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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

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   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

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

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

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

UTSA SBDC Technology Commercialization Center one of 21 FAST grant awardees nationwide; only Texas awardee

The SBDC Technology Commercialization Center is the first Centerwithin The UT System to earn a FAST grant award. SAN ANTONIO, September 1, 2016 – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Innovation & Technology has awarded a Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program grant to the SBDC Technology Commercialization Center (SBDC TCC) of UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development. UTSA is the first University of Texas system institution, and one of only two institutions in the state of Texas to have ever received the award. The Center’s Texas-FITT (Federal Innovation and Technology Transfer) program is focused on increasing the participation and award success for innovative entrepreneurs and small technology firms in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. The awards greatly enhance market commercialization

Elevate Systems Honored on Capitol Hill UTSA Small Business Development Center

The America’s SBDC Texas Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance, is pleased to announce that Elevate Systems, an emerging San Antonio-based LLC, was recognized among 11 SBDC clients representing ten states at the America’s SBDC Client Showcase and Reception in Washington, D.C. Elevate Systems, a client of the Texas SBDC at the University of Texas San Antonio South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, was honored February 1, 2016 on Capitol Hill. Elevate Systems was founded by Scott and Maricela Gray in December of 2012. The company provides technical solutions for military weapons systems, 3D design, prototyping and production, and technical consulting. They are proud to provide services to reverse engineer difficult to acquire parts, and support military applications for weapon systems obsolescence issues, automotive applications,

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

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



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