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UTSA’s South-West Texas Border SBDC Network Provides Assistance to Small Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

UTSA’s South-West Texas Border SBDC Network Provides Assistance to Small Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

SAN ANTONIO, September 18, 2017 – In the days since Hurricane Harvey’s Texas landfall last month, UTSA’s South-West Texas Border (SWTXB) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has been coordinating efforts with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist Texas small businesses impacted by the devastating Category 4 storm, which yielded unprecedented damage and destruction. The SWTXB SBDC Network comprised of 13 SBDC centers across 79 counties throughout Central, West, and South Texas, includes affiliate centers at the Del Mar College SBDC in Corpus Christi, University of Houston-Victoria SBDC, and Texas State University SBDC in Austin. All three affiliate centers have coordinated with FEMA and the SBA to provide disaster assistance to small businesses in the affected areas. Many business owners are dealing with personal losses, in addition to

Following renovation, UTSA reopens New Braunfels SBDC office with ribbon cutting and open house

Following renovation, UTSA reopens New Braunfels SBDC office with ribbon cutting and open house

UTSA SBDC Satellite Office offers training and services to help entrepreneurs thrive   SAN ANTONIO, May 11, 2017 — The UTSA Small Business Development Center (UTSA SBDC) Satellite Office in New Braunfels is reopening its doors for business after undergoing a major renovation to better serve the community. The Satellite Office operated out of a temporary location for two months. For six years, the UTSA SBDC has proven to be a valuable asset by providing workshops and professional, confidential business advising services to the business community. The UTSA SBDC strengthens the Comal and Guadalupe county economies by offering local entrepreneurs with education, mentorship, business training and networking services. Since 2012, the UTSA SBDC has provided more than 10,600 hours of advising to 1,855 clients, resulting in 86 business starts, 87

Texas SBDCs launch SBDCStream business development trainings across South-West Texas Border SBDC Network

Texas SBDCs launch SBDCStream business development trainings across South-West Texas Border SBDC Network

UTSA Small Business Development Center pilots webinar series to increase access to industry experts   SAN ANTONIO, (May 12, 2017) – In an effort to increase access to small business development trainings for clients of Texas Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network is launching a webinar series called #SBDCStream from its lead center at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The San Antonio Small Business Development Center (SASBDC), hosted at UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development, will conduct the network’s first web-based training this month. #SBDCStream is a unique approach allowing SBDCs across rural and metropolitan Texas to participate in real-time streaming workshops led by business experts. SBDCs from across the SWTXB Network will rotate hosting the reoccurring #SBDCStream while partnering SBDCs will facilitate live

UTSA, Small Business Administration District Office Celebrate Entrepreneurs for National Small Business Week

UTSA, Small Business Administration District Office  Celebrate Entrepreneurs for National Small Business Week

UTSA, Small Business Administration District Office Celebrate Entrepreneurs for National Small Business Week   SAN ANTONIO, May 4, 2017 – In partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA) San Antonio District Office, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development and South-West Texas Border SBDC Network gathered to recognize the 2017 District Small Business Week winners for an awards ceremony at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade. Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has declared National Small Business Week to recognize the important role and contributions of America’s small businesses. National and local events recognize top entrepreneurs for their achievements to include those individuals and organizations who champion small business. During today’s ceremony, special recognition was given to SBA resource partners and community organizations for their

Access to Capital is Chief Concern for Small Business Owners, According to New Poll

Access to Capital is Chief Concern for Small Business Owners, According to New Poll

Research results will be used to shape services and address changing needs of small businesses. SAN ANTONIO, May 3, 2016 – A poll conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in partnership with the Small Business Development Centers of Texas, including the UTSA South-West Texas Border SBDC Network, found that for the first time, access to capital is the greatest challenge facing small-business owners in Texas. While still a critical issue, finding talent fell to second place, garnering 20.4 percent of responses. Sales and marketing was once again the most sought-after skill for potential employees, followed by interpersonal skills. This third annual Small Business Assessment Poll was conducted during the last three months of 2016 and included responses from 1,358 small business owners from 101 counties across Texas. Overall,

Statewide conference to encourage entrepreneurship and economic development in rural communities

Statewide conference to encourage entrepreneurship and economic development in rural communities

With more than 300 attendees from 90+ Texas cities, the Texas Rural Challenge is the largest conference of its kind in the state   (San Antonio, February 20, 2017) – Early registration is now open for the Texas Rural Challenge, an annual conference hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for Economic Development–Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Rural Business Program. With a focus on economic development in rural Texas, the SBDC Rural Business Program has partnered with the City of Waco and numerous agencies across Texas to launch its 8th annual Texas Rural Challenge (TRC) conference in Waco, TX from June 29-30. This year’s conference, “Empowering Rural Texas,” will focus on small business growth, community and economic development, and leadership. The two-day conference will feature keynote speakers,

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

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

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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