Tag Archives: South Padre Island

Farm an Organic Family Affair

Susanne and Bud Cooke discuss the raising of the canopy on a greenhouse at Acacia Farms. (VBR)

The scene was reminiscent of an old-fashioned barn raising, where friends would turn out to help a farmer build a new barn, and then celebrate the accomplishment. But on this Saturday in December, what was being raised was a new covering for a damaged greenhouse at Acacia Farms in Bayview. The greenhouse, some 30 feet by 130 feet, lost its plastic covering in a freak windstorm earlier in the year…

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Kauffman Coming to SPI

A limited amount of spots are open for the upcoming Kauffman FastTrac starting in January in South Padre Island. The NewVenture program provides tools to both develop business concepts and successfully launch a business. To be held at the Port Isabel Events and Cultural Center as well as the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, the seven sessions encompass facilitated instruction. Students in the program identify market needs, understand business…

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SPI Chamber Annual Membership Meeting

Join the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce as it recognizes those volunteers that have contributed their time and resources to the community during the past year. Awards to be presented include Directors’ Award, Ambassadors’ Award, Kukui Award, Community Partner Award and RGV Walk of Fame. Committee chairs will also be recognized for their valuable contributions to the success of the chamber during the past year. Admission is $20 for chamber members through Oct. 19, $25…

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SPI Coffee and Conversation

Guest speaker is SPI City Planner Cliff Cross. Coffee and Conversation is coordinated by the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee.  Guest Speakers are brought in to speak on topics of importance to the business community.

Opening Doors to Government Contracting: Women Owned Small Business Program

Learn about the Women-Owned Small Business Contracting Program (WOSB) and the Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business Contracting (EDWOSB) Program, the benefits of being an Women-Owned Small Business certified firm, and if you qualify for the WOSB or EDWOSB program. In addition, particpants will learn about the WOSB’s application process. If your business is owned and controlled by a woman, and you have a product or service you can sell to…

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SPI: Understanding Unlawful Employment and Compliance Matters

On occasion workers secure jobs through fraudulent means such as presenting false documents, completing fraudulent benefit applications and/or unlawfully obtaining someone’s identity. As an employer, if you interested in better understanding unlawful employment and reducing compliance vulnerabilities then this training is for you. Officials from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration will present information to help entrepreneurs and small business owners understand…

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