Tag Archives: Rio Grande City

Economic Development Summit July 12

The Starr County Economic Development Summit: Shaping the Future, a strategic planning summit, takes place July 12. The event will focus on developing a roadmap for Starr County. This will allow for economic and community development that is “driven, transparent, adaptable and whose shared success is measurable.” In late 2018, South Texas College and the Starr County Industrial Foundation received a $100,000 federal planning grant to assist in updating the…

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Operation Lone Star Offers Free Health Services

Texas State Guard Lt. Col. Richard Male performs a patient screening in Mission during Operation Lone Star.

Texas State Guard Lt. Col. Richard Male performs a patient screening in Mission during last year’s Operation Lone Star.Operation Lone Star makes its return to South Texas the week of July 22 as the state oversees an emergency preparedness exercise. The event features an array of health services offered for free at six locations. Five of those locations are in the Rio Grande Valley. The sixth location is in Laredo.…

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Legal Tips for Small Businesses

Startups and prospective business owners are invited to attend a free, legal workshop on business structures; signing contracts; negotiating a lease; hiring employees; workplace safety; intellectual property; and much more. Attorney Amber VanSchuyver with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid will present the session. The session is sponsored by the UTRGV Small Business Development Center and hosted by the Rio Grande City Public Library, Rio Grande City EDC, RGV Hispanic Chamber of…

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South Texas College Hosts President’s Advisory Retreat

Representatives from the RGV law enforcement community recently met for South Texas College’s first President’s Advisory Council Retreat. Here, leaders provided regular input and recommendations for professional continuing education and degree programs. Law enforcement is coordinating with STC to develop an action plan as the STC Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence gets underway. Earlier this year, STC President Shirley A. Reed extended an invitation to leaders of the law enforcement…

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Basics of Franchising

Entrepreneurs are invited to this free seminar that covers types of franchises; key documents in franchise agreements; advantages and disadvantages in franchising; and tips to evaluating a franchising, as well as helpful, franchising resources. The session is presented by the UTRGV Small Business Development Center and hosted by the Rio Grande City Public Library, Rio Grande City EDC, RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Starr County Industrial Foundation Pre-registration is…

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STC Trustees Gain National Positions

STC Trustees Paul Rodriguez and Rose Benavidez

Two selected for Association of Community College Trustees Two South Texas College trustees will now represent the region as well as the college on the national stage after being selected to positions with the Association of Community College Trustees. STC Trustee Rose Benavidez was elected to the Board of ACCT, and now represents the ACCT’s Western Region. She will now advocate on a national level for the needs and interests…

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Starting a Business & Financing Options for Small Businesses

The “Starting a Business” and “Financing Options for Small Businesses” workshops cover what steps prospective business owners need to take to start a business and on the various options that exist to access financing for a business. “Many entrepreneurs may not realize the amount of work and dedication it takes to open a small business. These seminars, featuring guest speakers like the U.S. Small Business Administration, PeopleFund and LiftFund, offers…

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Women Make Headway in Business World

Marlen Saenz

When Marlen Saenz began selling picture frames at a local flea market 12 years ago, she never dreamed her little business would grow to where it is now after receiving a $1.3-million SBA 504 Real Estate & Equipment Loan. At the U.S. Small Business Administration, we know business success can be achieved with the right tools. And Saenz is just one of the 54,773 reasons the Rio Grande Valley has…

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Operation Lone Star Provides Free Medical Care

A nursing program volunteer gives her time to help those in need at Operation Lone Star. (photo by Tech Sgt. Hatton, U.S. Air Force)

State program offers services July 24-28 Operation Lone Star returns to the Valley next week, bringing free health care services to five sites July 24-28. Available services include child immunizations, hearing and vision screenings, diabetes and blood pressure screenings, as well as sports physicals. In addition, the Rio Grande City site will provide preventive dental services for school-age children. Dental services and vision exams for prescription glasses for both adults and…

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