Friday, February 25, 2011

Speaker series highlights women in business, technology

For decades, men were the dominant figures in the business and
technology fields, but the past 20 years has changed all that,
especially with the dawn of a new century. Now South Texas College's
Business Administration Department is lauding the efforts of Rio
Grande Valley business women through a new speaker series highlighting
how they have broken the glass ceiling to become very successful
business owners.

 "Women have tended to stay away from our department because they
believe that certain jobs are meant for men and not women and they
couldn't more be wrong," said Roz Moore, STC business administration
instructor. "We are holding this speaker series to show female
students that anything is possible, despite gender. We are
highlighting very successful Valley women to show that you don't have
to work at a Fortune 500 company in another city to be a successful

 The first panel discussion in the Women in Business and Technology
series took place in early February at the college's Technology
Campus. Yvonne Lim, owner of Bounce Inflatable Fun, gave a brief
history on how she entered the business world and encouraged women in
the audience to pursue their dreams.

 Lim explained to the audience that "in order to make in business you
need a have an idea, lots of research, and that the biggest challenge
is trying to balance everything together such as family and a business

 The next session in the series takes place on March 2, when Cassandra
Moreno of Edward Jones and Monica Garcia from Kidz Crusade will make
up the panel. The final session takes place on April 12 with speakers
Sally Cuellar of Coldwell Banker- La Mansion and Lorena Tijerina of
STC's Plumbing Program.

 The sessions take place at STC's Technology Campus Auditorium located
at the corner of Ware and Military Highway in McAllen. Attendance is
free and open to the public. For more information contact Roz Moore at
956-872-6132 or

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Original Taste of the Valley 2011

The Pharr Chamber of Commerce is proud to present "The Original Taste of the Valley". We invite you and your family to experience a "taste" of assorted delicacies from different restaurants on Thursday, February 24th at El Centro Mall from 6:00PM - 9:00PM. A food festival to excite your palate to full delight in one night!

Local restaurants will exhibit an eloquent diversity of cuisine. Joining us this year is Mama Rosa's Tamales, Jason's Deli, Dickey's BBQ Pit, Pappadeaux, Exquisite Jamaican Pastries, Rudy's BBQ, Hygeia, Kumori, and many more.

For sponsorship opportunities, vendor information, ticket sales,
and other general information, call (956)787-1481.

Adult Tickets - $10.00
Children - Free

Tickets on sale now at the Chamber.

Rep. Gonzales Urges Texas Veterans To Take Advantage Of Education Benefits

AUSTIN - State Representative Veronica Gonzales (D-McAllen) encourages Texas veterans to take full advantage of  veteran's programs offering educational benefits they have earned through faithful service to our country.
The Texas Hazelwood Act, amended in 2005, provides qualified veterans, spouses, and their children with an educational benefit of up to 150 hours of free tuition and fee exemptions at Texas public colleges and universities.  The benefit also extends to the dependent children and spouses of eligible veterans who died in the line of duty or as a result of injury or illness directly related to military service, are missing in action, or who became totally disabled for purposes of employability as a result of service related injuries.
Veterans may also assign unused hours of exemption eligibility to a child if the child is a Texas resident, meets dependency criteria, is 25 years or younger on the first day of the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed, and makes satisfactory academic progress.
"I urge veterans to be aware of the many higher education benefits available to them and their children," Gonzales said.  "These programs are an excellent opportunity to make college and career goals more affordable for our families in the Rio Grande Valley." 
Another great option available to Texas veterans is the Combat Exemption for Children of Military Service Members, legislation supported by Gonzales which became effective in 2009. This exemption allows children or stepchildren of a member serving in the Armed Forces to get free resident tuition at Texas public colleges and universities.  To qualify for this education credit, a student must simply provide proof to the school's financial aid office that his or her parent or guardian is presently deployed in support of a combat operation outside of the U.S. during the current academic semester.
For more  information on veteran's education benefits please visit the Veterans Affairs office at your college or university or visit the Texas Veterans Commission website at

Friday, February 18, 2011


Logo of the franchise SmashBurger.Image via WikipediaMcAllen, Texas (02/17/11)—Smashburger, a fast-casual “better burger” restaurant is looking for the Rio Grande Valley’s best homegrown band to kick off its McAllen Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, April 16, 2011. Smashburger is located at 1020 Nolana Loop at the corner of North 10th Street.


