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Elevate Systems Honored on Capitol Hill UTSA Small Business Development Center

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, biomedical devices and augmented virtual reality. In the near future, Elevate Systems will be relocating operations to 1919 NW Loop 410 Ste. 200 San Antonio Texas, 78213.

Elevate Systems represents the tens of thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners who receive business assistance from the Texas SBDCs each year. Elevate has worked with the SBDC to become a certified Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned small business and has started the SBA 8(a) submission process. By attending SBDC trainings and Vendor/Supplier Networking Breakfasts, Elevate has increased company visibility and established key contacts in the community. With the help of the SBDC, the company received its first major DoD contract in March of 2013. Currently, Elevate Systems has earned over 25 contracts totaling over $1.5MM

“It was an honor to represent the State of Texas in Washington, D.C. The event really underscored the tremendous amount of work and job creation that the SBDC does every day here in Texas and around the country. The SBDC has been a tremendous help to us since the inception of Elevate Systems– they have provided numerous opportunities for us to grow our business as well as develop meaningful relationships with key decision makers in the DoD.” – Maricela Gray

The America’s SBDC Client Showcase and Reception was held in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government and Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, and Congressman Steve Chabot of Ohio, Chairman of the Committee on Small Business, addressed reception guests. The mission of America’s SBDC and SBDCs nationwide is to help entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership and to help existing businesses grow and succeed.

“We are very proud of Scott and Maricela and the success they’ve achieved nationwide,” said Al Salgado, Executive Director of the South-West Texas Border SBDC. “They are truly deserving of this recognition and we are happy to be part of their success.”

For more information, visit www.sbdctexas.org

About the America’s SBDC Texas Network:
The America’s SBDC Texas Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016. Since its inception, the Texas SBDC Network has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide emerging and established business owners with management and technical assistance, enabling overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for the state. Texas SBDCs are funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the State of Texas via The University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Houston, Texas Tech University, and Dallas County Community College District serving as the Lead Centers to facilitate over 50 SBDC offices throughout urban, suburban, and rural Texas. Texas SBDCs are nationally accredited by the America’s SBDCs. For more information, please visit www.sbdctexas.org.



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