South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network
Web Address: http://txsbdc.org
The South-West Texas Border SBDC Network helps Texas businesses start and grow resulting in job creation, economic diversification and business expansion. In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, UTSA administers the regional network of 10 SBDC affiliate offices hosted by universities and community colleges in the 79-county region.
SBDC International Trade Center
Web Address: http://texastrade.org
The International Trade Center is one of the largest and the most successful trade assistance organizations in the State of Texas. Established in 1992, it provides businesses with high-value trade consulting services, cutting-edge market research and innovative training programs. The International Trade Center’s programs have a proven track record of delivering technical know-how and support that has helped hundreds of Texas companies enter new markets and become globally competitive.
SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Web Address: http://ptac.txsbdc.org
The UTSA SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center is dedicated to helping small business owners, including veterans and women, wanting to contract with the federal, state, and local government entities. PTAC staff offer a variety of services including technical assistance with business certifications, registration in SAM, bid & proposal assistance, GSA Schedule, human resource management, bid match services, and various workshops and training.
San Antonio Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Web Address: http://sasbdc.org
The San Antonio SBDC offers integrated services to meet the needs of experienced small business owners as well as individuals interested in starting a business. This SBDC is active in San Antonio and the 10 counties surrounding Bexar County, providing professional, confidential one-on-one business advising services at no charge. In addition to personalized advising services, the SBDC offers low-cost training workshops for both experienced and prospective business owners. These workshops cover a variety of topics to help entrepreneurs start or grow businesses.
SBDC Rural Business Program
Web Address: http://rbp.txsbdc.org
The Rural Business Program was established to provide technical assistance, training, and information assistance to businesses, local governments, communities, and agencies engaged in economic, business and community development activities. The program helps rural communities improve their level of collaboration and utilization of regional assets, develop projects leading to the creation of jobs, improving the quality of life, and encouraging public/private partnerships. http://rbp.txsbdc.org
SBDC National Information Clearinghouse
Web Address: http://sbdcnet.org
The SBDC National Information Clearinghouse is dedicated to meeting the needs of 1,100 small business development centers across the United States and its territories by providing timely, relevant research, web-based information and training services to SBDC counsellors and their clients. Since its inception in 1998, the Clearinghouse has responded to more than 75,000 requests.
Center for Community and Business Research
Web Address: http://ccbr.iedtexas.org
The Center for Community and Business Research (CCBR) is dedicated to serving the needs of economic development agencies, workforce development boards, businesses, associations, city, state and federal governments and other community stakeholders in search of information to make better-informed decisions. CCBR develops, conducts, and reports on research projects that shed light on how organizations, communities, or the economy work. The CCBR conducts regional evaluation, assessment, and long-term applied research on issues related to community and business development.
Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
Web Address: http://swtaac.org
The Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center assists U.S. manufacturing and service firms in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma that are hurt by foreign competition to regain profitable growth. By providing management consulting and strategic business planning services to manufacturers and service firms, the Southwest TAAC helps businesses compete in a global marketplace. Working in tandem with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Southwest TAAC helps these firms define their needs and secure and coordinate professional consulting services.
Eagle Ford Shale Community Development Program
Web Address: http://efscdp.org
The Institute for Economic Development has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to fund a three-year program, the Eagle Ford Shale Community Development Program (EFSCDP). It will provide communities in South Texas with planning services, research, and workshops to explore and develop strategies for creating a vibrant and sustainable economy for the future. The EFSCDP will help communities make sound decisions about how to react to predictable changes in EFS business activity in order to promote sustainable economic progress by: increasing community capacity, developing strategic plans, improving leadership, and sharing best practices within South Texas rural communities being directly and indirectly impacted by the Eagle Ford Shale (EFS) oil and gas activity. The Institute for Economic Development refers to this innovative approach as “strategically-sequenced” economic development.
MBDA Business Center
Web Address: http://sanantoniombc.org/
The MBDA Business Center helps growing minority business enterprises increase profits and employment in today’s marketplace by providing targeted management and technical assistance services. Since 1982, the program has served over 3,500 businesses in the San Antonio MSA with a variety of management assistance services, including financial analyses, loan and bond packaging, strategic planning, government contracting, MBE, DBE, HUB and 8(a) certifications, marketing, public relations and advertising services. The MBEC primarily works with established minority-owned businesses that have at least $1 million annual revenues and seeking rapid growth.