Al Salgado elected chair of national small business development center network

Al Salgado

Al Salgado

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(Nov. 4, 2010)--Al Salgado, director of the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network, was elected the 2011 board chair of the Association of Small Business Development Center Network. The election was part of the organization's annual conference in September in San Antonio. Salgado will serve as chair for one year.

The ASBDC Network consists of approximately 1,000 service centers that provide free or low-cost assistance to experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs. The centers are funded and supported by government, private and higher education partners.

The South-West Texas Border SBDC Network is one of four regional SBDC networks in Texas, covering a 79-county service area that spans most of the southern half of the state.

In 2009, SBDC staff in this area assisted more than 26,000 entrepreneurs, helping to start 420 businesses and create 2,800 jobs. The network is hosted by the UTSA Institute for Economic Development.

"Over the past 30 years, the ASBDC has served 12 million entrepreneurs and small-business owners contributing to America's economy by creating jobs, accessing capital, reaching new markets, generating state and federal taxes, and helping to sustain business operations," Salgado said. "I am proud to serve this group at the national level, as I'm proud of our own South-West Texas Border SBDC for the 25 years of assisting small business grow the Texas economy."

Salgado's professional experience includes small-business management and ownership, strategic planning, organizational leadership and entrepreneurial management. He holds an M.B.A. from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and a B.B.A. from Eastern New Mexico University.

"UTSA is moving rapidly toward Tier One, and our small business development programs are a key component of our growing reputation and engagement in the community," said Robert McKinley, UTSA associate vice president for economic development.

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Learn more about the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network, which consists of 10 service centers and two specialty centers and programs focused on the needs of rural and veteran-owned businesses.

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The UTSA Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Its 11 centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research, and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. Programs serve San Antonio and the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international stakeholders. Together with federal, state and local governments, and private businesses, the IED fosters economic and community development in support of UTSA's community engagement mission.