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  • South-West Texas Border SBDC Network Creates Over 6,000 Jobs in Texas

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    SAN ANTONIO, January 30, 2017 – America’s Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) across the country create a new job every five minutes, a new business every 31 minutes, generate $100,000 in new sales every seven minutes, and generate $100,000 in capital every 11 minutes. As a major network within the ASBDC, the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network (SWTXB SBDC) kicks off the year with the release of its 2016 Annual Report, reflecting huge economic impact for the State of Texas. The SWXTB SBDC Network is hosted by the Institute for Economic Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio. During the 2016 Fiscal Year, the SWTXB SBDC Network: Served 29,571 business and community clients Provided trainings and workshops to 22,474 participants Delivered 7,097 consulting cases Helped launch 590 new

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  • 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

  • 2014 SWTX Border SBDC State Star: Lisa Barr

    Dean Farhang Niroomand, UHV School of Business Administration, is honored to announce that Lisa Barr, Associate Director of UHV Small Business Development Center (UHV SBDC) has been awarded the State Star Award 2014 for the SouthWest Texas Border Region SBDC. Dean Niroomand notes that “The State Star Award recognizes Lisa’s extraordinary efforts to achieve and support the goals and mission of the SouthWest Texas Border Region SBDC Network.” Lisa was recognized as the top performing business advisor out of over 70 business advisors in the TXSBDC Network. The award also recognizes Lisa’s commitment to service excellence in the following areas: Exemplary performance and commitment to small business Demonstrated economic development achievements Significant contribution to the Network program Dedication to furthering SouthWest Texas Border Region SBDC’s mission Lisa serves the SBDC

  • UTSA SBDCNet Conducts its 70,000 Research Request

    (May 1, 2014) The Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse (SBDCNet) conducted its 70,000th business information request in May. SBDCNet is dedicated to meeting the needs of the 1,100 small business development centers (SBDC) across the United States by providing timely, relevant, web-based information, and training services to SBDC advisors and their clients. Using Web-based subscription services and other databases available through the UTSA Library, SBDCNet researchers can collect data on industry trends, geography and demography, customer profiles, competitive company details, regulations, intellectual property, location suitability and more. Each request consists of several different reports totaling over 350,000 individual reports during the SBDCNet’s history.

  • 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

    (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

    (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

    (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

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