UTSA Small Business Development Center invites applicants for program

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(Nov. 30, 2012) -- The UTSA Small Business Development Center is accepting applications for the Building Business Excellence program, a unique business leadership program designed to propel established small to mid-size firms to new heights. The two-week program will be daily, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Feb. 25-March 8, 2013, at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The deadline to sign up is Feb. 8.

The UTSA Small Business Development Center has joined forces with Holt Development Services Inc (a division of Holt CAT) to train and assist participants in adopting a values-based leadership (VBL) model.

"Holt CAT has used the VBL model to grow into a billion-dollar company, so this is a wonderful opportunity for small and mid-size firms to benefit from Holt's experience," said Morrison Woods, director of the UTSA Small Business Development Center.

The cost for the program is $2,995 per participant and includes instruction, materials, parking and meals.

Those eligible for the program must be an owner or co-owner of a business that was established before Aug. 1, 2009, and has potential for high growth. Participants must be willing to share financial information that will remain confidential.

"We are looking for business owners that are committed to winning, willing to learn, open to change, and make and keep commitments," says Woods.

Building Business Excellence is an established program of the San Antonio Small Business Development Center. The BBE program has been operating since 2002 but has been updated to meet the changing business environment.

"After 30 years in law enforcement and working for government entities, this course put me in the fast lane to understanding how small businesses operate," said Robert Prentiss of Timekeepers Security. One hundred percent of participants in the 2012 program strongly agreed that the program was valuable and practical.

Because the program is set up for maximum participation, only one company per industry is allowed.

The UTSA Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. The Institute's 11 centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research, and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders in San Antonio, the Texas-Mexico border area, regionally, nationally and internationally.

To learn more, visit the Building Business Excellence Program website or call 210-458-2460.