Tag Archives: entrepreneurs

Mujer RGV Unifies, Empowers, Inspires

Mujer RGV celebrates its second anniversary on March 8. It has become a safe space to empower women to believe in themselves and achieve the unimaginable.

Women’s History Month encourages and celebrates the important roles women have had throughout American history. In the Rio Grande Valley, female artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, community leaders, educators and many others have been inspiring and helping to create a stronger, more unified region.   Sirheem Fuentes is one of those women who continues to pave the way for others like her. She realized a couple of years ago that she needed a…

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Boots to Business Reboot Helps Veterans

Boots to Business Reboot is coming to Brownsville Feb. 13, helping veterans via training to pursue business ownership. The two-step training program provides participants with a direction to small business ownership using character, discipline and skills. The training provides an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, and an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan. Boots to Business Reboot also incorporates a practical exercise in opportunity…

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Getting Started: Resources for Entrepreneurs 

Libraries are an easily overlooked resource with workspaces, wifi and business resources.

Starting a business is one of the most rewarding, but perhaps difficult things you can do. Part of the reason is that there’s an infinite number of ways you can go about it. I always tell would-be entrepreneurs that opportunities are only limited by our imagination. This is great and inspirational, but is usually followed by puzzled looks and questions on how to get started. The answer depends on where…

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Startup? Speak at 1 Million Cups McAllen

1 Million Cups McAllen is currently seeking local startups to present their companies to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month, engaging entrepreneurs in the McAllen community. Each month, 1 Million Cups offers two local startups an opportunity to present. In turn, speakers expand business reach and receive feedback from McAllen city leaders. The program is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in…

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Turn an Idea Into a Business

Business consultant Michael Wilson meets with a group of aspiring entrepreneurs to discuss how to develop a solid business plan. (VBR)

No matter how good the idea or how big the dream, passion and detailed planning are critical components of starting a new business. That was the message from Michael Wilson, who recently presented one in a series of Small Business Administration workshops dedicated to guiding aspiring entrepreneurs through a process of turning an idea into a viable enterprise. Wilson is chief operating officer of CM Institute of Leadership, a company…

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Squeezing a Profit from Lemons

Soul Sista’s was among the youthful businesses at last year’s Lemonade Day. (Courtesy)

Lemonade stands pop up every year around McAllen as the local chamber seeks to spark an entrepreneurial spirit in the city’s youth. Lemonade Day is held every May as stands set up shop in front of McAllen-area businesses. Lemonade Day is a national event and is held in 65 U.S. cities and 23 states. McAllen’s first Lemonade Day came in 2012, and since then the McAllen Chamber of Commerce has…

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Creating High-Impact Entrepreneurs 

Last month, VBR published an article describing UTRGV’s efforts to create the next generation of high-impact entrepreneurs in the RGV. The piece ends by asking the question of whether or not competitors in this year’s Rafael Munguia UTRGV Business Plan Contest will “become the next great Texas startup.” This got us to thinking about the real impact of our business plan contest as well as other entrepreneurship program initiatives. We…

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Veteran entrepreneur training comes to Harlingen

Boots to Business caters to veterans Boots to Business Reboot is coming to Harlingen June 29-30. The free two-day event is a veteran entrepreneur training program for both veterans of all eras and their spouses. This includes service-members as well as members of the National Guard and Reserves. The SBA Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office hosts the event that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career…

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Hive Effect Looks for Local Entrepreneurs

Luis Martínez and Christopher Galicia with Bob’s Steak & Chop House in Edinburg join General Manager/Wine Director Juan Luis Mussenden as they perform some of their key administrative duties at Grindstone Coworking. (photo Edinburg EDC)

Program offers entrepreneurship development Business owners who would like to grow their businesses through curriculum, coworking and mentorship are invited to apply for the Hive Effect. Created by Grindstone Coworking and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, the initiative aims to aid local entrepreneur development in the RGV. Applications for the second cohort are being accepted now through June 1. Fifteen business owners who are residents of the Rio Grande Valley…

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Local Inventors’ Prototypes to be Made

STC and McAllen Chamber make prototypes for local inventors The McAllen Chamber of Commerce presented South Texas College $1,000 to underwrite the design of prototypes for those participating in the city’s Inventors and Entrepreneurs Network. The McAllen Chamber’s Innovation and Entrepreneur program is a support system for inventors to bring their ideas to fruition. By partnering with STC, the chamber can now help inventors and entrepreneurs to offer working prototypes. These prototypes can be…

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