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Our Impact

Our Impact
SWTXB IMPACT

The Texas economy continued to thrive on small business competitiveness, growth, job creation, and diversifying business opportunities throughout 2017. However, the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network, along with our sister network in Houston, addressed a major challenge in 2017.

On August 25, Hurricane Harvey landed near Rockport as a Category 4 storm, leaving devastating damage. To magnify the situation, it tracked northwest and stalled in the Victoria area.  Our SWTXB SDBC Network immediately began working with FEMA and SBA Disaster officials stationed at Business Recovery Centers in Rockport and Port Aransas.

Our Network has been assisting small business owners with Economic Injury and Physical Damage loans, analyzing the feasibility of reopening or relocating, projecting losses and future revenues, and restoring financials among other needs. As Governor Abbott focuses on rebuilding Texas, Texas SBDCs are targeting small business recovery.

Comprised of ten centers across 79 counties, the Network offers the most comprehensive resource in the region for small business and community development. Emphasis persists on scale-up growth industry clusters and technology commercialization while our SBDCs continue providing services in business start-up, manufacturing competitiveness, international trade, government contracting and corporate supply-chains, rural development and small business research.

As the South-West Texas Border Network faces new challenges to “Build the Texas Economy One Business at a Time,” we continue to provide innovative and excellent service to our clients. I wish to thank all of our key stakeholders for your leadership and commitment and look forward to a very successful 2018.

Al Saldago, Director
SWTXB Small Business Development Center Network

To download the 2017 South-West Texas Border SBDC Network annual report click here.

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