Entry deadline: Monday, March 28, 2011

Gig date: Saturday, April 16, 2011 6-8 p.m.

1020 Nolana Loop at the corner of North 10th Street, McAllen 78504

Voting Runs: March 29-April 7, 2011

Vote at:

Think your band has what it takes? Here’s how to get in the running:

1. Upload a video of you/your band performing (PG rating, please) to YouTube by Day, Date, Year.

2. Send the link, your contact information, and any questions to

Finalists will be notified of their inclusion in the competition. The winning band will be chosen by the public through online voting, which runs March 29-April 7, 2011. The chosen band will be announced Friday, April 8, 2011. Be sure to log onto to see how your band is faring and remind your friends to vote.

If you will work for burgers, this could be the gig for you. The winning band will perform at the McAllen grand opening from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 2011. Local media will be invited to this event and bands’ videos will be posted on the national Smashburger website. A large crowd is anticipated, and there is potential for media coverage for the grand opening. Bands are responsible for transporting their own instruments and taking care of any sound equipment needs.

About Smashburger
Denver, Colorado-based Smashburger is a fast-casual restaurant designed to be every city's favorite burger place. Developed and owned by private equity and concept-development firm Consumer Capital Partners (CCP), Smashburger develops both company and joint-venture partner stores. The company has sold franchise agreements that will total more than 200 locations over the next five years. The company, joint venture and franchise development deals are part of Smashburger's plan to open 500-plus restaurants across the country, 30-60 in 2009. Smashburger was named a 2009 Hot Concepts! award winner by Nation's Restaurant News. To learn more, visit

About Consumer Capital Partners

Denver-based Consumer Capital Partners (CCP) is an innovative private investment and concept development firm focused on multi-unit retail businesses, primarily in the restaurant, liquor, food, and leisure industries. CCP has deep experience in the fields of private equity, brand, concept and product development, and strategic consulting. To learn more about CCP, please visit
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2nd Annual-Juried Video and Digital Media Festival

Deadline for submission is Monday, March 11, 2011.

This is an open call to filmmakers, video and performance artists to
the Second Annual-Juried Video and Digital Media Festival hosted by
the University of Texas-Pan American. This is an annual festival
showcasing work in digital/video.

This year's theme "Borders and Bridges". Work may focus on political,
social or the economic impact of individuals or groups pertaining to
borders and bridges or artistic ideas to the subject such as metaphor.
A $300.00 prize will be awarded to the Best of Show winner and $100.00
will be awarded to two Honorable Mention recipients.

1) Narrative short
2) Documentary short
3) Music video

Submit your work! Presentation time 30 sec. and should not exceed 5 minutes.

1] Complete entry form at:
(Online Registration fee- $25)
Your project must be saved as a Final Cut document or in Quick Time.

2] Send your work separately on a DVD (encoded and burned properly to make
playable on the maximum number of players) to the following address.

Attn: FESTIBA 2011
The University of Texas - Pan American
College of Arts and Humanities Dean's Office, CAS # 334
1201, W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539
(You must include self-addressed stamped envelope for return of your materials.)

Competition Award:
1ST place $300
2 Honorable Mention Awards $100

Screening of entries will be held during FESTIBA (March 28th - April 2nd, 2011)
on the University of Texas-Pan American campus.

