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UTSA, Small Business Administration to Connect Businesses with Opportunities for National Small Business Week

UTSA, Small Business Administration to Connect Businesses with Opportunities for National Small Business Week

UTSA South-West Texas Border SBDC Network will honor area Small Business Week awardees and will offer educational and lender networking sessions for entrepreneurs.

SAN ANTONIO, April 13, 2018 – As part of UTSA’s mission to engage with its business community, the UTSA South-West Texas Border SBDC Network invites local business owners to attend San Antonio’s Small Business Week: “Connecting Business with Opportunity.”

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. This year, National Small Business Week takes place from April 29 – May 5.

In partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA) San Antonio District Office and the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network will highlight the national event during an educational business forum and awards presentation, which will recognize regional entrepreneurs for their achievements, including individuals and organizations who champion small business. A full list of winners is listed below.

The business forum will include eight dynamic small business trainings taught by industry leaders focused on digital advertising, social media marketing, small business financial practices, and SBA resources. Additionally, a networking session will connect entrepreneurs who are interested in accessing capital with active SBA lenders and other business support providers.

WHAT:            San Antonio Small Business Week: Connecting Business with Opportunity

WHEN:            Friday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:          New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 S. Casteel Ave., New Braunfels, Texas 78130

FEE:                 $20 per Individual Ticket


“National Small Business Week continuously highlights the significant role of business owners and entrepreneurs within the nation’s growing economy. The “Connecting Business with Opportunity” event demonstrates both UTSA’s and the Network’s interest in not only highlighting the successes of the awardees but enriching our business community with new knowledge. We congratulate the 2018 San Antonio Small Business Week award winners for their commitment to growth and impact on the Texas economy,” said Al Salgado, executive director of the UTSA South-West Texas Border SBDC Network.

2018 SBA San Antonio District Small Business Week Winners: 

Small Business Person of the Year
Linda J. Parks
LWI Custom Cabinets
Lockhart, TX

Minority Owned Business of the Year
Stability Staffing
Jennifer E. Delgado
San Antonio, TX

Veteran Owned Business
Alpha Facilities Solutions
John Alan Garcia
San Antonio, TX

Woman Owned Business of the Year
Avant Garde, LLC
Rebecca Contreras
Pflugerville, TX

SBDC Award
Texas A&M International University SBDC
Michael Gonzalez
Laredo, TX

SCORE San Antonio Mentor
Hilton Garnes (Posthumous)

SCORE Austin Mentor
Doug Kennan

Small Business Champion
Mayor Brenda Gunter
City of San Angelo

Financial Services Champion
Gutierrez, Martinez & Co. LLP
Eloy Gutierrez
Laredo, TX

Small Business Media Advocate
Living Laredo
Cristina Ofilia Mendoza
Laredo, TX

7(A) Lender
Wells Fargo
136 Units – $37,544,500
Thomas Garceau

504 Lender
Capital CDC
34 Units – $28,641,000
Thomas Braasch

For more information, contact:
Jennilee Garza, Senior Communications Coordinator
Institute for Economic Development
Phone: 210-458-2958



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The Institute for Economic Development is funded in part through the State of Texas and a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.