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Statewide Conference to Encourage Rural Economic Development

Attracting hundreds of attendees from 90+ Texas cities, the Texas Rural Challenge bridges state and federal resources with rural community leaders. (San Antonio, June 7, 2018) – The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development will launch its 9th annual Texas Rural Challenge conference in New Braunfels, Texas on July 16 -17. This year’s conference theme, “Forging Our Future,” will focus on trending themes among today’s rural communities including technology, trade and regionalism. The conference will also promote best practices and offer collaborative opportunities to spur ideas and professional relationships that can help Texas rural communities thrive. Keynote speakers will include Texas Secretary of State Rolando B. Pablos, TV personality Chet Garner of The Daytripper and industry experts representing the Governor’s Office, U.S. Economic Development Administration, Texas

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

UTSA Institute for Economic Development Generates $1.9 Billion in Direct Economic Impact Nationwide

SAN ANTONIO, January 8, 2018 – Through business advising to more than 34,000 business and community clients, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development generated $1.9 billion direct economic impact nationwide, as reported in its newly released 2017 annual report. Comprised of nine centers, the Institute is the most comprehensive business development toolkit strengthening economies locally, nationally and internationally. During the 2017 fiscal year, the Institute: Served 34,897 business and community clients Provided trainings and workshops to 22,127 participants Delivered 8,186 consulting cases Helped start -up 626 new businesses Helped scale-up 474 existing businesses Supported the creation of 7,350 new jobs and the retention of 9,990 jobs The UTSA iInstitute leads the expansion of the Small Business Network of the Americas. The international initiative has guided 22 western countries to adopt

UTSA MBDA Business Center San Antonio hosts Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, announces award recipients

The 35th Annual 2017 MED Week Awards Ceremony will recognize minority entrepreneurs and minority-owned businesses that have exemplified excellence and innovation across various industries and have contributed to San Antonio’s economy.  SAN ANTONIO, October 5, 2017 – The UTSA Institute for Economic Development’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center San Antonio will host its 35th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week) from October 9-13, 2017. This year’s theme, “Bridging Generations,” highlights area entrepreneurs and businesses from across generations that have impacted the San Antonio region. Funded by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, the MBDA Business Center San Antonio is part of a nationwide network of more than 40 MBDA business centers that have business specialists who support minority businesses

UTSA’s South-West Texas Border SBDC Network Provides Assistance to Small Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

SAN ANTONIO, September 18, 2017 – In the days since Hurricane Harvey’s Texas landfall last month, UTSA’s South-West Texas Border (SWTXB) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has been coordinating efforts with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist Texas small businesses impacted by the devastating Category 4 storm, which yielded unprecedented damage and destruction. The SWTXB SBDC Network comprised of 13 SBDC centers across 79 counties throughout Central, West, and South Texas, includes affiliate centers at the Del Mar College SBDC in Corpus Christi, University of Houston-Victoria SBDC, and Texas State University SBDC in Austin. All three affiliate centers have coordinated with FEMA and the SBA to provide disaster assistance to small businesses in the affected areas. Many business owners are dealing with personal losses, in addition to

Chile completes nationwide network of 51 Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), strengthens economy, under guidance of UTSA Institute for Economic Development

The UTSA Institute for Economic Development has worked with 20 countries in the western hemisphere to transfer the U.S. SBDC model abroad, strengthening foreign economies and creating market access for U.S. businesses.   SAN ANTONIO, (August 22, 2017) – Less than two years since Chilean President Michelle Bachelet celebrated the opening of Chile’s first Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Valparaiso, the country commemorated the completion of its national SBDC network with the opening of its 51st Center in early August. Robert McKinley, UTSA sr. associate vice president for economic development, and Cliff Paredes, SBDC International Trade Center director, attended the commemoration ceremony; the two spearheaded UTSA’s efforts to guide Chile through President Bachelet’s initiative to support inclusive development across her country. In 2015, Chile began implementing the U.S. SBDC

UTSA Center for Community and Business Research Releases Eagle Ford Shale Study Highlighting 2014-16 Economic Impact

Oil rig counts in the Eagle Ford Shale region began to rise after bottoming in 2016, and are expected to continue rising steadily in 2017.   SAN ANTONIO, (June 21, 2017) – Commissioned by the South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable (STEER), The University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) Center for Community and Business Research (CCBR) completed the latest Eagle Ford Shale (EFS) study in June. The study titled, “Economic Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale, Business Opportunities and the New Normal” provides new trend data and updated economic impact analysis across 2014, 2015 and, 2016. Access the Full Study: “Economic Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale, Business Opportunities and the New Normal” at Dr. Thomas Tunstall, senior research director for CCBR, which is hosted at UTSA’s Institute

Following renovation, UTSA reopens New Braunfels SBDC office with ribbon cutting and open house

UTSA SBDC Satellite Office offers training and services to help entrepreneurs thrive SAN ANTONIO, May 11, 2017 — The UTSA Small Business Development Center (UTSA SBDC) Satellite Office in New Braunfels is reopening its doors for business after undergoing a major renovation to better serve the community. The Satellite Office operated out of a temporary location for two months. For six years, the UTSA SBDC has proven to be a valuable asset by providing workshops and professional, confidential business advising services to the business community. The UTSA SBDC strengthens the Comal and Guadalupe county economies by offering local entrepreneurs with education, mentorship, business training and networking services. Since 2012, the UTSA SBDC has provided more than 10,600 hours of advising to 1,855 clients, resulting in 86 business starts, 87 business

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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