Category Archives: Member Briefs

Spherion Staffing & Recruiting receives Office of the Year award

Spherion Rio Grande Valley Office received during the Spherion Owners Meeting in Las Vegas, NA, the ” Office of The Year 2021″ and “Administrative-Clerical Office of the Year” awards due to their outstanding performance, revenue, profit, and high service. Spherion Corporation recognizes its best performers between 200 locations across the US every year. They wish to thank their clients and partners for allowing them to support their needs efficiently and to face their hiring challenges together. Thank you for trusting Spherion and the RGV Team.

The City of McAllen and LiftFund offer interest-free loans to support small businesses

The program offers 0% interest loans to growing small businesses and startups The City of McAllen and nonprofit small business lender LiftFund are aiming to help small business owners seeking to grow or begin a new business by offering interest-free funding. The program offers zero percent interest loans to small business owners who do not have access to acquire loans through more traditional sources. Loan amounts will vary based on the size and need of the business and the funds may be used for working capital, payroll, equipment, inventory, and other business-related purposes. “The City of McAllen and LiftFund have a long-standing partnership in support of the small business community,” said Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, P.E., McAllen City Manager. “Our Zero Percent Loan program is a great opportunity to support small businesses with access to funding during these tumultuous times.” The City of McAllen and LiftFund launched the zero percent loan…

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VIDA “A Golden Affair” 2nd annual Gala

For 26 years, VIDA has helped over 6,000 economically-disadvantaged valley residents achieve a college education and workforce success through long-term career training. In 2021, VIDA assisted 464 participants pursue careers in target demand occupations and prepare them to enter the workforce earning family-sustaining wages. Our persistence rate was 93% and best of all, the average annual salary upon their graduation was $45,614! This is a true representation of human capital investment and aligning workforce skills with local industry demand. Join us on September 29, 2022, for VIDA’s 2nd annual Gala – A Golden Affair at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton in McAllen. Contact Christi Cantu at

Cambium Learning Group Recognizes Three Exceptional Teachers for its 2022 Essential Educator Awards

Cambium Learning® Group, a leading provider of award-winning education technology and services for PreK-12 markets, today announced the winners of its second annual Essential Educators Awards. During ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the Essential Educator Awards recognize teachers who surpassed expectations in their commitment to helping students and their communities. The award program aligns with Cambium’s purpose of helping all teachers and students feel seen, valued, and supported. The winning teachers were selected based on written nominations from invited school districts and partners across the country. As part of the awards, Cambium is donating $1,000 in each winner’s honor to the Kids In Need Foundation, which empowers under-resourced teachers and students by providing the supplies they need to succeed. An official from Cambium Learning Group will be in McAllen to present Ms. Veronica Balli with an award at 9:45 am on Thursday, April 14 at the Fields Elementary Library located…

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Beautiful Quinta Mazatlan receives many honors by the Valley Wedding Pages

Quinta Mazatlan was honored as the BEST Outdoor Venue, Upper Valley Venue, and Photoshoot Location.  The VALLEY WEDDING PAGES presented the award to Commissioner Pepe Cabeza de Vaca, Commissioner Victor “Seby” Haddad, and Quinta Mazatlan Events Coordinator Victoria Gomez. Follow Quinta Mazatlan on social media and visit the beautiful urban sanctuary for a walk in the woods and/or to book your special event.  

Governor Abbott Appoints Lizcano and Lemaux To Texas Commission On Law Enforcement

March 22, 2022, | Austin, Texas | Appointment Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Mario Lizcano and reappointed Kim Lemaux to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) for terms set to expire on August 30, 2027. The commission establishes and enforces standards to ensure that the people of Texas are served by highly trained and ethical law enforcement, corrections, and telecommunications personnel.Mario Lizcano of Pharr is an administrator of corporate affairs at DHR Health. He is certified as a volunteer firefighter with the State Firefighters’ & Fire Marshals’ Association and has served as a basic emergency medical technician with the Texas Health and Human Services for a combined 20 years. Additionally, he is Chairman of the board of the Greater Pharr Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of the Pharr Economic Development Authority, incoming President of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, and Board President of Pharr Housing Authority. Lizcano received a…

