Category Archives: Government

South Texans Asked to Weigh in on NAFTA


17 Topics make up NAFTA input In light of an intent by the federal government to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (D-McAllen) is asking stakeholders in South Texas to submit comments on the modernization of NAFTA. “Since its inception 25 years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a vital part of our relationship with our North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico,”…

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Deadline Approaches for TWC Disabilities Committee

Application deadline June 5 The Texas Workforce Commission is accepting applications to serve on the Advisory Committee for Purchasing from People with Disabilities. The committee comprises 13 members who advise TWC on matters relating to the Works Wonders program, also known as the State Use Program, which assists individuals with disabilities in achieving independence through productive employment. Upcoming Advisory Committee positions include representation from the following: One individual from an…

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New Video Series Helps Businesses Start Selling Overseas

Businesses encouraged to expand past borders The U.S. Department of Commerce has launched an online series showing businesses the world of opportunity available to expand beyond U.S. borders. The short videos directly address how a company can tap into international opportunities, with the entire series lasting 10-15 minutes. Topics include: Get Ready to Export – learn about evaluating your company’s readiness and creating a plan. Plan Your Market Entry Strategy…

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Emergency Supplies Tax Holiday

Emergency Supplies purchase encouraged this tax holiday Both RGV residents and businesses alike are encouraged by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar to take advantage of the state’s sales tax holiday to prepare by purchasing emergency supplies April 22-24. “Unfortunately, we can’t predict when the next fire, flood or tornado may strike,” Hegar said. “But we can be prepared, and this tax holiday helps Texans save money while stocking up on emergency supplies…

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SBA Assistance to Women Entrepreneurs Climbs

women entrepreneurs awarded loans worth $20.1 million It was just 38 years ago when the U.S. Small Business Administration began to dedicate resources and services to improve and increase women entrepreneurs, who now lead some of America’s most powerful and lucrative, job-creating firms. The SBA established the Office of Women’s Business Ownership in response to a 1979 executive order signed by President Jimmy Carter.  Prior to 1979, the term “woman…

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Affordable Care Act Changes Affect Businesses

Seminar focuses on Care Act and Employee Benefits IBC Bank and IBC Insurance Agency host “Healthcare Reform and Employee Benefit Issues for 2017″ on March 21 at IBC McAllen Main Bank, One South Broadway, McAllen. The seminar focuses on the upcoming changes to the Affordable Care Act, and how these changes will impact taxes, expenses and regulatory requirements. The seminar runs from 9-10 a.m. with guest speaker Joshua A. Sutin of…

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Required workplace posters are free of charge

Workplace compliance posters are required by TWC

Workplace compliance posters required by law (From the TWC) The Texas Workforce Commission encourages employers to review the requirements for workplace posters in Texas and to be sure that all posters are up-to-date and displayed correctly. TWC also urges all employers to be aware of solicitors who may try to coerce employers to purchase required workplace posters from them. TWC has investigated reports of vendors claiming to be state contractors,…

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Op-ed: SBA loves Rio Grande Valley Small Businesses

Local assistance for small businesses It is exciting when a new business opens in the Rio Grande Valley, and we LOVE it because it strengthens both the community and the economy. The latest U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy stats show small firm openings have accounted for 40 percent of the “new” American jobs over the last two decades. During the first quarter of fiscal 2017, SBA approved 31…

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Communications director named at Brownsville EDC

Patricia Guillermo

Patricia Guillermo is new communications director The Brownsville Economic Development Council has hired Patricia Guillermo to serve as director of outbound communications. Guillermo is an award-winning journalist with decades of investigative reporting in both the Rio Grande Valley and northern Mexico. Most recently, she has served as communications director in Washington, D.C. for now retired U.S. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa. “We are very pleased to have Patricia on board with our team at the…

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Starting a business? Info workshops kick off

Series of informational workshops for growing or starting a business kicks off Feb. 10 The U.S. Small Business Administration has organized a series of a number of informational workshops through May 12. The sessions help small business owners or anyone thinking about starting a business to properly start, build and grow. The sessions also provide an opportunity to connect with representatives from federal, state and local business resource agencies. The…

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