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UTSA supports rural Texans with a state-wide conference

UTSA supports rural Texans with a state-wide conference

The UTSA Small Business Development Center Rural Business Program, the Governor’s Small Business Forum, Texas Workforce Commission and the Heart of Texas Council of Governments (HOTCOG) will host the 6th annual Texas Rural Challenge June 15-16 at the Waco Convention Center and Hilton Waco. This year’s theme is “Rural Matters: Growing our People, Resources, and Future”.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Lori Krieger – Owner, Taste Elevated
  • Bryan Daniels – Executive Director of Economic Development and Tourism, Office of the Governor
  • Dell Gines – Sr Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Carlos Cascos – Texas Secretary of State

The First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott will also be in attendance to present Governor’s Small Business Awards to 2-3 exemplary small businesses. Additional breakout sessions feature expert panelists in water, entrepreneurship, community development, tourism, and rural housing. For the full agenda, click here.

“The Texas Rural Challenge is different from other conferences because it offers an opportunity for rural Texans to engage with one another, openly discuss best practices, and then implement those ideas in their communities,” said Gilbert Gonzalez, UTSA SBDC rural business program director.

In addition to conference sessions, the Texas Rural Challenge features unique opportunities for students and small businesses. The Texas Student Challenge is a business plan competition held to encourage entrepreneurship and technological innovation among college students in the State of Texas. The Texas Strong competition features Small Business Development Center (SBDC) client finalists selected from across the state to participate in a fast-pitch competition. The businesses will be judged on their innovation, environmental impact, rural community impact, previous successes, and community involvement.

For more information or to register for the conference go to: Texasruralchallenge.org

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