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President’s Message – May 2016

May 11th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Recently, WalletHub, a leading personal finance outlet, listed Brownsville as the 7th Best City for Hispanic Entrepreneurs. According to WalletHub, their analysts checked the Hispanic business climate in 150 of the largest U.S. cities to help aspiring entrepreneurs and established businesses find the most fertile ground for their enterprises. Brownsville was the only city in the [...]

January 2016 Member Spotlight: LiftFund

January 25th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

        Company Name: LiftFund Business Category: Financial Services Date joined: November 2000 Services: loans for equipment/inventory financing, working capital, start-up funds, real estate. Small business loans ($500 to $250,000), SBA 7aCA loans, start-up loans up to $50,000, SBA 504 program loans. LiftFund, non-profit organization in business for 20 years, has steadily been growing [...]

November 2015 Member Spotlight: Country Casuals

November 20th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |

      Company Name: Country Casuals, Inc. Business Categories: Apparel and Retail Date Joined: January 1987 Products: Ladies’ clothing, accessories and gifts; baby clothing and accessories. Country Casuals is a family-owned and operated clothing and accessories boutique. Their mission is to “always provide fine goods and exceptional service to the residents of Brownsville and Matamoros.” [...]

Business Energy Saving Tips

February 26th, 2015|Tags: , |

By UTPA SBDC Business & Trade Advisor Arturo Gonzalez Cutting costs is a recurring thought on many small business owners’ minds.  Unfortunately, most costs-cutting strategies are focused on suppliers, labor, freight, etc. and not on energy savings. No matter the type of business; however, you can always save money by reducing energy consumption. It is good [...]

Social Media Tips for your Small Business

August 5th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , , |

On July 24, 2014, the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce and Amartec hosted the second of three seminars in their Marketing For Success seminar series. This time we spoke about social media and how small businesses can leverage the power of the internet and market their business for free. When talking about social media, there's always the [...]

Building the Future of Your Business with the UTB-Kauffman FastTrac® NewVenture™ Program

August 1st, 2014|Tags: , , , , , |

Kauffman FastTrac® NewVenture™ training will be offered in Brownsville from September 9 to November 11, 2014 through a collaborative effort between Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation, Brownsville Economic Development Council, Falcon Bank, IBC Bank, Rio Bank, Walmart and the UTB Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Center (UTB-ECC). “The UTB Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Center became affiliated with Kauffman FastTrac® in 2012, [...]

10 Reasons Why Small Businesses Should Have an Online Presence

June 11th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Some small business owners think that they are too small for a website, but no company is too small for electronic commerce!  Having a website is not just for the “big boys”. Indeed, failing to see the sales potential for a business through a website can be quite costly.  One thing to remember is that competitors [...]