Category Archives: Chamber News

Ethics and Business

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Ethics is talked about when something bad happens. Just this past week, Equifax announced that the private information of over 143 million people was stolen by a computer hacker. There is no doubt the information is being sold in the “dark market” of the internet. What compounds the problem of the security breach. I am not drawing the conclusion the executives knew about the breach before they sold their stock, but it does raise serious ethical questions. Stories like this seem to happen several times every year. Ethical decisions are made by businesses every day. The strong ethical of an organization builds a culture of strong ethics so that when a situation occurs, there is no doubt what the right things to do is. People in strong ethical organizations do the right things, even when they are not required to do it. Ethics in business is part leadership and part…

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Doing the Right Things at the Right Time

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Doing the Right Things at the Right Time Our world seems to go faster and faster every day. We are more connected and more aware of what our friends and business competitors are doing today because of connectivity through social media. The pace seems to increase all the time and I constantly hear, “I don;t have the time to get everything done. I am so overwhelmed by how little time I have.” Here is the secret truth many of us don’t want to hear: you are not going to get everything done. True success lies not in doing everything we can do in a day, but rather in doing the things we should do. All things are not equal. We think success is striking a balance between competing activities or efforts. The challenge is understanding that not all activities being performed at a particular time are worth our efforts. Sounds…

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Some Economic Points

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We have all heard the saying, “That dog just doesn’t hunt,” which, loosely translated, means this idea or business is not working anymore. In the economy, things change. Sectors and businesses rise and fall. New products come and old products go. The invention of double-knit fabric killed 50% of the nation’s dry cleaning stores. One of McAllen’s first successes was getting McAllen Block Ice Company in 1906. Refrigeration then killed the icebox and the block ice business. The airplane replaced the train. The train replaced the stagecoach. You get the picture; new ideas replace old ideas. Here are some key economic points: Only people have expenses. I have a house payment and a car payment. I have bills that I have to pay and I am responsible for covering those expenses. Governments and businesses don’t have expenses, they pass their costs on to consumers and taxpayers. The profitable businesses not…

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Back-to-School: McAllen’s Education Labor Sector Meets the Challenge

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McAllen has some major labor sectors that drive the city’s economy and employment opportunities. Health services, government, and retail make up the three largest clusters. Of these prominent industry clusters, government employees make up nearly a quarter of McAllen’s work force. While this might be expected because of our proximity to the border and the presence of federal employees in our community (i.e. Border Patrol), you might be surprised to find that employment in public schools makes up an overwhelming percentage of government workers. In fact, nearly 60 percent of all government employees work for elementary and secondary schools. Between 2006 through 2014, the education sector was the fastest growing amongst McAllen’s industry clusters. McAllen ISD itself employs 3,445 personnel and 1,675 teachers that service 24,254 students across more than 30 campuses. In 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted several important facts about the employment opportunities available for educators…

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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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