By Roberto Hugo González
Richard Hernandez is a name that resonates with the Mission community for his service and dedication to the betterment of the city and its residents. As the President of the Board of Mission Economic Development Corporation (Mission EDC), Hernandez has been at the forefront of initiatives aimed at supporting small businesses, fostering innovation, and nurturing the dreams of budding entrepreneurs. In this article, we’ll explore his remarkable work and the significant impact he has made on the Mission community through his involvement with Mission EDC.
Hernandez has been a part of the Mission EDC for over two decades, with an impressive tenure of more than 20 years on the board. His commitment to the organization’s mission has been steady, and it’s this long-standing dedication that has allowed him to witness the evolution of the Mission community firsthand.
Beyond his role at Mission EDC, Richard Hernandez is a seasoned professional in the world of real estate. He manages El Capote Inc., a real estate investment trust, and has held this position for more than 25 years. His expertise in the real estate industry has undoubtedly contributed to the success of Mission EDC’s initiatives.
One of the most remarkable achievements during Hernandez’s leadership at Mission EDC has been the creation of Ruby Red Ventures, an initiative that seeks to empower entrepreneurs, innovators, and small business owners. Ruby Red Ventures has provided essential resources, guidance, and opportunities to individuals looking to turn their business dreams into reality. Through this program, Mission EDC has become the hope for those who might otherwise struggle to find support for their small businesses.
Speaking about the mission of Mission EDC and Ruby Red Ventures, Hernandez emphasizes the importance of nurturing innovation and encouraging individuals to dream big. He firmly believes that small businesses are the backbone of the US and Texas economies and supporting them is vital for overall economic growth. Hernandez and Mission EDC are not only about helping businesses with established roots but also about nurturing new ventures and ideas.
Hernandez emphasizes the accessibility of Mission EDC’s support. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or someone with just an idea, their resources are within reach. Anyone interested can easily apply online and initiate the process of turning their vision into a reality. Hernandez wants potential entrepreneurs to know that seeking assistance is easier than they might think.
Concerning Mission EDC’s commitment to small businesses, Hernandez points out the focus on businesses with 30 employees or less. This dedication to small businesses, especially those in their early stages, reflects the organization’s understanding of the challenges faced by such ventures. Mission EDC provides to qualified businesses or entrepreneurs financial assistance and valuable education and guidance to ensure these businesses thrive.
Hernandez’s leadership at Mission EDC showcases his genuine care for the Mission community. He believes in the potential of every individual with a dream and is dedicated to providing them with the tools and resources needed for success. “Whether you’re a seasoned business owner or someone with a groundbreaking idea, Mission EDC, is there to support and guide you on your journey to success,” he told Texas Border Business.
Hernandez’s dedication to community service through Mission EDC and the commitment to fostering small businesses and entrepreneurs have made him a true champion of the Mission community. His leadership has not only transformed lives but has also contributed significantly to the economic growth and prosperity of Mission, Texas. As we look to the future, we can only anticipate more remarkable achievements and positive impacts under his guidance.
Richard Hernandez, President of El Capote Inc., a real estate investment trust, has been in his role for over 25 years. His extensive leadership experience includes former presidencies at the Boys & Girls Club of Mission, Mission Redevelopment Authority, Mission Economic Development Authority, and Shary Municipal Golf Course Advisory Board. Additionally, Hernandez played a significant role in the Junior Chamber (Jaycees), serving as the Texas Jaycees’ president and the United States Jaycees’ vice president.