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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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  • Chile opens first of 50 Small Business Development Centers with the guidance of UTSA Institute for Economic Development

    The UTSA Institute of Economic Development 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 SBDC International Trade Center of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development. 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

  • San Antonio receives federal designation as manufacturing community

    The Alamo Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) is a collaborative effort of several organizations from industry, academia, and government organized to assist communities that have demonstrated best practices within a specific manufacturing sector to further cultivate an environment to create well-paid manufacturing jobs and targeted industry growth. The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development (IED) is leading the partnership effort, which includes the San Antonio Manufacturers Association (SAMA), Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Bexar County Economic Development Department, City of San Antonio Economic Development Department (SAEDD), City of Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF), Workforce Solutions Alamo (WSA), the Alamo Colleges, and Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Lean Systems (CAMLS) at

  • UTSA Institute for Economic Development completes study on impact of San Antonio EDF in 2014

    According to a study conducted by the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) assisted 28 companies that generated $1.1 billion in economic impact. The SAEDF report focuses on businesses that were attracted to the San Antonio area or that expanded in 2014. The companies represent a variety of industry sectors including information technology, manufacturing, distribution and energy. The information technology sector, including business process outsourcing and information security operations, demonstrated the strongest growth with over 3,000 new jobs, representing about 60 percent of all growth for the year. In 2013, manufacturing jobs accounted for the largest growth with 70 percent. “These numbers show that San Antonio’s economy is experiencing a growth trend that is dually propelled by recruitment, as well as business retention 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 and key Mexican partners release preliminary report on impacts of energy reform on the Mexican Economy

    (San Antonio, May 28, 2015) – The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for Economic Development, the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos, and the Woodrow Wilson Center are set to release a preliminary report to gauge the growth and the effects that the oil and natural gas industry will have for residents and decision makers in Mexico. The report contains a general overview on the Energy Reform, an economic background on oil and natural gas (especially trade between US and México) a state level profile, infrastructure and educational certificates specific to oil and natural gas education. The core study area concentrates on the economic impact on the following Mexican states: Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas and Veracruz. “Opportunities for unconventional or shale oil and gas

  • UTSA Institute for Economic Development 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

  • Texas natural gas grants totaling $53 million generated $128 million in economic impact last year, according to UTSA research

    Texas natural gas grants totaling $53 million generated $128 million in economic impact last year, according to UTSA research For more information, contact Amy Dalrymple UTSA Institute for Economic Development Phone: 210-458-2958 Christi Fish UTSA Office of University Communications & Marketing 210-458-5141 UTSA Institute for Economic Development releases new economic impact study exploring clean energy in the Texas Triangle (San Antonio, Feb. 23, 2015) – The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development released a study today showing that three State grants to support natural gas programs generated $128 million in economic impact, generated $79.1 million in gross state product and supported 927 full-time jobs in 2014. The three grants, totaling $52.9 million, generated that impact by supporting the construction of new natural gas fueling

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