(July 27, 2012) On July 27, 2012 a graduation ceremony was held at the Casa Presidencial of Honduras, and was presided over by Vice President of Honduras Ma. Antonietta de Guillen. One hundred and thirty certificates were awarded to new Small Business Development Center (SBDC) professionals who will be involved in building the network of SBDC’s to grow small business and trade in this Central American nation. The University of Texas at San Antonio International Trade Center Director Cliff Paredes, and his team delivered a four-month SBDC Diplomado training program to transfer the SBDC model. Honduras Secretary of Industry and Commerce announced the establishment of the first two pilot SBDC’s in Golfo de Fonseca and Olancho regions. It is projected that six regional SBDC’s across Honduras will open by year’s
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(July 18, 2012) The UTSA Institute for Economic Development received the inaugural Small Business Advocate of the Year award at the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Small Business Leaders Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, July 18. The luncheon was created to recognize outstanding achievements in business endeavors and share their stories with the community. A total of eight awards were presented, seven to local businesses and one to the UTSA IED for its continued partnership and exemplary service to local small businesses. Five out of the seven award recipients were current clients of the UTSA IED, or had utilized services during their business venture. According to event chair Marilyn Hartman, “Small business is where the innovations take place. They are swifter, more flexible and often more daring than big businesses.