Category Archives: e-Brief Features

Catholic Diocese Conducts Census Sundays

census

The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville is launching Census Sundays in an effort to bolster census participation in areas that are still undercounted. In addition to announcements to parishioners, certain area churches will host drive-through events every weekend through Sept. 27. “A vital part of the mission of the Church is to care for the people of God – all people – Catholic or not,” states a release from the Diocese.…

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Financial Stability Offers Cindy Monge a New VIDA

Cindy Monge, VIDA

Working in sales provided Cindy Monge with a job but not with financial stability. She established a long-term goal of earning a bachelor’s degree in perfusion science. As a perfusionist, Monge would run the cardiopulmonary-bypass machine during open-heart surgery, allowing the heart to be still for the surgeon while the machine performs its job, maintaining blood flow to the body’s tissues. Monge also established a short-term goal that would align…

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National Small Business Week Sept. 22-24

National Small Business Week 2020

National Small Business Week will be virtual this year, taking place Sept. 22-24 after a rescheduling from May. National Small Business Week honors the nation’s small businesses for their achievements and dedication to their communities. Many of these businesses are veteran, women or minority-owned, This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels. They will provide both retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as small businesses. The…

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Weslaco’s Love Local Rewards Shoppers

Love Local shopping

The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce has kicked off its Love Local campaign through Nov. 27. The weekly drawing will reward those supporting Weslaco businesses by making purchases of at least $20. In order to be eligible for drawings, customers must send the chamber a photo of their receipt(s) through Facebook messenger. The more people shop, the more entries they receive. Customers may also receive extra entries by uploading a picture…

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SBA Opens Virtual Recovery Centers For Hurricane Hanna

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Texas businesses and residents affected by Hurricane Hanna July 25-28. The U.S. Small Business Administration declared a disaster and is making assistance available in Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Kenedy, Starr and Willacy counties. This is in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Greg Abbott on Aug. 28. “Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations,…

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McAllen VA to Distribute Produce to Veterans

A produce distribution drive-through takes place Sept. 10 to provide free fruits and vegetables to veterans. The event is made possible via a partnership between VA Texas Valley Costal Bend Health Care System and the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley. Food insecurity is a serious issue affecting many Americans either daily or at the end of the month when financial resources are exhausted. Food insecurity is especially prevalent…

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Edinburg Chamber Donates to Boys & Girls Club

The Edinburg Chamber and its business members donated school supplies to the Boys & Girls Club of the Rio Grande Valley after hosting a two-week-long school supply drive. The start of the 2020-2021 school year may look very different but many students must still purchase school supplies. The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce made the decision to help parents alleviate this stress. Distribution of the supplies took place at the club…

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UTRGV Offers Bachelor’s Degree in Cybersecurity

cyber security

UTRGV will offer a new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity starting Sept. 1. The program will teach students about information assurance, network and computer security, digital forensics, operating systems security and more. Students in the 120-hour program will study the security aspects of computing and cyberspace. This is central to the rapidly expanding security concerns in an ever-changing technological world. The program requires 50 advanced hours of instruction for core,…

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Hidalgo Grant Aids Veterans With Living Expenses

Broken Arrow aids veterans

The Hidalgo County Veterans Service office is now taking applications for the Broken Arrow Financial Assistance Grant. The Veterans General Assistance provides funds to organizations serving veterans and their families. It is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund of Veterans’ Assistance. “Guiding and offering help to the veterans in our community is our top priority,” states Hidalgo County Veterans Service Officer Felix Rodriguez. “Through this grant,…

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McAllen Seeks Next Man & Woman of the Year

2019 Man and Woman of the Year Bob Boggus and Jessica Delgado

Every year, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce selects two volunteers to be McAllen’s Man and Woman of the Year. Nominations are now being accepted with a deadline for submission of Sept. 30. “Our community is currently going through a time where we must do things differently,” reads a release from the chamber. “But we do not want the people who have continued to make McAllen their priority and have made…

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