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Karaoke Contest – Waiting List

Join us tonight from 7:00pm to 9:00pm for our very first Karaoke Contest at McAllen Food Park, sponsored by the 19th Annual Business Expo!! Come support the 30 contestants who will compete this evening for a chance to move on to the final round. Only 15 lucky contestants will advance to the Karaoke Final Performances on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 4:00pm at the Business Expo! The Top 3 performers will receive a cash prize: 1st Place: $250, 2nd Place: $100, 3rd Place: $50!!!!  

Top 5 Small Businesses Award Application

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Criteria: Please provide enough information and documentation to support your answers Your business has to consist of no more than 200 employees to qualify as a small business Your business was established before 2012 Your business has had a consistent record of employment in the last two years Your business has had a steady increase in sales over the last three years (no hard numbers just percentage increases) Your business has demonstrated consistent community involvement in the last two years Your business has improved or expanded its product and/or services through expansion and/or innovation Your business operates a location in the McAllen area 2016 RECIPIENTS McAllen Country Club The Dry Room Alberico Fine Wine Mail Pak Your Box Store Texas Border Business 2014 Recipients Melba’s Dance Studio Clark Chevrolert Carats Image House Media Verturo Interests 2013 Recipients Embroidme House Wine & Bistro Major Health Foods McCreert Aviation Co., Inc. The…

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A Day of Business at the 2016 Business Expo

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The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 18th Annual Business Expo, to be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the McAllen Convention Center, and invite the Valley’s business community to participate. The Business Expo is McAllen’s and the Region’s premier opportunity to grow a business, providing Business to Business networking opportunities as well as Business to Consumer exposure, thereby making it the perfect event to showcase, advertise, and sell products and services. The Chamber is once again expecting over 150 exhibitors and more than 3,000 attendees. In addition, the Business Expo will offer free professional business seminars, and live entertainment. Make business contacts Sell product  Showcase your business  Network  The McAllen Chamber Business Expo was started in 1997 at the McAllen Civic Center, now at the McAllen Convention Center we have grown through the years and now over 150 vendors showcase and sell products and services at the…

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The McAllen Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Wells Fargo schedule the first 2016 session of Latina Hope on January 20th.

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The McAllen Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Wells Fargo are joining forces to promote the creation and/or growth of micro-enterprises in the McAllen area. The LatinaHope Business Network is designed to facilitate the learning, networking and acting of Spanish speaking micro-entrepreneurs that have a new business idea or a small business and want to move their venture to a more tangible point. The program begins with basic workshops on finance, single entry bookkeeping, operational management, marketing and business plan development. Additionally, each session attendees will have the opportunity to learn at least two of the following skills: candle making, card making, jewelry making, knitting / crocheting / quilting, sewing and alterations, soap making, toy making, and wreath making. After attending the two trainings, participants will have the opportunity to prepare a project plan (basic business plan) and present their business idea from the to the LatinaHope judging panel. The…

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The McAllen Chamber of Commerce presents the Spring 2016 Lunch and Learn Business Seminars Series

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The McAllen Chamber of Commerce presents the Spring 2016 Lunch and Learn Business Seminars Series McAllen – The McAllen Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the three presentations during its “Spring 2016 Lunch & Learn Business Seminar Series.” The first seminar entitled “: How to Organize your Records” is scheduled for February 16 and will be presented by Art Lopez, CPA and Crystal Solis, CPA at Burton McCumber & Cortez LLP. Learn current best practices regarding what tax and financial records should be kept by individuals and businesses and if and when it’s safe to destroy information. The second seminar entitled “Developing a Mindset to win as an Entrepreneur” is scheduled for March and will be presented by Chis’mere Mallard, “The Golden Voice of Motivation”. Chis’mere owns and manages CLS Devices, LLC, representing several multi-million dollar companies, as well as his own life-coaching and inspirational speaking company, Chis’mere Mallard, LLC.…

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McAllen, Tx Ranked #1 for 3rd consecutive Quarter in 2015 as the least expensive city to live in U.S.A.

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McAllen, Tx Ranked #1 for 3rd consecutive Quarter in 2015 as the least expensive city to live in U.S.A. The Council for Community and Economic Research, a nonprofit group that provides information on local economic trends, recently compared the cost of living in 265 urban areas in the U.S. Based on the price of housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services McAllen is the least expensive city for living in the U.S.A. The rankings were compiled based on the ACCRA Cost of Living Index produced by the Council for Community and Economic Research. Average in New York(Manhattan) NY to more than 20 percent below the national average in McAllen, TX. The Ten Most and Least Expensive Urban Areas in the Cost of Living Index (COLI) Third Quarter 2015 National Average for 265 Urban Areas = 100   Most Expensive   Least Expensive      …

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The McAllen Chamber of Commerce concluded the fall Latina Hope program

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The McAllen Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Wells Fargo joined forces to promote the creation and/or growth of micro-enterprises in the McAllen area. The LatinaHope Business Network is designed to facilitate the learning, networking and acting of Spanish speaking micro-entrepreneurs that have a new business idea or a small business and want to move their venture to a more tangible point. The program begins with basic workshops on finance; single entry bookkeeping, operational management, marketing and business plan development. Additionally, each session attendees will have the opportunity to learn at least two of the following skills: candle making, card making, jewelry making, knitting / crocheting / quilting, sewing and alterations, soap making, toy making, and wreath making. After attending the two trainings, participants had the opportunity to prepare a project plan (basic business plan) and present their business idea from the to the LatinaHope judging panel. On Wednesday December…

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TX Comptroller Glenn Hegar Addresses McAllen Leaders

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Hegar’s speech was themed around Texas’ economy being well-diversified and its future, extremely bright. On its own, Texas is the eleventh largest economy in the entire world. Hegar mentioned that he is determined to conduct an in-depth analysis of economic indicators throughout the state that are specific to its various regions, such as South Texas, McAllen, Edinburg, Mission, rural areas, etc. The Texas Comptroller is critical to McAllen as the tax collector and funding estimator for the state. State-funded projects depend on the accuracy and calculation methodologies of this statewide office. Comptroller Hegar discussed his significant ties to McAllen and his commitment to expand business opportunity in our city. 

GOOD PITCH COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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Congratulations to the 17 participants in the Good Pitch Competition October 22. In the words of judges, “Every idea pitched here today….should be fleshed out.” From among all the worthy presentations, the following pitch presentations were chosen as the 2015 winners. 1st – Samuel Shipp 2nd – Lamar Jones 3rd – David Sage-Olivares Good Pitch Competition 2015 1st Place Winner Samuel Shipp accepts his award from the Judges Aaron Gonzalez, Jacquelyn Michel, CEO  Steve Ahlenius, Matt, Kennedy and Ivan Gonzalez Vice President of Business Development. 2nd Place Lamar Jones         3rd Place David Sage-Olivares