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Biden administration changes PPP rules to help reach the smallest businesses

By Katie Lobosco, CNN Updated 12:55 PM ET, Mon February 22, 2021 (CNN)The Biden administration announced several changes Monday to the Paycheck Protection Program in an effort to reach minority-owned and very small businesses that may have previously missed out on accessing loans to help weather the coronavirus pandemic. Starting Wednesday, small businesses with fewer than 20 employees will have a two-week exclusive window to apply for the funding. Bigger businesses will be blocked during that time period. MORE ON COVID-19 RELIEF Here’s what’s in the House Democrats’ stimulus relief plan Congress already approved $4 trillion in Covid relief. What happened to it? Here’s what budget reconciliation is (and why it matters for Biden’s stimulus) Here are the executive actions Biden has signed so far The administration will also change some eligibility rules, effective the first week in March. The self-employed, sole proprietors, and independent contractors can now qualify for more money. They previously were…

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The Monitor offers great advertising deals for small businesses!

The Monitor is helping small and locally-owned businesses with some great advertising solutions for the month of March.  Stevan with The Monitor is offering some great advertising deals.  These “post-it” notes are great for getting your promotion out to the public and great visibility being right on the front page of The Monitor newspaper.  These will be $250.00 for 10k “post-it” notes – that’s 70% off!          Myrgv.com (formally Themonitor.com) receives millions of visits per month to their site, and Steven has great ideas for getting in front of this audience.    You can call him directly or email him: 956-601-6390 or Stevanp@rgvmedianetwork.com.    

102-year-old happy to be vaccinated by Driscoll at ABC site

Mary Yager, a 102-year-old from Padre Island, was thankful to be receiving her COVID-19 vaccination Thursday morning from a Driscoll nurse at the City of Corpus Christi and Driscoll Children’s Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Site at the American Bank Center. She and her two daughters, Patty Albright and Janet Whitehead, got their shot together. Patty said they had been trying to get the shot for a long time. And her mother? “Oh, she had a wonderful experience. She hasn’t stopped talking about it. The shot didn’t hurt and she was so excited about how friendly everyone was,” Patty said. About Driscoll Children’s Hospital … “Devoted to expert care, education, outreach, and advocacy.”  Driscoll Children’s Hospital is a 191-bed pediatric tertiary care center with more than 30 medical and surgical specialties offering care throughout South Texas, including Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley, Victoria, and Laredo. Through the vision and generosity of…

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So You Want A Bachelor Degree? STC will conduct a Bachelor Programs Live Event

STC will be conducting a virtual live event on January 26, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.  Event link: Click here! Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership – The Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership (BAS-OL) program is a competency-based program where students can advance based on their ability to master a competency (knowledge, skills, and abilities) at their own pace. A program that prepares students to be leaders and teaches students leadership and management theory and its practical application in organizations. It is an excellent pathway to any leadership or management position in business or public organizations. The program is also available in a traditional format if the student prefers the more structured, deadline-based format. Your employees might be thinking about obtaining their Bachelor’s degree but cannot find the time or the funds to get it done. Well, this program, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership (BAS-OL),…

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Congressman Gonzalez provides the Framework Summary of the Bipartisan Emergency COVID Relief Act of 2020

Framework Summary December 9, 2020 Total: $908 Billion Support for State, Local and Tribal Governments Agreement in principle to provide $160 billion as the basis for good faith negotiations Unemployment Assistance Extension of all pandemic unemployment insurance programs by 16 weeks, from their expiration at the end of December Federal supplemental unemployment insurance benefits expanded by $300 per week for16 weeks, from the end of December into April 2021 $1 billion for state systems for technology modernization and fraud prevention Small administrative adjustments, e.g. to certification requirements and overpayment standards Paycheck Protection Program & Small Business $300 billion to Small Business Administration Funding to allow the hardest-hit small businesses to receive a second forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)loan. Eligibility would be limited to small businesses with 300 or fewer employees that have sustained a 30 percent revenue loss in any quarter of2020. Small 501(c)(6) organizations that are not lobbying organizations…

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McAllen Entrepreneur takes second place in a multi-state sales pitch competition

By: Benjamin Treviño Robert Rivera is an owner-operator truck driver by trade. About two years ago, he had a “eureka moment” while performing routine maintenance on his tractor. As Rivera tells it, he was fumbling through his toolbox when he came across a screwdriver with a screw holder permanently attached to the head. “It was an older one from the 70s,” Rivera recalled. “I really didn’t trust the screw not to fall out, but I thought it was a good idea. It was just food for thought at first, but about a year later I finally devised a mechanism that holds screws in place.” According to Rivera, the problem with existing non-magnetic screw holders is that they’re permanently attached to one screwdriver. He felt it would be better to have one detachable device that would work with all screwdrivers, and with a wide selection of screws. It also works on…

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TRAVEL TIPS BEFORE YOU “TAKE-OFF” THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

McAllen International Airport shares tips and reminders when traveling by air this holiday season  Prior to arriving at McAllen International Airport (MFE), be sure to check the safety guidelines for the destination that will be visited, including hotel of choice or accommodations. If traveling to an international destination, visit the United States Department of State website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html for the most up-to-date information. For domestic travel, be sure to visit the official website of the State you will be traveling to for the latest health and safety guidelines in that community. For travel during this pandemic, airline partners have implemented increased opportunities for contactless service including self-check-in kiosks and free downloadable apps to connect travelers directly with the airline in real-time while providing airline and flight information at one’s fingertips. Some examples of airline app tools include booking flights, completing the pre-boarding registration process, access to flight status, and current airline…

