Category Archives: Chamber News

85th LEGISLATIVE SPECIAL SESSION

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BILLS PASSED IN FIRST CALLED SESSION HEALTH: HB 13 by Giovanni Capriglione (R-Keller) and Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) requires health care facilities and physicians to electronically report abortion complications to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) within three business days for physicians and within 30 days for facilities. The report must include (if known): the date and the type of abortion that caused or may have caused the complication; the gestational age of the fetus; the name and type of facility in which the abortion was performed; the date the complication was diagnosed or treated; the name and type of facility other than the reporting facility in which the complication was diagnosed or treated; a description of the complication; the patient’s year of birth, race, marital status, and state and county of residence; the date of the first day of the patient’s last menstrual period; the number of previous…

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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!!!!  

HEALTHCARE PROFILE – DR. CARLOS HERRERA, M.D., F.A.C.O.G GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGIST

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America, the beautiful, the land of opportunity! That’s exactly what young Carlos Herrera believed growing up in Mexico City. All around him everything he heard and saw was about the United States and what a great country it was. “We were constantly exposed to American goods, cartoons and TV shows,” Herrera said. “I noticed how the United States was way ahead when it came to science. Both scientific and medical programs always showed how good life was becoming in the U.S. and as medicine progressed, the Americans’ quality of life got better. By the age of 16, I knew I had to be a doctor and I knew I wanted to go to the United States and attend medical school.” The oldest of three, Herrera followed his conviction that America was the place where dreams could come true and began searching options for colleges. At 18, Herrera had the grades,…

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MEET YOUR AMBASSADOR – FLOWER GUERRERO

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Flower Guerrero has taken the power of her name, Guerrero/Warrior, and turned it into a tool for her marketing consultant position with Entravision, along with her 15 years of marketing and media experience. “I call myself Biz Warrior,” she said, identifying closely with her clients as a past business owner herself. “I have a group of Biz Warriors on Facebook – my clients, my business owners.” “I enjoy working with small businesses to find marketing solutions,” she said. “I’m able to bring all that experience into one place, one position for my clients and help the community.” Becoming an Ambassador fits in with her belief that one should be involved in the community. But it’s more than that. “My purpose is to give back, and giving back means being involved in the business community through the Chamber. One of my favorite initiatives of the Chamber is Latina Hope. It’s wonderful…

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BUSINESS YOU SHOULD KNOW – A BLOCK AWAY QUILT SHOP

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Passion gives small business entrepreneurs the impetus to succeed. Be it food, marketing or quilting, if the passion is there, it is more likely the business will succeed. Ron and Barb Bergquist easily fit into this realm. Retired from careers in IT, they moved to the Valley on December 31, 2010, thinking they were going to enjoy the good life. They did, for a while. Then, on a trip to a picturesque town in Virginia a few years ago, Barb made an off-handed remark to Ron that would change their lives. “Wouldn’t this be a nice little place for a quilt shop?” Barb’s long-time passion for quilting was well-known by her husband. After intense research, they test marketed their concept for the shop online. “We used Facebook and increased our Search Engine Optimization by signing up for everything on Yahoo, Bing, and more so people would know we’re out there.…

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IMAGINE THAT! – IMAGINE IT STUDIOS

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John’s television background started him accidentally into the advertising agency he opened in 1998. “One of my first clients liked my ideas so much they said, ‘Why don’t you do all of our advertising?’ My business wasn’t an advertising agency yet, but I quickly replied, ‘Absolutely! That would be easy.’ It turned out it wasn’t,” John said. He was a hard worker and wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity. By 2004, the internet was already popular and John felt a need for quality web design in the Rio Grande Valley. He and former partner Abel Riojas joined forces to create Imagine It Studios, and began developing websites. While the market was crashing in 2008, Imagine It Studios was taking off as digital media was coming into its own. Evolving, they became a full service digital marketing agency including such services as Search Engine Optimization (SEO), web-design and development, content…

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Business Expo At The McAllen Convention Center

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You don’t want to miss dynamic seminar at the McAllen Chamber Commerce’s Business Expo Thursday, September 14, 1:30PM-3:30PM at the McAllen Convention Center. Jan Latiolais Hargrave teaches you the ways in which your body communicates to the world around you. Her information could help you to “read” your customers, your family, your students, your associates, in fact, everyone around you. Author of Let Me See You Body Talk, Freeway of Love, Judge The Jury and Strictly Business Body Language, this popular speaker, distinguished educator, talk-show guest of The Lifetime Channel, Fox News, The Maury Povich Show, The Montel Williams Show, Great Day Houston, E-Entertainment Television and The Ricki Lake Show, describes for you all “hidden messages” you use in your everyday life and shows you how to stop the lies and uncover the truth-in any conversation or situation. Working with thousands in the field of personal growth and self-expression through…

