my home.