Small businesses in the Brownsville area see little to no interaction with customers on a daily basis.
“Older stores that had been opened for years are now closed. Sales have just been decreasing,” said Gonzalo Aguilar, owner of the Historic Cameron Hotel.
His hotel stands along East Washington Street in Downtown, Brownsville. Since opening the doors to his relic styled hotel nine years ago, he says his business is still just getting by.
“We’re honestly just trying to survive out here. We’re doing what we can at our reach and capacity to make ends meet each day,” he explained.
A challenge his business and others encounter year-round. However, with the launch of a new program, it can help change that.
“The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation was happy to announce the launch of the Startup Texas Program. Which is entitled to provide up to $20,000 in funding up for entrepreneurs with scale-able businesses, ” said Josh Mejia, executive director of the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (B.C.I.C.)
That means any business owner who wants to expand in Brownsville or start a new business that can grow in Brownsville.
“In the region actually we actually have a stigma at the moment where each start-up entrepreneur business is labeled as a high-risk investment. So what we’re trying to do through this program is validate that these risks can be limited or reduced and be able to use the funding as cash injection to open up the doors with additional funding with the partners from SBA,” Mejia explained.
With more money, comes bigger businesses and more economic growth for Brownsville. Applications are opened from now until April 8th. For more information, you can check out StartupTexas.com.