Category Archives: Government

Nominations for District Small Business Week Awards Open

National Small Business Week Awards

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and community members from all 50 states and U.S. territories. The nomination deadline for the national awards has closed however, District Office Award nominations are still open. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Feb. 18. For nomination and to receive one of the following local…

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Funding Supports Training Homeless Veterans


The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced a funding opportunity for organizations to provide training and employing services to veterans combating homelessness. Administered by the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, the grants will fund projects across the country at a maximum of $500,000 annually, for a total of up to $1.5 million over a three-year performance period of performance. The awards are part of the VETS’ Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program that…

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Edinburg Adds Assistance For Home-Based Businesses

Edinburg City Hall

The City of Edinburg and its economic development corporation are starting the new year with a new addition to an existing program designed to assist locally owned businesses through COVID-19-related hardships. The city’s Stimulus Program Aimed at Recovery from COVID is adding assistance to business owners who are based out of their homes. The SPARC program will provide up to $2,000 in grants for use to purchase furniture, supplies and…

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Hidalgo County Holds Webcast Auction For Various Items

Hidalgo County will hold a Webcast Auction

Hidalgo County will hold a Webcast Auction of general merchandise, fleet, heavy equipment and court awarded vehicles Jan. 25. The public may view Items in person at Palmer Pavilion and the San Carlos Community Resource Center Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.). AMT Auctions will auction all items “as is” with all sales final. Bidding begins Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. until the…

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TSC, SteelCoast Company Receive Job-Training Grant


The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded Texas Southmost College and their partner SteelCoast Company LLC a $283,325 Skills Development Fund grant. The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Cameron area. This grant will help create 170 new jobs while providing upskilling for an additional 80 workers. This grant will provide customized training such as ESL training, craft skills training including rigging and forklift, safety and health care training, and…

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Governor’s Office Holds Virtual Trade Week

The Texas Governor’s Office invites Texas companies to join them on a Virtual Trade Mission across Latin America Dec. 13-16. The event will be a week to learn about trade and business opportunities between Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Texas. Participants will receive: Texas & Countries Market Overview: Business environment, challenges and opportunities with sectoral emphasis and industries with major business opportunities. Gain inspiration for potential new ways to do…

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McAllen’s New Mayor Shows Steady Hand

Downtown shops in downtown McAllen are eager to welcome back Mexican visitors.

Javier Villalobos settles into the chair of his mayor’s office on the third floor of McAllen’s City Hall. From there, he has a view of Main Street heading into downtown McAllen. Twenty months passed since downtown and the rest of McAllen had last seen its revenue lifeline of Mexican shoppers stream into their stores. That finally came to an end on Nov. 9, the day the U.S. government allowed Mexican…

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TWC Approves $2.45 Billion To Aid Child Care Providers

child care

The Texas Workforce Commission recently approved $2.45 billion in direct support for the Texas child care industry. Providers may use these funds in a variety of ways to support their program’s operating costs. These are one-time funds available through federal child care stimulus dollars. The funds intend to help child care providers address the impacts of COVID. Awarding of funds will go to regulated child care centers and homes beginning…

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TSC, Agencies Meet For First Responder Coordination

Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies meet at TSC to discuss and create a multi-agency first responder coordination plan.

Texas Southmost College, in collaboration with the Brownsville Police Department, recently hosted a multi-agency first responder coordination meeting to discuss emergency response in and around the college.  TSC and Brownsville PD proposed to other local, state and federal agencies a three-phased approach for creating a coordination plan among agencies.  “TSC’s unique location to the border and within the city of Brownsville means that multiple law enforcement agencies are within minutes…

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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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