Tag Archives: Mission

Small Businesses Score $50K from Mission EDC

The Mission Economic Development Corporation’s small business development program, Ruby Red Ventures, named three new winners of its small business funding competition. A local all-natural, cold-pressed juice producer, a maker of pre-packaged Mexican stews and meals, and manufacturer of gourmet grilling sauces are all recent winners of $50,000 in funding from Mission EDC. Mr. Pepe, El Cazos Guisos and B. Veggie took the top three spots, respectively, in the latest round of the…

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Business that Beats the Heat

A Tenzo employee cleans a large shade structure prior to the new school year at Covenant Christian Academy in McAllen. (VBR)

Protecting people and property from the scorching South Texas sun and its potentially dangerous ultra-violet rays is the focus of a fast-growing Rio Grande Valley enterprise. Tenzo Architectural Solar Shades owner Christian Diaz built the business from scratch and works tirelessly to keep up with the demand as his business continues to expand. The Mission-based company designs, manufactures and installs custom outdoor fabric shade structures throughout the Valley. With more…

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Valley Roots Bind Brewers

Mission native and Army veteran George Rice is one of the founders of 5X5 Brewery. (VBR)

The 5X5 Brewing Co. of Mission touts itself as being “Battle Born, Texas Made.” On both counts, the fledging beer production and distribution company fits the bill. Four of its five owners have a military background, and its original three founders are all hometown Mission boys who grew up together. “We all have an attachment to the community,” said George Rice, a veteran of the U.S. Army, who recalls as…

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Mission Chamber Banquet Oct. 5

Mission Chamber banquet

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce celebrates its annual banquet Oct. 5 with “Fiesta Miami!” The evening will include the Chamber Choice Awards along with recognitions of Mr. Mission and the First Lady of Mission. Attendees will take in the sights, sounds and flavors of Miami with live music, dinner, dancing and drinks. The evening kicks off with a cocktail hour from 6-7 p.m., followed by dinner and awards from…

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Mission Chamber Supplies Backpacks

More than 2,000 backpacks complete with school supplies have made their way to Mission Consolidated Independent School District thanks in part to the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce. The backpacks made their way into the hands of students Aug. 2 at Veterans Memorial High School during a Back to School Bash. More than 4,000 people, including students and families, were in attendance for the event. Offerings also included free haircuts, free eye screenings,…

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Listening to Your Business by Kauffman FastTrac

Existing small business owners are invited to a workshop developed by Kauffman FastTrac, a global training provider devoted to entrepreneurship, on growth business planning. This workshop helps owners learn how to analyze their current business performance; identify opportunities and available resources; prioritize and formalize transition steps; and determine an appropriate plan of action. The session, valued at $149 and now available for $49, is presented by the UTRGV Small Business…

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Mission Partnership Promotes STEM Careers

Mission junior high students who participated in the recent SEAD Academy (photo Mission EDC)

Mission junior high students recently received a taste of innovation and technology thanks to a partnership between SEAD (Science, Engineering, Art and Design) Academy, Mission Economic Development Corporation, and Texas A&M University Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution. Together, the collaborators participated in the National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers program. After holding the first Smart Home Competition in June 2017 in Bryan, Texas, SEAD Academy…

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Mission Chamber Receives Recognition

Mission Chamber TCCE marketing award

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce‘s marketing campaign of “Go Mission” is one of the best in Texas according to the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives. The chamber took home second place in Marketing Campaigns June 19 at TCCE‘s annual Excellence Awards. “Chambers of Commerce are the voice of business and quite often the communities they serve,” said Aaron Cox of TCCE.  “This highly competitive process demonstrates how these organizations…

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Local Leaders Take Part in RGV2DC Fly-In

Community leaders and stakeholders from the Rio Grande Valley gathered in Washington, D.C. for the 2nd Annual RGV2DC fly-in.

Forty community leaders and stakeholders from the Rio Grande Valley recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for the second annual RGV2DC fly-in. During their time in D.C., attendees met with members of Congress, including senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O’Rourke. Mayor of McAllen Mayor Jim Darling; elected officials from Mission, Pharr, and Brownsville; as well as senior leadership from the RGV Partnership, University of Texas at Rio Grande…

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