Tag Archives: Weslaco

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

RGV Partnership touranament

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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Weslaco Chamber Seeks Award Nominees

Weslaco Chamber President/CEO Barbara Garza in 2019 with the 2019 award winners: Velma Hirlas of Peter Piper Pizza, Luis Reyes, Mary Mattar, Carla McCaleb, Joe Vidales and Emiliano Montenegro.

The Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Weslaco Chamber Awards Program. Each year the chamber recognizes and celebrates the achievements of member companies through a series of awards programs. New categories this year include Ambassador of the Year, Rising Star, Unsung Hero and Educator of the Year. This is in addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award, Man or Woman of the Year, and Business…

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Weslaco Virtual Business Forum: Hurricane Hanna


Join the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce Sept. 14 for a Zoom meeting with the SBA. Representatives will discuss resources available to Texas businesses and residents affected by Hurricane Hanna. Types of loans available include: Homeowners: up to $200,000 to repair or replace real estate damage and up to $40,000 to replace personal property. Renters: up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses: Property Damage: up to $2,000,000 to…

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Catholic Diocese Conducts Census Sundays


The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville is launching Census Sundays in an effort to bolster census participation in areas that are still undercounted. In addition to announcements to parishioners, certain area churches will host drive-through events every weekend through Sept. 27. “A vital part of the mission of the Church is to care for the people of God – all people – Catholic or not,” states a release from the Diocese.…

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Weslaco’s Love Local Rewards Shoppers

Love Local shopping

The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce has kicked off its Love Local campaign through Nov. 27. The weekly drawing will reward those supporting Weslaco businesses by making purchases of at least $20. In order to be eligible for drawings, customers must send the chamber a photo of their receipt(s) through Facebook messenger. The more people shop, the more entries they receive. Customers may also receive extra entries by uploading a picture…

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Payroll Compliance

The Payroll Compliance webinar Aug. 26 sheds light on the compliance requirements of payroll. Are you planning on hiring employees? Hiring employees involves more than just signing a paycheck. Before hiring employees, business owners must understand and prepare for the additional obligations that come with being an employer. Learn about the following: Steps to meeting general state and federal requirements Laws and types of payroll taxes business owners must pay…

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