Tag Archives: UTRGV SBDC

Legal Implications of Business Structures


“Legal Implications of Business Structures” is a session for small business owners that covers factors to consider when choosing a business structure. This includes taxation, accounting, liquidity, succession and expansion/growth plans. The session is a presentation of attorney Amber VanSchuyver with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. “This session provides crucial information for business owners, especially those who are just launching businesses or who are considering on adopting new structures for their…

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Building Your Online Presence

digital marketing

Small business owners may attend a digital media workshop on how they can optimize their online presence and reputation. Attendees will also learn how manage their brand through proactive engagement and enhance their marketing strategy through digital media. Additional topics include connecting with customers, reviewing “online score-card” and more. The session is led by digital media expert Jeanette Greider with AIM Media Texas. “It is important that business owners take ownership…

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Payroll Compliance

The “Payroll Compliance” session covers the steps owners need to take when hiring employees and the specific government agencies to contact over payroll. “Before hiring personnel, business owners need to be aware of the pertinent legal requirements, as well as, the payroll taxes they must pay in order to be in compliance with state and federal laws,” says presenter Cristina Cantu. Cantu also serves as a senior business and HR…

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From Recipe to Reality: A Foodpreneur Round Table


Potential foodpreneurs are invited to attend a food-product workshop and panel-led discussion on food idea-generation; food industry-rules; food product-testing; and best practices from experienced foodpreneurs. Guest speakers include the City of Brownsville, TX – Municipal Government Public Health Department Food Division; A & B Labs; and LGI Foods. 956 BBQ Rub has also been invited. “This session is designed for individuals who need further information on the first steps to…

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H-E-B Primo Picks: Quest for Texas Best

H-E-B is launching its sixth, annual “H-E-B Primo Picks: Quest for Texas Best” contest. The Texas-based grocery store will taste hundreds of entries from across the state to bring only the very best to their store shelves. To learn more about this contest, small businesses should attend this workshop. “We encourage small business owners with ready-products to attend this session. H-E-B representatives will be on hand to answer audience questions…

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Tax Tips for Small Businesses

Topics include small business tax forms and deadlines, and methods on filing and paying taxes. Attendees also learn personal verses business expenses and more. The free session is presented by tax experts at CAS CPA, LLC in McAllen. “It’s tax time again, and many business owners may have concerns over their small business taxes. Minimizing tax liabilities and taking advantage of tax incentives are vitally crucial to business success, especially…

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UTRGV SBDC Offers Multiple Services

Marie Chang, owner of the BARA Exotic Food restaurant, discusses ways to improve her business with the UTRGV Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Center staff. (photo David Pike, UTRGV)

The Small Business Administration estimates about 627,000 new businesses open every year. It might be a hobby to earn extra income, or a long-standing idea you finally want to act on. Whatever the motivation, there are resources available for people who want to launch a business in 2019. One of the organizations aspiring business owners can turn to is the Small Business Development Center housed at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Center…

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Mesquite Delivers Flavor

Victoria Cappadona harvests mesquite beans from South Texas ranches to make Cappadona Ranch products. (Courtesy)

Looking out over drought-parched ranchlands in 2012, Victoria Cappadona noticed one native type of vegetation holding forth, keeping its green amidst the dryness. It was the mesquite, the indestructible and ubiquitous South Texas tree with its golden string of bean pods hanging down like ribbons. Cappadona, a McAllen native now living in the Linn-San Manuel ranch country of northern Hidalgo County, remarked to her father-in-law about the tenacity of the…

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Are Your High-Tech Ideas Eligible for Funding?

seed money

The UTRGV SBDC invites high-tech, innovative companies interested in seed funds for research and development to attend a workshop March 27-28. The government’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs are the focus. The two collectively offer more than $2.6 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive capital available to innovative small companies annually. Expert speakers for the sessions include Michael Kurek from BBBetc and Bijo Mathew from the UTSA SBDC Technology…

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