May 6, 2020

AG Teams Up To Serve 500 medical staff at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center

AG teamed up with local non profit LaunchPad The Center and small businesses Taco Man 512 and The Peached Tortilla for big win, serving 500 meals to hard working medical staff at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.

May 9, 2020

AG Teams Up To Serve Austin Police Dept. 500 meals

AvantGarde, LLC linking arms with Taco Man 512, LaunchPad, King’s Hawaiian, and The Peached Tortilla to serve 500 meals to Austin Police Department.

April 2, 2020

AG Serve Our Neighbor Initiative: St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

Local Small Businesses Team to Give Back to Medical Frontline Responders

AvantGarde sponsored lunch for 150+ medical staff who serve in the ER, ICU, and the Cancer Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center on April 2, 11am-1:30pm. AG teamed up with local Austin non-profit LaunchPad and TacoMan512 to serve fresh street tacos with trimmings to these first responders. The dual goal of this initiative  was to keep small business working (TacoMan512 team) and feed first responders!

AvantGarde CEO, Rebecca Contreras, on how this initiative came to be.

 “We were watching the news and  saw an organization doing this in another state and after disussing with my AG parnter in DC Dr. Portnoy, we decided to team with LaunchPad and sponsor lunch for a day by TacoMan512, local small buiness food truck here in Austin.  We feel this is a great time to come together and support both a small business, to keep their food truck team working, and our first responders at St David’s who are working long hospital hours to care for members of our local community.  This is our way of doing our small part to bless and help show our appreciation for the first responders helping to heal us and keep our community safe!”  

This initiative gained the local news outlets attention. This story was featured on KXAN, KVUEFOX 7, and Univision.

April 23, 2020

AvantGarde, LaunchPad, and TacoMan512 team up to serve over 500 first responders at Dell Children’s Medical Center

AvantGarde, LaunchPad, and TacoMan512 teamed up to serve 500+ street taco plates for the Dell Children’s Medical Center staff on April 20, 2020. Here’s a quote from a head nurse at Dell Children’s Medical Center expressing their gratitude.

“Thank you so much for your donation. Dell Children’s Medical Center truly appreciates your generosity.”
– Head Nurse at Dell Children’s Medical Center

Tom Ramsey, the owner of TacoMan512 and the Tom Ramsey Foundation, had this to say about the initiative.

“Nothing left to say but thank you… to those who risk their lives every day, to those who keep us safe, to those who are holding down the front lines, to those who are saving lives. We appreciate you and we love you. Thank you for allowing us to serve you today.”
– Tom Ramsey

During trying times like this, we are grateful to be able to step up, team up, and lead well to make a positive impact in our community

National Women’s Business Council (NWBC)

From 2018-2019, AG CEO Rebecca Contreras served as Chair of the NWBC’s Access to Capital Subcommittee, which tackled the three key issues below that affect women in business in order to formulate and make recommendations to Congress, POTUS and SBA.


  1. Federal Government Procurement laws, rules and flexibilities – In 2019, only .03% of federal contract awards go to certified WOSBs. The Committee works to increase the number of federal contracts and contract dollars awarded to WOSB doing business with the federal government by recommending enforcement and implementation by SBA of federal WOSB rules and flexibilities and the five-year runway legislation enacted into law 2019.
  2. Access to Capital – The Committee looked to expand angel investor tax credits for investing in women owned business, specifically crowdfunding.  Studies show women raise more capital in crowdfunding campaigns than men, however, money for crowdfunding participation rates by women are extremely low for women-owned small business.
  3. Angel credits – The Committee explored recommendations to expand tax credits for those investing in startup women-owned small business
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