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WATCH: National Small Business Week – Virtual Award Ceremony

Congratulations to the Lower RGV SBA Award Winners

Rep. Cuellar Announces $3 Million in Federal Funding to Mission EDC

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $3 million in federal funding to Mission Economic Development Corporation (EDC) TODAY, September 18.
00:00:36

Singing legend Cher expresses support for Hidalgo County residents in public service announcement

Moved by some of the stories of courage emanating from Hidalgo County, Cher reached out to emergency management officials in California where she lives and said she wanted to help.

WATCH: Rep. Cuellar, New Solutions for Reopening the U.S.-Mexico Border

Congressman urges for a new framework that minimizes public health risks and allows community to resume economic activity
00:10:29

Cornyn: Texas Families & Small Businesses Recovering, But More Relief Needed

Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed how his travel around Texas during the August state work period has reinforced the urgency of and informed his priorities for the next coronavirus relief package.
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Publisher's Picks

American Pickers to Film in Texas

Sarah Perkins Casting Associate working with the show American Pickers on the History Channel, told Texas Border Business that they are planning on returning to Texas this November!

Ariat Regional Headquarters To Establish In Fort Worth

Ariat Regional Headquarters To Establish In Fort Worth

States with the Fewest COVID-19 Restrictions – WalletHub Study

With some states continuing to reopen while others have paused or reversed course due to surges in COVID-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions.

Ancient Earthquake May Have Caused Destruction of Canaanite Palace at Tel Kabri

A team of Israeli and American researchers funded by grants from the National Geographic Society and the Israel Science Foundation has uncovered new evidence that an earthquake may have caused the destruction and abandonment of a flourishing Canaanite palatial site about 3,700 years ago.

Marc Benioff, James Mwangi and Felicitas Pantoja are the winners of the 2020 Oslo Business for Peace Award

Today, the Business for Peace Foundation announced the 2020 Oslo Business for Peace Award winners.

Business of The Week

Rep. Cuellar presented a plan to re-open the US/Mexico border

Rep. Cuellar presented a plan to re-open the US/Mexico border

Most Read

Funding for A New Federal Court Building Now A Reality

In 1988, the McAllen office of the United States Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Texas opened by leasing an eleven-floor all-black facility located on old Business Highway 83 and Bicentennial. The building was originally the site of the Texas Commerce Bank.

Weslaco EDC and the City of Weslaco has developed a ROUND TWO COVID-19 Program

In response to the adverse economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Economic Development Corporation of Weslaco (EDC) and the City of Weslaco has developed a ROUND TWO (2) COVID-19 Weslaco Small Business Recovery Assistance Loan/Grant Program to provide assistance to Weslaco-based businesses suffering from financial impacts related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Texas and Mexico’s Oil and Gas Industry gather virtually for the 6th Mexico Gas Summit on September 8-10, 2020

To learn about the evolving oil and gas industry landscape in Mexico, business executives can participate in the upcoming the 6th MEXICO GAS SUMMIT 2020 (www.mexicogassummit.com) which will take place virtually this year from San Antonio, Texas on September 8,9 and 10.

Women of Distinction 2020

The RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Women's committee proudly announces the recipients of the 2020 Women of Distinction Award.

Bonnie Gonzalez, a Professional That Cares

It is reassuring to know that someone and a board of directors work diligently to better the health of the Rio Grande Valley residents.

Publisher's Word

Publisher’s Word: Long Term Planning Puts Brownsville Back on Track

Trey Mendez, an attorney by trade leads the landmark City of Brownsville Texas. For years he saw the need for long term planning and decided to run for mayor, as of 2019 he leads the largest city in the Rio Grande Valley.

American Pickers to Film in Texas

Sarah Perkins Casting Associate working with the show American Pickers on the History Channel, told Texas Border Business that they are planning on returning to Texas this November!

