Category Archives: Industry

Elks Lodge Supports Veteran Students

For nearly four years, the Elks Lodge #1889 in Harlingen has supported Texas State Technical College student veterans with contributions for scholarships. This year is no different. TSTC was recently presented with a check for $2,500, the first of two contributions for 2019. The total amount the Elks Lodge is expected to give toward veteran scholarships this year is $5,000. “The Elks Lodge is an organization that invests in helping…

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Considerations When Choosing Business Hardware

business hardware

Your small business’s hardware includes your desktop and laptop computers, servers, printers, portable storage devices, video cards and telephone systems. Basically, any type of physical tech product falls into this category. Since these items can take up a significant portion of your IT budget, it’s important to consider new purchases carefully. Each item will have its own specific set of features and options. But there are some considerations that apply…

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Pours for Paws Takes Over September

Pours for Paws

September is going to the dogs (and cats) one pint glass at a time. Throughout this month, RGV Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic hosts its Pours for Paws, selling $20 event pint glasses patrons can then use at 10 select RGV restaurants and breweries to enjoy one complimentary beer. The event also encourages people to “Enjoy each establishment’s food, local beer scene and pet-friendly patios all while supporting a great cause.…

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Local Company is Construction Heavyweight

J.J. Vela supervises the IBST plant operation.

Although the Rio Grande Valley is not as much of a manufacturing region as some other places in the state and the country, a local company continues to be a leader in the construction industry. It’s Innovative Block of South Texas. The La Feria business opened its doors in 2006 and is a major supplier of construction and solid blocks, as well as patio and walkway pavers. In addition, the company also…

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The Future of Workspace

Venture X Harlingen boasts 5,000 square feet of open shared space, including an outdoor patio. There are personal touches too, with a popcorn service at 3 p.m. to get people out of their offices and away from their desks for a quick mental and social break.

The scent of coffee is noticeable as you walk through the door of this bright, colorful and modern-looking open space.  There’s a kitchen area with inviting bar-height seating and a pair of large stainless refrigerators. A popcorn maker and top-of-the-line coffee machine both sit on the countertop.  People in business casual attire meander from there to one of the three high-tech meeting rooms, their own office areas or what are…

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#clearthelists of RGV Teachers

Letty Macias, Belinda Trevino, and Karen Aguirre, teachers at Perez Elementary in McAllen ISD, look over their Amazon classroom wish lists.

On Aug. 8, I received this Facebook message from Susan Valverde, a close friend who lives in McAllen but is the chief franchise operations officer for Sylvan Learning’s corporate offices in Maryland:  “Hey Chris – are you familiar with clear the list Texas? It is an effort to help teachers with their back-to-school supplies list and has gained a lot of traction. A teacher can set up an Amazon wish…

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Dining Out Supports Our Community

AMVETS completed their second Macaroni Grill fundraiser this past May. The money they raise with the Macaroni Grill fundraiser stays in the Valley. (Courtesy Dorance Cuba)

Three local businessmen have come together to give back to our community in a big way … $80,760 big! That is the amount of money two locally-grown businesses gave back to the community during the 2018-2019 school year.  Rick Guerra (CEO of Castle Hospitality), Russell Walker (general manager of Macaroni Grill), and Richard Guevara (general manager of Tony Roma’s) have worked together to create a program that allows both primarily…

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Measuring Success with Coffee Beans

One of Moonbeans Coffee's specialty drinks, the Meteor, is the Mexican Abuelita Hot Chocolate; their Ben’s Meteor is a shot of espresso and some brown sugar cinnamon.

Over the years, the coffee scene in the RGV has grown into a highly sought-after market for coffee enthusiasts. Among these local coffee shops, there is one that has become a staple for the residents of McAllen and its neighboring cities.  Walking into Moonbeans Coffee, there is an immediate greeting of the pleasant aromas of freshly roasted coffee. This family business celebrates 20 successful years of service and dedication to…

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Development Makes the RGV Prosperous

Eighty years ago, the Rio Grande Valley was a rural, agriculturally based economy with little growth happening. Fast forward to 10 years ago, and the RGV was quickly becoming a thriving metropolitan area as development intensified. Today, the region has completely transformed economically. It has become an area developed by improving and increasing commercial, retail, industrial, entertainment, medical and higher education institutions.  Education In 2013, the transformation of the RGV’s…

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