The deadline for submitting your Business Awards
nominations is October 2nd 2017.
Awards nominations may be made in any of the following six categories:
(1) Businesswoman of the year,
(2) Businessman of the year,
(3) Entrepreneur of the year
(4) Small Business of the year (30 employees or less),
(5) Large business of the year (over 30 employees),
(6) Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Advocate of the year.
The criteria for submitting nominations are specifically detailed in the nomination form. Please consider submitting a nomination. We have some very active, hardworking business owners within our membership who deserve to be nominated for awards in one of the six categories. It will only take a few minutes of your time, and Dora Alcala’, Chair, will be happy to deliver application blanks and provide additional information as required. You may also pick up your nomination forms at the DRHCC office, located at the Texas Community Bank Downtown, 305 South Main Street. Edith Gonzalez, our Administrative Assistant will be happy to assist you in any way possible.
First took office in January 2007 after 29 years of service with Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid and prior work as a grant writer, administrative assistant and abstractor. The County Clerk also is an ex officio member of the County Commissioner’s Court, serves as the official clerk for the Court and is required to attend all sessions and record all proceedings of the Court. The County Clerk is responsible for administering all county and state elections, including early voting and primaries.
Thursday, August 10th was the monthly membership meeting of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The gracious Host business for the evening was the Border Federal Credit Union at its Bedell location. DRHCC president Otila Gonzalez welcomed the membership and thanked them and the host business. Following, President Gonzalez announced that the announced guest speaker for the evening, our State Representative the Honorable Poncho Nevares could not attend at the last minute.
In the absence of a featured speaker, Annual Masquerade Gala chairperson, Ms. Alida Helgerman reported on the progress of preparations for the October 28th event. Table sales are ongoing and tickets are ready for sale at this time. She encouraged everyone to reserve their table and/or purchase tickets early. As in 2016, the Gala will also feature the raffle of a Holiday Basket and will include a Silent Auction with many beautiful items donated by local businesses.
The honorable Robert Garza, Mayor of the City of Del Rio joined City Manager Henry Arredondo in updating those in attendance about the various ongoing infrastructure projects and the important role that airline service plays in the economic development of our community. Mayor Garza announced that a delegation formed of members of the city’s Bridge Board, the local chambers of commerce, a contingency of Ports to Plains, and members of the Ciudad Acuna chamber and city administration will travel to Mazatlan, Sinaloa Mexico to promote and advocate for getting some of the movement of Asian market goods to come through our port of entry. The increase in truck traffic through our international bridge will add revenue to the city’s coffers for local infrastructure improvements.
The presentations were well received, the meeting was adjourned and the social hour continued..
Las Brisas Apartments celebrated their Ribbon Cutting on July 7, 2017 to welcome everyone and to meet the new Property Manager for Las Brisas Apartments and Las Brisas Manor. The event was celebrated by staff, tenants and guests which participated in a raffle and enjoyed food and refreshments.
Las Brisas Apartments was built in 2003 and houses a total of 76 multifamily units ranging from 1 bedroom to 4 bedrooms. Each apartment is equipped with central heat & air, ceiling fans in every rooms as well as refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and washer & dryer connections. We also have a club house, pool and a laundry facility on site.
In addition to Las Brisas Apartments we also manage Las Brisas Manor which is a 55 and over community. Las Brisas Manor was built in 2012 and offers 1 bedroom and 2 bedrooms apartments for a total of 48 units. All units are equipped with each unit is equipped with central heat & air, ceiling fans, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and washer & dryer connections.
We also have a community room, gym, nurse’s station and a game room/media room. For more information on either property contact Gregorio Arrambide Jr. at 830-775-6500 or by email email@example.com.
Friday June 23rd, 2017, the DRHCC said so long to Judith Montalvo who had served as Administrative Assistant for nearly three years. Ms. Montalvo decided to move, after her daughter’s graduation from DRHS, to be closer to where her daughter will pursue higher studies in the Fall. We wish them both the best and hope they will stay in touch.
Following Judith’s departure, we are happy to welcome Ms. Edith Gonzalez, a Del Rio High School senior student, to fill the Administrative Assistant’s position. Edith comes to us highly recommended by her director. Edith, the daughter of Juan Jose Gonzalez and Monica Gonzalez, is well versed in office procedures, technology, and fluent in both English and Spanish. We invite you to visit or contact her for Weekly Blast ads, flyers for promotions and any other assistance that you may need.
Reducing backlog of cases was among the numerous improvements to the 63rd/83rd District Attorney’s office cited by D.A. Michael Bagley at the August DRHCC Monthly meeting hosted by Texas Community Bank.
D.A. Bagley, who represents Val Verde, Terrell, and Kinney Counties recognized and credits his staff, the team who helps him accomplish the goals he set out for the District Attorney’s office. One such goal was improving professional relationships with the law enforcement community by conducting various training seminars. Establishing a professional appearance of the elected office is also of utmost importance and the reason for being accessible to the public, having a sign placed on the D.A.’s door, and increasing staff without increasing costs to the counties were also Bagley’s informational and often motivational speech, new membership plaques were presented to Texas Parks and Wildlife and MG Photography.