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Four Types of Meeting “Problem Children”

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I participate in a lot meetings and I run a lot of meetings. Meetings can be advantageous or a total waste of time. It really comes down to how a person leads a meeting. A successful meeting has two key elements: 1) it has an agenda with a start time and end time and 2) it has a purpose or expected outcome for the meeting. Our staff meetings are every Monday and they typically don’t last more than 10 minutes. The staff meeting is to inform and to highlight key things happening that week. I am amazed at the amount of time wasted in many meetings. Remember, on occasion, there are people who will subvert your meetings or have an agenda that is contrary to the organization or the purpose of the meeting. Not everyone has a sinister plot to destroy a meeting, but problems develop with people who use…

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The Health Service Sector in McAllen Sees Unprecedented Growth

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It may not come as much of a surprise that the health service sector in the McAllen metro area is one of the leading industries of the region. But when we begin to look at the sheer numbers and affect the medical field has had on the local economy and job growth, it’s quite difficult not to be left astounded. Since 2000, the health service sector (in addition to the education sector) has grown by more than 150%. As the two fastest growing industries in the last 17 years, education and health services account for 47% of all net jobs added to the McAllen House Market Area (HMA). Amazingly, during the 12 months prior to March 2017, these two sectors once again had the highest job growth at a fantastic 4.9%. That is a positive increase of 3,200 jobs during that 12 month time frame. This expanded the total number…

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Why Men Are Not Working

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There is a growing trend in the United States that could have far reaching ramifications for our labor force over the next ten years – fewer men are working. Social scientists are still trying to understand the underlying reasons for the decline. The year 2000 now appear to be he high watermark for work and employment for men in the United States. Here are a couple of underlying causes: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) averaged 2.3% annual growth from 1948 to 2000. After 2000, it has averaged less than 1.5 percent. Slower growth and more technology mean fewer new jobs. Jobs that were lost in 2001 and in the 2008 “great recession” are not coming back. In 2017, we finally reached pre-2008 job numbers. The job market is taking longer to come back. For every officially unemployed American man between the ages of 25 and 55, there are another three who…

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The Power of Pain

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The power of pain has such a great influence on us and our decisions. Human nature tells us to build systems and processes to avoid pain. We want things easy. The 21st century and technology have made things easy and mostly painless in the United States. As humans, we don’t like pain and we avoid it every day. Do I get up off the couch and go do something physical or do I just keep sitting? Do you allow emotional impulses to direct your decisions? If you have teenagers, you know that most teenagers look for the easy way forward. When asked why they made a certain decision, they will respond, because “they felt like it.” Unfortunately, that attitude of making decisions based on how you feel at the moment has carried forward into adult life for many people today. We are unwilling and unable to make sacrifices or to…

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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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Six Traits to Get Through Hardships and Trials

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There were a couple of college courses I did not want to take because the teachers and their reputation for being really hard and and demanding. Unfortunately, I went to a small college and there was no getting around the courses — there were no passes. There are no passes with trials and hardships in life. We don’t get a pass on dealing with hard things, difficult situations, or troublesome events or issues in life. We think other people have it so easy, but in reality, we all have experienced, or are going to experience, hardships and trials. Some people seem to deal so much more effectively with hardships than others, and I sometimes wonder what their secrets are in handling such difficult situations. Here are six key traits people have that help them handle hardships and trials: Faith. In our culture, we want to believe that if we are…

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Let the Games Begin: Economic Opportunity is Abundant During TAAF Games of Texas

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Summer may be nearing its end over for many of us, but that doesn’t mean McAllen is quite ready to call it quits. Starting July 27th, our great city will once again host the Games of Texas. These state championships, held annually by the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation, have a long and storied history. Local efforts to write another page in that story will go a long way toward continued economic growth and unity for both McAllen and the rest of the Rio Grande Valley. The approach that originally brought the Games of Texas to McAllen was unique because of our city’s unified front in bidding to host the games. While other cities have traditionally sent only their Convention and Visitors Bureau as representatives, McAllen sent a team that not only included representatives from our CVB but from our school district and city hall as well. That cohesive unit allowed…

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Tips on Networking

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Social media is a great tool, but it should not take the place of building relationships. Many times we think that, by surfing Facebook, we are connecting with people, but in reality, we are just cyber “stalkers.” We don’t know people, we just see the shell of what they want to present to the world. In this hyper-competitive world, true connecting and building relationships is becoming a lost art. The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is all about accelerating connections and building relationships. It is never easy, but it is a critical touchstone for success. When you start connecting with people, start with a clear understanding of your objectives and outcomes. If you are planning to attend a networking event, start with the goal of producing two solid leads for your business. With that goal in mind, research your contacts that were made at the networking event and follow up. In…

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