Top News

McAllen, Texas Bridges the Digital Divide

The city of McAllen, Texas is deploying a shared spectrum CBRS wireless network with technology from private network pioneer Federated Wireless and Cambium Networks (NASDAQ: CMBM), a leading global provider of wireless networking solutions.

U.S./Mexico border to remain closed to Mexican Shoppers

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at land ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border through October 21st.

Lower Rio Grande Valley must remain at 50% occupancy and continue postponing elective surgeries

Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference to provide an update on the state's ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19.

Governor Abbott To Provide Update On COVID-19

Governor Greg Abbott will provide an update on Texas' continued response to COVID-19 on Thursday, September 17th at 12:00 PM at the State Capitol.

UTRGV to receive $1.3 million to Fuel High-Growth Entrepreneurship

UTRGV to receive $1.3 million to Fuel High-Growth Entrepreneurship

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $3 Million to Boost Manufacturing Growth in Mission, Texas

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3 million grant to the Mission Economic Development Corporation

Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez lifts Shelter at Home Order, adds protections for Winter Texans

In his capacity as the county’s Emergency Management Director, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez has lifted the county’s Shelter at Home order, but implemented new protections for the annual arrival of Winter Texans.

Publisher’s Word: Long Term Planning Puts Brownsville Back on Track

Trey Mendez, an attorney by trade leads the landmark City of Brownsville Texas. For years he saw the need for long term planning and decided to run for mayor, as of 2019 he leads the largest city in the Rio Grande Valley.

27 Companies Awarded COVID-19 Weslaco Small Business Recovery Assistance

The Economic Development Corporation of Weslaco announces business names of grant/loans recipients of the 2nd Round COVID-19 Weslaco Small Business Recovery Assistance Loan/Grant Program intended to provide assistance to Weslaco-based businesses suffering from financial impacts related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Community News

McAllen Public Library Presents Region-Wide Event: South Texas Reads!

South Texas Reads! presented by the McAllen Public Library, is a region-wide literary event encouraging the Rio Grande Valley community to read and discuss the same book.

Agua SUD and Partners to Host Census Rally Drive-By and Telethon on Friday

As the deadline to complete the 2020 Census looms, officials in Western Hidalgo County have joined forces to ensure that the communities and families are accurately counted.

Governor Abbott Appoints Five To Podiatric Medical Examiners Advisory Board

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Cirenia Terrazas and reappointed Michael Lunsford, D.P.M. and Joe E. Martin, D.P.M. to the Podiatric Medical Examiners Advisory Board for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025.

Elections Department conducting poll worker training at Bert Ogden Arena

The Hidalgo County Elections Department is kicking off the first day of Poll Worker training today at Bert Ogden Arena.

Edinburg Reaches 65% Census Self-Response Rate

Edinburg Reaches 65% Census Self-Response Rate

Dentists Who Care Receives $50,000 Grant from DentaQuest

Dentists Who Care (DWC) has received a $50,000 contribution from DentaQuest, the largest dental benefits administrator in Texas, serving 2.4 million members, to continue free dental care for children and families in need in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

cdcb | Come Dream. Come Build. Receives $2.5 million Award to Develop its MiCASiTA Housing Model

Come Dream. Come Build. Receives $2.5 million Award to Develop its MiCASiTA Housing Model

Secretary Hughs Marks Urges All Eligible Texans To Register To Vote By October 5th

Secretary Hughs Marks Urges All Eligible Texans To Register To Vote By October 5th

McAllen, Texas Bridges the Digital Divide

The city of McAllen, Texas is deploying a shared spectrum CBRS wireless network with technology from private network pioneer Federated Wireless and Cambium Networks (NASDAQ: CMBM), a leading global provider of wireless networking solutions.

AMA: Congress Providing Much-Needed Relief to Physicians Working Through the Pandemic

The American Medical Association (AMA) strongly supports provisions in the Continuing Resolution that will offer relief to hard-pressed physician practices.
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McAllen Public Library Presents Region-Wide Event: South Texas Reads!

