Tag Archives: Weslaco

Leadership Mid-Valley Offers Mini Grants

Leadership Mid Valley XV at its class fundraiser, Sabor de Weslaco, at Valley Nature Center in Weslaco. Funds from that night are going towards a mini grant program for Weslaco Chamber member businesses.

Leadership Mid-Valley Class XV is currently offering 20 $500 mini-grants to Mid-Valley businesses that are Weslaco Chamber Members. Applications are available online through June 3. Businesses will be selected by a lottery system on Facebook live on June 15. “These times have resulted in economic hardship for millions of small businesses throughout the United States and there is no better time to give back to our very own,” LMV Class…

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Kapal Gains State Designation

The Donna facility of Kapal Industries, a cabinet and countertops manufacturer.

Irineo Capetillo knows what it’s like to navigate through the birth, emergence and subsequent struggles of a business that even in success, needs assistance if it hopes to see further growth. Going into 2019, Capetillo knew his Kapal Industries had outgrown its Donna facility. He also needed a second facility to expand his cabinet making and countertops manufacturing operations. The early search for a second facility in the Rio Grande…

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Determination Tops Ranch House Burgers

Ranch House Burgers II in Mission. (Courtesy)

Ranch House Burgers II has new and temporary hours in the era of COVID-19. Every other day, the Mission restaurant is open from midnight to 3 a.m. Its customers are primarily police officers, state troopers and first responders. “They got tired of burritos from the convenience stores,” said Mike Barrera, the restaurant’s owner. “We’re a business, so we do charge for the meals to help keep my staff employed, but it’s…

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All STC Summer Courses Will Go Online

STC Summer

South Texas College will maintain a distance learning environment for all classes during the summer 2020 semester which begins June 1. There is the potential of classes returning to a face-to-face format during the term if conditions allow. Students already registered for summer semester courses were notified of the online or alternate class format changes. “We are striving to insure that students are able to continue moving towards the academic…

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Weslaco Virtual Coffee Talk

The Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a virtual networking Coffee Talk April 22. Participants will get to connect and interact with each other. This will be a Zoom chat on Facebook Live, so you must have video and audio capabilities. And of course, don’t forget the coffee (or whatever beverage you prefer…just make sure you bring it in a mug)! Log into the Zoom meeting to participate.

Weslaco Virtual Coffee Talk

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Join the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce for a virtual networking event where participants get to connect and interact with each other. This will be a Zoom chat on FB Live, so you must have video and audio capabilities. And of course, don’t forget the coffee (or whichever beverage you prefer … just make sure you bring it in a mug!). Sponsor for the event is Hope Insurance Agency. Sponsorship…

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Wing Barn Gains Recognition Amid Growth

Bobby Saenz and Daniel Pompa are the owners of the fast-growing Wing Barn restaurants in the Valley.

Down-home Rio Grande Valley cooking is gaining statewide accolades for the Brownsville-based Wing Barn. The growing regional restaurant chain was recently named one of the “Top 25 Best Places for Chicken Wings in Texas” by Big 7 Travel. The widely-read and well-sourced social media site offers recommendations on the best destinations, hotels and restaurants around the country and world for travelers to visit and enjoy. The accolade comes at a…

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Pointing a Business Skyward

Esteban Mejia Jr., founder and owner of Sky I.T. Solutions

Esteban Mejia Jr. has the restless energy of an Air Force veteran who once worked long shifts as a nuclear cruise technician. Returning home, the Mercedes native built an information technology business from scratch. He’s now working to extend his brand. “My dad would tell me, growing up, ‘Never back down from work,’’ he said. “So I’m always thinking, ‘what else, what else can I do?’” Mejia is the founder…

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Wage and Hour for Small Businesses

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“Wage and Hour for Small Businesses” give business owners a better understanding of labor laws. A U.S. Department of Labor Wage & Hour representative will discuss the Fair Labor Standards Act. This includes minimum wage and overtime requirements, child labor regulations and recordkeeping requirements. UTRGV SBDC hosts the seminar in partnership with the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce. There is no cost to attend but attendees must pre-register. Register online…

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