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Celebrating our Commitment to the Texas Economy – Small Business Development Centers recognized for 35 years of service

Celebrating our Commitment to the Texas Economy – Small Business Development Centers recognized for 35 years of service

In 35 years, America’s Small Business Development Center has grown from a small pilot program to a nationwide business education and training infrastructure with nearly 1,000 centers throughout the nation providing management and technical assistance to over a million Americans annually. Charles Tee Rowe, President of Americans SBDC said, “America’s small businesses are truly the engine of economic growth, and for 35 years, America’s SBDC has been like the spark plugs keeping the engine going.” With the assistance of SBDCs, a new business is opened every 33 minutes with a new job being created every 7 minutes. As a part of the America’s SBDC family, UTSA’s South-West Texas Border SBDC and partner affiliate Network serves a 79-county region in Texas through 10 strategically located field offices. Alpine: Sul Ross State

Chile opens first of 50 Small Business Development Centers with the guidance of UTSA

Chile opens first of 50 Small Business Development Centers with the guidance of UTSA

The UTSA SBDC International Trade Center is helping strengthen the Chilean economy. This week, Chile opened their first Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Valparaiso, Chile. The center is based on the U.S. SBDC model taught by the UTSA SBDC International Trade Center. Those in attendance included Chilean President of the Republic, Michelle Bachelet, Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism, Luis Felipe Céspedes, U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, and UTSA Sr. Associate Vice President for Economic Development, Robert McKinley. UTSA leads the consulting effort to build a network of small business centers across the hemisphere for economic development and trade, on behalf of the U.S. State Department and Organization of American States. The SBDC model has evolved over 35 years at 1,100 universities and colleges across the U.S. and

Small Business Emergency Preparedness

Small Business Emergency Preparedness

WOULD YOUR BUSINESS SURVIVE IF… The road to your business closes as result of construction or bad weather? A key supplier/customer goes out of business? A key employee gets sick for an extended period of time? WHY PREPARE From workplace disruptions to natural and man-made disasters, as a small business owner, you should be ready for anything. Unexpected events can quickly interrupt your business putting you and your employees at risk. If you are not prepared, your business could shut down forever. WHERE TO START Developing a business continuity plan will protect your business by minimizing the impact of unplanned disruption and improve the likelihood that your business will survive and recover. Through grants provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration, businesses impacted by local disasters can take advantage of

UTSA supports rural Texans with a state-wide conference

UTSA supports rural Texans with a state-wide conference

The UTSA Small Business Development Center Rural Business Program, the Governor’s Small Business Forum, Texas Workforce Commission and the Heart of Texas Council of Governments (HOTCOG) will host the 6th annual Texas Rural Challenge June 15-16 at the Waco Convention Center and Hilton Waco. This year’s theme is “Rural Matters: Growing our People, Resources, and Future”. Keynote Speakers include: Lori Krieger – Owner, Taste Elevated Bryan Daniels – Executive Director of Economic Development and Tourism, Office of the Governor Dell Gines – Sr Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Carlos Cascos – Texas Secretary of State The First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott will also be in attendance to present Governor’s Small Business Awards to 2-3 exemplary small businesses. Additional breakout sessions feature expert panelists in water,

UTSA hosts Small Business Administration Town Hall event May 6

UTSA hosts Small Business Administration Town Hall event May 6

The UTSA Institute for Economic Development was one of five organizations nationally to be selected as a host for a Small Business Administration (SBA) Town Hall as part of National Small Business Week. The Town Hall will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 in the Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328) room at the UTSA Downtown Campus. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, will lead the discussion on “Access to Capital: Fueling the Financial Engine of Small Business Growth” and agency initiatives to address the opportunities and challenges facing entrepreneurs. Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros and Congressman Lloyd Doggett will also be participating on the panel. “This year, during National Small Business Week, we recommit ourselves to those fearless

UTSA Supporting US Companies Seeking to Export Products and Services to Markets in the Emerging Mexican Oil and Gas Sector

UTSA Supporting US Companies Seeking to Export Products and Services to Markets in the Emerging Mexican Oil and Gas Sector

The International Trade Center, a specialty Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development, announced today that it is partnering with the US Commercial Service to hold the US–Mexico Oil and Gas Business Exporting Conference on May 8, 2015. This is a one-day seminar for US exporters -who want to take advantage of the energy reform in Mexico’s oil and gas industry. The Conference will bring together experts from government, business, and academic sectors to discuss the opening markets in Mexico. Experts will show companies in Texas what they can do to position themselves to get in on the ground level of new market opportunities. Topics for this landmark event include: Products and services needed in Mexico’s oil and gas

UTSA leading charge to expand and adapt U.S. SBDC model internationally

UTSA leading charge to expand and adapt U.S. SBDC model internationally

This week, The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development is participating in the Summit of the Americas in Panama and releasing a progress report on the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA) launched by President Obama for the 2012 Summit. The SBNA was built on UTSA’s existing framework of expanding the SBDC model in Mexico and Central America. SBNA’s vision is to develop the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) sector and encourage greater trade with our partner countries in this hemisphere. UTSA Associate Vice President for Economic Development Robert McKinley is presenting the SBNA progress report to 500 university Rectors convened at the summit. The report outlines the SBNA initiative, SBDC model adaptation, implementation to-date with participating country results, and business success stories. “Small businesses

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