South Texas Reads! presented by the McAllen Public Library, is a region-wide literary event encouraging the Rio Grande Valley community to read and discuss the same book.

McAllen, Texas Bridges the Digital Divide

The city of McAllen, Texas is deploying a shared spectrum CBRS wireless network with technology from private network pioneer Federated Wireless and Cambium Networks (NASDAQ: CMBM), a leading global provider of wireless networking solutions.

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $3 Million to Boost Manufacturing Growth in Mission, Texas

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3 million grant to the Mission Economic Development Corporation

Mission CISD announces Staff Member of the Year

Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) officials recently surprised a member of the Child Nutrition Program (CNP) staff with a very special visit.

Edinburg Reaches 65% Census Self-Response Rate

Edinburg Reaches 65% Census Self-Response Rate

Monster Carwash Bar & Grill celebrates ribbon cutting with Edinburg Chamber

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce (ECC) staff, ambassadors and board members joined Monster Carwash Bar and Grill to celebrate the new business with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

PSJA ISD Athletes may resume conditioning, starting next week on a voluntary basis

PSJA ISD will be opening stadium facilities at all four comprehensive high schools to Varsity student-athletes to begin voluntary conditioning this upcoming week Sept. 21-25 for the start of fall sports on Sept. 28.

PSJA ISD Counselors host virtual Social and Emotional Learning Academies for students LIVE on YouTube

As a way to continue offering students Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) opportunities during distance learning, the PSJA Guidance and Counseling Department has organized a week-long series of virtual academies hosted on YouTube LIVE.

Dentists Who Care Receives $50,000 Grant from DentaQuest

Dentists Who Care (DWC) has received a $50,000 contribution from DentaQuest, the largest dental benefits administrator in Texas, serving 2.4 million members, to continue free dental care for children and families in need in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

$771,000 in COPS School Violence Prevention Program Funds for South Texas

Today, Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX) announced that the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has awarded three South Texas cities funding through the COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).

Valley Baptist School of Vocational Nursing Changing Lives Through Education

When deciding which career path to take more than 15 years ago, Amadeo Flores III had a decision to make, and he chose to follow in the footsteps of a loved one.

Valley Baptist Health System Continues with Rigorous COVID-SAFETY Standards

As Valley Baptist Health System remains laser-focused on efforts to ensure that local residents continue to have access to high-quality healthcare in the safest environment, area physicians are urging the community to avoid delaying both emergency and routine healthcare.

cdcb | Come Dream. Come Build. Receives $2.5 million Award to Develop its MiCASiTA Housing Model

Come Dream. Come Build. Receives $2.5 million Award to Develop its MiCASiTA Housing Model

Josh Mejia named IEDC 2020 Young Economic Developer

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers, announced on Friday their selection of Josh Mejia, Executive Director of the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC), as the Young Young Economic Developer of the Year for 2020.

South Padre Island Showing Exemplary Social Distancing on the Beach #LiveFromSPI

Texas Border Business and Mega Doctor News are video streaming a Live feed from South Padre Island showing exemplary social distancing on the beach. Please share. This is how it should be done for a more sustainable future.

South Padre Island Hotel & Condo discounts for all Retail – & Banking – Industry guests

South Padre Island Hotel & Condo discounts for all retail – & banking – industry guests.
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Exclusives

Mayor Trey Mendez, Strong Leadership for Brownsville’s Future

Trey Mendez, an attorney by trade, is the mayor of Brownsville, a landmark city in South Texas. Mayor Mendez came into this position propelled by the idea that the city lacked long-term planning.

Bonnie Gonzalez, a Professional That Cares

It is reassuring to know that someone and a board of directors work diligently to better the health of the Rio Grande Valley residents.

A Husband and Wife Remind Us the American Dream Is Alive

I left the meeting with a great feeling, knowing that the American Dream is alive and well. Having met Juan Rafael Cano and his wife Sara Ana, was indeed an honor.

