Success Stories


Mid Valley Archery

Mid Valley Archery in Weslaco, TX is proud to offer classes taught by certified archers as well as slots where someone can use the range on an hourly basis The recreational facility is owned and operated by David Garza.

Garza, who has spent much of his life in the miliraty and law enforcement, is a principled and down-to-earth man. He teaches students to use self-control and discipline to gain form and technique in the ancient art of archery.

As a youngster, Garza loved bows and arrows, so he made them himself. This is where his love for archery began. The sport kept him focused throught his life and now David is making his living doing what he loves most. He now offer the Rio Grande Valley a safe place to learn and practice this great sport, life skill, and past-time.

The range include soft target as well as 3D animal replicas. Weslaco is now home to a range for the novice archer as well as those who are skilled and want an indoor space to practice for the Valley-wide archery tournaments and hunts.      

David Garza contacted the UPTA Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) for assistance with a business plan to start his business. With business advisor Carlos Gutierrez' assistance, Garza developed an operational and sales strategy to get his archery business up and going. He is currently seeking expansion funding and continues to work with the VBOC to develop his plans ans submit a loan proposal. Mid Valley Archery has created a total of 1 full time and 2 part time jobs in Weslaco.

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Elite Oilfield Construction

U.S. Army Sergeant Leonel Garza was finishing up his third tour of duty in Iraq at the end of May 2008. When he arrived back home in the United States, he attended a seminar on services available to personnel leaving the service at Fort Stewarts, Ga. Garza had made up his mind that he wanted to work for himself while on active duty. “While I was in the military, I had so many bosses. I thought it would be nice to be my own boss and make my own hours,” Garza related. “I had my own ideas and had done some research. I had worked up a business plan, before I went to see the people at the veteran’s center,” he recalled. But his visit to the VBOC was a real eye opener for Garza, “What Mr. Alonzo Gracia did was take it to a whole new level. He gave me so much information outside of what I was doing about what other companies and competitors were doing,” he said. VBOC also helped Garza find financing, even though he came to the table with his own capital.

He eventually wants Elite Oilfield Construction, his company, to branch out to servicing construction sites and outdoor events. In the long run he hopes to have a fleet of 30 units, which would be an investment of $40,000.

 Mag-Tek Inc.

Jerry Davis is a Vietnam Era veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1970. His tour of duty in Vietnam was during ’68 and ’69. A native of Oklahoma, he moved to the Rio Grande Valley in the early ‘60s; his father was instrumental in developing thousands of acres of citrus groves in the Upper Valley with the Bentsen Family. Davis is involved with an established business, Mag-Tek Inc. in Edinburg, TX, a manufacturer of magnetic tools for the oil field. He wasn’t looking for a business plan for a start up company when he made contact with the VBOC. “Originally we were looking at a Small Business Administration loan,” Davis related. What Mag-Tek wanted to do was promote a new product line that resulted in fuel savings for diesel engines. “We needed some help getting it out there, getting it marketed. They were very helpful with putting out marketing plan together.”

Davis continued, “We were looking for a $300,000 loan. We had been to banks before over the years, but the package prepared by the veteran’s center really impressed the bank we took it to.” The loan package prepared by the VBOC has helped to Mag-Tek set up a dealer network promoting its fuel saving package across the state.