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Business Champions

RGV Surplus

For RGV Surplus owner Juan Rosales, scavenger hunts are part of the fun. As a purveyor of all things, Rosales has used his business to sell a wide variety of items ranging from office furniture to electronics, projectors to computers, and everything in between.

“I’m here to offer anything customers need,” Rosales explained. “If there’s something I don’t have, I can work on getting it for you.”

Deemed an essential business during the COVID-19 shutdown, RGV Surplus saw a quick need to adjust their inventory in order to adapt to customer’s changing needs.

“People were working from home more, so desks, computers, monitors were all things people were buying,” said Rosales. “As soon as we get computers available, they’re gone, sometimes within hours.”

The business has also been helped by increasing their inventory of medical therapy supplies, like hospital beds and medical pouches.

Being in the business for twelve years, Rosales says he’s tuned into what people want from RGV Surplus. Because of this he’s adjusted his pricing and hours to work with customer’s economic situations and safety needs.

“People are hurting and you just have to do everything you can to accommodate,” Rosales explained. “I think of myself as a people person, so I understand that.”

To shop RGV Surplus stop by the store located at 4202 W Freddy Gonzalez Dr.

Abel Riojas Photography

After twenty years of being in the photography business, Abel Riojas has seen his fair share of adversity. In fact, Riojas estimates the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic is the fourth recession he’s lived through. Over time, he’s taken some lessons and applied them to his business, Abel Riojas Photography.

“I’ve had to learn to be reactive and not just sit by idly,” said Riojas. “You have to learn how to serve others. When you’re out serving other people, your network expands and you see the seeds of that being planted.”

In serving others, Riojas has seen a shift in the work he does. Now, he finds himself doing more commercial videos that paint stories of the businesses he works with.

“We like to showcase why businesses do what they do; you have to be able to show that,” Riojas explained. “People want to feel like they’re a part of your story.”

Helping businesses bounce back after major hits due to the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed Riojas to “re-educate” himself and “figure out how to be an asset to other people.”

“If you’re able to control your thoughts, in a positive way, you’ll come out better on the other side,” said Riojas.

To inquire about video or photography services, visit

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