ScaleUp celebrates inaugural launch and participating businesses March 17 


ScaleUp celebrates inaugural launch and participating businesses March 17 

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ScaleUp Hidalgo County, TX program celebrates its inaugural launch March 17, recognizing small business owners taking part in the first cohort for the program. The program, funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, is designed to help small firms with high-potential “scale up” and grow their businesses so that they will provide more jobs and have a greater economic impact, both locally and nationally.

The free program, available to businesses in Hidalgo County that meet certain criteria, is valued at $5,000. The initiative “delivers cohort-based, intensive assistance to established, high-potential, small businesses and entrepreneurs that are primed for growth beyond the start-up or early stages.”

“Business owners receive in-depth training through a 10-week curriculum and ongoing, one-to-one support, as well as opportunities for networking and information on accessing financial resources,” says ScaleUp Program Director Janie Caballero.

Local businesses participating in the first cohort are Cardoza Funeral Home of Edcouch-Elsa; American Industrial Constructors of Edinburg; Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, Daker, OMA Industries, Royal Piaget Academy, Sam Garcia Architect and Texas Scholars Magazine of McAllen; Batteries+Bulbs of McAllen/Pharr;  Break a Sweat Fitness Center, JDG Jewelers, Style HUB of Mission; My Green Garden of Rio Grande Valley; Border BBQ and Little Adventurers Child Development of Weslaco; and online retailer RGV Surplus.

For more information on UTRGV ScaleUp Hidalgo County, TX, call 665-7535 or email