Tag Archives: Weslaco

Teaching Students to Succeed

Partners Angie Moreno and Janie Garza Reyes started Advanced College & Hair Design in Weslaco 30 years ago.

Going from one classroom to another, Janie Garza Reyes gives a tour of a barber school that started with a handful of chairs 30 years ago, and is now the largest school of its type in the Rio Grande Valley – and one of the largest in Texas. “We opened this school from zero,” Reyes said, referring to the longtime partnership between herself and Angie Moreno in starting and building…

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Excellence in the Making

First-place winners Ulises Guerrero and Anel Cuarenta of Sharyland High School

They came. They competed. They won. Regional high school student teams recently participated in the BBVA inaugural Young Entrepreneur of the RGV Challenge, culminating in an awards ceremony April 30. There was a selection and awarding of competition winners, but all 19 groups are in a league of their own. Working together on a business plan and other crucial elements, presenting before a distinguished, local team of successful business leaders and…

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Curtain Call for Old Theater

Weslaco’s iconic concrete water tower rises above the original ground water storage building that now serves as a community theater. (VBR)

There was a time that the round, domed building with 12-inch-thick concrete walls stored much of Weslaco’s water supply. But for almost half a century, the historic structure has served as a community theater. Now, following a renovation with the help of the Weslaco Economic Development Corporation, the Tower Theater has a new lease on life. Constructed in 1928, the ground-level water storage facility was replaced in 1941 by the…

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Tragedy Tests Will to Succeed

Baskets with burgers and fries are lined up ready to be served to Ranch House Burgers patrons. (Courtesy)

Building a business from scratch is enough of a challenge, and as Mike Barrera can attest, coming back from a tragedy will test you anew. Barrera was three years into establishing a successful restaurant business in Weslaco – Ranch House Burgers – when a fire struck in 2014 as he was making plans to get his second restaurant open in Mission. All that Barrera had built in Weslaco was gone…

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Meet the Buyer Featuring U.S. Department of Labor

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The Davis-Bacon and related acts apply to contractors and subcontractors performing on federally funded or assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration or repair (including painting and decorating) of public buildings or public works. Other topics include: Applicability of DB How to comply Wage determinations Fringe benefits Employee classification Additional classifications Prevailing wages Laborers-mechanics Site of sork Investigative procedures Seating is limited. No more than two representatives…

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Serrano Adds Boost to Weslaco EDC

Juan Jose Serrano, new EDC board member

The Weslaco Economic Development Corporation recently filled a vacancy on its board during a time when the city is experiencing robust growth and planning for additional development. Juan Jose Serrano was recently appointed by the City Commission. He fills the vacancy left as a result of the passing of businessman Rudy Cisneros. In his facility leader position as the H-E-B Retail Support Center in Weslaco, Serrano oversees 250 employees. The…

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Weslaco Speed Networking Luncheon

Laura Espinoza of the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce, center, with South Texas Federal Credit Union representatives Jessica Marin and Cesar Leal

The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce Speed Networking Luncheon includes attendees making new connections as they move around the room in a timed format. Participants should bring business cards. South Texas Federal Credit Union serves as this month’s sponsor. The event, which includes lunch, is free for members, $10 for non-members. Call the chamber to RSVP.

Growth of a Spirited Business

To stay competitive, Holiday Wine and Liquor owner David Hernandez’s Rio Grande Valley business evolved from selling cold beer to a chain of full-service liquor stores. (VBR)

Fresh out of college at 23 years of age, David Hernandez saw an opportunity and then seized it. With $30,000 in hand from his relatives, Hernandez used it as seed money to open the first of what would become 12 Pop-A-Top stores in the Rio Grande Valley. The yellow stores with blue trim became ubiquitous across the region. “Coldest Beer In Town” was the Pop-A-Top signature line and Hernandez meant…

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Texas Onion Fest 2019

Texas Onion Fest

The Texas Onion Fest celebrates the development of the world famous Texas 1015 Onion which was developed in Weslaco. The name of the 1015 onion consequently came from the suggestion of Oct. 15 as the planting date. The festivities include live entertainment on two stages, the Onion Eating Contest, food, commercial booths and kiddie rides. Additionally, the Dancing Horses will perform twice at the Charro Arena. Highlights also include the…

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RGV Women of Purpose Inspires

More than 300 women attended the second annual RGV Women of Purpose Mixer March 21 at IBC Bank on S. Broadway in McAllen. Business women from across the Valley gathered to network and hear inspiring words of wisdom and encouragement. San Antonio First Lady Erika Prosper shared her presentation, I Am Enough. The attendees were encouraged by the keynote speaker to not be too hard on themselves and other women.…

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