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Keep McAllen Beautiful Announces Holiday Home Lights Contest 2020

The Holiday Home Lights contest, sponsored by Keep McAllen Beautiful, is an opportunity for residents to show off their holiday spirit and decorating skills to help beautify and illuminate the McAllen landscape by lighting up their McAllen home. “I really love Christmas and one of my favorite traditions is driving around town and looking at all the beautiful holiday lights and decorations,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling.  “Whether those decorations are religious or traditional, whether homes use white lights or multi-colored lights, or even if they use a simple wreath, this is a beautiful way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.  And this is a dazzling way to keep McAllen beautiful!” Residents interested in competing in this year’s KMB’s Holiday Home Lights Contest should follow four simple steps to register to become a contestant – and possible winner. Go all out on holiday home decorations; Snap a…

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Herrman & Herrman, PLLC Announces Its National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Success

Texas legal firm Herrman & Herrman, PLLC is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 firm in Texas. The National Trial Lawyers annually recognizes the top 100 law firms following a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations and extensive third-party research. Membership to this organization is granted by invitation-only to the select few attorneys that meet the stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense attorneys from each state. As stated on The National Trial Lawyers website, these attorneys must “demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and public profile.” “It’s always an honor to be recognized by my peers for the work that everyone here at the firm does to fight for our clients,” said Greg Herrman, Managing Partner. “We are always evolving and learning new strategies to ensure that we are able to provide the best…

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McAllen Chamber Seeking Nominations for McAllen’s 2020 Man & Woman of the Year Recognitions

We have all had the opportunity to be associated with individuals from the McAllen area who have distinguished themselves for their outstanding volunteer service to our community, and sometimes these members of our community do not receive the recognition they deserve.  Every year, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Man & Woman of the Year Selection Committee selects two outstanding volunteers to receive the honor of McAllen’s Man & Woman of the Year. Our community is currently going through a time where we must do things differently.  But we do not want the people who have continued to make McAllen their priority and have made sacrifices to ensure our community stays safe and our economy survives to go unnoticed, especially now.  We ask that you please take a moment to nominate commendable people to receive this recognition.  The McAllen Chamber of Commerce would genuinely enjoy letting our community know about these…

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McAllen’s International Bridge Boards Appoint New Superintendent of Bridges

The McAllen-Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridge Boards have appointed Juan Olaguibel as its Superintendent of Bridges.   The former director of operations for the McAllen Bridge System has10 years of experience in bridge management, serving most recently as the Interim Director for the bridge system after the previous director’s departure.  Olaguibel, a native of Mexico City, Mexico, also has a broad range of expertise in finance earned over 12 years in the banking industry, serving as a bank manager for Wells Fargo before joining the City of McAllen. “The McAllen-Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridge Boards were impressed with Juan’s vision for the operations of these two international crossings and their role in growing both the economy and security of the two nations that they join,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, chair of the international bridge boards.  “Aside from his operational knowledge of running an efficient, safe and profitable bridge system, Juan’s…

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TIAA Institute honors South Texas College and Northeastern University presidents with 2020 Hesburgh Award for leadership

The TIAA Institute, in partnership with the American Council on Education (ACE), announced Shirley Reed, President, South Texas College, and Joseph E. Aoun, President, Northeastern University, as the recipients of the 2020 Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education. The Hesburgh Award recognizes college or university presidents or chancellors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. The award is named in honor of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., (1917-2015) past president of the University of Notre Dame and longtime member of the TIAA and CREF Boards of Overseers. A world-renowned educator and humanitarian, Father Hesburgh was a lifelong champion of human rights, the cause of peace, and care of the poor. “Higher education is at an inflection point as the COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered schools across the country, underscoring the need for new technology and a sharpened focus on equity in order to transform the system for future…

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DHR Health to Host 15th Annual “Fishing For Hope” Tournament

DHR Health (DHR) is pleased to announce its 15th Annual “Fishing for Hope” Tournament, which will be held Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Louie’s Backyard on South Padre Island, Texas. Now one of the largest non-profit fishing tournaments on the Texas coast, “Fishing for Hope” is a family-friendly and fun event for people of all ages. This year’s tournament will feature great prizes, dinner, the legendary stars auction, and much more! All proceeds from “Fishing for Hope” will once again benefit the Hope Family Health Center. Hope Family Health Center (HOPE) is located in McAllen, Texas, and provides free medical and counseling care to the uninsured in the Rio Grande Valley. Local volunteer physicians and medical staff donate their time and services to ensure Rio Grande Valley residents receive free, quality health care in an open and accepting atmosphere. All patients seen are those who are without access to health…

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DHR Health Earns Third Consecutive Three-Year CARF Accreditation

Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital is the only dual accredited facility in the Rio Grande Valley The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International has renewed the accreditation of DHR Health Rehabilitation Hospital for a three-year cycle.  The accreditation covers inpatient medical rehabilitation programs including Adult, Children and Adolescents, Stroke Specialty, Spinal Cord Injury, and Amputee Specialty Program.  This recognition makes the facility the only dual accredited inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the Rio Grande Valley.  The DHR Health Rehabilitation Hospital is accredited by both The Joint Commission and CARF.  The first CARF accreditation was received in 2013 for Adult, Children and Adolescents, and Stroke Specialty.  Recently, the Rehabilitation Hospital received the renewal accreditation and recognition on two additional services: Spinal Cord Injury Specialty and Amputee Specialty Programs. “DHR Health strives to provide continuous quality improvement, stated Dr. Saroja Viswamitra, Medical Director at the DHR Health Rehabilitation Hospital.  “During a CARF survey,…

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