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All Creatures Family Vet Hospital Now Hiring

All Creatures Family Vet Hospital is now hiring very enthusiastic pet lovers that are willing to learn and to have excellent customer care. Experience is not necessary but this could be a plus. We are looking for vet tech assistance and receptionists. Our hours of operation are from Tuesday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12 pm. Salary is based on experience starting at $11.00 an hour. We also, Offer 401K and other benefits. Please send your résumé at: Attention Dr. Garcia-Camacho

Looking for the right job and the right fit? Are you ready to start an entrepreneurial role? Are you ready to finally be in a position to succeed and to grow? Join UnitedHealthcare! If you think you have what it takes to start your own business, come to our Hiring Event! We will provide the tools, resources, guidance, and support that you need to start and develop your own business. You will in business for yourself but never by yourself. Join the best sales team in the RGV! Join UnitedHealthcare! UHC Hiring Event When: Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 Where: 4900 W. Expy 83, Ste 114. McAllen, TX 78501 at Centennial Business Center Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Come prepared to meet your team and bring your resume! Business Professional Attire

Stripes® Stores Announces Seventh Annual Fundraising Campaign for MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital

The state-wide campaign aims to top $5.8 million raised to date for pediatric cancer programs. (Dallas, Texas) September 1, 2021 – Stripes® Stores at 7-Eleven, Inc. kicks off its seventh annual MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital instore fundraising campaign today in locations across Texas. Benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the campaign will run in more than 570 stores across Texas and Louisiana from September 1 through September 30 as part of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. “We’ve dedicated September as Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in our stores to raise funds for children with cancer in our local communities. Since 2014, we have collaborated with MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital to help make a difference in pediatric cancer patients’ lives through emerging treatments. With the help of our passionate team members and generous customers, we can continue to support pediatric cancer research and fund camps and educational programs in the hospital,” said…

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VIDA celebrating 25th Year Anniversary

Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA) is celebrating 25 years of ending poverty in South Texas through the power of education!   Celebrate with us on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. at Orchidee Studios in North McAllen. Help us recognize our Investment Partners; The Development Corporation of McAllen and the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation, Employer Partner; Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance; Training Partner; South Texas College; Community Partner; Valley Interfaith and a Special Recognition to Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. For sponsorships and individual tickets, please contact Christie Cantu at (956) 903-1900 Ext. 106 or (956) 534-3159

UTRGV purchasing land in McAllen to double size of its medical school

MCALLEN, Texas – UT-Rio Grande Valley is to purchase 38 acres of land in McAllen in order to double the size of its medical school. The land, part of the 495 Commerce Center development just south of Pecan Boulevard between Jackson and McColl, will be home to UTRGV’s planned McAllen Academic Medical Campus. News of the purchase was announced by Dr. Parwinder Grewal, executive vice president of research, innovation, and new program development at UTRGV, in his monthly report to the McAllen Economic Development Corporation. Interviewed after the meeting, Grewal told the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service: “Mainly I wanted to share that UTRGV plans to buy 38 acres of land to double the size of its medical school. That will be in the City of McAllen. That land will be on the south side of Pecan Boulevard, between Jackson and McColl. We will complete the acquisition of that land…

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McAllen ISD will follow school mask mandate

McAllen ISD will be following the school mask mandate issued by Hidalgo County. This means all students, staff, and school visitors will be required to wear a mask starting on Aug 23, the first day of classes. Click the following link for copy of the letter:  

STC meets with THECB Commissioner Keller and Farias, THECB Chair

MCALLEN, TEXAS (Aug. 17, 2021) – South Texas College is a shining example not only for the state of Texas but for the entire country, according to the chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Dr. Fred Farias III. Speaking at a roundtable-style meeting with THECB Commissioner of Higher Education Harrison Keller, in attendance with STC President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis and college vice presidents and deans on Aug. 11, Farias, a Rio Grande Valley native, took the time to familiarize Keller with the college’s impact in communities.  “We have a unique culture in the Valley, and higher education is the key to young people and to those adult learners coming back, to give them the opportunities to be able to get an education and to do well with their jobs and do well with their families and help us grow our community,” Farias said. “We are so happy…

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