Category Archives: e-Brief Features

Valley Economic Forecast Good

Salvador Contreras, director of UTRGV’s Center for Border Economic Studies, summarizes his findings in a 2019 economic forecast for the Rio Grande Valley. (VBR)

Deep South Texas is expected to see economic growth again this year, although the increases in activity may be a little smaller than the numbers for 2018, according to an economic forecast compiled by Salvador Contreras, director of the Center for Border Economic Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. “Texas had a strong 2018,” Contreras said. “This year may not be as strong but we will have…

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STC Hosts Small Business Social Media Courses

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South Texas College will soon offer an online program for small businesses seeking to increase their presence on social media. “Instagram Brand Worthy Basics” starts Feb. 26 and will teach small businesses how to increase their fan base or followers on the social media site. The new eight-class program is an offering from the college’s Continuing Professional Workforce Education. Public relations guru Giselle Mascarenhas will lead the Instagram course. “Every small business,…

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American Airlines Official Visits Harlingen

American Airlines representative Dale Morris sits with Valley International Aviation Director Marv Easterly during a lunch with Harlingen officials and business leaders.

As American Airlines prepares to begin daily service to Dallas-Fort Worth to and from Valley International Airport in March, airline representative Dale Morris made a visit to Harlingen last week to meet with city officials and business leaders, as well as take a tour of the airport. Dale Morris, senior consultant for special projects and government affairs for American, met with community leaders for lunch at Frankie Flav’z before heading…

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Boots to Business Reboot Aids Veterans

Boots to Business Reboot takes place Feb. 22 at the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, providing aid to veterans as small business owners and entrepreneurs. The program takes place from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., providing an overview of business ownership as a career vocation. Additionally, veterans receive an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan and a practical exercise in opportunity recognition. An introduction to available public and…

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TSC To Offer Associate Degree in Nursing

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The Texas Board of Nursing unanimously granted Texas Southmost College initial approval to establish a new Associate Degree Nursing education program. The program will begin with the upcoming fall semester. “The re-opening of TSC’s ADN program was one of the priorities of the college and the board of trustees, and we’re excited to have achieved it,” said TSC Board of Trustees Chair Adela Garza. “TSC’s nursing program has a long…

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Feeding the Cattle Industry

A worker rakes hay into rows where it will dry for several days before it is baled. (VBR)

The Lone Star State is the nation’s number one producer of cattle, with Nebraska and Kansas following. Texas had an estimated 12.5 million heads of cattle in 2018, according to latest statistics issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And beef consumption per capita is at nearly 80 pounds in the United States. With that said, the portions of meat a person consumes at a dinner or at a restaurant…

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Public Job Fair This Weekend in McAllen

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McAllen Public Library, in partnership with Workforce Solutions, invites the public to Job Fair 2019 Feb. 2, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the McAllen Public Library. Attendees will get to connect with employers from several different companies, fill out printed and online applications, and have onsite interviews. Attendees should bring updated resumes and dress interview ready. “The City of McAllen prospers when we all prosper and having…

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Upcoming Summit Focuses on Local Entrepreneurs

A summit is on the horizon to aid local entrepreneurs in understanding the Rio Grande Valley ecosystem. On Feb. 28, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Texas Regional Bank, Texas A&M University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas present the McAllen Entrepreneur Summit. The event focuses on helping entrepreneurs navigate forward with their projects with a ecosystem context understanding. Among topics of interest for “Growing Entrepreneurs and Creating Ecosystems in South Texas”…

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Brownsville To Host Texas Business Conference

The Texas Workforce Commission invites Brownsville–area employers, human resource professionals, business owners and managers to attend the Texas Business Conference Feb. 8 in Brownsville. The conferences offer employers the opportunity to learn about new employment laws and network with peers. Participants may also talk one-on-one with employment attorneys and earn education credits. “Texas employers are the drivers of our state’s remarkable economy,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “The Texas…

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Emergency Loans Available During Federal Shutdown

Due to the extended period of the government shutdown, nonprofit and social service organizations in need of emergency bridge loans are eligible for up to $50,000 in low-interest capital from PeopleFund. The loans are designed to help nonprofits with government subsidies that rely on federal funding to provide vital community services. Organizations will need to provide proof of federal contract (NOFA or reimbursement agreement), financial statements, recent 990s and other documentation. The…

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