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  • 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

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Jennilee.Garza@utsa.edu | (210) 458-2958
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    • 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

    • 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

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