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Regional Partnerships

In the fall of 2015, USDA-RD Area Director, Joe De Ochoa, received a “why is your area not making very many grants for the elderly and disabled home renovation program?”. Since I was in his office, he looked to me for an answer and suggestion.  I determined the limited “in-house” staff was overextended and outreach [...]

How to Use E-commerce for Online Markets

Traditional retail business models are changing rapidly with growth through online sales referred to as e-commerce. E-commerce has changed the way consumers shop and purchase from brick and mortar stores. A storefront is no longer an absolute requirement for having a successful business. E-commerce has opened doors for entrepreneurs and limited resource individuals with little [...]

Extension Housing Fair Helps Homeowners

The Cooperative Extension Program held its 4th Annual Housing Fair this past spring. Although heavy flooding prevented a large turnout, there were 67 attendees. Nine industry groups were on hand at the fair to educate the public about programs available. Participants found especially useful the information regarding the annual federal income tax credit of up [...]

Businesses in Development make BIDs at the Texas Fair

Senator Royce West's "Doing Business Texas Style Bid Fair" is the largest premier business expo in the southwest. The Bid Fair links minority owned businesses with corporations, public sector agencies and prime federal suppliers giving them opportunities they may not have otherwise enjoyed without this unique ability to directly connect with this network of prime [...]

Beaumont Homer Drive Elementary School Receives $5,000 Grant and Lowe’s Helps Young People get a “T.A.S.T.E. of Business Success” with Donation

Beaumont, TX - Homer Drive Elementary, in partnership with Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension’s Teaching Agricultural Sustainability Through Economics (T.A.S.T.E) Program has received a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for their afterschool entrepreneurship/gardening project. We are thrilled to announce that Lowe’s has awarded Homer Drive Elementary funding for the afterschool entrepreneurship/gardening club and [...]