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Government Affairs Council Meeting

The McAllen Chamber will host the next Government Affairs Council meeting on Thursday, January 9 at 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Chamber, 1200 Ash Ave. Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. and Representative Bobby Guerra will attend to talk about their upcoming 2020 elections. Chamber members who would like to attend and be part of the council, please RSVP with Gerry Garcia at 682-2871 or Lunch will be provided. The council will typically meet once a month to discuss issues that could affect the area’s business community.

The GoodPitch Competition

  The elevator pitch is the most powerful and concise description of you, your company, or your products boiled down to 2 minutes. It answers five basic questions, and it encourages the listener to request, “Tell me more.” The first step is to develop answers to the following questions: 1. What value do you provide? 2. How do you provide this value? 3. What is unique about your offer? 4. What is your target market? 5. Why do they care? Or, What’s in it for them? (For example, include in your answer “so that they can,” “who can no longer afford,” or “who are tired of.”) The next step is to practice… Remember!!! YOU ONLY HAVE 2 MINUTES

Top 5 Small Businesses Award Application

2020 McAllen Top 5 Small Business Awards are scheduled for April 16, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Old Church Winery. The deadline to apply is February 16, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. 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 2015 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 This event is sponsored by: 2018 RECIPIENTS Boultinghouse Simpson Gates Architects Community…

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How To Sell on Amazon Seminar

  At the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, we are always looking for new opportunities to make your business grow. We understand the importance of having an online presence and expanding the channels for your product delivery. Therefore, we would like to offer to our members the opportunity to sell on Amazon. If you would like to attend a seminar with Amazon representatives that will teach you how to list your products and market them, fill out the form below: Before setting a day and time for the event, we would like to know how much interest a topic like this would bring. Make sure to fill out the form in order to make this happen. We will reach out to you as soon as we have a set day and time. Thank you! McAllen Chamber of Commerce

The GoodPitch Competition

The GoodPitch Competition is an initiative to nurture good public speaking skills in the entrepreneurial and business community in McAllen. The competition is a great occasion to polish and/or prepare a speech to a potential business opportunity. A grand prize of $ 250 is awarded to the best elevator speech, a $ 100 to the second place and $ 50 to the third. As part of the grand prize, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce donates all the collected application fees to the winner’s chosen local non-profit or charity. The competition is intended to simulate the real-world process of promoting, selling or soliciting buy-into an idea, product, service or request. The “elevator pitch” must be two minutes or less speech that conveys the message of the presenter to the audience and accomplish the objective of the speech. A good elevator speech should have a good structure and organization, be original, use…

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2018 McAllen Top 5 Small Businesses

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce Looking for the Next Top 5 Small Businesses in McAllen   The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and BML, proudly announce the Eighteenth Annual Top 5 Small Business Awards. We would like to invite every business to be a part of the excitement during this year’s Top 5 Small Business Awards luncheon and ceremony on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   The 2018 McAllen Top 5 Small Businesses are: Boultinghouse Simpson Gates Architects Community Hope Projects, DBA Family Health Futuro Clinical Trials Dr. John A. Gerling and Dr. Joseph Ryan Orthodontics R&D Personnel We would like to invite our community to support local businesses by attending and celebrating this honorable luncheon. Ticket includes reserved seating for the event and lunch. GET TICKETS HERE or call Michelle Rodriguez at 956-682-2871 to reserve your seat.

Lunch and Learn – Best Practices For Your Website

McAllen Lunch and Learn: “Best Practices for Your Website” The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and Texas Regional Bank are proud to announce an upcoming Lunch and Learn to help small businesses. This is the first professional presentation of its “Fall 2018 Lunch & Learn Business Seminar Series” is scheduled for Friday, October 12th, 2018.   A website is now a necessity for every business, big or small. If you have a business and don’t have a website, you are probably losing a number of great opportunities for your business. The web has a far wider reach than any other form of advertising. Your website should be the center of your company`s online presence. In this seminar, we will present the best practices in order to make your marketing efforts easier and have better ROIs. In the session labeled “Best Practices for Your Website”, participants will learn: 5 basic elements of a website 3 key elements…

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Boost Metal Wins $7,500 from the McAllen Business Plan Competition

McAllen, TX – Since 2011, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and the McAllen Economic Development Corporation have provided more than $45,000 in awards to 8 different entrepreneurs. The contest awards a prize $7,500 every year to the winner. The intent of the program is to foster new business creation and expansion in McAllen. The competition is for new, independent, for-profit ventures in the seeding or start-up stages in the McAllen. The competition is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms. The judges function as venture capital investors deciding on which business venture they would most likely fund. The quality of the idea, the strength of the management team, and the clarity and persuasiveness of the written plan and oral presentation, all influence the judges’ decisions. Ultimately, the winning team should be the team in which the judges would most…

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Nature Birding Giveaway 2018

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is giving away a guided birding tour to one lucky winner. Winner will be picked on Sept. 10, 2018. Please enter your name, phone number and email address on the entry form. One entry per household. Winners will be given a choice of hotels and birding guides. Good luck.               By submitting a form you agree to posted terms and conditions.  

Lemonade Day Locations!

A lot of help and locations are needed in order to make this happen. If you would like to offer your location for lemonade stands, please fill out the form below:   If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Michelle Rodriguez at 956-682-2871 or

Mexico Summer Giveaway Stay

McAllen Chamber of Commerce and Visit McAllen is giving away a one night stay at the Smart iStay Hotel plus dinner for 2 at a local restaurant. Please enter your name, email address & phone number. Must be a resident of Mexico to win. One entry per family. Winner will be announced Monday June 11, 2018. Upon check in at Smart iStay, after proper identification has been presented, you will be given hotel certificate.  Click on the “Restrictions may apply ” below for further rules.     Restrictions may apply        

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!!!!