Category Archives: Government

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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International trade shows to feature Texas

Trade show locations range from Houston to Germany The State of Texas is coordinating the participation of Texas-based, export-ready companies at six trade shows throughout 2017. Each trade show features a Texas pavilion exhibition space, ultimately providing a unique platform for companies to meet and engage with international customers and enable Texas companies to showcase their products and services to thousands of trade visitors and exhibitors. Eligible companies receive free,…

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UTRGV School of Medicine Update

Local healthcare leaders give UTRGV School of Medicine update to state legislators Dr. Leonel Vela, senior associate dean for Education and Academic Affairs at the UTRGV School of Medicine, recently provided an update on the SOM’s progress for visiting legislators. His address, along with others’, was part of a panel discussion during the Rio Grande Valley Partnership’s RGV Legislative Tour 2017. About 38 percent of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s…

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Austin becomes acting regional administrator

District director serves South Central Region Herbert Austin is now the acting regional administrator for the South Central Region for the U.S. Small Business Administration. The area serves 3.3 million small businesses in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Austin also continues his role as the SBA’s Dallas/Fort Worth District director. Austin now leads 10 district offices in the delivery of SBA’s services. This includes financial, entrepreneurial development, government contracting…

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RGV Day hits Austin Feb. 8

RGV Day delegation accepting more participants Representatives from McAllen, Edinburg Brownsville, Weslaco, Pharr, Harlingen, Rio Grande City, UTRGV, South Texas College, Texas A&M, RSTEC and other businesses are finishing plans for RGV Day, the one-day legislative outreach trip to the capitol in Austin for Feb. 7. Additionally, they are inviting community leaders, businesses and organizations to join them. RGV Day provides residents, community and business leaders the opportunity to visit the state…

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TWC Unemployment Insurance tax rates up for 2017

Average tax rate is 1.51 for 2017 For calendar year 2017, the average Unemployment Insurance tax rate for all employers will be 1.64 percent. This is up slightly from 1.46 percent in CY 2016. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the average tax rate for experience-rated employers is 1.51 percent for CY 2017, up from 1.30 percent in CY 2016. The employer-paid UI taxes replenish the Texas Unemployment Compensation Trust…

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