“Professional Sports Should Be a Point of Civic Pride for A Community” – Ron Patel, GGE President

Golden Grape Entertainment, LLC (GGE) is the unique company managing the Bert Ogden Arena and HEB Park. Both facilities represent a dream come true; they were envisioned by the principal of the company, Alonzo Cantu.

Meet the new Chairman and CEO of a new bank in the Valley

Today, there are few opportunities to be in a market and witness the opening by the expansion of a bank.

Natasha Del Barrio, an Exceptional Woman CEO in Auto Retail

This year, Natasha Del Barrio, was interviewed by Jim Fitzpatrick, host of CBT, the automotive television network in the U.S. Natasha is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Bert Ogden and Fiesta Auto Group in the Rio Grande Valley.

The BIG Story

Funding for A New Federal Court Building Now A Reality

In 1988, the McAllen office of the United States Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Texas opened by leasing an eleven-floor all-black facility located on old Business Highway 83 and Bicentennial. The building was originally the site of the Texas Commerce Bank.

U.S. Congress

Rep. Cuellar Continues to Fight for Small Business Week

Rep. Cuellar Continues to Fight for Small Business Week

U.S./Mexico border to remain closed to Mexican Shoppers

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at land ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border through October 21st.

Rep. Cuellar on the Lifting of the State Department’s Travel Restrictions for Mexico

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding U.S. State Department’s decision to lower its travel advisory for Mexico to a Level 3 ‘Reconsider Travel’ from its highest possible Level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’. Read the State Department’s advisory here.

TWDB Approves Prioritized Project List for 2020 Flood Infrastructure Fund Cycle

Today, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved the prioritized project list for the 2020 Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) inaugural cycle and establishing the amount of funds available for applications, the structure of financing, and the terms of the subsidy.

Border Patrol at The Texas Border

Human Smugglers Actions put Many Lives at Risk

Yesterday, agents rescued four subjects from the fast moving currents of the Rio Grande and encountered a man in dire need of medical attention in Brooks County.

Multiple Smuggling Events Lead to 60 Apprehensions

Over the weekend, Border Patrol agents thwarted three smuggling cases that led to the rescue of two aliens confined in a vehicle compartment, and the discovery of two human smuggling stash houses.

Senior Federal Agent Charged with Violating Civil Rights

A 44-year-old Border Patrol (BP) supervisor is set to appear in federal court on allegations she deprived several constitutional rights of a La Joya woman, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
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WATCH: National Small Business Week – Virtual Award Ceremony

Congratulations to the Lower RGV SBA Award Winners

Rep. Cuellar Announces $3 Million in Federal Funding to Mission EDC

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $3 million in federal funding to Mission Economic Development Corporation (EDC) TODAY, September 18.
00:00:36

Singing legend Cher expresses support for Hidalgo County residents in public service announcement

Moved by some of the stories of courage emanating from Hidalgo County, Cher reached out to emergency management officials in California where she lives and said she wanted to help.

WATCH: Rep. Cuellar, New Solutions for Reopening the U.S.-Mexico Border

Congressman urges for a new framework that minimizes public health risks and allows community to resume economic activity
00:10:29

Cornyn: Texas Families & Small Businesses Recovering, But More Relief Needed

Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed how his travel around Texas during the August state work period has reinforced the urgency of and informed his priorities for the next coronavirus relief package.

WATCH: City of McAllen Presents “United for Reynosa”

During this meeting McAllen Mayor, Jim Darling and Reynosa Mayor, Maqui Ortiz joined by Mexican Consul in McAllen Froylan Yescas Cedillo, will participate in a brief virtual ceremony. The main topic will be to make official the donation of drinking water by McAllen towards the victims of Hurricane Hanna in Reynosa.
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School Districts (ISD)

US Navy Band, Army Band host masterclass for PSJA Early College High School clarinet section

US Navy Band, Army Band host masterclass for PSJA Early College High School clarinet section

Edinburg CISD honored with TAEA District of Distinction Award

The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) recently announced that the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District is among only 42 school districts in the state and one of just two districts in the Rio Grande Valley to earn the 2020 District of Distinction Award.

