August 2010 Newsletter
UTSA hosted a delegation from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México
On August 5 - 6, UTSA hosted a delegation from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México. The visit, which included tours of the Institute for Economic Development and the Mexico Center, as well as presentations about UTSA's research capabilities, culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities. On August 6, Rector Eduardo Gasca Pliego (UAEM) and President Ricardo Romo signed the agreement to initiate several areas of collaboration in research, economic development, and academic achievement.
The South-West Texas Border SBDC Network will help host the 30th Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) conference in San Antonio, September 21 – 24. More than XX small business advocates are expected to attend. Attendees are invited to tour of UTSA's Small Business Development Center, located at the Downtown Campus, on September 21.
The San Antonio Minority Business Enterprise (MBEC) received the National Outstanding Performance Award for its 2009 economic development results. MBEC is one of 11 centers and programs that comprise the UTSA Institute for Economic Development. The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency recognized the local center for its outstanding overall performance in numbers of new clients, jobs created, financial transactions, contracts awarded and increase in sales, among other factors.
In 2009, San Antonio MBEC clients secured more than $23 million in contracts and procurements, $22 million in financial transactions, posted an increase in sales of almost $2 million and created 252 jobs. The center's staff added nearly 200 new clients to the MBEC roster and recorded more than 3,500 consulting hours.
The Rural Business Program, is a specialty center affiliated with UTSA's South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network, held its first conference May 24 -25 in San Marcos, Texas. The conference, which drew more than 200 participants from across the state, aimed to spur small business and economic growth by providing leaders with practical and proven approaches to rural development.