The Brownsville Local Development Company, Inc., dba The Business Development of Texas Fund, is a private, non-profit certified development corporation. It received its certification from the U.S. Small Business Administration on March 16th, 1982 in order to participate in the SBA 504 Program that offers small businesses affordable financing.

When the BLDC was first established it was limited to its designated area of operations which was the City of Brownsville and its environs. Most recently the SBA allowed CDC’s to operate within its State of Incorporation. For this reason, the BLDC’s Board of Directors, registered and adopted its new name in an effort to reach a broader market throughout the Rio Grande Valley and the entire State of Texas.

Raul Garcia
Moises Gomez
Lloyd Molina
Markus Villanueva
Manuel Torres
Ben Guerra
Derek Benavides
Louie Tijerina
Patti Ayala

Executive Director
Vice Chairperson
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer

Local Government – Cameron County
Business – Gomez & Fragoso & Associates, PC, CPAs
Financial Institution – Branch Manager, Vantage Bank
Financial Institution – Brownsville City President, Capital One Bank
Community Org – Retired, The University of Texas at Brownsville
Attorney – Ben Guerra Law Office
Business – TWFG – Benavides Insurance
Financial Institution – Business Relationship Manager, Lone Star National Bank
Financial Institution – Senior Vice President, The Frost National Bank


Roy Esqueda
Lizzy Pugtegnat
Omar A. Saenz

Financial Institution

Susana Reynoso
Ricky Leal
Robert Walker


Certified Public Accountant
Financial Institution
Financial Institution