Institute for Economic Development
South-West Texas Border SBDC Network
The UTSA South-West Texas Border SBDC network recently earned full accreditation under the America’s Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration guidelines. The accreditation process consisted of an extensive self-study followed by a full week of onsite reviews and exploration by trained accreditation process team members from Georgia and Wisconsin
SWTXB SBDC Network Senior Business Advisor, Janie Caballero, recognized for the second year in a row as the “State Star”, for her outstanding work performance throughout the year. She specializes in topics such as customer service and restaurants, and also counsels clients in the healthcare businesses and Mexican clients seeking to invest directly in the area.
International Trade Center
In the fall semester, the International Trade Center SBDC has conducted training in Colombia, Costa Rica, Barbados, and the Dominican Republic. The Center has also hosted a variety of delegations on campus including Belize and El Salvador.
In November, the International Trade Center SBDC launched into a formal partnership with the Brazilian economic development organization SEBRAE to link 1.1 million Brazilian clients to the U.S. Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and LAC markets through the SBDCGlobal.com website. SBDCGlobal.com is an international trade platform developed by the UTSA institute for Economic Development.
San Antonio SBDC
The San Antonio Small Business Development Center, (SBDC) received the 2013 U.S. Small Business Administration Region VI Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award at the District and Regional level.
The San Antonio SBDC at The University of Texas is a part of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network and the Institute for Economic Development, and is one of the largest and most established centers within the network. The SASBDC serves the10 counties surrounding San Antonio including; Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie. Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, and Wilson.
SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center
The SBDC PTAC hosted the 4th annual Veteran Small Business Symposium in November. The symposium is a one-day conference where the SBDC and local veteran agencies provide resources and assistance to veterans wanting to start a business or expand their business to other markets such as government contracting.
Rural Business Program SBDC
The Rural Business Program hosted its 4th Texas Rural Challenge conference in San Marcos over the summer. Offered in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Texas Economic Development Council, the conference focuses on the challenges facing rural Texans. It also spurs small business and economic growth in rural communities by providing attendees with practical and proven approaches to rural development.
Center for Community and Business Research
The CCBR has conducted over 40 Eagle Ford Shale research study presentations across South and West Texas in the past year including Cotulla, Carrizo Springs, Corpus Christi, La Vernia, Victoria, Laredo, San Antonio, San Angelo, Abilene, Colorado City, Sweetwater, Uvalde, Houston, Austin and Gonzales. (Also Denver, CO and Allen, TX).
They have also conducted research for a variety of organizations in San Antonio including the San Antonio River Authority, Goodwill, San Antonio Manufacturers Association, and San Antonio Economic Development Foundation.
MBDA Business Center
As part of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) annual conference, the IED provided a three-day training preparing MBDA staff to take the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) test.
The MBDA Business Center San Antonio was also honored with two awards at the conference; 2013 Highest Export Dollars Secured, 2013 Century Club Award, top 10 producers in the nation.
The Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (SWTAAC), hosted a Manufacturers’ Roundtable with Congressman Henry Cuellar.
Firms in attendance included Amigos Foods (Food and Beverage), Charles Alan Inc. (Furniture), and HOMEART (Cabinetry). Agenda items discussed; exporting initiatives, SWTAAC client testimonials, and recommendations to improve the current grant process
The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded the South-West Texas Border (SBDC) Network a five-year contract to host the Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse (SBDCNet), which services the entire United States and its territories.
Headquartered at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the South-West Texas Border SBDC will receive $1.5 million in funding over the five years. It is the first time in the history of SBDCNet that an institution has hosted the program for four consecutive terms.