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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.
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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

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

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

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

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