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This year, Small Business Saturday set a record. An estimated 112 MILLION shoppers supported community businesses. This one day shopping event, started by American Express in 2010, celebrates and supports small businesses. Even our President had something to say about the import role that small businesses plays in our communities. He’s also made it a point to shop local each year on Small Business Saturday. “The fact is, small businesses represent what is best about our country. They not only employ millions of workers, but they also provide opportunity to those who might have historically gone without it, including women, minorities, and immigrants. Small

New Year’s, New Beginning: Starting Your Business in Mission in 2017

We’ve all said it before: “This is the year…” We’ll get into great shape; we’ll write that novel; we’ll try something new; etc. Of course January starts off great, and February is okay. In March we get a little loose with our resolutions and by May everything is out the window. Well, 2017 doesn’t have to be this way. If you’ve been yearning to take destiny into your own hands and open a business, the start of the New Year can be a great time to challenge yourself and accomplish that goal. The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce is here

Finding the Best Gift in Mission this Holiday Season

Shopping, shopping, and then more shopping is probably all you’re thinking about right now. Being right in the midst of the holiday season, the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce knows that you want to make sure that everyone on your Christmas list gets the perfect present. With Christmas only about 3 weeks away, it’s definitely going to feel like that time is going to fly right by us! Luckily for you, the City of Mission and its surrounding communities, has more shops than you can handle. Plus, because family members and loved ones have different personalities and tastes, having such

Go BLUE for Diabetes!

The Mission Chamber, it’s board and staff are all committed to not only business growth but the general health and wellness of our community. Debra Franco, a Mission Chamber Board Member, is the President and Founder of The South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association. STJDA has filled a need in the community for families struggling with how to help their children. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and there is so much that can be done to raise awareness! Children with diabetes are a special group of individuals who live everyday with challenges unique to them. The South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association has

Hip Holiday Parties in Mission

Tis’ the season to be thankful, and what better way to show our gratitude than by throwing a fiesta to celebrate all that we are appreciative for. Parties are some of the greatest memories that we hold throughout our lives, so when planning one, we want to do all we can to make it fabulous. The City of Mission has an array of resources available to those of us living here in the Rio Grande Valley to help us host what just may be the party of the century! Whether you like them sweet and simple, or grand and extravagant,

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Member “The Bryan House”

What do you get when you put together a healthy serving of museum, a pinch of historical home, a side of bed and breakfast, and the perfect site for a wedding and other events? Well, The Bryan House of course. The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce is more than happy to welcome them as one of the newest members of our trusted organization that works towards the success of our business members in the City of Mission and the surrounding area. The Bryan House, which was built more than a century ago in 1909 by distinguished American politician William Jennings

Mission New Member

Are you a new member of our Chamber or a current member that could use a refresher on all the ways your Chamber membership benefits you and your business? Join us at 9:00am on November 9th for our New Member Orientation. A light breakfast will be served. Please RSVP at http://missionchamber.app.rsvpify.com What are some of the benefits of being a Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce member? We’re glad you asked: Greater Exposure Reach thousands of people with low cost advertising offered through Chamber publications. Be part of our innovative new website that offers a membership listing where you can update

Mission’s National Butterfly Center is Spreading its Wings

Here at the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce, we’ve always known that there was something oh-so-special about Mission’s National Butterfly Center (NBC), and now the entire nation is going to know it too. PBS’ Emmy award-winning series, “Nature,” is set to begin filming a brand new episode on butterflies at our very own National Butterfly Center in Mission. The 100-acre National Butterfly Center is the ideal location to film these graceful and amazing creatures, as it provides host and nectar plants that attract a bevy of butterflies and moths. In fact, nearly 150 butterfly species are native to our Rio

Forget The Great Gatsby: It’s The Roaring Twenties in Mission

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce invites you to come join in our festivities as we party like it’s 1929!We’re talking flappers, cloche hats, knickers, and newsboy caps. Make sure you have your foxtrot down as we celebrate the Chamber’s Annual Banquet this October. The Chamber, in partnership with the Progress Times, is going to recognize the hard working citizens of Mission and introduce the newest Board of Directors members to the community—and this year is set to be another doozy. With a Roaring 20’s theme, cocktail hour entertainment provided by Starlight Quartet, and a surprise performance happening during the

Keep that Summer Body Going During Fall at these Fitness Centers

Mission definitely has some great eateries, from the delectable The Loretto Bistro to good ol’ Ace’s BBQ, there’s always something delicious on the menu. But while we’re out enjoying that savory Mission flavor, it’s also important to take care of the rest of our bodies just as much as we take care of our stomachs. And with the holiday season starting to peak its turkey neck around the corner, now is the perfect time join a gym or fitness center. Not only will you keep that summer body during fall, but you won’t have to stress about having too much