Tag Archives: Brownsville

Fashioned for a Cause Annual Fashion Show “A Day at the Beach”

Friendship of Women beach fashion show

Enjoy a relaxing lunch and beachwear fashion show at “A Day at the Beach.” Legal professionals will also be honored by Friendship of Women for their service to creating a safer community. Friendship of Women is hosting to support life-saving services for child and adult victims of family violence and sexual assault. In 2018, Friendship of Women responded to 18,00 crisis hotline calls. They also served approximately 1,130 victims and…

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UTRGV Launching Executive Education Programs

UTRGV Executive Education program instructors Zoila Zambrano and Elaine Hernandez (Courtesy)

UTRGV, through its new Office of Professional Education & Workforce Development, will launch several executive education programs in the coming months. Given the complexity of leading an organization in today’s fast-changing world, providing both knowledge and guidance for top-level decision makers is becoming increasingly important. The design of the new UTRGV’s programs keep in mind today’s executives. The first program is the hybrid course, Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. It…

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Building Your Online Presence

digital marketing

Small business owners may attend a digital media workshop on how they can optimize their online presence and reputation. Attendees will also learn how manage their brand through proactive engagement and enhance their marketing strategy through digital media. Additional topics include connecting with customers, reviewing “online score-card” and more. The session is led by digital media expert Jeanette Greider with AIM Media Texas. “It is important that business owners take ownership…

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Speed Networking at Rio Events Center

Join the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce for an evening of speed networking at Rio Events Center. Participants will be seated among five others. Each person will have the opportunity to make a brief introduction of their business, while also sharing their business cards or flyers. After every person has taken a turn introducing themselves, there will be two minutes of networking. It’s a fast-paced networking opportunity, but the connections, leads,…

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Tax Made Easy: Home Office Deductions

Tax Made Easy for Small Businesses workshop includes: What is considered a home office Difference between exclusive and regular use Limitations to the deduction Attendees can also get answers to all of their tax questions at the end of the workshop from tax expert Christopher Wycoco. No cost to attend with RSVP. Registration is available online and also by contacting the Brownsville Chamber.

Growth of a Spirited Business

To stay competitive, Holiday Wine and Liquor owner David Hernandez’s Rio Grande Valley business evolved from selling cold beer to a chain of full-service liquor stores. (VBR)

Fresh out of college at 23 years of age, David Hernandez saw an opportunity and then seized it. With $30,000 in hand from his relatives, Hernandez used it as seed money to open the first of what would become 12 Pop-A-Top stores in the Rio Grande Valley. The yellow stores with blue trim became ubiquitous across the region. “Coldest Beer In Town” was the Pop-A-Top signature line and Hernandez meant…

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Fresh, Tasty Tale of Success

Francesca and Carlos Hernandez team up as the beauty and the beast behind the success of a healthy food company. (Courtesy)

A beauty and beast team is riding a wave of success of almost fairy tale proportions with a line of fresh, healthy meals and other related products. On a good week, Beauty & Beast Cuisine cooks and packages in the neighborhood of 27,000 meals in its Edinburg kitchen. “It’s just been an explosion of opportunity,” said Carlos Hernandez, the beast in the partnership with his wife, Francesca, the beauty. “It…

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Port Sets Records, Eyes Future

Brownsville Navigation District Board Chairman John Reed

The Port of Brownsville once again posted a record year for 2018, moving 11.3 million tons of cargo with operating revenues of more than $24.2 million. That translates into a 6.6-percent increase in cargo along with a 25-percent bump in rail movements. Revenues were also up 2.5 percent over the previous year, according to figures released during the State of the Port event in March. “The Port of Brownsville made…

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