Final Winners will be announced in March, 2011

TX Filmmaker's Production Fund Workshop

Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund Workshop

Since 1996, the Austin Film Society's Texas Filmmakers' Production
Fund has supported Texas filmmakers with over $1.1 million in cash,
goods and services to 293 projects. The deadline for the 2011 cycle is
June 1st and if you are a filmmaker who has resided in Texas for at
least one year, you are eligible to apply for up to $15,000 in funding
for your project. At this workshop, the Austin Film Society's Director
of Artist Services will take you through the application process

The workshop will take place at the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce, 311
E. Tyler St., Harlingen, TX 78550 on Sunday, April 3rd at 3pm. For
more information, call 956-423-5565 ext. 213.

This event is free and open to the public. Limited seating is
available. Please call to register.

This workshop is brought you by the RGV Film Commission.

LATE BLOOMERS: A Winter Texan Comedy

LATE BLOOMERS: The Comedy about Winter Texans by Eric Wiley

SUNDAY, FEB 27, 2011
1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m
At the historic Cine El Rey in McAllen
311 South 17th Street, McAllen, TX 78501
Phone: (956) 971-9825

All tickets $8 and purchased at the door. No credit cards accepted.

Box office opens 90 minutes before each show.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Events at the Pharr Literacy Project

Pharr Literacy Project, 203 W. Park Ave. in Pharr.  Call (956) 783-7746 or So, here we go!
March 11        Career Day Festival     9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Includes 1)  representatives from local businesses and colleges who will provide information and answer questions about job openings and entrance requirements.; 2)  presentation of English Immersion students stories and skits illustrating the book, "Borderlines:  Drawing Border Lives" by Steven and Reefka Schneider.  The Schneiders will be PLP featured author/artist  and will be present from 10 a.m. to 12 noon to autograph books; 3)  "Hands-On" practice workshops for anyone who wants special practice with filling out a job application, dressing and preparation for a job interview, learning how to do social media to publicize your business (Facebooks, Twitter); 4)  writing your resume, etc.  5) A Clothes Mountain will be available for filling your own bag of clothes for $1 bag or shop at the B & B Boutique on site; 6)  Vendors will be on hand to show and sell arts and crafts and other handmade items; 6)  entertainment of music and dance, 7)  soft drinks and snacks will be available all day for sale, but there is no admission charge. 
March 21    Spring Quarter Classes begin at PLP in ESL, GED, Job Readiness Training, Information for Starting your own Small Business and Cultural Arts.  Classes are held Mon through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Classes are free.
April 7th-16th/May 19th-22nd (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays @ 3 p.m.  A two-act play, "Pat and Lyndon" by Archer Crosley,  presented at the Pharr Community Black Box Theater $7/ticket.

April 26 and April 28       Day of the Child and Day of the Book Celebration.  Times not confirmed yet, but it will be after school.

March 1 through May 31  Friday Historical Trolley tours at 3:30 p.m. with Dinner and Theater Event following the tour and historical site visit.  Call the PLP Box Office for specific information about events and site visits.
May 27 Literary Festival and Style Show. 

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Social Media Workshop at Pharr Literacy Project

This morning I spent some time at the Pharr Literacy Project conducting a social media introduction. The place was bustling with activity, which I was not expecting. The center seems to have a very hands-on approach to carrying out their mission.

Currently, the organization is hosting a series of seminars through March 11, every Friday starting at 9:30, covering a range of topics geared to improving the skills of their clients.

The organization is looking for a development director, whose job will be to seek and acquire sponsorships. The position does not offer much in terms of salary; on the bright side, there is opportunity to earn more based on performance in developing said sponsorships.

The organization, from my observance, could also use some help in spreading the word about their work. They currently have a website; but could use a little help updating it and publicizing their work.

I admire the work they are doing; I hope to learn more next Friday when I return for part two of the workshop.

I'll be better prepared to take notes and ask questions so I can do a better job of sharing what I learn.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Weslaco Chamber Monday Lunch & Learn

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February 4, 2011
This Monday we have a Lunch & Learn on principles of leadership.  We are sure this will be of benefit to so many of you.  We hope to see you here!
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Lunch & Learn - Servant Leadership
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