Category Archives: Business Advice

Preparing Our Homes and Businesses


We all try to avoid a particular subject but it is a necessary conversation. In just a few weeks, the Atlantic hurricane season begins. June 1 through November 30 keeps us on our toes, especially through September. Deep South Texas in recent years has seen its share of late spring through summer disastrous conditions due to excessive rainfall. We know well a sitting tropical system doesn’t need to be a…

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SBA Launches T.H.R.I.V.E. Business Training


The U.S. Small Business Administration recently launched T.H.R.I.V.E. (Train, Hope, Rise, Innovate, Venture, Elevate), a reimagined training program for small business leaders, formerly known as Emerging Leaders. “T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined initiative will provide up-and-coming small business leaders with tools, knowledge, and access to the best and the brightest minds in economic development to help them accelerate their growth and help them become competitive in an increasingly global economy,” said Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. Local…

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SBA Introduces Two New Education Courses

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The U.S. Small Business Administration is now offering two new educational modules. Ascent is a digital platform comprised of targeted education modules, called Journeys, that gives small business owners 24/7 access to critical information backed by research and addresses the unique needs of women entrepreneurs. Partnerships Journey: This module explores the value of business partnerships, why they matter, and how they drive business growth and has four components, including the value of business partnerships,…

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SBA Hosts Inaugural Women’s Business Summit

Women's Business Summit

In honor of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Small Business Administration will hold its inaugural Women’s Business Summit on March 29-30. The summit will consist of virtual panels, “Ask an Expert” workshops, and fireside chats to help women-owned small businesses build, scale and grow. Panels and discussion topics include: Innovation and Investment Building an Equitable Recovery Framework for Women Entrepreneurs From Essential Worker to Essential Entrepreneur: CARE Economy Entrepreneurship Opportunities The…

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Paying The Price


Is quality more important than quality? How do we value price and time? A multitude of equations factor into our reason for products and services we buy and sell. We consider quality, convenience, availability, needs met and more. Is it a want or a need? Decisions, decisions. Consider the products or services your company or organization manufactures, distributes or delivers. Are problems solved or wants fulfilled? What rating would you…

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McAllen Opens Funding To Support Small Businesses


Businesses in McAllen now have an additional funding opportunity to rebuild and develop new opportunities. The McAllen Small Business Support Fund has a total of $4 million to assist small businesses within City of McAllen limits. The McAllen Small Business Support Fund will help McAllen businesses adopt safer operating procedures and weather periods of closure. It will also mitigate financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency. The funds will…

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UTRGV Kauffman FastTrac Coming to Harlingen

Kauffman FastTrac

The Harlingen EDC is once again sponsoring the seven-week business course, Kauffman FastTrac. The UTRGV Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Center-led course is open to up to 10 participants who are currently looking to open or grow their business in Harlingen. This in-person course will be held once a week every Tuesday from April 5 to May 17. Participants will meet from 6-9 p.m. at the Harlingen EDC office. This $700 course…

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New Year — New Beginnings

After enjoying time with family over the holiday break, our minds are refreshed and our bodies are rejuvenated. A newness of attitude gives us a fresh start for 2022. Positivity is in the air! One thing for certain is the Rio Grande Valley knows how to work. The combination of ethnicities and cultural diversities come together with chemistry, synergy and practicality. Ideas comes to the table and solutions are discovered.…

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It’s National Veterans Small Business Week

National Veteran Small Business Week

The U.S. Small Business Administration is celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit and resilience of veteran small business owners during National Veterans Small Business Week now through Nov. 5. “National Veterans Small Business Week is a time to honor the service and celebrate the impact of our nearly 1.8 million veteran entrepreneurs who are a driving force in our economy, generating approximately $1 trillion annually and employing nearly 4 million people,” said SBA Administrator Isabella…

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