Gov. Abbott invites local entrepreneurs to small business conference in Edinburg

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, listens as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right, gives his State of the State Address in the House Chamber on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Austin. (Eric Gay | The Associated Press)

South Texas entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their business can attend a Small Business Conference on Friday, March 29 in Edinburg, according to a news release from Gov. Greg Abbott.

The event will take place at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, located at 118 Paseo del Prado in Edinburg.

The conference consists of two half-day sessions — one for existing small businesses and one for startups — featuring private and public small business resources, practical solutions, best practices and expert assistance on a broad range of business topics and challenges.

Guest speakers will include Julian Alvarez, Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Labor, and Texas Secretary of State David Whitley. 

“Small business owners truly are the backbone of our economy,” Abbott said in the news release. “Men and women willing to take a risk, to dig deep into their own pockets and stake their future on an idea have long written the story of Texas. That pioneering spirit still fuels our shared prosperity today. And I am committed to working alongside entrepreneurs and small business owners to ensure continuing opportunity for new business growth all across South Texas.”

The Governor’s Small Business Awards, recognizing outstanding businesses in Texas, will be presented at the close of the morning track.


Existing Small Businesses: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., includes lunch

Non-Profits, Startups and Aspiring Entrepreneurs: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., includes lunch

For more details on the agenda and to register, visit: