Tag Archives: Alamo

Hurricane Preparedness Fairs Begin


In an effort to prepare the community for hurricane season, emergency preparedness fairs are going on this week across Hidalgo County. The 10th annual Dare to Prepare fairs aim to assist residents in planning for weather-related emergencies. To better reach the public, some of the fairs are in the evening and at larger and more convenient locations. Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez, who also serves as the county’s emergency…

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Alamo Small Business Financing Workshop

Small business owners and those considering starting their own business may attend this workshop to learn: What lenders look for in a potential borrower (five “C”s of lending) Lending sources Local public programs SBDC services for small business Lunch will be provided. This event is also good for those wanting to learn more about financing options for business expansion, purchase of property, purchase of equipment, repairs and renovations, and working…

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Grants Awarded to Local ISDs for Job Training

Donna ISD, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Raymondville ISD are all recent recipients of Jobs and Education for Texas grants fro the Texas Workforce Commission. The schools will use the grants to purchase and install equipment necessary to train 779 students for careers in high-demand occupations. These include welding fabrication and emergency medical services. Grant totals include $271,472 to Raymondville ISD, $208,383 to Donna ISD and $280,630 to Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD. The grants will benefit students in the Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande…

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Birding by the Numbers

Two birders scan the area with binoculars at Estero Llano Grande State Park. (VBR)

Some 800 birders visited the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in November, its 25th year as one of the premier birding events in the country. With dozens of field trips to regional birding hotspots and lectures by internationally renowned birding experts, the festival’s staying power is a testament to the economic impact of ecotourism, and particularly birdwatching, in Deep South Texas. While there are no recent studies on the financial…

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City of Alamo Small Business Workshop

The Alamo EDC hosts the Alamo Small Business Workshop for aspiring business owner that would like more info on how to get their business started. Here attendees will learn about the programs Alamo EDC offers (such as the Micro-Loan Program and the Revolving Loan Program) as well as other ways that can help those on their entrepreneurial journey.

Alamo Offers Financial Assistance

Alamo Small Business Workshop

The City of Alamo will host its biannual Small Business Workshop Sept. 19 to educate business owners on ways to get financial assistance as well as help bring ideas to fruition. Alamo EDC Director Rafael Tapia will discuss Alamo programs as well as available opportunities such as the Revolving Loan Program and Micro-Loan Program. These programs assist small businesses and start-ups by providing a low-cost alternative financing option. Information on Texas…

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Alamo Business Expo

The Alamo Chamber of Commerce presents the Alamo Business Expo, open to the public with free admission. Sponsorships and vendor opportunities available. Vendor pricing is $50 for chamber members, $75 for non-members. For more information, call Ana at 956-787-2117.

Hurricane Preparedness Fairs This Week

Hurricane preparedness

Emergency preparedness fairs assisting residents in planning for weather-related emergencies are on the schedule this week in Edinburg. Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, who also serves as the county’s Emergency Management Director, said Dare to Prepare serves to provide tools to residents that will help them better prepare for disasters. “With hurricane season underway, it is important for residents to be informed and prepared before disaster strikes,” said Garcia. “Preparation…

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New Loan Program Fosters Small Business Ventures

photo Ken Teegardin

The Alamo Economic Development Corporation is now offering a new Micro-Loan Program that will help small business owners expand their efforts in the city. The Micro-Loan Program works by lending money to local businesses, with the funds being paid back with the interest. The funds are then reused. The loans are possible with assistance from USDA – Rural Development. Qualified applicants must be located in Alamo and have a minimum…

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