Tag Archives: Mission

Grant to Create More Than 300 Jobs in Mission

The Mission Economic Development Corporation recently received a $3 million grant to aid in the improvement of the city’s infrastructure. These improvements will protect the city against future natural disasters and strengthen areas that will house manufacturing operations. The grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration will fund critical infrastructure improvements to support the growth of Mission’s Shary Village Industrial Park and surrounding areas. In addition, a…

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SBA Honors Local Small Businesses

Michelle and Danny Quiroz, owners of Reserva Coffee Roasters

Today, SBA’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District honored the 2020 District Small Business Week awardees for six small business categories. The virtual ceremony is part of National Small Business Week going on now through Sept. 24. Michelle and Danny Quiroz of Reserva Coffee Roasters were named the district’s Small Business Persons of the Year. Both previously had successful careers working for large companies. However, Michelle’s passion for coffee drove their…

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Catholic Diocese Conducts Census Sundays

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The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville is launching Census Sundays in an effort to bolster census participation in areas that are still undercounted. In addition to announcements to parishioners, certain area churches will host drive-through events every weekend through Sept. 27. “A vital part of the mission of the Church is to care for the people of God – all people – Catholic or not,” states a release from the Diocese.…

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Producing Health Care Workers In Time of Need

South Texas Training students practice skills on each other in early spring 2020. (Courtesy)

The front lines of hospitals and nursing homes are under severe duress – and help isn’t coming just from universities and nursing schools. Employers are in need of nurse assistants, medical assistants and phlebotomists in caring for surging numbers of patients. Career schools with licenses from the Texas Workforce Commission are training and educating these essential workers. Schools such as Careers Unlimited and South Texas Training Center are working to…

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Valley Businesses Regroup, Adjust To Life

Dien Nguyen says business is returning to his nail salon in San Juan. (VBR)

Adam Shidler stayed busy in the two weeks his Weslaco business was closed. Government-mandated shutdowns due to COVID-19 kept his downtown coffee shop temporarily shuttered. Shidler used the time to do maintenance and upkeep at Weslaco’s Daily Grind. Working in his shop, customers would see him inside and knock on windows and wave hellos. Weslaco’s Daily Grind’s customers missed their coffee shop – and the feelings were mutual.  “Our friends…

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Project COVID Care Helps Elderly & Disabled

Johnny Llanes and Drea Labanzat make a delivery to a resident in need. (Courtesy)

Violet Metz became concerned in March as grocery store lines grew and local governments issued shelter-in-place orders. “At my age, security is such a huge concern,” said Metz, 81, a McAllen resident. “If I really need something, will I be able to get it?” It was an extraordinary period of time in March going into April as the COVID-19 pandemic set in. The general panic being felt in the community-at-large…

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Determination Tops Ranch House Burgers

Ranch House Burgers II in Mission. (Courtesy)

Ranch House Burgers II has new and temporary hours in the era of COVID-19. Every other day, the Mission restaurant is open from midnight to 3 a.m. Its customers are primarily police officers, state troopers and first responders. “They got tired of burritos from the convenience stores,” said Mike Barrera, the restaurant’s owner. “We’re a business, so we do charge for the meals to help keep my staff employed, but it’s…

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Customs Revises Traffic Hours At Anzalduas Bridge 

The Anzalduas Bridge (photo U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

A McAllen/Mission-area bridge is reducing hours of operations for southbound traffic as traffic volume from Mexico has declined with restrictions imposed during the coronavirus crisis.  Beginning Monday, April 6, the Anzalduas Bridge will see hours reduced for incoming traffic from Mexico. Northbound traffic on Anzalduas will operate from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours of operation for southbound traffic will remain unchanged and be open for traffic from 6 a.m.…

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The Basics of Branding

The “Basics of Branding” workshop gives new business owners an understanding of the process of: branding a business the three branding principles steps to branding development how to protect a brand Marcela Arredondo, a senior business and trade advisor with the UTRGV SBDC presents the workshop. “A brand is much more than a logo or a company name in a fancy font. It is a promise made and delivered to…

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Winter Texan Fiesta

Winter Texan Fiesta

The Winter Texan Fiesta is a way to celebrate and recognize the Winter Texans staying in Mission and throughout the Valley. On Feb. 15, the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce will host a day of live music, business vendors and other goodies. Tickets will be necessary to redeem free lunches and t-shirts. Doors Open at 10 a.m. The Winter Texan Fiesta festivities will take place over two days with the Artesano…

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