Category Archives: Industry

Start the New Year off with Charming Picnics!

The most adorable way to celebrate milestones has arrived and it’s taking the Rio Grande Valley by sweet surprise. Proud small business owner Esli Escobedo is the brains behind Charming Picnics. The Alamo native is thrilled to have so much support from the community early on in her journey. How it came to be Growing up around her entrepreneur father, Esli has always known she wanted to follow in his…

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Baking from the Heart Becomes Business

Cookies by Katie displays festive holiday baked goods.

I eat cake because it’s somebody’s birthday.  ~Author Unknown Katie Jones took a leap of faith in August 2019 when she posted a message on Facebook. She let her friends know she was ready to share her love of baking outside of her family-and-friends network and turn it into a business. That was the start of Cookies by Katie. “A simple Facebook post started my journey,” Jones said. “Just asking…

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Pieology Franchisee Goes Local First

A Pieology pizza made to order.

It’s mid afternoon at Pieology in Edinburg. The lunch rush has thinned out, yet the build-your-own pizza restaurant is still busy with mostly Millennial-aged customers. Come back the next day in the noon hour. It will likely be employees from the nearby hospital and medical offices on Trenton Road who are enjoying their break and lunch at Pieology. In the evening hours, families with young children often push the tables…

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A Home Away from Home

Avalon Memory Care is built to resemble a home in order to make the residents feel more comfortable. (VBR)

Placing a loved one in a care facility can be one of the most difficult decisions a family has to make. This is even more true when the loved one is suffering from an illness that affects their memory, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. Moving them from the home they know and love to a new environment can prove to be challenging.  Avalon Memory Care in Edinburg is working to…

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Brewery Apprenticeship Tackles Regional Demand

Veteran-owned and operated 5×5 Brewing Co. is a craft brewery in Mission that is pioneering high quality beer by tackling a labor issue early on. There is an ever-increasing interest for craft beer amongst RGV locals. A brewery apprenticeship program could very well be the missing link between supply and demand in our area. With their rapid growth, 5X5 Brewing Co. anticipates labor issues to arise regarding the abundance of…

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Harlingen EDC Supports Moving Business

TPPS New Investment Incentive

Texas Plating & Polishing Solutions recently received a $25,000 New Investment Incentive from the Harlingen EDC. The funds will help cover moving costs to TPPS’s new facility in the Harlingen Industrial Park. TPPS provides chrome, polish and nickel for the plastic injection mold industry. The company services customers both in the United States and in Mexico. It creates molds for automotive, appliance and medical companies. Owner and President Jose J.…

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EMS Students Go Hands On With Extrication Day

TSTC EMS Extrication Day

It was quite an experience for Pedro Casillas and more than 40 of his peers as they helped save lives in a mock two-vehicle accident. It was part of Texas State Technical College Emergency Medical Services program‘s recent Extrication Day. “This was a great opportunity to practice what I’ve learned in the classroom,” said Casillas. “It was exciting to be able to showcase our skills to the local first responders who…

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Unique Projects Trains Future Alzheimer’s Caregivers

An STC OTA student explains the layout inside of the Activities of Daily Living apartment to peers at STC’s Nursing and Allied Health campus. (photo STC)

It might seem unusual to see drawings of utensils or constant safety reminders around the home. Yet, these can be beneficial when caring for a loved one or patient with Alzheimer’s. These helpful visual cues can make the difference from a patient. Photos and other reminders can aid a patient in completing a task instead of experiencing frustration or confusion. South Texas College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program students recently had…

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