Tag Archives: Weslaco

One Door Closes, Another VIDA Opens

Etta King has a better life for her and her children thanks in part to VIDA.

Life was good for Etta King when she moved to Weslaco in 2011 from Lake Tahoe, Cali. Five years later, her world turned upside down. Her husband left, creditors repossessed her car and eviction forced her to move from their home to a small apartment. With no money, she had to attend divorce court without legal representation. Her only family in the Valley consisted of her two sons and daughter.…

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The Eatery Gives A Cool Vibe

Weslaco entrepreneur Mario Mendiola says The Eatery is giving the Mid-Valley a new attraction.

Mario Mendiola is an energetic, man-on-the-go entrepreneur and realtor who has a passion for both his hometown and its downtown.  In early 2020, he saw through a lengthy restoration of a historic two-story building on the corner of Texas Avenue and Sixth Street in downtown Weslaco. A formerly abandoned building is now a stylishly restored building for offices and upstairs apartments.  Mendiola had another downtown project brewing. He wanted to…

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2021 Small Business Taxes: Breaks & Benefits

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Get your small business ready for tax season with the “2021 Small Business Taxes: Breaks & Benefits” webinar Jan. 20. In addition to getting your paperwork ready and knowing what you’re responsible for, it’s important to understand other possible tax requirements your business may face. This informal discussion will cover tax updates, including tax breaks and benefits. This includes those related to the CARES Acttax that may impact your company.…

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Weslaco Bakery Whips Up Happiness 

Tasty offerings are on display at Happiness Cupcakes.

Weslaco had one sweet spot going for it during the slowdown and shutdown months in the spring and summer of 2020. Happiness Cupcakes never closed. The city deemed it an essential business and the cupcake shop with an outdoor patio on Texas Boulevard stayed open. The close-to-the-nest residents of Weslaco and adjacent communities found solace in the array of cupcakes, pies, cakes and breads at the shop on Texas. “It was…

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Physician Residents Taking On Challenge

Resident physician Dr. Jorge Duarte Solis speaks to a patient at the Internal Medicine Clinic at Knapp Medical Center. (Courtesy)

Medical residency programs always bring and require what Dr. Timothy Heath calls an “intensity of experience” as young physicians make their way through real-life training. Add the rigors and challenges of dealing with the recent pandemic and coping with situations not seen in a century. The reality of it all is testing 14 physician residents under Heath’s supervision in ways no one imagined. “I’ve spoken to colleagues and I can…

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2020 Brings Changes To Business Recruiting

EDC officials are hoping to utilize the USMCA to spur new growth in border trade such as operations at the McAllen Foreign Trade Zone. (Courtesy)

The handshake, lunch meetings and traveling where necessary to meet promising prospects are all part of what makes economic development successful. In 2020, some of those elements have been put to the side. It has been a challenge to deal with for economic development professionals. The same is so for the business world they connect with daily. The trips to a company’s headquarters have been replaced with Zoom calls. Longer…

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RGV Partnership Foundation Golf Tournament

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The Rio Grande Valley Partnership Foundation’s 33rd annual Golf Tournament takes place Nov. 6. Registration begins at 7 p.m. with tee-off following at 8 a.m. Registration for a team of three includes course fees, range balls, goodie bag, golf cart, adult beverages, breakfast and lunch. Cost is $500 per team. Proceeds will benefit the partnership’s Scholarship Program (founded in 2013), among other things, which has distributed close to $250,000 in…

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Weslaco Chamber Announces Leadership Initiative

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The Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting participants for the Weslaco Chamber Leadership Initiative. The program partners with Franklin Covey Leadership Training Solutions for sessions on various topics. This includes managing teams, project management, vision and strategy, and productivity. This is the first year the chamber will offer the program. The independent learning platform allows participants to take courses at their own pace, and meet with like-minded individuals…

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‘Local Treasures’ Keep Community Connections

An arrangement of flowers at Southern Roots Flower Market, which has strong ties to McAllen.

A customer called Cissy Infante Guerrero to let her know they wouldn’t be coming by that week – but no worries – a return to Tucker’s Barbecue was guaranteed. “It was so sweet of her to call,” Infante Guerrero said of the customer. “She was worried about us and wanted to assure they would be back to see us.” The months of COVID-19 have consequently tested local businesses. They’ve adjusted…

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New Ideas Sprouting At Weslaco Therapy Business

Yvonne Reyes, an occupational therapist, owns Sprouts Sensory Garden in Weslaco. (Courtesy)

There’s a little patch of green on Texas Boulevard in downtown Weslaco. The morning sun lights up a beautiful courtyard that’s lush and green with oak trees and a small playhouse with hanging plants. It’s the sort of place of calm and reflection that Yvonne Reyes seeks in bringing her patients for therapy. Reyes, an occupational therapist, works to improve the focus, motor skills and sensory perceptions of her patients.…

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