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  • Institute for Economic Development provided $2.4 billion impact in 2020

    UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development (IED) provided an overall direct economic impact in 2020 of $2.4 billion for the Texas economy. The Institute is part of UTSA’s Knowledge Enterprise. The purpose of IED is to facilitate economic, community and business development at the local, regional and national levels. This development work from the many centers that comprise IED adds up to create this tremendous economic impact for Texas. Almost as soon as the pandemic hit in 2020, IED staff were prepared to help. IED’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) small business advisors were able to not only continue with their business consulting, training and research but also quickly pivot to help bring pandemic relief to small businesses, including financial assistance via SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster

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  • 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

  • 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

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