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Nourishing Friendships, It’s A Year Round Endeavor

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By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez,

As Originally Published by Texas Border Business newsprint edition.

Every year, in the last week of January, a very special event takes place. An event, that became a tradition, is now Making History it is the Mayor’s International Brunch promoted by Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas and the City of Mission, Texas.

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Many of the most prominent leaders of Mexico make a trip to Mission, accompanied by their delegations to take part in two iconic events, the Mayor’s International Brunch and The Texas Citrus Fiesta parade.

There is no better way than these gatherings to promote and strengthen relationships.  Just recently, Congressman Henry Cuellar told Texas Border Business that Mexico is the United States’ second-largest export market and third-largest trading partner with some $1.4 billion in two-way trade daily. Those are the facts that Mayor Salinas has known for years because in many ways the United States and Mexico function as economic partners.

Congressman Cuellar added that the relationship between our two countries runs deep and bridges commercial, cultural, and educational divides. There are close to 1 million Americans living in Mexico and 20 million tourists each year.  Approximately 11.6 million Mexican immigrants reside in the United States, accounting for 28 percent of our nation’s foreign-born residents. The cultural ties between the United States and Mexico run deep as most of our nation’s southwest was previously part of Mexico.

So every year, Mission gets to celebrate an event that brings and keeps together hundreds of our brothers who enjoy the region and are eager to learn from us.

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¡En hora buena! Mission!

For those that are interested in how a trademark can protect your creation, read inside latest article by Lic. Jorge Millan. He tells about a trademark that has been extremely controversial in Mexico, you will learn from Millan’s article.

On another matter, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Food Festival Committee has announced that the McAllen Food Festival, originally planned for January 21, 2016 has been rescheduled for spring 2016.  The festival is planned to be bigger and better for 2016, showcasing some of the best in cuisine options in the McAllen Area.

Congratulations to Gilberto Salinas, the Executive Vice President of the Brownsville Economic Development Council. He has been appointed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee where he will work on strategies for the recruitment of companies and capital investment in the aerospace and aviation sector in Texas.

Tony Roma’s restaurant on South 10th Street in McAllen held its ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the extensive re-modeling of the eatery. Give them a visit and enjoy their delectable dishes in their new and inviting dining area.

Good news, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has partnered with the City of Weslaco and the Weslaco Economic Development Center (WEDC) to help support the university’s ongoing efforts to enhance its entrepreneurship infrastructure and strengthen the economic viability of Valley communities.

The collaborative partnership will expand the UTRGV College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s existing Center for Innovation and Commercialization (CIC) and develop a mixed-use business incubator to include classroom space, student services and start-up business support functions.

The RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce just announced that Texas Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr of Brownsville, has been named the “Golden Eagle Award” recipient of 2016. Senator Lucio will be honored at the chamber’s annual Noche De Gala scheduled for Friday, March 11th at the Boggus Ford Events Center in Pharr. The evening consists of a dinner, dance, silent and live auctions, and a Las Vegas Style Casino. Don’t miss this event!

I know that you will enjoy this issue! TBB

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