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Leadership Edinburg Paints Bright Reminder

Leadership Edinburg mural

As passersby on Closner Boulevard in Edinburg approach the City of Edinburg’s Recycling Center, something new may catch their eyes. A new mural, highlighting the city-wide efforts to recycle, now dons the side of the recycling building. The mural is now a part of the landscape thanks to the efforts of the Edinburg Chamber’s Leadership Class XXX end-of-year project. Submission for the mural came in from ECISD high schools via the Leadership…

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Create Marketing Content That Gets Attention

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The human attention span is evolving and that has important implications for marketers. What type of marketing content gets and holds people’s attention 0– and how can you create it? Here’s what you need to know. Attention spans are evolving While there’s lots of lamentation about how our attention spans are being destroyed by the internet, a recent study by Prezi suggests attention spans aren’t shrinking — they’re just evolving. Surprisingly, six…

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PeopleFund Merger Effective June 1

PeopleFund

PeopleFund and Certified Development Corporation of the Southwest are merging. Under the terms of the merger, PeopleFund will be the successor organization. The merger comes with the approval of both the Small Business Administration  and the State of Texas. The merger will create an economy of scale beneficial to Texas small businesses in delivering the SBA 504 loan program. According to CDCSW President/Managing Director Mike Mora, “The benefit of this merger is…

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Hog Waddle into San Benito

Hog Waddle

San Benito’s early years reflected the mark the city was trying to make in a new frontier called the Rio Grande Valley. It was an agrarian community like all others in the early 1900s, as towns in the region began to emerge along the newly laid tracks of the St Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway. One of San Benito’s early festivities was a Cabbage Day Parade. One key aspect of…

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Deadline Approaches for $7,500 McAllen Grant Competition

McAllen Business Plan Competition

The deadline for the 2019 McAllen Business Plan Competition is fast approaching. Applicants have until May 24 at 4:30 p.m. to submit their business plan to possibly receive $7,500 from the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Economic Development Corporation. The McAllen Business Plan Competition is an initiative to foster new business development in McAllen. The $7,500 prize goes to the applicant who presents the best and more feasible business plan.…

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RGV Mental Health Fair May 18

Mental Health Fair

The RGV Mental Health Fair takes place May 18 for the entire Valley community, showcasing mental-health providers, advocates and organizations. During the event, presenters and organizations come together to raise awareness and to break the silence about mental illness. The RGV Mental Health Fair aims to be an example of how a community can speak up about mental health. It can also stop the stigma that often surrounds the topic. Speakers…

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Keppel AmFELS Completes Containerships

Executives from Keppel AmFELS and Pasha Hawaii with Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Reed, fourth from left, and other federal, state and local dignitaries to commemorate the milestones achieved in the construction of two new containerships April 30. (photo Port of Brownsville)

Keppel AmFELS reached a pair of construction milestones April 30 in the building of two containership vessels for Pasha Hawaii. Executives from both companies were joined by Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Reed and other federal, state and local dignitaries for the ceremonial keel laying for M/V George III and the cutting of the first steel plates for M/V Janet Marie, the two containerships currently being built at the Port of Brownsville. Delivery of…

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How to Avoid Tax-Related Identity Theft

identity theft

Tax-related identity theft is prominent on the IRS’s 2019 Dirty Dozen list of Tax Scams. Tax-related identity theft is not just stealing personal information of individuals. Because of successful efforts to crack down on such identity theft, thieves have shifted their focus to businesses. They create and use, or attempt to use, the identifying information of businesses to obtain tax benefits. For example, as the IRS has noted, cybercriminals that obtain a…

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Considering Multiple Computer Monitors

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Are you looking to increase productivity in your small business? Some entrepreneurs and professionals find it helpful to have access to multiple computer monitors. This type of setup can potentially improve collaboration, productivity and even location flexibility. But there are also some potential drawbacks, from money and space constraints to the potential for distractions. If you’re considering investing in dual monitors for your own office, here are some of the…

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Brownsville Agreement to Lead to Channel Deepening

Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Dan Brouillette addresses the crowd during the Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement Project Funding Agreement. (photo NextDecade)

The Brownsville Navigation District and NextDecade Corporation have come to an agreement set to deepen of the ship channel. The project will then transform the Valley business landscape. The Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement Project Funding Agreement commits NextDecade to privately fund key improvements to the Brownsville Ship Channel. The company will pay 100 percent of the deepening. The project will run from the Gulf of Mexico to the western…

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