Category Archives: Professional Services

Helping Business Owners Help Themselves

Christopher Wycoco conducts free one-hour seminars as part of his Business Made Easier series.

For Christopher Wycoco, business isn’t just about making money. It’s also about helping the community.  That’s why this young entrepreneur and owner of Wycotax is hosting regular free seminars for business owners who want to learn more about running their companies, whether it is a store, restaurant, doctor’s office or insurance agency.  Wycoco has been holding seminars called “Business Made Easier” throughout the Valley for several months and he will continue…

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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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Passion Meets Education

RGV Photography Workshops Owner Rafael Sepulveda and Co-Instructor Eric Sierra engage with their advanced photography class while Creative Assistant Nora Cuevas prepares the model of the day.

McAllen native Rafael Sepulveda received his bachelor’s in advertising from Boston University then attended photography school in Atlanta. Upon completing those courses and receiving Professional Photographers of America certification, he opened up two destination photography businesses. During his time as a destination wedding photographer in Atlanta, he discovered that he really enjoyed teaching other photographers that assisted him on his shoots. Establishing direction Sepulveda established RGV Photography Workshops in McAllen…

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Venture X Opening in McAllen

Venture X will soon open a new 12,000-square-foot location at Trenton Crossing Shopping Center in McAllen. This will be the shared office space company’s first location in McAllen. It is the third in the Rio Grande Valley, joining the Brownsville and Harlingen locations. With a location at 7600 North 10th Street, Trenton Crossing Shopping Center offers both retail and office space. One of the metro area’s four Target stores anchors the center. Marshalls,…

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Old Dominion Stays on the Move

Jason Pettigrew, the company regional sales director, stands by the expanded warehouse at the service center.

Freight line companies are in the business of transporting cargoes from Point A to Point B and vice versa. But in the world of this movement of goods not all freight lines are alike. Take for instance, a North Carolina-based company Old Dominion which has been in La Feria for nearly two decades. Founded in 1934, the land carrier is the nation’s second largest such company after Federal Express’s fleet of trucks. Old…

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Teaching Students to Succeed

Partners Angie Moreno and Janie Garza Reyes started Advanced College & Hair Design in Weslaco 30 years ago.

Going from one classroom to another, Janie Garza Reyes gives a tour of a barber school that started with a handful of chairs 30 years ago, and is now the largest school of its type in the Rio Grande Valley – and one of the largest in Texas. “We opened this school from zero,” Reyes said, referring to the longtime partnership between herself and Angie Moreno in starting and building…

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ERO Architects Contributes To Valley Scholars

Representatives from ERO Architects and South Texas College came together for a check presentation April 22. Funds will benefit Valley Scholar students. (photo STC)

A gift of $5.000 is going to the South Texas College Valley Scholars program from ERO Architects. The firm and college came together recently for a check presentation, confirming ERO Architect’s role as a Diamond sponsor for the program’s annual “Night with the Stars” gala. Fittingly, the site of the check presentation was STC’s new Nursing and Allied Health Building B. The four-story addition was designed by ERO Architects. Principal and…

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Multiple Harlingen Entities Receive TWC Grants

Three grants will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Cameron area thanks to the Texas Workforce Commission. Workforce Solutions Cameron, in collaboration with Harlingen Economic Development Corporation, receives the $49,900 High Demand Job Training grant. A Skills Development Fund grant of $155,721 goes to Texas State Technical College – Harlingen, in partnership with a manufacturing consortium. The final grant, a $116,412 Jobs and Education for Texans, grant is for the Harlingen Consolidated Independent…

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Local App Delivers Local Eats

Burgers are among the food items Ranvu delivers.

The grocery and restaurant meals delivery business has certainly grown to be hectic and ultra-competitive. In 2016, Ranvu was the first in the Rio Grande Valley to offer the delivery of groceries. Chief operating officer Dorance Cuba worked for months to develop a well-designed app high on functionality. He also made sure the app was easy for customers to use and maneuver. As a result of Ranvu’s early successes in 2016,…

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Helping People Clean House

Ruben Balboa with furniture and other items stored in Balboa Auction Company’s new location in downtown San Benito. (VBR)

With the rapid-fire rhythm of an auctioneer’s chant, Ruben Balboa cajoles buyers to bid higher and higher amounts to acquire the merchandise up for sale. Whether selling a small piece of jewelry or a large antique chest of drawers, conducting a successful auction is an art form all its own. Balboa Auction Company of San Benito primarily conducts estate auctions and sales, although the business also holds monthly general auctions.…

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