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Al Salgado
Al Salgado

UTSA names small-business regional director

By Bronwyn Wingo
Special Projects Writer, UTSA '05

(July 20, 2005)--UTSA has named Al Salgado regional director of the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Al Salgado will report to Robert McKinley, associate vice president of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED).

In his new role, Salgado will help meet the demands of a rapidly changing small business economy by providing confidential, one-on-one business counseling and management training programs for existing and start-up businesses.

Salgado formerly served as associate regional director for the North Texas Small Business Development Center (NTSBDC) at the Dallas County Community College District. NTSBDC is one of four statewide regional programs like the UTSA SBDC.

"With Al Salgado's vast entrepreneurial and SBDC experience, the UTSA South-West Texas Border SBDC program will continue its journey to excellence by fulfilling the public service mission of UTSA as well as the SBDC program," said McKinley.

IED provides consulting, training, technical, research and information services to facilitate business and economic growth, and community and business development in San Antonio and South Texas.

In 2004, UTSA's SBDC provided 52,066 hours of professional counseling to 7,127 business clients and sponsored 839 management-training events that were attended by 14,014 business owners.

SBDC serves the border region through its field offices in San Antonio, Austin, San Marcos, Victoria, Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Eagle Pass, Alpine, San Angelo and El Paso.

SBDC offers service-learning and practical experience for students, both as interns and through class projects addressing real business casework. Applied research for individual businesses and community economic development is conducted through the SBDCNet National Information Clearinghouse, which extends the powerful informational tools of the UTSA library. Synergies among the teaching, research and public service missions of UTSA are shared and pursued by the SBDC program.

For more information, call (210) 458-2450.

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