A Valley startup now has $ 25,000 to help grow its business thanks to an award from the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation.
The award was presented as part of the Texas Pitch Summit.
Jaime Diez started Valley Tire Recycling in 2019, but had to take a step back for almost a year because of the Covid.
“That’s why we’re just starting it right now,” Diez said. “There have been a lot of delays along the way, but that’s one of the best news we get.”
Valley Tire Recycling converts old tires into different reusable materials.
“It’s a great economic opportunity … because you can recycle some of these materials and then not just solve the environmental problem, which is illegal dumping, and which are habitat for mosquitoes,” Diez said.
The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation has been able to help different businesses thrive.
“Our sole purpose here is to help start-ups, businesses start, thrive, survive and scale,” said Nathan Burkhart, BCIC’s director of business development.
Burkhart says that while it can be difficult for companies to keep up with rising prices during this time, help is available. He recommended that business owners contact local leaders and economic development organizations to inquire about funding assistance.
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