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  • 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

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  • 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

  • Institute for Economic Development Offers Global Business Training

    (September 30, 2013) As part of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) annual conference, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development (IED) provided a three-day training preparing MBDA staff to take the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) test. CGBP training is divided into five modules that help prepare participants to sit for the CGBP exam. The CGBP is an internationally recognized certification for professionals in the United States and Mexico and confirms knowledge in international trade and assures that certified participants are able to practice global business at the professional level required in today’s competitive environment. There are currently more than 550 Certified Global Business Professionals in the United States and abroad. According to MBDA National Director David Hinson, the CGBP training is critical

  • UTSA Discusses Economic Impact of Eagle Ford Shale at Forum in Laredo

    (September 3, 2013) Elected leaders, industry representatives and members of the community will gather at Texas A&M International University-Laredo on Wednesday, September 4, to discuss the economic impact of the Eagle Ford Shale’s oil and gas play on South Texas. State Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable (STEER) and Texas A&M International University-Laredo are partnering with UTSA to offer the free forum. The Laredo Eagle Ford Shale Economic Impact Forum is scheduled from 10 to noon in Room 116 of the Western Hemispheric Trade Center at the Texas A&M International University-Laredo Campus. Attendees will receive a free copy of UTSA’s Eagle Ford Shale economic impact study. At the forum, Senator Zaffirini will discuss the Eagle Ford Shale Legislative Caucus and current legislation impacting the South Texas

  • UTSA Small Business Development Center Hosted Small Business Roundtable for Congressman Joaquin Castro

    (August 29, 2013) The UTSA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted a small business roundtable featuring U.S. Rep Joaquín Castro of the 20th Congressional District. The participants included 22 business owners representing 17 companies from industries such as manufacturing, health care, retail, restaurants and professional services. All the companies are located in the 20th Congressional District. Congressman Castro and his staff, UTSA President Ricardo Romo, Jude Valdez (Vice President of Community Services), Robert McKinley (Associate Vice President for the Institute for Economic Development), and Albert Salgado (Director of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network) were in attendance. The event was held during the congressional break because Congressman Castro wished to hear feedback from small business owners concerning their greatest opportunities for growth and their biggest obstacles to the growth of

  • Bogotá delegation makes its mark

    (August 6, 2013) Last month, UTSA’s global reach focused on Bogotá, thriving eight million population capitol metropolis of new U.S. Free Trade partner Colombia, and an example of society emerging successfully from its past drug-crime fueled insecurity. Education and Economic Development policy were on the agenda, for the UTSA delegation led by President Ricardo Romo. While UTSA was in Bogotá, the Colombian Senate convened an International Educational Forum for input on best practices to reform their federal education law. UTSA was invited to give the primary testimony, sharing its experiences as a young and highly ranked institution. Times Higher Education ranks UTSA among the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old. Accompanying President Romo were VP Community Services Jude Valdez, Interim VP Research Mauli Agrawal, Mexico Center/CAPRI

  • Institute for Economic Development conducts research report for San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

    (July 30, 2013) The UTSA Institute for Economic Development recently conducted a research report for the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF). The report focuses on businesses that were attracted to the San Antonio area or that expanded in 2012. Twenty-five companies were included in the study representing a wide variety of industries including several national operations and data centers that continue to put San Antonio on the map as an emerging national support hub. Oil and gas industries also remain be big players in the upcoming economic landscape as Shale plays are on the rise in South Texas and around the state. Forecasts for the twenty-five firms over the first full year of operation show over $1.05 billion in total economic impact and the creation of 7,053 direct and

  • UTSA SBDC awarded $1.5 million contract to host SBDCNet for fourth consecutive term

    (July 18, 2013) The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, headquartered at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), a five-year, $1.5 million contract to host the Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse (SBDCNet), which services the United States and its territories. It is the first time in the history of SBDCNet that an institution has hosted the program for four consecutive terms. “The SBDCNet is a service that our clients say ‘places big business tools into the hands of small businesses,” said SBDCNet Director Deborah Schueneman. “The information that we provide to SBDC clients nationwide is information and data not normally available to them without a tremendous investment of time and money. Each request for information is

  • UTSA Minority Business Development Agency Business Center to host Ivory Coast Delegation

    (July 17, 2013) The San Antonio Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center will host a delegation from the Ivory Coast to meet with local and state officials and discuss economic development opportunities on Thursday, July 25 at St. Phillip’s College. The daylong event for the San Antonio Business community allows Ivory Coast delegates to showcase potential business opportunities between San Antonio and the Ivory Coast. Additionally, the delegates will address challenges the ministry of labor, social affairs and professional trainings are facing, and meet with companies and investors involved in the mining, agriculture, oil and gas, construction and non-profit industries. “The Ivory Coast has undergone a period of national reconciliation and is aiming to return to its previous role of West African economic and trade prominence. This delegation visit

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