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RSTEC Opens European Office in Berlin

RSTEC’s new European office on Kurfuerstendamm, in the heart of Berlin, Germany’s commercial district

The Rio South Texas Economic Council now has an office in Berlin, Germany. The new location is part of an effort by RSTEC to attract European manufacturing companies to the Rio Grande Valley. With this location in the geographic, economic and political heart of Europe, the office will provide RSTEC members an opportunity to leverage a local European resource for their business recruitment efforts. It will also provide companies interested in…

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RGV Women of Purpose Inspires

More than 300 women attended the second annual RGV Women of Purpose Mixer March 21 at IBC Bank on S. Broadway in McAllen. Business women from across the Valley gathered to network and hear inspiring words of wisdom and encouragement. San Antonio First Lady Erika Prosper shared her presentation, I Am Enough. The attendees were encouraged by the keynote speaker to not be too hard on themselves and other women.…

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Delegation Gears up for McAllen Day in Mexico

McAllen Convention Center (photo McAllen.net/City of McAllen)

The McAllen Convention and Visitors Bureau is gearing up for its annual McAllen Day in Mexico City on March 28. Organizing and making the event possible is a huge undertaking that involves city government, the Chamber of Commerce and La Plaza Mall. Delegates are also instrumental, including travel agents, tour operators and hotel representatives in promoting the city’s amenities and shopping opportunities. In all, it will be a delegation of…

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BCIC Offers Funding for Downtown Development

BCIC grants

The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation is seeking for start-ups and existing businesses for its “Business Improvement & Growth (BIG)” Program. These entities should be looking to relocate or expand in Brownsville’s Historic Downtown. Through the BIG Program, businesses and property owners can receive financial assistance for exterior and interior capital improvements. This includes signage improvements. They can also receive rent subsidy assistance for projects intended to create jobs and increase…

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McAllen Medical First Level II Trauma Center in Area

McAllen Medical Center

McAllen Medical Center, part of the South Texas Health System, is the first hospital in Hidalgo County designated as a Level II Trauma Center. Patients who come to the Level II Trauma Center are less likely to transfer to another facility for further care. The designation by the Texas Department of State Health Services was achieved following program verification by the American College of Surgeons. It was a requirement that…

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Five Myths About Payroll Taxes

tax calculator

If you want to grow your business, you probably need to hire employees to help you. Becoming an employer and expanding your staff entails many responsibilities, one of which is seeing to payroll taxes. Unfortunately, there are many myths about these taxes. Here is the reality: 1. Myth: Transforming employees into independent contractors to save on payroll taxes is easy Reality: You probably know that it costs less to use an…

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SBA Forum Gives Local Businesses a Platform

Rhett Davis

Region 6 Small Business Advocate Rhett Davis of the SBA’s Office of Advocacy host two local small business regulatory forums March 28. The forums are held in an effort to further the goals of presidential executive orders on regulatory reform. The goal of the visit is to hear directly from small business owners about federal regulations that concern them. This is an opportunity for small businesses to educate the Office of Advocacy through first-hand…

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Homemade Snacks Pack La Real Michocana

An array of paletas (Courtesy)

Walk into La Real Michoacana on north Texas Boulevard in Weslaco and you’re met by splashy colors of yellow and orange and vibrant reds with big photos of ice cream cones and paletas. It’s a happy vibe at a business geared to families and fun get-togethers as customers revel in what general manager Hilario Lozano said is “un sabor de Mexico.” A taste of Mexico from a state in the…

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Maquilas Remain Critical to Border Economy

Keith Patridge, president and chief executive officer of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation, discusses the maquiladora program and its continued growth along the U.S.-Mexico border. (VBR)

The U.S.-Mexico border region is a hotbed of global competition that began with the creation of the maquiladora program in 1964. In the past 40-plus years, the twin-plant concept has certainly pumped enormous amounts of money. It has also led to the creation of thousands of jobs benefiting both countries, and there is no sign it will slow down. Established by Mexico as the Border Industrialization Program, a maquiladora is…

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Medical Conference Coming to SPI

The 27th Annual Rio Grande Valley Medical Education Conference takes place April 26-27 at the Isla Grande Beach Resort on South Padre Island. Helping to plan the conference are Dr. Dionisio Calvo III, internal medicine physician in Weslaco; Mitty Reyna of the Knapp Medical Center Education Department; and Dr. Robert Sepulveda, internal medicine physician in Weslaco and conference chairman.

The Rio Grande Valley Medical Education Conference & Exposition for Valley physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists and medical students takes place April 27-28 on South Padre Island. “This year’s conference will be particularly convenient in allowing physicians and other healthcare professionals in Hidalgo and Cameron counties to obtain the education credits they need in one jam-packed weekend,” said Dr. Robert Sepulveda, chairman of the conference. The conference will also provide…

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