Downtown coffee to bring businesses together; learn about cyber security

HARLINGEN — Business owners with the New Year’s resolution of growing their business in 2016 should attend the “Good Morning Downtown” coffee meetings.

Local business owners will be meeting and networking over coffee and pastries this morning to get important business tips.

The meeting is free and open to the public. It will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at J&B’s Café located at 204 E. Jackson Avenue.

“Anybody who has a small business would be very encouraged to attend,” said Victor Leal, Cybernation business owner and city commissioner.

Leal will be addressing the audience on the importance of protecting business computer data. He will talk about topics on cyber security, passwords and the importance of having an antivirus program.

Leal has been working with computers since the 1970s and has managed a computer repair and networking business called Cybernation since 1997.

Leal said businesses need to be careful about being attacked electronically. He said it is important to protect business computers so important information is not stolen or taken for ransom.

Another speaker scheduled to address the audience is Lionel Levin of SCORE. He will be talking about free resources small businesses can access to develop better business and marketing plans.

“People do business with people they know,” said Cheryl Laberge, downtown manager. “Come for coffee, conversation and to checkout J&B’s Café in Downtown Harlingen,”

Those who attend will learn about upcoming events and the new art exhibit called “Works of Figuration” that will open at the Beyond Arts Gallery on Jan. 14.

The winners of the downtown Harlingen word game and Christmas Window Decorating Contest will also be announced at the meeting.

“We’re excited that J&B’s Café is hosting the event,” Laberge said. “Their new menu will be rolling out this week.”