Tag Archives: McAllen Chamber of Commerce

“Sizzling in the Tropics” BBQ Cook-off

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and H-E-B present “Sizzling in the Tropics” BBQ Cook-off. The event features 30 local BBQ Cook-off teams competing to see who creates the best chicken wings, pulled pork, ribs, brisket, charro beans and pan de campo. Attendees can sample all the meats plus a beverage garden and live music performed by four local bands. The cook-off will also feature a classic car show by the South Texas MOPAR Car…

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Tacos ‘n Tequila

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and H-E-B feature live music and 10 of the area’s top local restaurants creating custom craft cocktails with Embajador Tequila. The event will also feature tacos made by The Republic of the Rio Grande, Palenque Grill and H-E-B, which will include shrimp, fish, beef and quesadillas. Anyone 21 years and over can partake in Tacos ‘n Tequila for $30 or pay $45 pre-sale and also attend…

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McAllen Entrepreneur Summit

The McAllen Entrepreneur Summit will aid local entrepreneurs in understanding the Rio Grande Valley ecosystem. Focus is on helping entrepreneurs navigate forward with their projects with a ecosystem context understanding. Among topics of interest for “Growing Entrepreneurs and Creating Ecosystems in South Texas” are a regional economic snapshot, digital divides and creating makerspace. Panel discussions include those on local food startups as well as market pathways. Deep Dive Discussions address “What’s Working…

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McAllen Government Affairs Council

Judge Richard Cortez

The Chamber’s Government Affairs Council hosts guest speaker and newly elected Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez. Judge Cortez will discuss his plans for ensuring efficiency and innovation to residents and tax payers, and the status of the Hidalgo County Courthouse. Chamber members who would like to attend and be part of the council, RSVP with Gerry Garcia at 956-682-2871 or ggarcia@mcallenchamber.com. Lunch will be provided.

McAllen Chamber Plans Trip to Oaxaca


The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is planning a trip to Oaxaca, where a McAllen delegation, headed by Mayor Jim Darling, will meet with Oaxaca’s city and state officials to formalize a sister city relationship. Among the activities planned for this trip are meetings with businesses and producers from Oaxaca and touring some of Oaxaca’s surroundings and historical locations. The delegation will also be part of a Calenda Parade and enjoying…

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Upcoming Summit Focuses on Local Entrepreneurs

A summit is on the horizon to aid local entrepreneurs in understanding the Rio Grande Valley ecosystem. On Feb. 28, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Texas Regional Bank, Texas A&M University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas present the McAllen Entrepreneur Summit. The event focuses on helping entrepreneurs navigate forward with their projects with a ecosystem context understanding. Among topics of interest for “Growing Entrepreneurs and Creating Ecosystems in South Texas”…

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TechPlace Continues to Home Entrepreneurs


Since 2015, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s TechPlace has been providing a place where tech-minded entrepreneurs can connect and work. The 2,500-square-foot area on the third floor of the McAllen Creative Incubator offers memberships for the collaborative space to app and software developers, tech startups, programmers, coders and college students. TechPlace offers its members 24/7 access to collaboration space, lounges and meeting rooms. The facility also offers high-speed WiFi as well as…

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McAllen to Honor Legendary Businesswomen

Legendary Businesswomen 2018

Three successful McAllen businesswomen will receive honors Dec. 4 at the Legendary Businesswomen’s Luncheon. The event will celebrate Kay Jancik, Betty Garza and Sylvia Johnson, who will also discuss their journeys of success. Honorees Jancik, owner of Oh Kay’s gift shop; Garza, owner of Coldwell Banker La Mansion Real Estate; and Johnson, owner of Sylvia’s, will each be interviewed about their experiences as they developed their business careers. “This will be…

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McAllen Businesses Provide Apprenticeships

Youth Apprenticeship Program (photo STC)

On Oct. 31, South Texas College, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and McAllen Independent School District’s Youth Apprenticeship Program held a ceremonial signing of registered apprenticeship agreements and work contracts for high school juniors and seniors. “This program is really where the future is headed in developing talent in our community,” said Steve Alenius, president/CEO of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. “I’m really excited about the commitment our business community has…

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Websites Still Critical Tools

Websites_Haight: Spectrum digital expert Ben Haight delivered a presentation on best practices for business websites at a seminar hosted by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. (VBR)

Small business owners who think a good social media presence is all they need to promote their enterprises in the digital world are most likely mistaken. Digital marketing started with websites and they remain a critical component of branding a business. “A website is your digital storefront and it’s what sets you apart from similar businesses,” said Ben Haight, senior digital sales manager for Spectrum in Texas, during a seminar…

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