Membership announcements included HEB Unit Director Janie Garcia stated curbside shopping coming to Del Rio in August! IGNC President Dora Alcala announced the much anticipated Vegas on the Border event on July 28 will help raise scholarship funds for Miss Del Rio Court winners. President Otila Gonzalez announced the Amistad Ambassadors will be under the new direction of Mary Mota.
Anyone interested in serving on this committee should contact the DRHCC office or Mary Mota. Texas Community Bank and event host Executive Vice President Sylvia Owens gave an update on the construction of the new TCB downtown branch and also announced various types of home mortgage financing is a new service available at Texas Community Bank.
DRHCC thanks Door Prize sponsors Texas Community Bank, Malinda’s Restaurant, Cripple Creek, Border Federal Credit Union, and Ramada.
Please join us at the next DRHCC Membership meeting on Thursday August 10th with State Rep. Poncho Nevarez providing a legislative update with Border Federal Credit Union hosting this event.
The 4TH Annual Gutierrez Scholarship Dance was held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 and was a successful event. The event which was held at the Pecan Ball Room at the Civic Center featured Special Guest “Happy the Comedian” as Master of Ceremonies and a performance by Raulito & Grupo Remedio. A surprise performance by Ram Herrera, “The Most Wanted Man” also relightes the crowd. These performances were in memory of Rualito’s Brother and boyhood friend of Ram Herrera, Emilio Navaira “El Rey del Rodeo”. In total, the DRHCC gave out five scholarships of $1,000.00 and five memorial scholarships in the amount of $500.00 totaling more then $7,000.00 in scholarshpips. Congratulations to our scholarship recipients.
Daniela Velasco - Gutierrez Family Scholarship - Maria V Schultz - Gutierrez Family Scholarship
Leslie Torres- Gutierrez Family Scholarship - Jenny Elizalde - Gutierrez Family Scholarship
Christina M. Stovall - Gutierrez Family Scholarship - Rhynne G. Gallegos - BBVA Compass Bank Scholarship
Andrea S Guerrero - Alfonso Alcala Memorial Scholarship - David Flores - Luis L Garcia Memorial Scholarship
Annick C Ortiz- Petra & Frances Gonzalez Memorial Scholarship - Jacqueline Rosales - Border Federal Credit Union Scholarship
These students will be attending our local colleges to further their education and are the future leaders of our community.
This event was made possible also by the numerous donations and by the people and businesses who purchased tables and tickets for this event. All proceeds from this event go to the Scholarship fund to assist students.
The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce would like to Thank our Sponsors for the event: Miguel Gutierrez, Your Store Rent to Own, City of Del Rio Silver Eagle Distributors, Brown Automotive, Las Brisas Apartments, Dora Alcala & Alejandro Garcia, Ashley Home Store, Gattis Pizza, Ram Country, West Central Net, The Brown Plaza Association, Mirage Decor and MG Photography. A special thanks goes to the donors of the memorial and business scholarships: Border Federal Credit Union, BBVA Compass, The Gonzalez Family, The Garcia Family and the Alcala Family for their generosity. Without your participation this event and scholarships would not be possible. Thank you
Gregorio Arrambide - Director of Education
Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held its May membership meeting at the Imperius Events located on highway 90W by the lake. Presenters for the evening were Maria Martinez, CEO of the Border Federal Credit Union and Elizabeth Vela- Serrano of Damsel In Defense. Both presenters shared information on the products that their businesses offer to the public and invited the public to visit them. We at the chamber very much appreciate their participation.
The April 6, 2017 membership meeting of the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was hosted by the City of Del Rio at the Del Rio Airport. Oriana Fernandez, Economic Development Director for the City of Del Rio partnered with Juan Carlos Onofre, Airport Manager, to inform those in attendance of the sequence of events undergone to finally re-establishing passenger air service to the community and the surrounding area.
The work and assistance given to this community by Representative Will Hurd in reaching this milestone was acknowledged, as well as was the work and perseverance of elected officials and staff who understand the importance that this service has to any community. The ability to expeditiously connect with the world physically as well as electronically is vital to any economy large and small. Information was provided on outgoing and incoming flight schedules and price of one way and roundtrip tickets. We hope that the citizenry will avail themselves of this service, as the more successful it becomes the better chance we will have of enhancing the service.
The thirty people in attendance in the baggage area of the airport were treated to a variety of finger foods and cold drinks. Ms. Fernandez also shared, with each attendee, a spacious tote bag containing various promotional items. Door prices were provided by Raquenel Suday of Wright’s on the Lake Steak House who donated two $25.00 gift certificates. The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber gave two tickets to the upcoming May 27th Scholarship Dance.