UTSA SBDC International Trade Center and adviser to be honored May 30

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(May 23, 2014) -- The UTSA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) International Trade Center and SBDC senior business adviser Curtis Mohler are among the district honorees that will be recognized at an upcoming awards ceremony hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) San Antonio district office and the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network. The UTSA SBDC Center will receive the Small Business Center Excellence and Innovation award and Mohler will receive the Veteran Small Business Champion award.

The 2014 Small Business Week Award Winners ceremony is 11:30 a.m., Friday, May 30 at the Omni Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Blvd.

Since 1963, the president of the United States has annually declared National Small Business Week as a way to formally recognize the important role and contributions of America's small businesses. National and local events recognize top entrepreneurs for their achievements to include those individuals and organizations that champion small business.

Founded in 1992, the center has helped small- and medium-sized companies become globally competitive by providing trade consulting, market research and cutting-edge training. Last week, the UTSA SBDC International Trade Center also was recognized as the national SBDC of the Year in Washington, D.C. Nationwide, there are approximately 1,100 SBDCs covering rural, urban and suburban communities. The center also was named the 2014 Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of the Year by the SBA.

Senior business adviser Curtis Mohler is a 20-year service-disabled veteran and has worked with the Chase Veteran Business Development program since 2011. He has provided more than 100 training workshops to veteran and non-veteran clients in addition to assisting more than 40 veterans in completing the Vetbiz Certification packets. Last year, he advised 184 clients, which resulted in creating more than 70 jobs and retaining 43 jobs.

"Curtis is an enthusiastic and vibrant asset for veteran business owners. I highly recommend the San Antonio Small Business Development Center/PTAC to any veteran starting their own business," said Tim Porter of Appdiction and a longtime Mohler client.

"UTSA is proud to be honored locally and nationally for our hard work and contributions to the small business community. By working one-on-one with veterans, encouraging exports to foreign markets and our efforts to grow SBDCs globally, the SBDC is on the cutting edge of meaningful and impactful engagements with entrepreneurs," said Albert Salgado, executive director of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network.

>> Tickets can be purchased on the Texas Small Business Development Center website.

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About the UTSA Institute for Economic Development

The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Its 12 centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. The 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.