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  • 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

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  • UTSA hosts Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) Meeting April 23-25

    (April 16, 2014) The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development will host the first Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) meeting in the United States April 23-25. Established in 2013, MUSEIC was created as a part of the High-Level Economic Dialogue announced by President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña-Nieto to promote bi-national approaches to advance North American competitiveness, trade, and innovation in the entrepreneurial sector. San Antonio was selected as the Council’s first U.S. meeting location to showcase the city’s assets for bi-national entrepreneurship and as an ideal venue to address new development policies and initiatives. “San Antonio is a leading city connecting education, research, innovation and business opportunities between Mexico and the U.S.,” said Ricardo Romo, UTSA President. “It also offers the perfect

  • Institute’s International Trade Center to Receive 2014 SBDC of the Year Award

    (April 04, 2014) The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development announced today that Cliff Paredes, Director of the International Trade Center, and his team of International Business Consultants and support staff, has been selected as the National 2014 Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The official award ceremony will be part of the National Small Business Week (NSBW) events to be held in Washington D.C. on May 12-16. Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week, a set of events that recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to the U.S. Small business is a critical sector

  • Institute’s Robert McKinley Appointed to State Small-Business Assistance Advisory Task Force

    (March 24, 2014) Gov. Rick Perry has appointed UTSA Associate Vice President for Economic Development Robert McKinley to serve as a member of the Office of Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force. The task force advises and assists the Office of Small Business Assistance, governor, lieutenant governor and speaker with issues that relate to small businesses, and provides information in plain language to the public on issues related to small businesses. Since 2003, McKinley has led the UTSA Institute for Economic Development with a portfolio of a dozen centers and programs that provide business training, consulting and research to more than 38,000 clients annually across the South Texas border region. In 2013, the institute’s client services generated more than 4,100 new jobs, 523 start-ups and 519 business expansions, generating increased

  • Robert McKinley to Receive NASBITE International Trade Award

    (March 18, 2014) The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development announced today that Robert McKinley, Associate Vice President for Economic Development, has been selected to receive the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) International 2014 Advancing International Trade Award for the State of Texas, at the NASBITE International Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, April 2-4, 2014. NASBITE International is an educational organization dedicated to developing international trade professionals through the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) exam and credential, training programs, and the annual conference. NASBITE International has been working to raise the level of practice in the field, provide professional development goals and showcase competency for those practicing international trade and related professions. The NASBITE CGBP credential provides a benchmark for competency in

  • UTSA Institute for Economic Development Reports $1.6 billion in Economic Impact

    (Feb. 13, 2014) Clients of The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development generated $1.6 billion in business growth during fiscal year 2013 including $1.26 billion in increased sales, contracts and exports and $350 million in new capital. It’s the second consecutive year the institute and its clients have exceeded the $1 billion threshold. View full report here. The UTSA Institute for Economic Development provides professional business advising, training, research and strategic planning services to entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. The Institute primarily serves San Antonio and the Texas-Mexico border area as well as national and international stakeholders, fostering economic development in support of UTSA’s community engagement mission. During fiscal year 2013, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development: Served 36,115 business and community clients including 23,008

  • Institute for Economic Development conducts research report for West Texas Energy Consortium

    (December 12, 2013) The UTSA Institute for Economic Development Center for Community and Business Research was contracted by the West Texas Energy Consortium (WTxEC) to estimate the economic impacts of the oil and gas industry on certain counties in the Consortium in the year 2012, and to create a forecast for the year 2022. The Consortium area consist of the Concho Valley, West Central Texas, and Permian Basin regions. The study focuses on a core 10-county area within the WTxEC, and explores drilling information as well as economic impacts for them. These counties are Fisher, Glasscock, Howard, Irion, Martin, Mitchell, Nolan, Reagan, Scurry, and Sterling. In addition, this study also looks at the indirect economic impacts of oil and gas activities from the core 10-county area into the neighboring 6-county

  • UTSA Hosts Delegations for Brazil’s Micro and Small Business Support Service

    (October 30, 2013) The UTSA Institute for Economic Development hosted a delegation from the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (SEBRAE) in an effort to exchange knowledge and information as well as learn more about how U.S. Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) work. SEBRAE is a Brazilian small business development institution, created in 1972. The institution counts on a network of 27 regional offices in all Brazilian states along with nearly 800 service units. In September of 2012, UTSA signed a memorandum of understanding with SEBRAE, which set the tone for the onsite visit in 2013. In addition to the MOU, the Institute for Economic Development also executed an agreement with Brazil’s Small Business Agency and SEBRAE, which will launch in November of 2013, and will formally link 1.1

  • UTSA Hosts Delegation from the Inter-American Development Bank to Discuss SBDC Model

    (October 11, 2013)The International Trade Center at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute of Economic Development announced today that it hosted a three-day visit by Inter-American Development Bank delegates. The visit provided an opportunity to demonstrate the work that the Institute and its centers are doing to create economic impact in Texas and internationally. There is particular focus on the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) expansion projects that the International Trade Center has been engaged in since 2003 through its SBDCGlobal program with the aim of establishing SBDC networks throughout the Americas and North Africa. Since 1979, The Institute for Economic Development at UTSA has hosted various economic development programs as well as SBDCs that provide training, business advising services and research to businesses in order to

  • 2013 San Antonio Minority Enterprise Development Week

    San Antonio (October 9, 2013)The UTSA Institute for Economic Development MBDA Business Center and the MED Week Consortium are proud to partner with the Governor’s Small Business Forum to present the 2013 San Antonio Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week) event on October 17, 2013. The theme for this year’s event is Where U.S Businesses Meet Global Opportunities. The day will be broken down into two events, an opening information forum and panel featuring the Texas Workforce Commission, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Sichan Siv, Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S Embassy in Canada Richard Steffens, and Lauren McKinney of the Texas Governor’s Office Economic Development Small Business team, and an awards luncheon celebrating minority-owned business owners and advocates. *Attending panel members may vary due to the

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