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Programs & Centers

UTSA South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network

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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.

UTSA SBDC International Trade Center

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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.

UTSA SBDC Center for Government Contracting

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The UTSA SBDC Center for Government Contracting is a specialty center at the University of Texas at San Antonino (UTSA). The Center for Government Contracting provides programs that assists small business owners, veteran entrepreneurs, women-owned small businesses, employers, and technology entrepreneurs. These services are reflected in the following programs: Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Employer Services, Emergency Preparedness, the Alliance, and Cybersecurity. The service area includes 79 counties of the South West Border SBDC Regional Network

UTSA Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

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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.

UTSA SBDC Technology Commercialization Center

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The SBDC Technology Commercialization Center promotes entrepreneurship to create a globally competitive economy in Texas by providing development services for science and technology businesses through networking, technical assistance, and assistance in applied research. The Center primarily focuses on the following industries: aerospace and defense, biotechnology, life sciences, electronics, medical devices, petroleum refining and chemical products, energy, and computer and information technology.

SBDC National Information Clearinghouse

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The SBDC National Information Clearinghouse (SBDCNet) 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 counselors and their clients. Since its inception in 1998, the Clearinghouse has responded to more than 75,000 requests.

UTSA Procurement Technical Assistance Center

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The UTSA Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is a specialty center at the University of Texas at San Antonino (UTSA). This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. The Procurement Technical Assistance Center assists small business owners with expanding their business into federal, state, regional, county, and local markets with government agencies, and military installations. PTAC staff provides advising, training, and networking opportunities through specialized classes, monthly networking meetings, matchmaking events, and one-on-one assistance.

Center for Community and Business Research

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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

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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.

MBDA Business Center

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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.

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