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UTSA Hosts Delegations for Brazil’s Micro and Small Business Support Service

UTSA Hosts Delegations for Brazil’s Micro and Small Business Support Service

(October 30, 2013) The UTSA Institute for Economic Development hosted a delegation from the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (SEBRAE) in an effort to exchange knowledge and information as well as learn more about how U.S. Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) work. SEBRAE is a Brazilian small business development institution, created in 1972. The institution counts on a network of 27 regional offices in all Brazilian states along with nearly 800 service units. In September of 2012, UTSA signed a memorandum of understanding with SEBRAE, which set the tone for the onsite visit in 2013. In addition to the MOU, the Institute for Economic Development also executed an agreement with Brazil’s Small Business Agency and SEBRAE, which will launch in November of 2013, and will formally link 1.1

UTSA Hosts Delegation from the Inter-American Development Bank to Discuss SBDC Model

UTSA Hosts Delegation from the Inter-American Development Bank to Discuss SBDC Model

(October 11, 2013)The International Trade Center at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development announced today that it hosted a three-day visit by Inter-American Development Bank delegates. The visit provided an opportunity to demonstrate the work that the Institute and its centers are doing to create economic impact in Texas and internationally. There is particular focus on the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) expansion projects that the International Trade Center has been engaged in since 2003 through its SBDCGlobal program with the aim of establishing SBDC networks throughout the Americas and North Africa. Since 1979, The Institute for Economic Development at UTSA has hosted various economic development programs as well as SBDCs that provide training, business advising services and research to businesses in order to

South-West Texas Border SBDC Network Business Advisor Janie Caballero outperforms again

South-West Texas Border SBDC Network Business Advisor Janie Caballero outperforms again

(September 23, 2013) Janie Caballero, a Senior Business Advisor at The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) Small Business Development Center (SBDC), was awarded the 2013 “State Star” for her outstanding work performance throughout the year. She was honored at the America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) National Conference in Florida. The University of Texas-Pan American SBDC is part of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development. Caballero, who counsels local prospective and existing business owners through the UTPA SBDC, earned this year’s top honor with her impressive client results: Over 222 total client jobs created and maintained 27 client businesses started and expanded 39 client capital formations totaling over $54 million Over 1,000 hours of advising effort Caballero

Bogotá delegation makes its mark

Bogotá delegation makes its mark

(August 6, 2013) Last month, UTSA’s global reach focused on Bogotá, thriving eight million population capitol metropolis of new U.S. Free Trade partner Colombia, and an example of society emerging successfully from its past drug-crime fueled insecurity. Education and Economic Development policy were on the agenda, for the UTSA delegation led by President Ricardo Romo. While UTSA was in Bogotá, the Colombian Senate convened an International Educational Forum for input on best practices to reform their federal education law. UTSA was invited to give the primary testimony, sharing its experiences as a young and highly ranked institution. Times Higher Education ranks UTSA among the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old. Accompanying President Romo were VP Community Services Jude Valdez, Interim VP Research Mauli Agrawal, Mexico Center/CAPRI

U.S. Small Business Administration Honors UTSA SBDC

(May 31, 2013) The San Antonio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has received a pair of 2013 U.S. Small Business Administration Region VI SBDC Excellence and Innovation Awards. The awards were presented to the SBDC at the district and regional levels. The San Antonio SBDC is a part of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network and the UTSA Institute for Economic Development. It is one of the largest and most established centers within the network. It serves 10 counties surrounding San Antonio including Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson. As a leader in small-business development, the San Antonio SBDC offers advising, training and research to help small-business owners and entrepreneurs start, develop and grow their businesses. In 2012, the SBDC served more than 5,300 businesses

2013 Texas Rural Conference to Focus on Economic Development of Rural Communities

(May 29, 2013) The Rural Business Program in the UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) will host its annual Texas Rural Challenge on June 18­19 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center, 1001 McCarty Lane, San Marcos, Texas, 78666. The gathering is Texas’ only statewide economic development conference for rural communities. Offered in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Texas Economic Development Council, the conference will focus on the challenges facing rural Texans. It will also spur small business and economic growth in rural communities by providing attendees with practical and proven approaches to rural development. Keynote speakers include: Andres Alcantar, chairman commissioner representing the public, Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Candace Klein, founder and CEO of BG Ventures and SoMoLend Vaughn L. Grisham, director emeritus of the McLean

San Antonio International Trade Center Awarded Ex-Im Bank City-State Partner of the Year

(April 10, 2013) The International Trade Center at the University of Texas, San Antonio today received the City-State Partner of the Year award from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). The award was presented at the Bank’s 38th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. “The San Antonio International Trade Center has been a leading champion for Texas small- and medium-sized businesses owners, and they are a model for the rest of the country,” said Ex-Im Bank Chairman Fred P. Hochberg. “By working together, it is our hope that more “Made in Texas” labels will be found in stores around the world.” “We are proud of our work in helping Texas boost its economy through export growth,” said Jaime A. Martinez of the International Trade Center’s Texas International Business

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