Alton Elementary encouraging reading through virtual Library Story Time

Alton Elementary continues to promote reading even through the pandemic, only now, they are doing it virtually. The campus librarian, Ms. Yonia Martinez, has started to have Library Story Time on Friday afternoons.

PSJA ISD Athletes may resume conditioning, starting next week on a voluntary basis

PSJA ISD will be opening stadium facilities at all four comprehensive high schools to Varsity student-athletes to begin voluntary conditioning this upcoming week Sept. 21-25 for the start of fall sports on Sept. 28.

Higher Education

Vaqueros United: UTRGV Athletics Stands Against Racism, Hatred and Social Injustice

Vaqueros United: UTRGV Athletics Stands Against Racism, Hatred and Social Injustice

TSC’s high quality and commitment to student success earns 10-year reaccreditation

TSC’s high quality and commitment to student success earns 10-year reaccreditation

TSC helps Construction program alumnus build his business

Texas Southmost College Construction program alumnus Fernando Garcia realized years ago that if he wanted his construction company, Yireh Remodeling and Construction, to grow, he had to go back to school.

Laredo College Receives Donation from the Government of Mexico

For approximately 15 years, Laredo College in a joint effort with the Government of Mexico, through the Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores de Mexico, has been providing financial assistance to students attending our college via the IME Becas Scholarship Program.

Sports

Toros Postpone Matchup with New Mexico

Rio Grande Valley FC and New Mexico have collaboratively decided to postpone the match between both clubs that was previously scheduled for Wednesday, September 23.

PSJA ISD Athletes may resume conditioning, starting next week on a voluntary basis

PSJA ISD will be opening stadium facilities at all four comprehensive high schools to Varsity student-athletes to begin voluntary conditioning this upcoming week Sept. 21-25 for the start of fall sports on Sept. 28.

Updated Schedule for Toros

Rio Grande Valley FC announced today that its previously scheduled match for September 19 against FC Tulsa has been postponed, while RGV FC and Austin Bold’s rescheduled match is set for Wednesday, September 30.

RGV FC Postpone Saturday Night Matchup with Austin Bold

Rio Grande Valley FC announced today that its previously scheduled match against Austin Bold FC has been postponed.
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Culture And Events

Philis M. Barragán Goetz will present during the next Sunday Speaker Series Online at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 on Facebook Live.

Join the Museum of South Texas History in the next the Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation, “The Escuelitas of South Texas: An Educational History,” with Dr. Philis M. Barragán Goetz at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 on Facebook Live.

STC Theatre Goes Virtual For 2020-2021 Production Season

South Texas College Theatre has taken a leap into the virtual world this season.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration in Edinburg: Nuestra Herencia

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated to honor Hispanic contributions to American heritage and culture.

San Antonio International Airport Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

San Antonio International Airport is hosting a 4-part series to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Anecdote

Anecdote: The Day I Replaced Alonso Cantu’s Chef

Back in the 70’s there was a very popular musical trio called Myrna and Los Platinos. The trio had performed internationally and played original songs composed by Osmel Martinez who at the time was considered to be an acoustical guitar virtuoso

Anecdote: Fritz Bergh, An Exceptional Businessman

It was 1975 when I first entered the radio business. My first job in this field was with KQXX FM 98.5 radio station located at 608 South 10th Street in McAllen, at that time. The building still stands, it is just across from Pep Boys.

Success in the Valley Didn’t Happen by Itself, Many Great People Helped

More than three decades ago, I had an opportunity to interview Glen E. Roney. He had always been a popular man due to his dedication to the communities of South Texas, and also because of his philanthropic activities.

Anecdote: Meeting with Paul Moffit Three Decades Ago Was a Window to the Future

Almost three decades ago, I met with Mr. Paul Moffitt; it was a great opportunity. He was a successful professional and board chairman of a leading savings and loan banking institution.