McAllen Chamber of Commerce
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Innovation

  • Innovation Grant Finalists 2015

    Congratulations to the finalists for the McAllen Innovation Grant 2015. All six finalists may request up to $10,000 to establish, expand, develop or advance a new product/service idea. The new idea should have the potential to bring in new money into the local economy. Grants may be used for any of the following: 1) new product [...]

  • McAllen, Tx Ranked #1 in the 2nd Quarter 2015 as the least expensive city to live in U.S.A.

    The Council for Community and Economic Research, a nonprofit group that provides information on local economic trends, recently compared the cost of living in 265 urban areas in the U.S. Based on the price of housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services McAllen is the least expensive city for living [...]

  • Sylvan Learning RGV supports Youth Innovation and Creativity at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce

    (From left to right): Susan Valverde, Executive Director at Sylvan Learning RGV; Eduardo Millet, McAllen Chamber; Jessica Galloso, Product Manager at Sylvan Learning RGV
    Sylvan Learning Rio Grande Valley will support youth innovation and creativity as a “Season Sponsor for the Youth” at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce for 2014. Sylvan will support five initiatives [...]

Customer Relationships, Channels and Segments

Customer Experience is a way to meet and exceed the expectation of the end customers through all channels of interaction. Customers continue to expect outstanding service, customized products, and access to products and services across difference channels. Each business should create a model that defines the how the company will create customer loyalty. The most important elements of the model are:

Marketing

Your marketing mix is a combination of marketing tools that are used to satisfy customers and company objectives. Consumers often call the marketing mix “the offering.” Your offer is controlled by the following variables often referred to as the four Ps in marketing:

Measure and Monitor Objectives

Measurement is an effective management tool because it provides the information decision makers require to accurately monitor key issues related to company and organizational goals, progress and quality at both the executive and project levels, and performance against a plan. Measurement also provides data that managers need to ask the right questions — and make the right decisions based on objective information.

Make sure that your measurements are SMART:

Legal Structure and Name

The legal structure a business chooses is fundamental to the way it operates. This legal framework determines who shares in the profits and losses, how tax is paid, where legal liabilities rests. It also determines the nature of a business’ relationships with business associates, investors, creditors and employees. The most common options for a business’ legal structure are:

After you have chosen a business name and you have searched to make sure no one else has that name, you should register your business name. Registering your business name gives you the right to use that name exclusively and it will be used for all legal and tax purposes.

More information of how to register your business name here.

License and Permits

Before launching your business, make sure you have all the necessary paperwork. Most states and many cities or counties require that you obtain a license, permit or registration when you start a business, typically for tax purposes and sometimes to protect public health and safety.

Your business could need licenses or permits from the:

Business Tax and Employer Responsibilities

Taxes are one of the most important issues facing small and growing businesses. And like a company’s profits, its annual tax bill will in part reflect the owner’s skills and knowledge. Business owners need to be sure that they are meeting all of their responsibilities to the government and also taking every opportunity to reduce their taxes.

To learn more about business tax responsibilities click here.

As a business with employees, you have certain important responsibilities relating to hiring and managing workers. To learn more about Employer Responsibilities click here