Category Archives: News

Winemaker prepares for second harvest

Jorge Jaber shares some characteristics with his northwest Hidalgo County vineyard for he seems to have absorbed the Valley’s sunshine and flourished with its soil. The grapes now being harvested at Jaber Wine Estate have overcome great odds, and so has Jaber, an idealist as resilient as any Valley pioneer. Thirty years ago, Jaber purchased two hundred and eleven acres in northwest Hidalgo County with the intention of planting a…

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Getting off to a good start

The FastTrac Entrepreneurship program, which has 300,000 graduates nationwide, is now strengthening the ranks of Valley business owners through training facilitated by ITEC of the University of Texas-Brownsville.  Classes were held simultaneously at TSTC’s University Center and at UTB. As the 10-week-long training session wrapped up in late August, program participants were already applying the insights and skills gained during the training.  Four entrepreneurs talked to VBR’s editor about the…

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Great escapes every day

Seductive backyard paradises centered on tropically landscaped pools are tucked away in numerous Valley neighborhoods.  Lush, cooling oases in the summer heat – these swimming pools tempt their owners to never leave the tranquility and the fun of their own private Aruba.  Producing that vision of Shangri-La takes the combined effort of Valley pool builders, landscapers and nurseries and pool service firms. Entry level pools cost $22,000 and up and…

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Job training grant awarded to TSTC Harlingen

Texas State Technical College Harlingen (TSTC Harlingen) will soon be offering job training to four manufacturing and warehousing businesses through a $389,173 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The businesses partnering in the grant are ITD Precision, Mexican Snacks Inc., Penn Aluminum International LLC and Valley International Cold Storage Inc. The grant will be used to custom train 282 new and incumbent workers, including production operators, material…

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Franchise Expo Sept. 5

The International Business, Franchise, & Investment Expo 2012 will be held 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, providing entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners free advice, resources, contacts and information needed to start or grow a successful business. Sponsored by the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation and FranNet, the event gives the opportunity to speak with local and state government advisors, franchise experts, immigration…

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Local entrepreneur named Business Man of the Year

The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce has placed the title of Business Man of the Year on South Texas entrepreneur Carlos E. Varela of Pronto Insurance and IBEX Business Solutions. He was recognized for his contributions to the Hispanic community during the Chairman’s Gala and Awards Banquet held Aug. 18 in San Antonio. Pronto Insurance, which provides low-cost insurance products to an underserved Hispanic market, has been…

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UT System plans future medical school for RGV

In 2018, South Texas will see the first cohort of students graduating from the future University of Texas System medical school planned for the area. University of Texas System officials announced the plans Aug. 17, along with those to significantly expand medical education in South Texas. In May, the UT System Board of Regents authorized future steps towards an “independent, freestanding, comprehensive and research-intensive regional medical school.” The medical school…

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McAllen Metal Stamping forms strategic alliance with Michigan-based company

McAllen Metal Stamping and Industrial Stamping & Manufacturing of Roseville, Michigan, have entered into an official strategic alliance with a goal of increasing and improving their engineering and operational capabilities. The alliance hopes to create purchasing power and increases competitiveness amongst their network of suppliers with savings passed along to the customer. ISM currently provides products and services to a growing number of automotive and general manufacturers in the northeast…

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Internationally known city advisor coming to Brownsville

As part of the Building a Vibrant Brownsville lecture series, internationally renowned city advisor and active public spaces advocate Gil Peñalosa will be speaking Aug. 28 and 30 to the Brownsville community. The executive director of the Canadian non‐profit 8‐80 Cities will share his expertise and tall about building cities that allow for mobility of people of all ages and economic backgrounds, in order to create vibrant, healthy, and economically…

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Assistance available for farmers and ranchers

Disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in South Texas can benefit from four different initiatives, totaling $1 million. Entities which help develop more Hispanic and female producers will receive the federal funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Outreach Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Competitive Grants Program, known as the “2501 Program.” The federal funds will allow new training opportunities, providing information resources and the knowledge on how to use…

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