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The UTSA Institute for Economic Development is OPEN for business.
Each of our small business service centers are available to you during this difficult and unexpected time. One-on-one confidential consulting will continue.
We are available to assist you by email, phone, or video conference. Some traditional classroom-based training/events will be available electronically.
For SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan information, go directly to www.sba.gov/disaster

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

Small Business Development Centers ready to launch in Honduras

(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

UTSA IED Honored with Small Business Advocate of the Year Award

(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.

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